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What if Heaven wasn't all it's cracked up to be? Friends Kate and Daniel find that after their untimely deaths, Heaven leaves them dissatisfied and itching for something... else. So they're off, with a passport to discover more afterlifes, heroes and gods. During their adventures, they find out that their travel isn't a journey taken on a whim, but may be orchestrated, orWhat if Heaven wasn't all it's cracked up to be? Friends Kate and Daniel find that after their untimely deaths, Heaven leaves them dissatisfied and itching for something... else. So they're off, with a passport to discover more afterlifes, heroes and gods. During their adventures, they find out that their travel isn't a journey taken on a whim, but may be orchestrated, or even prophesied....

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ISBN : 2276553
Format Type : Podiobook
Number of Pages : 200 Pages
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heaven Reviews

  • James
    2018-12-11 10:26

    Mur Lafferty was generous enough to make a bunch of her ebooks available for free earlier this year. Which was lucky, as I'd never really heard of her before, but I seem to be suffering from an addition to free ebooks – the downloading more than the reading so far. However, sitting by the pool, having read all but one of my real books (always keep one real book back for the flight home – nobody can tell you to turn a book off during take-off) I was searching for something new to read on my Kindle and remembered Lafferty's Heaven. The first in a series of novellas, originally presented as podcasts before being updated for the ebook format.Firstly, it's a novella, so it's short. There are no page numbers in my ebook, but I read it in a single sitting one afternoon. But, it's fun and it tears along at a pretty steady lick to keep you reading. We start out being introduced to our two protagonists: Kate who narrates the first half of the novella, and Daniel who narrates the second half. As we're introduced to them it's explained pretty quickly that they're going to die. After all, it wouldn't be much of a story about Heaven if they didn't get there pretty quickly. Consequently, Kate introduces the characters and narrates their deaths before describing her arrival in Heaven. Initially happy, she starts to feel it's all a bit, well, dull. So she starts to challenge the boundaries of her Heaven. Eventually, Kate and Daniel are charged with a secret mission from God. A mission that could mean the end of all the Heavens – yes, even doggie Heaven. Souls are disappearing and God's apparently a bit too busy to investigate himself.Kate's narration suffers from two problems. Firstly, her continued and unspoken (except to us) obsession with Daniel gets irritating pretty quickly. And, secondly, Daniel himself is a bit of a dick. Actually more than a bit. However, the second half of the novella, into the main part of the mission itself, is narrated by Daniel directly. He seems a lot less of a dick when he's describing himself – maybe there's a message for us all in there – but it could also be that once he's got a mission to concentrate on, he's just got a lot less free time for being a dick.Lafferty's Afterlife universe is fascinating. Multiple cultural Heaven's – all interconnected – some aware of each other, and others less so. The novella wraps up pretty sharply, a limitation of the form itself, but also the initial serialisation of the Afterlife series has led Lafferty to do the same with the novellas. Heaven ends abruptly and makes it pretty clear that the mission is far from complete. The title of the next novella, Hell should provide a big clue as to the direction (if that's not enough, there's a sneak peak of the sequel at the end).

