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Publisher's Summary

Just after a man falls in the snow and hits his head on a stone curb, a ghost arrives to take his soul to the afterlife. But something strange occurs: the man doesn't die. Flabbergasted, the ghost appeals to his boss for further direction and is instructed to stay with the man until the strange "problem" is worked out. Things get complicated when the ghost falls madly, deeply in love with the man's girlfriend. Soon afterward, the man discovers he did not die when he was supposed to because, for the first time, human beings have decided to take back their fates from the gods. It's a wonderful change, but one that comes at a price.
This truly magical book is about love, talking dogs, ghosts who happen to be gourmet cooks, picnicking in the rain with yourself at 20 different ages, and what happens to us when we become the masters of our own fate.
©2008 Jonathan Carroll (P)2008 Blackstone Audio
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Critic Reviews

"I envy anyone who has yet to enjoy the sexy, eerie, and addictive novels of Jonathan Carroll. They are delicious treats - with devilish tricks inside them." ( Washington Post)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Brien on 12-16-08

Interesting writing style, complex story

I enjoyed the author's writing style, but the plot relies upon many quickly presented details that I sometimes missed. The story demands rather intense concentration. Unfortunately, my player doesn't let you back up a few seconds for a brief replay. My main objection is that the male narrator's attempt at female voices was distracting right up to the end. I just couldn't get used to it.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By J. HOPPER on 11-25-08

A little earnest, but entertaining

This was my first time with a Jonathan Carroll book, and I have to say I enjoyed it. I'm curious about the Chinese idea of ghosts, as embodied by the character Ling. It was interesting to see the story develop through the characters' eyes.

I felt like the author was being a little too earnest in talking about life in relation to his characters, though. I don't always look for life lessons in my fiction.

The narrator was fine.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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