The Plot Against Heaven Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B08GCXS4JF
- Publication date : October 3, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 225 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 61 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,896,308 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Kirkbride does it well, and his story manages to be gripping and funny and touching all at once, which is quite a feat. I like the fact that he’s made a modern god, in a modern afterlife, with modern issues. I never could understand why we dress God in a sheet with nothing but endless harp-music, or that Satan is still relying on brimstone and magic. What’s the point of them if the best they can manage is stuff from the dark ages? And if God’s omniscient, he’ll surely have discovered spotify by now…
The Greeks didn’t have this anachronizing zeal: they dressed their gods in quite the same clothes as they wore themselves and gave them all their own technologies. The same appetites too, and the familiar petty vices. They did not use them for moralising and mystifying, but to tell stories about their own lives and troubles, just as Kirkbride does.
My only criticsm of this so-called book is that its really just a short story – weighing in at only just over 60 pages. Partly I’m disappointed because it finished before I was ready, but also it meant that it lost a lot of opportunities, and had a lot of “rushing through”. At times that worked well – but he could have done a lot more with this story if he’d given himself more space. The world building was started but not finished, the politics of the place were significant, clearly, but largely untold. It’s a rip-roaring yarn (just as Homer’s was) but it’s been done before and the questions aren't going away, so there shouldn’t have been a rush to get it out.
Take your time, next time, Mr Kirkbride.
The Plot Against Heaven may take a while to ground the reader in its world. I would have preferred a more detailed scene setting of Heaven before Paul begins to delve into the larger story. The rules and politics of the world seem to be lost in the mix as the emphasis focuses on Paul. However, given the treatment he receives, it isn’t hard to see why Paul is tempted by the Devil. Mark Kirkbride isn’t afraid to throw out the happy notions that surround Heaven and impose real world problems into it.
As Paul is learning of his situation and options, readers are given glimpses of the accident that took his wife away. The transitions between memory and the current timeline are a bit jolting, as there are no leads into or out of them. But the memories paint a picture of heartbreak and betrayal. Paul is desperate to see his wife again, but they remain separated by the rules of Heaven. Paul will do anything to see her again, even if that means bringing all of Heaven down around him.
In this fast paced novella, Mark Kirkbride brings to light how tempting the Devil can be and what desperation can do to a person. For fans of stories that are not afraid to bring contradictory viewpoints to light, The Plot Against Heaven is the ideal story for you.
We’re dropped into the midst of the action as our first-person narrator, Paul, attempts to gate-crash Heaven in a bid to confront God after the wrongful death of his wife. It’s a lot to take in, but the elements for a truly interesting fantasy are certainly present.
Kirkbride draws the reader into this short novella with relatively brief chapters that move the action along, contributing few, if any, wasted words. The scenes that take place in Hell lean more heavily into parody than I expected, setting up the Devil as more of a punchline than a threat, or contributing to an overall sense of mythology. There’s nothing wrong with it, it’s pulled off well enough, and I found myself cracking a smile more than once. It’s simply not what I expected going in. Place that squarely on the shoulders of the reader, rather than the author.
Apologies for the mild spoilers, but there are two notable twists and turns toward the end. One feels overly forecasted, however the other, arguably the larger of the two, came through quite effectively.
If you’re looking for a fast, fun read, The Plot Against Heaven might just do the trick. There aren’t really horror elements present, and it feels more appropriate to call it Action Satire than dark fantasy, but if that’s something that interests you, check it out on October 3rd.