- File Size: 522 KB
- Print Length: 186 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Ford Forkum (September 27, 2013)
- Publication Date: September 27, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FI8I8I0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,137,104 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Beers In Heaven (A Modern Afterlife Novel) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
From the moment Zach arrives in Heaven things go off course. He opens his eyes in the processing center and wanders off to the wrong cloud where he meets a talking giraffe who subsequently names himself Woobles. The story-line of a giraffe floating in space pondering his existence and purpose that is so like something Douglas Adams would have written and yet spoken with such a unique voice that I inwardly cheered for the creation of Woobles and his brilliant insertion into this truly fun story line. Zach is eventually found and returned to the Welcome Center where he must learn the ins and outs and being dead and his path to enlightenment. Forkum’s characters are well developed and able to maintain a strong normality in completely insane circumstance.
I cannot give this funny and clever novel anything less than five stars and eagerly await the next work by this fabulous author.
Regardless of your religious background (or lack thereof), there is meat here to chew on (fried chicken and waffles). Once I got over the fact that the depiction of heaven was playful (like George Burns or Morgan Freeman might do in the twenty-teens), I appreciated some of the ideas of what might go on there. I have a feeling Forkum might be closer than any of us realize. Also, once I got over the fact that laughter would be present, but not necessarily dominant, I sat back and enjoyed a great character study, and some very poignant passages about what can drive a person to drink and/or feel totally hopeless. To give that answer would be to give a spoiler, but suffice it to say that I felt very satisfied with the ending.
Kudos to Forkum who blends the satirical and the bizarre with the deep and the divine to make a very worthy read.
Heaven is not what Zach imagined it to be. As probably would hold true for most of us. However, just like the rest of the new arrivals, Zach, "whether he was dead and in Heaven, or alive and insane (or in Heaven and insane), there was nothing to do but go along with it."
Beers In Heaven (A Modern Afterlife Novel) by Ford Forkum is a book that skims the border of "tongue in the cheek" metaphysical and then bounces to the modern comedy. There are two intertwining plotlines in this novel: one describes Zach's heavenly education in "enlightenment" and recovering his memories, while the other one is about those memories, that leads the reader to understand how the protagonist ended up in Heaven at such an early age.
The language is easy; there is humor, irony, and sarcasm present almost on every page. There are also deeper undercurrents of self-examination and a bit of philosophy and theology to spice things up for those who like to read a story on multiple levels. If I had to compare "Beers In Heaven" to other novels, I would probably say that it's a cross between Pratchett's and Vonnegut's work during the "Heavenly" bits, with occasional excursions to Sedaris' when we learn about Zach's earthly existence. Good read.