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11 January 2013

Uncovered (46): The Brief History of the Dead

Happy Friday, everyone. You don't even know how glad I am that the week is finally over. Work's been super tough this week and it's just going to get tougher. I am hoping to take this weekend to decompress and chill out. I haven't read very much at all this week. Anyway, no more whining. Let's get on with this week's installment of Uncovered. Today I have The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier. I haven't really heard mnuch about this book but it has popped up recently and I was struck by the cover. It's very surreal and also a little spooky. It reminds me a bit of a Dali painting.  I just look it looks really cool. Here is the synopsis in case you find this one intriguing as well.
From Kevin Brockmeier, one of this generation's most inventive young writers, comes a striking new novel about death, life, and the mysterious place in between. The City is inhabited by those who have departed Earth but are still remembered by the living. They will reside in this afterlife until they are completely forgotten. But the City is shrinking, and the residents clearing out. Some of the holdouts, like Luka Sims, who produces the City’s only newspaper, are wondering what exactly is going on. Others, like Coleman Kinzler, believe it is the beginning of the end. Meanwhile, Laura Byrd is trapped in an Antarctic research station, her supplies are running low, her radio finds only static, and the power is failing. With little choice, Laura sets out across the ice to look for help, but time is running out. Kevin Brockmeier alternates these two storylines to create a lyrical and haunting story about love, loss and the power of memory.
Have a good weekend, everyone!

1 comment:

  1. Sorry you've had a rough week :( Hope you have a fun weekend to make up for it.

    Thanks for putting this book on my radar. The cover is cool and it sounds like a haunting read. Maybe you should read something lighter this weekend though!


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