  • Roslyn
    2018-12-11 04:18

    2.5

  • Daniel Roy
    2018-11-27 05:00

    Here's the thing about Heaven: for reasons that have nothing to do with the story itself, I'm having a hard time giving this ebook a hard review.I'm a fan of Mrs. Lafferty's podcast, "I Should Be Writing". I like her as a human being. I understand the context in which "Heaven" was published: it's an independent, self-published ebook based on a series of podcasts by Mrs. Lafferty. It's innocent fun and not meant to take itself seriously. Not only that, but the ebook was gifted to me by a good friend of mine, and friend of Mur Lafferty.But then I thought of Hollywood movies, and how I hate when a review says, 'It's just mindless fun' as if that excuses shoddy writing, poor characterization and poor plotting. So in the interest of fairness, and hoping such a critique will be constructive to the author, I'll speak my mind.Simply put, "Heaven" isn't very good. It's very short, not very well-written, and the action is all over the place. I know Mur Lafferty wrote it as a serial, and unfortunately it shows: the story starts as a bittersweet exploration of unrequited love in the aftermath of one's own death; then moves on to 'afterlife tourism'; and finally takes on absolutely insane ambitions of grandeur as our heroes play a pivotal role in heavens of various mythologies. The characters just get swallowed up by the events.The character of Kate is, I'm sad to say, a Mary Sue. She is not defined much, beyond her unrequited love for Daniel. When the events hint at her playing a spectacular role in Heaven, I was left puzzled as to why this would happen to someone like her. Worse still - when the narrative POV changed halfway through the novel to Daniel, I kept forgetting who was narrating the story: I kept assuming it was still Kate, because nothing distinguished their voices.I take "Heaven" as something of a warning for self-publishing online. Yes, it's a marvelous alternative to the crippled publishing industry. But at the same time, it can bypass the very critical need of a good editor, who can sit down the author and help him or her fix some broken parts of her story. What's even more frustrating is, as a rough first draft, "Heaven" isn't bad. It's got good ideas that need to be fleshed out more. It's got an outline of a plot. But unfortunately, it went straight to publication without reaching its full potential.If the novella had characters that were more fleshed out with unique character voices; if the mythologies were given real character and depth instead of being simple pop culture props of mythology; if the cosmic events were dialed back to focus on the characters and the implications of what Heaven is on their relationship: then this would be a pretty decent way of spending an evening of reading.

  • Marciealana
    2018-11-26 04:04

    What if heaven weren't enough? I can't exactly call this a light-hearted look at the metaphysics of the afterlife, but it's certainly not heavy handed. What if heaven were a bore, and you had to go looking for more? What if all the concepts of the afterlife were true?There's a thought or three here, but it's entertainment, not something to change your life.

  • B.Barron
    2018-11-22 11:17

    Listened to the podiobook (a 12 part presentation).I rather enjoyed it. It is not high literature, but it is far above most of the drek out there. The author managed to surprise me several times - not an easy feat in my humble opinion (I am an arrogant prig, but I am smarter than the average bear).Acquiring the rest of the podiobooks in the series.

  • Jamie
    2018-11-23 08:25

    Mur is so much fun to listen to. I flatter myself by thinking that my writing is similar. But the best part of her work is her amazing voice. I love to listen to her.

  • Teresa L Kesterson
    2018-11-14 07:18

    Seems to be s good intro book of s seriesThe three star rating isn't a bad rating for i found the book to be good. The story is enough to make me read the next. I just felt that at times the writing was juvenile and then other it to be I the upper college edge. It made to be confusing in as much to have to stop reading to thumb through my mind over my mythology courses to reestablish the characters it referred. Now onward to Hell/Hades. Happy Reading and Peace

  • Rachel
    2018-11-24 05:23

    Good and very fast summer read. Not for fundamentalists.

  • Steve
    2018-12-10 10:22

    Interesting premise. Not sure I got to the pay off and contemplating next book. Short, great writing but characters are a bit thin.

