Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore
A Novel

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So read it, okay? It's the most fun you'll have reading about a man who has been killed by both catapult and car accident. It has one of the best first chapters of the year, and the second one is even better.
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A wildly imaginative novel about a man who is reincarnated over ten thousand lifetimes to be with his one true love: Death herself.

“Tales of gods and men akin to Neil Gaiman’s Sandman as penned by a kindred spirit of Douglas Adams.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

First we live. Then we die. And then . . . we get another try? 

Ten thousand tries, to be exact. Ten thousand lives to “get it right.” Answer all the Big Questions. Achieve Wisdom. And Become One with Everything.
    
Milo has had 9,995 chances so far and has just five more lives to earn a place in the cosmic soul. If he doesn’t make the cut, oblivion awaits. But all Milo really wants is to fall forever into the arms of Death. Or Suzie, as he calls her.

More than just Milo’s lover throughout his countless layovers in the Afterlife, Suzie is literally his reason for living—as he dives into one new existence after another, praying for the day he’ll never have to leave her side again.
       
But Reincarnation Blues is more than a great love story: Every journey from cradle to grave offers Milo more pieces of the great cosmic puzzle—if only he can piece them together in time to finally understand what it means to be part of something bigger than infinity. As darkly enchanting as the works of Neil Gaiman and as wisely hilarious as Kurt Vonnegut’s, Michael Poore’s Reincarnation Blues is the story of everything that makes life profound, beautiful, absurd, and heartbreaking.

Because it’s more than Milo and Suzie’s story. It’s your story, too.
 

About Michael Poore

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Michael Poore's work has appeared in Southern Review, Carolina Quarterly, Hayden's Ferry Review, Fiction, StoryQuarterly, and Glimmer Train. His 2009 story "Blood Dauber," written with Nebula Award-nominee Ted Kosmatka, appeared in Asimov's and has been nominated for the prestigious Sturgeon Award, won the Reader's Choice Award, and was selected for inclusion in the 2010 Year's Best Science Fiction anthology. Up Jumps the Devil is his first novel.
 
Published August 22, 2017 by Del Rey. 384 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Jun 06 2017

Poore is also, like Christopher Moore, a master at lines so funny and startling they inspire spit-takes: “Remember that time you fucked it up so bad you had to come back as a bug?” Suzie asks. Tales of gods and men akin to Neil Gaiman’s Sandman as penned by a kindred spirit of Douglas Adams.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Samantha Holloway on Aug 21 2017

The overall effect is charming, the book stands on its own, and it straddles that line between literary and scifi well (with heavy leaning on the scifi side), doing justice to both genres.

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NPR

Excellent
Reviewed by Jason Sheehan on Aug 26 2017

So read it, okay? It's the most fun you'll have reading about a man who has been killed by both catapult and car accident. It has one of the best first chapters of the year, and the second one is even better.

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