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The Ups and Downs of Being Dead [Kindle Edition]

M. R. Cornelius
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Fifty-seven year old Robert Malone is the CEO of a successful clothing store chain and married to a former model. When his doctor tells him he is dying of cancer, he refuses to go quietly. Instead of death, Robert chooses cryonics. He knows it's a long shot. His frozen body will be stored in liquid nitrogen for the next seventy-five years, and then he'll wake up in the future. That is, if technology develops a way to bring him back.
He's willing to take that gamble.
What he doesn't realize is that he won't lie in some dreamless state all that time. His soul is very much awake, just like the others who were frozen before him. And like these souls in limbo, Robert begins a new kind of life outside his physical body.
He discovers that he can ride in the cockpit with the pilots, but he can't turn the page of a magazine. He can sit in the oval office with the president, but he can't prevent a child from dashing in front of a car. He doesn't work, or eat, or sleep. He can't smell, or taste, or touch. These obstacles make it difficult to experience love, and virtually impossible to reconcile with the living.
Over the next several decades, Robert Malone will have plenty of time to figure out The Ups and Downs of Being Dead.


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  • File Size: 541 KB
  • Print Length: 391 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477471634
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0086QBAMC
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I highly enjoyed the first book written by M R Cornelius, H10N1, a post-apocalyptic thriller during an American pandemic. In her second novel, Cornelius continues to force her strong characters into interesting straights created by new technology.

The Ups and Downs of Being Dead is a page turner.

The main character Robert is a middle aged man. Even though I am a young woman, I still connected strongly to his character. Robert encounters other "temps" from the Cryogenic Center and ghosts as well--all of whom add to the story as informants, travel buddies, and post-life companions.

Travel lovers will be amused by Robert's exploits in New York City and worldwide. It's not always an easy ride, but Robert does come to see the "Ups" of being dead as well.

Although a bit larger than life, Roberts family is realistic: the hard working corporate baron and show wife who raise an independent businesswoman and an overindulged schmuck of a son. What they do after Robert's death, however, is completely unpredictable to all.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, entertaining, unique fun September 10, 2012
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This is the first review I have written and I have read many a good, even great, book. However, there was that indefinable something about this book that resonated in such a way that as soon as I was finished reading I immediately had to tell others about it.

When Robert Malone dies he is startled to learn that he still exists on a different plane. His body has been cryogenically preserved for a time when technology has advanced to the point where he can be "brought back to life". Once he has been given some lessons about how to live while 'being dead' by a couple of elderly dead people, he elects to 'go it alone'. Because he does not know what to do or where to go, he goes home, and once there, he is subjected to a number of painful and shocking truths and events. As a result he leaves again. Shortly thereafter he meets Suzanne, whom he meets when she crawls out through the broken windshield of the car wreck in which she has just died.

You don't fall in love with Robert right away, rather, it's a process. In life, and initially when first dead, he is vain, selfish with his family, a workaholic, shallow and not a little mean-spirited. He wooed a woman who married him for his money. He has little use for his 26 year old son who has never worked a day in his life and lives off money given to him by his mother. When he first meets Suzanne he is dismissive of her looks, her clothing and who she is as a person. He spends time with her because he has nothing better to do. However, this gradually changes and as time goes by you see Robert develop and mature into the warm, humerous, family oriented man he never was in life. It is this metamorphosis which helps make the book so intriguing - Robert's second opportunity to live his life (while dead).
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Clever concept poorly executed December 2, 2012
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Imagine being able to teleport instantly anywhere in the world. Imagine being able to fly. Amazing, right? Not to the characters in this book. As ghosts with those amazing powers, instead they wait at airports for commercial airliners. They trudge through city streets. They wait in line for busses and ferries. Now you understand my compete disappointment at an amazing concept so completely wasted. I was expecting some sense of awe as a newly dead man finds himself as a ghost. I hoped for some sense of exhilaration and exploration as the new ghost investigates himself and his world using powers never imagined. I was hoping for some amazing spiritual journey. Something. Anything. But no. The characters wait in airport lobbies to catch planes.

The book has a mildly interesting love story, and an interesting character arc for a self-absorbed drug abusing stepson. But this book could have been SO MUCH more.

And holy cow. Someone hire this man a competent editor. "Stripped" is not the same as "striped." "Your" is not the same thing as "you're." You do not use double quotation marks inside double quotation marks. "If quoting other people," he wrote, "you use 'these single quotation marks' instead."

No offense to the author. A very nice person I am sure. But come on.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Unique September 10, 2012
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I loved every minute of this book! The concept is so creative and the author did a great job conveying the absurdity of being dead, but not dead. There are some really painful moments involving watching the family left behind, but it's not melodramatic - it's very realistic. This story kept me glued to my phone (Kindle app) because I was dying to know how things would turn out. This is by far one of the best books I've read this year.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More unsympathetic characters than any book I have read. November 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I was strongly tempted to give this a two-star rating, but there are enough interesting parts that I err on the side of generosity. It should be 2.5 stars.

Also, bad editor! As somebody else noted, the book is full of grammatical, spelling and usage errors that are very annoying.

The plot is unique and very cleverly done, and gets more interesting as you read along.

However, Robert is one of the most boring, narrow and uninteresting characters I have ever encountered in a protagonist. Other than his work he has absolutely no interests whatsoever. And unless he really trying hard, he is devoid of a sense of humor. Boring!

That is nothing compared to his disgustingly dysfunctional family. His son is totally hateful, spoiled and the first third of the book we have to endure his trials (literally) and tribulations. Robert's wife is equally repugnant.

Once Robert dies and meets a whole flock of ghosts, there are some rather amusing characters, many of whom try to interest Robert in something, to to avail.

It then becomes rather interesting reading, but Robert's son keeps popping back for more incredibly self-absorbed behavior.

Toward the end, it does again become more clever and fun, so I continued to the end, despite being tempted to quit several times.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The Ups and Downs of Being Dead
A nice story easy to read and keeps your interest in what is going on. The story builds up to the finish with a twist at the end. A good story for all ages to read.
Published 1 day ago by Ben Hutchison
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous story
Great read. Unusual story line. Very well written.. Could not put the book down as I was actually transported into the realm of the Dead.
Published 1 day ago by Patricia Richard
2.0 out of 5 stars Un satisfying, but well written
Robert Malone is dying of cancer---but since the only thing he lives is his business (not his family), he decides to have himself frozen until he can be cured. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Greg Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent book
The concept is fresh, and unique. The writing is very good. I felt connected to the characters. It is a book that is hard to put down. Read more
Published 2 days ago by TJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Kay - the story started off great, but then went into Avery dis...
I thought about abandoning the book, but read on and it became really good. I was hooked for the whole rest of the story. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Kay
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
I really enjoyed this book. Loved the plot and enjoyed seeing the main character's personality blossom.
Published 4 days ago by Sewsnow
5.0 out of 5 stars what a lovely premise
I enjoyed reading through this book. The author took a nice approach to the story and the story telling. You won't see what's coming, pretty much anywhere in the book.
Published 1 month ago by Alfred D. Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars Ups and Downs
This book caught my attention from the first chapter it is a must read for anyone who believes there is a conscious sole
Published 2 months ago by Dove473
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting concept with a thousand loose threads
This book was not bad enough to not finish, but I doubt I would actually recommend it to someone else. Read more
Published 4 months ago by tizzytaffy
5.0 out of 5 stars "Cryonics ... Dying to Get In!"
Mortality, is this something many people desire? Here's a partial quote from Benjamin Franklin: "I wish it were possible ... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Nancy of Utah
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