  • Jen Fabico
    2018-12-03 10:18

    Book number 24 to my 2012 Reading Challenge is Heaven by Mur Lafferty. Heaven is the first installment of the series also entitled Heaven, which consists of five parts. This series cannot be found in a physical novel format; however, can be downloaded as a podiobook.Several years ago, in 2008, even before my husband and I were engaged, my husband strongly recommended this podiobook to me. After listening to two or three "seasons" himself, he continuously urged me to give it a try, guaranteeing that I would love it --especially the part about dog heaven. At the time, I brushed him off, snootily stating over and over again that my preference was to visit real books, ones with little more physicality. It was not until our long drive from Toronto to Mont Tremblanc that I finally open up to the idea. After listening to the first episode, I was immediately addicted to Mur Lafferty's story telling and characters.This year, I decided to finish up the series and listen to the fifth installment. Upon listening to it in my car, I realized that I no longer knew any of the associating characters. So here I am at the starting point once again and enjoying myself just as much as I did the first time around.Heaven divulges on a story about two best friends, Kate and Daniel, who die at the young age of 24. And that it just the beginning. Luckily, both end up in heaven and they learned that heaven isn't all that it is cracked up to be ...and ironically, there are some parts that are exactly the way that priests and religious figures from Earth describe it. They wander through several heavens from different religions as travelers. Little does Kate know, they are on a mission from God --a specific mission that only they can be en-tasked with.My favourite part in the book is the section about (view spoiler)[dog heaven. And if you know me, I don't even have to explain why. But for those who don't, I can tell you that I really love my dogs. I adopt rescue dogs and have been doing it for several years. They are smart, loyal, quirky and can be real friends if you give them the opportunity. And that's only my short version, so you could imagine what a goobering mess I was listening to dog heaven. As I drove home listening to the part about dog heaven, there came a point where I knew the main character, Kate, had to leave her dog behind. Knowing what was to come, I automatically bawled up. Cheeks glistening with tears as I drove by curious drivers, I listened to what I knew would be inevitable. Although knowing did not it easier for me. (hide spoiler)]Mur Lafferty is creative in her adventures and allows the reader to really empathize with the fictional characters. She reads her work with much care so one could really understand where Mur was coming from as she wrote it. And within all of the adventure and affection, Mur adds several bits of quirky humour.Overall, I am giving this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. I'm very excited to read/listen to the next installment Hell and get used to the characters and the story again.Until next time!JFab

  • Melissa Hayden
    2018-11-24 07:16

    Kate and Daniel, best friends and roommates, come to an untimely end. They wake to find themselves in their Heaven, with what they most want. But when they start to question things they see more. Needing more God gives them a pass to travel the different Heavens. As travelers they come across different settings, and learn more than they expected. Yet, there is more behind the driving force of their journey. A mission.We have two main characters, Kate and Daniel. They are the best of friends, and have been so for years. We start with seeing things through Kate's eyes. Getting to know her well. I like the questions she asks of Heaven and the illusions she feels here. Then about half way we get Daniel's view and journey. There is a reason for this, you have to listen so you get the affect. The things that drive Daniel to do what he does. Who he thinks of and why. It's interesting how the story comes to light as we go. As Kate's is a more lighthearted fun, Daniel has a bit of a different journey. He goes through some trials and tribulations to fulfill his assigned mission. Both have their stories to tell, and story to live out in the afterlife.What they see in the different Heavens we visit. LOL! Oh my. We see different Gods and worlds. We also get to visit a dog heaven. Yes, dogs do go to heaven. And the fun humor Mur is so great at seeps through the journey. It's fun, yet as we go we learn there is more to the journey than meets the eye.There is much, MUCH, more happening here than a simple journey. In the shortest episode we learn much that is a huge pivot point in the book. Interesting. Souls are going missing and mission bestowed upon Daniel is more than he knows. Maybe a way of putting things into order, after the chaos? We have to keep going to find out. Once I hit this episode, a little bit past half way, I was hooked. As much as I enjoyed the fun, the drop of what was happening cinched it for me. I will be following through this series to learn what is going on.This is a fun glimpse at different thoughts of Heaven. This is a neat journey through Heaven. There are different thoughts conveyed and even through what Kate and Daniel go through. You'll feel the touches of Religion, but in no way feel as you are swayed to any specific aspect.Mur does make me smile with her characters comments and happenings, even when things seem to get a bit dire.I'm on to the next stories in this series. I want to see if Kate and Daniel can complete their next mission, to find the missing souls. And what Mur has in store for us in other aspects of the world she's created.

