- File Size: 376 KB
- Print Length: 156 pages
- Publication Date: May 30, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0053HHDJQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,944,473 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Thereafter Kindle Edition
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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This book offered very believable insights on aging, but there were other parts I found more difficult. The nature of the "thereafter" was never all that well defined. It's described as being a cold and lonely place, but somehow all of the relevant dead people who are affected by the plot manage to come together- Clarissa, Mrs. Hennessey, among others. It was never really clear how or why that happened. I also never really understood what exactly Hennessey was supposed to be able to do, and couldn't understand why people constantly let him stick his nose into all sorts of issues that did not concern him. There were some good characters and scenes in this book, but there was also quite a bit of confusion.
I wish I could give this book a wonderful review. However, it is a mediocre read. I hate giving negative review, and this one isn't entirely negative. I do promise to give fair reviews and my opinions are not always positive.
Let's start with the good. The author, Anthony Schmitz started with a great concept. His writing is easy to read and really has a nice pace and flow that is not at all distracting from the story. The characters are interesting. The relationships between the characters could have resulted in some intriguing situations.
So, what was the problem? I had to think about this for a few days before I could identify exactly what was missing from this book. There were several things I had problems with. Most of it was lack of information. I wanted to know more about the characters, more about the Thereafter and more about the relationships between the characters. The ending of this book was too abrupt and convenient for me. I also became distracted at times, by trying to figure out who was speaking and having to re-read parts. I was most disappointed by the lack of a strong plot line. I felt like the story drifted along aimlessly until the author got bored with it and finally wrote the abrupt ending. I think that with a stronger plot, many of these problems would resolve.
Overall, this book left me feeling unfulfilled, but I would not take this author off my "to read" list just yet. Schmitz has lots of potential and some wonderfully creative ideas. I would certainly read his future efforts.
Thanks to the author and LibraryThing for the copy of this book through the Member Giveaways. In return for the copy of the novel, I offer my unbiased review.