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“So far my favorite of the series. Must have been the inspiration to delve into the incarnations because the story was well developed and offered interesting perspectives with the afterlife and the offices involved with keeping it in order. Fascinating and helped my imagination add some quirks...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Absolutely love the series
I like the portrayal of Death and how his office is held.”
“Really a review of the author...
I've read the Xanth series, the Pale Horse series, and the ones about Stile set in the future. I enjoyed them all in high school and college. Some sexuality in some of the books that would be inappropriate and isn't kosher with my beliefs, but the main aspect of the stories were entertaining and often with good messages.”
One thing I've always loved about Piers Anthony is that the majority of his books always has some form of an original idea that I havent read anywhere...more One thing I've always loved about Piers Anthony is that the majority of his books always has some form of an original idea that I havent read anywhere else. I had read this years ago in High School and loved it then, and still do ”
“I liked it. it is a very good book with a lot of interesting topics”Ethan wrote this review Tuesday, January 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved it”Chanel Maybin wrote this review Thursday, January 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Depressed at how his life is turning out, Zane decides to end it all - but when the moment comes and Death walks through his door to claim his soul, he fires wildly - and accidentally kills Death. Now he must take on Death's role, collecting souls and sorting them for eternal judgment. Things get a lot more complicated though, as he sorts out the ethics of his current role (should he refuse to take the soul of someone destined for hell if he knows in a few more years time they'd have mended their ways and be destined for heaven?) and becomes wrapped in a power struggle bewteen Satan and the other Incarnations.
I'm still not sure if I liked this book or not. I dreaded picking it up and reading it - in fact, I've been in the process of reading this since October. But once I started reading it I would quickly get engrossed and find myself surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I really think part of my issues with the book are a throwback to the Hell Houses I saw when I was a kid - fiction about people going permanently to heaven or hell are a bit of a sore spot thanks to those childhood nightmares.
As a side note, I did make it though the excessively long author's note at the end, so you don't need to! It was 20 pages of him discussing his kidney stones and other urinary tract malfunctions, all tenuously tied to his process for writing this book. But really, Piers Anthony....I don't care.”
“One of those books that have stayed with me years after reading it. At some point I just couldn't make it through the whole series, but this book stands on its own as far as I'm concerned.”Scotty B. wrote this review Friday, December 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not a bad satire on religion and society as a whole. The first book of a series, and I will continue on with it.”Joe B wrote this review Monday, August 27, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellent novel about the Incarnations of Immortality--or a retake on Greek mythology. This particular book is about the Grim Reaper and how a young guy down on his luck accidentally assumes the office of Death himself.”SaltyGurl wrote this review Monday, August 20, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No