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Who says death can't be funny? Boyett, the author of two other Pocket Guides(toSainthood and to the Bible), has a gift for irreverent, humorous prose that is also quite informative. This guide is a hodge-podge mix of factoids, kitsch and jokes about what various religions teach regarding what happens after we die. The author covers a wide swath of material, from Mayan and Aztec religions to the invention of the defibrillator and its connection to increased near-death experiences. Boyett also takes a walk through the Bible to highlight what it states about heaven and hell and who is likely to end up in each. The Lettermanesque "Afterlists" are quite amusing-such as "18 symbols of death throughout the ages" and "11 highly attractive synonyms for heaven." The author should be commended for the user-friendly layout and for laboring to explicate non-Western religious traditions to a largely Western audience. Here's hoping this pocket guide series does not die off anytime soon. (Aug.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.