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Afterlife Crisis

ECW. Sept. 2020. 432p. ISBN 9781770414709. pap. $17.95. SF
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Even though Rhinnick Feynman just assisted in saving the world of the afterlife, the Detroit mayor tasks him with a new mission: find Isaac Newton and stop his plans before he unravels the very nature of existence. Thinking this will also be his way to find his best friend Zeus, who suffered a mindwipe from Socrates and disappeared, Rhinnick accepts his quest. As Rhinnick searches for Isaac, he discovers small and then bigger changes in Detroit. At first, he chalks this up to the revisions of the unknown Author who controls his fate. As Rhinnick investigates more, he finds himself engaged to two separate women and once again encountering many Napoleons.
VERDICT Law professor Graham (Beforelife) may have been aiming for a story combining elements of Douglas Adams and P.G. Wodehouse, but the corny and juvenile jokes, confusing worldbuilding, and meandering, fourth-wall-breaking narrative only proves to frustrate readers looking for a more cogent tale. However, fans of the author’s first book may enjoy this latest fantasy adventure.

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