Paradise: Book Review

Paradise Glenn Myers

I have recently read Paradise: a Divine Comedy by Glenn Myers, available on Amazon for £8.99.

Paradise follows the story of two people, Jamie and Keziah, who die in a car crash (no spoilers, really, it happens by the bottom of the first page…) and awake in another dimension. It’s a place where they can create anything they want with the flick of a thought, consume food without calories, and generally live a peaceful, contented existence for the rest of eternity. Paradise, right?  A benevolent being appears and offers them all this and only asks a little worship in return. And the only fly in the ointment is a snake in the grass. Literally a snake… in the grass. Who talks.

Glenn Myers, an author from Cambridge, England, masterfully weaves a tale of two souls in an exploration of the Human Soul, combined with humor and wit, beautifully understated as only the English can. In the safe bubble of Paradise, in the midst of the Pandemonium of the Heavens, Jamie and Keziah must learn to work together to-not-cooperate in order to survive a life after death. Myers whimsically asks what happens when the spirit separates from the body: can earthly commuters become heavenly ones?

I found this book to be both riveting and light-hearted, while asking some great questions of the cosmos. The characters and their situation quickly pulled me in, and soon had me wondering if my screaming at them could actually help them. The resolution left me both satisfied and hungry for more. Fortunately I found out there was a sequel!!!

nogrometer 9

I splurged and gave it a nogrometer rating of 9.

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About doctornogrod

Daniel Cossette is a writer, actor, dancer, and mime originally from CT, USA. He's been writing, producing, and acting in scripts since jr. high. At Mimeistry International, Pasadena, CA he double-majored in Mime and Theology. Afterwards he founded Ambassador Arts and produced the shows Say It Louder! and Christmivest, including all original stories; he danced with Ad Deum Dance Company, Houston, TX, and eventually moved to England where works with Springs Dance Company, and directs Infusion Physical Theatre. He is married to a long time friend from the mime school, and currently resides in Cambridge, England.
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2 Responses to Paradise: Book Review

  1. Well, I read it, and the sequel. I would agree with your review, it was a good ride in one of the more unusual settings for a story that I’ve read, featuring lots of peculiarities (pengubim pulling souls, to mention but one) as you would expect in the supernatural realm.

    As a Christian, it was interesting to see a portrayal of the spiritual world, even despite the author’s note that it wasn’t based on any specific religious system.

    I think the books do a good job of dealing with deeper issues of pain, temptation, denial, self-pity and past hurts, despite the whimsical light style.

    I’m looking forward to the next book (which apparently is in process at the moment).

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