  • Damian Patterson
    2018-11-10 11:16

    In my recent days I've found myself to be far more forgiving on things in regards to fiction that I decide to spend time reading. Maybe it's from learning more about the craft of writing that has given me more insight. Perhaps one day I hope to be given some mercy whenever I manage to get something published myself? This week I finished Mur Lafferty’s “Heaven” book one of the Afterlife series and I must say I'm impressed. The story follows Kate and Daniel as they die and find themselves in heaven and bored. The two get sent out to visit other versions of heaven in search for lost souls. While faffing about these Stereotypical 21st century representatives inadvertently kick off doomsday in various different belief systems.The story is very well written, characters exhibit growth, and it was a very easy read. I really loved the Faulkner first person approach with the first chapters just to become third person on the last chapter. I've seen plenty authors craft confusing dribble by switching voices between protagonists but Mur pulls off the trick beautifully. I also enjoyed the dialogue in this work. Having been a fan of Ditch Diggers –Mur’s podcast- I could hear the honest banter as the author’s true persona came through. The authenticity of the truth within the lie of fiction was an ideal blend and a tribute to a well rounded writer.There were a few thing I saw that could have been better. I think that the book of Kate spoke more fluidly than the Book of Daniel. Whenever he took over narrative It seemed that he bled a lot of the spirit from the journey. It was almost as if he wasn't as well known to the author as Kate was.The action stayed at a really good pace and I'm glad that details didn't lag, however, some diversity to the stage would have been nice. It seems heaven is very grey dull. Even Elysium seemed less spectacular with the exception of the colosseum.The concept of the book was great but it rung a lot of bells that reminded me of “Seasons of the Mist”. It's as if Mur simple picked up where Neil Gaiman left off with that set. I saw so many opportunities to make changes to the characters of various gods instead of the tried and true routine. I guess given the subject matter the safer bet would be such method.Despite the minor issues- which are more based on my personal precepts- this book was remarkable done, and a addictive read. There was so many deep set hooks I'm willing to fork over rent money to see what happens next.

  • John
    2018-12-10 10:04

    This novella was crowdfunded and made into a podcast by Mur Lafferty, with the written version coming later on in the process. I downloaded it as part of the 2012 Hugo Awards, as Mur made a lot of her fiction freely available to those who wanted to know whether or not they should vote for her for the Campbell Award, which she sadly did not win. At the start of the novella (like, first sentence, so this isn't a spoiler), two friends die; as the title suggests, they find themselves in Heaven and the tales of their journey are contained within.There are mild spoilers here, but nothing huge; I'll only cut the ones that are truly massive. The journey through Heaven is kind of interesting, with them starting in Judeo-Christian Heaven and then progressing through the Nordic afterlife, the Japanese afterlife, and a few others. A couple of things didn't ring right with me about this; the depiction of Judeo-Christian Heaven, with everyone having their own private environment and the people around them being automatons, just sounds so completely not idyllic to me. My idea of Heaven is pretty much just the world we currently occupy, but where nobody wants to hurt anyone else; but then, this is problematic from a free will perspective. The difficulty of imagining what paradise would actually be like is high, which is one of the reasons that God is omniscient and I am an atheist, but this definitely isn't how I see it. The explanation that there are multiple Heavens makes sense, but Lafferty isn't as good at weaving the different mythologies together as some other authors. In fact, there isn't really any bleeding at the edges; just concrete, defined boundaries between the afterlives.(view spoiler)[The other thing that bothered me (and I can't remember whether it's this novella or the next one, since both deal with similar material) was the idea that the Judeo-Christian God was the most powerful, almost like God Prime. It may well be that Lafferty's logic – that He is a monotheistic God and thus must encompass all the qualities that a pantheon would – holds true, but it feels a bit like it's just bias. Lafferty is a white American, and therefore has presumably spent most of her life in an environment that favours Christianity as the default; how much of the system is sensible and how much is just cultural bias? I don't know the answer to that question. (hide spoiler)]All in all, this was quite a fun read, but I'm not sure I'd recommend you move it to the top of your reading pile.

