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Posted February 13, 2014
Review of “Martin Little, Resurrected”, by Ella Medler
Martin Little is an all-around expert—at losing. Just ask him. His mother is not shy at showing her disappointment in him, his sister finds him a complete burden, and he can’t seem to hold a job for very long.
As in life, so in the afterlife, which he gets to without any warning at all. A few hours in the slammer for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, a jailbreak, and – piff! – life is over. The only thing that makes it all worthwhile is a young lady he meets while in the drunk tank. She is also the only reason for following his new friends through such adventures as breaking into Heaven, sprouting wings without a permit, and hacking into Eternity’s computer database.
Along the way, he meets various and assorted heavenly celebrities, be they Christian, Greek, Norse, or Disney (yes, you read that right). What is even more astonishing is to find that the Head Honcho, Cronus, is anything but a leader. Somehow that title was wrested from him. Martin finds the reason behind the switch from Deity to Bureaucracy, which leads the group even further afield. It’s a crazy ride, from Heaven to Hades and back again, as everyone in Martin’s circle finds, and loses, and finds, their reasons for existing.
What a refreshing, fun read this was! There are more twists and turns in this book than there are red-plush corridors in the halls of Heaven! At least, the Heaven in Ms. Medler’s take on the place. So many fun, memorable characters. So much going on!
The biggest thing, though, and really the best-written, is the change that comes over Martin. He whinges so much about how awful he is, and how it is better if he just disappears, that you find yourself wanting to scream, “Just get over yourself already!”
Then you gradually realize—he has! He just doesn’t know it! It’s so subtle—and it’s so joyful when he finds it out himself! The ending was a really wonderful, feel-good one…and one that could not have gone any other way, if there are gods in charge.
And in Ms. Medler’s Heaven, there might not have been. The IT guys could have really messed it up.
Posted September 11, 2013
Martin Little, Resurrected is a clever and imaginative piece of fiction. I don't want to elaborate too much on the plot to avoid spoilers, but the writer does a wonderful job of grabbing the reader from the start and not letting go. The journey includes colorful characters--each lovably flawed--for whom you'll enthusiastically root, and a well-paced story that will keep you guessing at its direction. The writing is sharp and humorously mocks the bureaucracy of everyday life. Fans of fun, witty, and quirky reads will especially enjoy this novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 1, 2013
I really enjoyed the concept of this book but many of the sentences were worded in such a way they left me confused. I also had a hard time identifying with the main character Martin. He was so weak and full of self-pity, it really bothered me and I had a hard time imagining him as a male, he struck me more as a female or possibly an extremely juvenile young male. He did redeem himself somewhat when I considered all his actions throughout the novel, but he certainly wasn't my favourite character. I loved the take on such different views of heaven and hell and other key players in mythology and there were adorably charming details I enjoyed reading about, like wing colour and loss of feathers. All in all, it was an interesting read but not one of my favourites. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 27, 2012
Martin Little, Resurrected was a fun read that will make you smile over and over again. It has so much going for it. Ms. Medler has a lighthearted, storytelling voice that suits this genre perfectly. I can't wait to see what her next book will bring. Ms. Ella builds the characters in such a way, you find yourself turning the pages because you want to see what happens next. She is incredible with her words. The book has just the right balance of humor and real-life feel. My heart repeatedly went out to Martin who seemed to be the only one tripping over his own feet. (And I thought I had bad luck) The book showed the readers the main reason that total opposites are able to become friends because of one major thing that linked them for life. I honestly felt like I was reading about real people. This is one of the best books I have read in quite some time. It drew me in from the very beginning and kept my attention all the way through. I fell in love with some of the characters, (others, I loved to hate). I laughed and bit my nails as Martin found himself in yet another predicament. I found myself feeling as if I knew him personally. I felt like I was watching his life unfold around me. Ms. Medler obviously poured her soul into this, and it shows. I'm impressed. I hesitate to go into any detail because I would hate to be a spoiler, but the characters are exceptionally well-developed and the plotline is solid. I was drawn in and enveloped by the world Medler created. Indie books are often a toss-up. This one is a definite winner. I read the book quickly and will be looking for more books to read by this talented author. I enjoyed it! If you want to know what heaven looks like, get this book. Medler describes her version of it flawlessly!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 19, 2012
"From time to time, I come across a book that, at first sight, might appear like many others, but after reading it I am amazed at the treasure within its pages. Martin Little, Resurrected is such a book for me. If you thought about heaven as the imaginary model of an ideal community, all peaceful, calm and organized, forget about it. The story is, in my opinion, a subtle satire focusing on the individual’s failure to integrate into a society to which he does not belong. Martin’s lighthearted journey, the twists and turns of the funny action-packed story makes it a pleasant read. The author displays an exquisite style while conjuring up a highly inventive plot. I savored every page of this deeply satisfying novel, fluently written with a natural narrative gift. I’m looking forward to reading more books from Ms. ELLA MEDLER."Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.