Book Review: Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore
Happy Game day!! Here’s to hoping the Wolverines can pull off a win tonight! I hope everyone is enjoying their weekends. Below I have a review of Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore which is another great fall/October read. Enjoy!
Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore
Reincarnation Blues follows Milo through his 10,000 lifetimes as he strives for perfection (or what the universe thinks of perfection). The fact that he fell in love with Death (aka Suzie) hasn’t made moving on as easy for him as for others. Milo is reincarnated time after time, into the past, the future, and the present, all in search of the one life that will let him live forever with his true love.
I have to admit the real reason I picked up this book was because of that beautiful cover. Top Shelf Text listed this book in her Spooktober reads and it caught my attention right away. Kudos to the amazing design team who put that cover together.
I always enjoy books that toe the line between magical realism and the afterlife–Reincarnation Blues was no exception. While I’ve read plenty of stories about the afterlife and reincarnation, this story was a fresh, funny look at not only the lives someone is leading but what happens in between those lives. I enjoyed Milo during his time in the afterlife and the slight variations of himself as he comes back to Earth throughout history. The humor throughout the book was witty, sarcastic, and honest. I’m also glad to know that in Poore’s future, when we’re living on one of Jupiter’s moons, we’re still using the same curse words. Poore did a great job with connecting seemingly little things (like Milo always having some breathing issues no matter what life he was living) throughout each life that drove home the point that this was essentially the same individual living all these lives.
I wish we had gotten to know Suzie a little more throughout the book; we did get some great snapshots from her point of view as Death, which I loved, but I wanted more! I enjoyed what Poore did with bringing Suzie more into Milo’s last life. I think this helped readers get to know/understand Suzie and her personality a little more and I really enjoyed her more and more as the book went on.
There were a few parts that were a little cringe worthy during some of his lives (they couldn’t all be wonderful) but they were smaller parts and the story moved on fairly quickly.
Rating 4 / 5 – This was a fresh, fast paced, funny, and sweet look at reincarnation and what it really means to achieve a perfect life. I feel like I got to read multiple books with all the well-thought-out different lives and plots that were threaded throughout the larger picture of the story. Not to mention that amazing cover that pulls you in!
Have a great weekend! What is everyone reading right now? Anything especially great?