  • Skeptigirl
    2018-11-12 06:20

    I absolutely loved the adventures through the afterlife in this. It was great. I love reading mythology and about other religions and this really was a great description of a place, an interesting place that really got my imagination going. Regardless of this I think there are a few questions I really wish would have been asked. Most notably I really wish that when the real Daniel, the one that turned out to be real, showed up Kate had asked: Is this the real Daniel or just heaven trying to give me what I want? He was exactly what she wanted. After her dissappointment she really did not want the Daniel she dreamed about but the Daniel she had in life, her real friend. I think that was just too convenient and for a character who just asked God some really hard questions, dissolved all she ever wanted, and was left a hermit. I thought it was really out of character and not only a question left unanswered in the moment, because it was answered later, but a question left unasked. A question left unasked is the only type of question that truly bugs me in books.I thought Kate was a fine character but Daniel, well he is another story. I just did not get him. I could not in my head for a moment reconcile the homeless helping guy he was stated to be in life with the guy the story gave me.Still I enjoyed it. I really would not have cared to write so much had I not liked it over all. If I had hated it, I would never have finished it.

  • Nicole
    2018-11-16 10:26

    Many of the reviews of this book are for the audiobook version and many reviewers talk about their fondness for the author's voice, her podcasts, and things other than this work. I came to this serial through the ebook version, so I have none of that other stuff to influence me (for better or worse). It reads like a YA book with its teen characters and their continual befuddlement at virtually everything around them. I'm not sure if that was the author's intention but having great a lot of YA in recent years I'm comfortable considering this book alongside that material. As it was written as a serial and as there are now an additional four volumes that have been released in the six years since this first book was released I am put in mind of Jim Butcher's first Dresden book, written for a class challenge. There is a lot to build on in this first book and I feel like rating it with kindness that many things other reviewers saw as flaws in the story or characters will be smoothed out through the follow up works. In any case, Heaven was interesting enough to bring me back to he series looking for the next installment.

  • Saretta
    2018-11-30 04:59

    Tutto inizia con una ragazza innamorata del suo migliore amico (per cui lei è solo e soltanto la migliore amica) ma un incidente automobilistico sconvolge tutto: i due muoiono e, viste le recenti buone azioni, si ritrovano in paradiso.La vita dopo la morte però si rivela troppo perfetta e i due protagonisti finiranno per ritrovarsi e diventare viaggiatori tra i vari paradisi disponibili.Nel romanzo vengono presi in considerazione solo alcuni dei "luoghi dopo la morte", in fondo ogni religione ha il suo e 200 pagine non basterebbero certo per contenerli, l'autrice si è concentrata sulle credenze più mitologiche: le divinità dell'Olimpo greco, quelle nordiche (ahhh ma come piace Odino agli scrittori) e quelle giapponesi (forse le meno conosciute).La narrazione segue due punti di vista, prima Kate e poi Daniel; le voci differiscono per i temi, non saprei dire quanto per stile di scrittura.Questo primo episodio mi ha abbastanza convinto, anche se i protagonisti accettano senza dubbio alcuno la loro missione e le sue conseguenze come fossero eroi navigati; in ogni caso proseguirò con la lettura della serie con la speranza che i caratteri dei personaggi si delineino maggiormente.

  • Cameron
    2018-11-30 06:01

    The first in a five-part series, Heaven follows two friends who die in a car crash and end up in what we think might be heaven. Turns out, it's their own personal versions of heaven - or is it?Mur raises a lot of interesting ideas with this novel, the first of which being the idea that heaven is whatever you choose to make of it. The characters first spend some time apart, but are quickly brought together again as they begin on a quest. They travel from 'heaven' to 'heaven' and meet the greek and roman gods, norse gods, the Japanese god of hell, and even dog heaven! All the while they're on a sort of "mission from god" to find lost souls and bring them back, as the world is ending and the 'heavens' are filling with a multitude of souls.The books ends with what's really a new beginning, and the characters now must venture into hell, which is the second book in the series. I like the idea of breaking this into five novellas instead of one huge novel, as there's a lot of story to tell in each part, it seems. I'm looking forward to the next one.

