Chose in the last round to become a human What alien life form did we descend from then Ah it s wonderful and no two chapters are the same I ll be ready to enjoy them again one day I m surechokengtitiktitikchokengs I listened to many of the stories on the audio version and they were terrific Different narrators both male and female voices with different native accents Great way to differentiate the stories2011 brief review and I DID buy a copyLoved this one May have to lash out and actually BUY a copy I m a library lover buy a copyLoved this one May have to lash out and actually BUY a copy I m a library lover has given away countless books with every moveThe tales are short inventive thought provoking imaginings of what comes after life I recommend reading only one or two at a time to let the ideas soak in Now I look forward to reading them again because I m never going to remember all the options of what lies beyond Door Number Two In the afterlife you discover that all the goodreaders are in the same walled off section of heaven God greets you in the form of your ideal librarian In the goodreads
*heaven library you *library you the librarian gamut examples include a fatherly professor a stern but gentle middle aged woman and a supermodel in a plaid skirt with legs that won t uit If you are a seventeen year old girl God is a combination of Ben Harrison and that guy from 500 Days of SummerThe time you spent on goodreads the status you have in heaven When you first arrive God checks the library computer there are never lines as everyone s different version of God has hisher own computer and gives you a badge that displays your total hours logged onto goodreads If you have logged many hours God shakes your hand high fives you or blows you isses The people with the most time on their badges these badges are gold get the best tables at the goodreads heaven coffee shop and pick what the book clubs read Ginny Jones is the coffee shop waitress but is never allowed to read any books If you were involved in any goodreads fights or ever deleted your profile God wags hisher finger at you and makes you apologize to all involved parties If the fight was especially egregious God makes you hug In goodreads heaven you always look like your favorite avatar picture In goodreads heaven you can always find your favorite place to read whether it s on the subway your childhood bedroom or the library s corner chair In goodreads heaven your favorite characters come to life Many of the women goodreaders are walking around with men who look suspiciously like F a microbe and unaware of your existence In another version you work as a background character in other people’s dreams Or you may find that God is a married couple or that the universe is running backward or that you are forced to live out your aft.
DOWNLOAD Sum Forty Tales from the AfterlivesNO SPOILERSAn enjoyable set of inventive what if vignettes Sum is Eagleman s envisionings of various versions of the afterlife All are impressively uniue and some really stretch the mind Be sure to open this book while fully alert Eagleman s background as a neuroscientist is at times on full display in these pages as some of his ideas veer into the complex and obscure with talk of uarks and atoms Readers not inclined toward the scientific may find these boring Fortunately the collection contains plenty of vignettes that will appeal to the everyday reader and those really make it a joy to read Work Of Genius 5 Everyone is a brother to all
*and for the *for the time an idea has been realized that never came to fruition on Earth true euality The Communists are baffled and irritated because they have finally achieved their perfect society but only by the help of a God in whom they don T WANT TO BELIEVE THE MERITOCRATS ARE ABASHED THAT want to believe The meritocrats are abashed that re stuck for eternity in an incentiveless system with a re stuck for eternity in an incentiveless system with a of pinkos The conservatives have no penniless to disparage the liberals have no downtrodden to promote So God sits on the edge of Her bed and weeps at night because the only thing everyone can agree upon is that they re all in Hell I recently re read this and still love it I ll leave my original review below and add some excerpts now I ve read or browsed through this several times and I never remember all the possibilities but I definitely remember the sense of be careful what you wish for that permeates all of the storiesThe uotation above shows that in that example nobody s happy including God Herself This is from a chapter titled Descent In the afterlife you are treated to a generous opportunity you can choose whatever you would like to be in the next life What a great idea What could possibly go wrongYou think a simple unhurried life sounds good one with no major decisions to make You give it some thought and figure you might try life as a horse this time You make your choice and as your mind begins to slowly change easing you into your new peaceful form You realize that the next time you return here with your thick horse brain you won t have the capacity to ask to become a human again You won t understand what a human is Your choice to slide down the intelligence ladder is irreversible And just before you lose your final human faculties you painfully ponder what magnificent extraterrestrial creature enthralled with the idea of finding a simpler life. At once funny wistful and unsettling Sum is a dazzling exploration of unexpected afterlives each presented as a vignette that offers a stunning lens through which to see ourselves in the here and now In one afterlife you may find that God is the size ,
Amie from OutlanderThe heaven goodreaders voted and decided that books should continue to have tangible form They liked the smell of old pages the feel of a trade paperback and the sense of anticipation accompanying the moment when the librarian hands over your reserve order Some dissenters lobbied that readers should only have to touch a cover to absorb a book s contents but just about everyone else said have to touch a cover to absorb a book s contents but just about everyone else said was cheating The dissenters were especially upset because they felt like everyone else had read Coetzee and Murakami and they wanted to catch up but the majority ruled against themIn goodreads heaven friend whores are in trouble They are reuired to take every friend to dinner and listen to them talk for at least an hour This was a reasonable punishment for those who wanted to pad their friends list but God soon realized that this allowed creepy guys who only friended women the opportunity to talk with these women face to face In turn these girl collectors can only talk with each other They share tales of the best pics and attempt to interact with cute goodreaders They share tales of the best pics and attempt to interact with cute goodreaders discover that as if they were ghosts no one but other girl collectors can see themIn Goodreads heaven you meet David Eagleman the author of Sum You tell him you liked his book for the most part but wonder if he realizes that he stole Graveyard of the Gods from Neil Gaiman Mr Gaiman doesn t have time to worry about this because goodreaders are chasing him all over heaven and that some of the forty themes eg heaven is so boring it s hell people get sick of immortality and volunteer for suicide have been done before You tell him some of his vignettes Mirrors are moving while others Death Switch are funny and still Blueprint thoughtful You thank him for expanding consideration of the afterlife beyond our limited western hemisphere mindset You admit that Sum didn t rock your world but add that a few of your goodreads friends loved his book He seems distracted and uestions when he ll meet these people You also ask where you can find his publisher since this book which you got from the library of course lists for twenty bucks but takes less time to read than People magazine s best dressed issue not that uh you ever wasted a minute on magazines back on earth of course not Eagleman shrugs and walks off Then you see your librarian with the next book on your reserve list You blink to your perfect reading spot You sip from a cup of coffee all the time in the world and open to the first pag. Erlife with annoying versions of who you could have been With a probing imagination and deep understanding of the human condition acclaimed neuroscientist David Eagleman offers wonderfully imagined tales that shine a brilliant light on the here and now.