  • Alex
    2018-11-10 08:05

    It all started like an essay about life, short life, and death, quick and sad. What it then morphed into was something similar to Philip José Farmer's To Your Scattered Bodies Go of the Riverworld series. It became an adventure book with a mythological theme.I liked the writing, as it was engaging and I could really connect with it. The characters weren't that complex, but I have a feeling this story wasn't as much about characters as it was about their journey and mission.Most definitely a most peculiar read, in comparison with my usual books, but one that I somehow was able to enjoy. The only downside I can find would be the almost complete lack of action-packed scenes. It is a bit too peaceful for my liking. Hoping Hell will change that for the better.

  • Darrell
    2018-11-11 06:13

    Kate is in love with Daniel, but she's stuck in the friend zone until she dies and goes to heaven where she gets to marry him. This story spans many different versions of the afterlife from Greek, Norse, Buddhist, Shinto, and even dog heaven. Light-hearted fun.

  • Lianne Burwell
    2018-11-18 03:59

    This story is the heartwarming pair of childhood friends in the afterlife, after dying in a car crash. Oh yeah, and the end of the world.Kate and Daniel have been friends for a long time, despite the fact that Kate is in love with Daniel, and he is completely blind to this. After dying in a car crash, they end up in separate heavens, but get the chance to reunite and travel between heavens because Daniel wants to find his sister, who died as a child, and God wants agents to find souls that have gone... missing. Only problem is, their travels are going to set off the Apocalypse. Ragnarok. The end of the world.Oops.(It maybe be cheesy, but my favorite of the heavens that they travel to has to be dog heaven, where everything is in grayscale, and there are fields of rotting carcasses to roll in.)Next up, Hell.

  • Melissa
    2018-11-25 06:13

    This book was okay. I liked Kate (the female protagonist), but not Daniel (the male protagonist) so much. The Christian afterlife was about what I expected, which isn't necessarily a good thing. No surprises, no clever re-imagining. Seeing the other heavens was more interesting, but still imperfect to me. I don't know much about Norse or Japanese mythologies, which I think subtracted from my experience. Dog heaven was really cool until it got weird. The plot moved quickly, sometimes to its own detriment - I'm not sure if the holes I stumbled across were my own ignorance of the sources, or a fault of the author. I'm not going to read this again and wouldn't recommend this for others. My colleague is going to read the second installment to let me know if it's worth continuing on.

  • Melissa Nichols
    2018-11-28 08:01

    After reading the first chapter of "Heaven," I really didn't think I'd enjoy it. In the beginning, I wasn't a big fan of Kate. Her unrequited love and devotion towards Daniel seemed too pathetic and I worried that the rest of the story would focus too heavily on that romantic relationship. I was wrong. Rather than focusing on any romance between the two main characters, I instead enjoyed their friendship and playful banter. Kate seems like a pretty average girl. There's nothing that particularly stands out about her. She's different from other female protagonists who are the smartest, prettiest, and often strongest. Kate's normal and that's refreshing. The concept of this novella is very unique and truly satisfies one's imagination. I definitely recommend it.

  • Neal Dench
    2018-11-23 08:25

    I don't know why Mur Lafferty isn't more well known than she is. She has interesting plots, and she writes well, with a natural conversational style that flows well. Having been a fan of her novel "Playing For Keeps" (which I listened to in podcast form), and as a regular listener to her "I Should Be Writing" podcast, I thought it was time to dive into her Afterlife series, of which this is the first novella. Written, I think, before "Playing For Keeps", this tells the story of friends Kate and Daniel, who die together in a car crash and then find themselves travellers through various interpretations of "heaven". This is an enjoyable first book in the series, and sets the scene well for the story to come. I'll enjoy reading the other novellas in due course.

  • Ryan
    2018-12-10 05:04

    I listened to the podiobook of this two years ago and gave it 3 stars; rereading it in print, though, I had some more thoughts and enjoyed it more.Friends Daniel and Kate die, and go to heaven. Not all is right in Heaven, though, so they're sent on a mission from God to go through different heavens and find out what's what. On their travels, they encounter a few different pantheons of gods, and kinda sorta start a few Apocalypses on their way. Lafferty captures the voices of both protagonists fairly well - they're inexperienced early-twentysomethings and sound like it - and there's a light-hearted, humourous tone to the story that prevents the somewhat-serious topic of life after death from getting bogged down.

  • Eric Hellman
    2018-11-29 05:12

    Pro tip for authors: don’t kill off your heroes on page one, then destroy heaven and earth 3 ways before page 150 in the first book of a series. Unless, of course, you happen to have the talent and imagination to pull off something that audacious.Which is what Mur Lafferty does successfully in Heaven, the first book in her “Afterlife” series, now available as a Creative Commons licensed ebook on Unglue.it (CC BY-NC-SA). The first 5 books in the series are all available; “Thanks for Ungluing” contributions for these books will help Mur keep the lights on while she finishes the sixth book in the series, entitled “Stones”.

  • DDog
    2018-11-29 10:57

    This was a good listen. I haven't listened to the rest of the series yet, so hopefully some of the things that made me go "huh?" will be resolved later on. I think the concept is well suited to the novella format, and I'm looking forward to the next book, Heaven - Season Two: Hell. Lafferty's a great storyteller, and I liked that she read the parts from Kate's perspective and Jim Van Verth read the parts from Daniel's perspective.

  • Scott
    2018-11-24 04:21

    Loved this whimsical look at the after life. Fabulous novum - coming of age adventure story set after thedeath of the protagonist. I stumbled upon this series as podiobooks, and the serialized format fit the story quite well. The Mighty Murphy does a great job breathing life into her characters as she reads the stories herself. The production quality improves consistently across the "seasons" in this saga. Loved the way she folded classic mythological elements into the series. One of the most delightful aspects of the series was how well she wove the various traditions into a backdrop for the classic coming of age tale.

  • Keith
    2018-12-05 04:04

    I have been aware of this book, and this series for quite a while. I know Mur is a great writer, it just didn't seem like something I would enjoy, but I was SO wrong! As a fan of Playing For Keeps, I really wanted to check out something else by this author as I am a fan of her podcast as well. So, I chose to start this series. It is incredibly well-written, decisively well constructed, and incredibly entertaining. Seeing the heavens of other cultures is quite a new thing for at reader, at least in my experience, but Mur handles it deftly. Wonderful job! Can't wait to dig into more of the series.

  • John
    2018-11-24 03:59

    Series opener: Kate and Daniel die in car accident, and wake up in Heaven to discover that God as missions for them that involve forays into the heavens of various world religions. Meanwhile the corporeal world is coming to a nuclear end. Readable, has both amusing and horrifying bits, as a general tour through the afterlife is comparable in quality and cleverness to Dale Basye's "Heck" series (which is more satiric, however) and Jodi Lynn Anderson's "May Bird" series. Will probably read the sequels.Money Quote: "With nuclear war reducing the world to rubble, the newspaper hadn't bothered to include a Lifestyle or comics section, so I stuffed [it] back where I'd found it."

  • Jason
    2018-11-20 05:07

    The whimsical tale of a boy and a girl... who die. Heaven may not be all it's cracked up to be, and for our jaded youths it's just too fake. Seeing heaven for the facade that it is, they set off on a journey to see if the grass is greener in any of the other afterlives from cultures and religions around the world. On their way they'll meet new and old friends, face numerous perils, explore several "heavens" of religion and mythology, and maybe even save a few souls along the way... I deeply enjoyed the story and I am already working on Season Two, great book!