Doyle After Death: A Novel

Doyle After Death: A Novel

by John Shirley

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ISBN-13: 9780062304995
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/22/2013
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,105,942
File size: 795 KB

About the Author

John Shirley is an award-winning author, screenwriter, television writer, and songwriter. He lives in California.

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Doyle After Death 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
JJT3 More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a fun read. JS wrote another engaging book with great characters; a mystery with a tinge of romance. While I have read a number of his books, this is the second one that I recently read (the first being "the other end", which is phenomenal) in which he explores what may happen after we're gone. Again, very good stuff.
Brendan_Bartholomew More than 1 year ago
I've never been an Arthur Conan Doyle fan, nor a fan of stories set in the afterlife, but I bought this book simply because John Shirley is the author. In this quirky little adventure, Shirley proves that he loves to make things hard for himself. A novel set in the afterlife is a fundamentally unbelievable thing, but the author must make that afterlife at least a little bit believable, unless he wants the book to be received as pure comedy. So that's challenge number one, and Shirley attacks it by basing his book on the premise that if an afterlife exists, it would have to work according to something akin to the physical laws which govern the plane of existence which we, the living, inhabit. The second and greater challenge Shirley creates for himself is that because this murder mystery takes place in a world whose very physics are invented by him, he has to concoct a reality which keeps you, and the protagonists, guessing until the very end. This is harder than it might sound, because when the author sets his story in a made-up universe whose rules are established by him, there is the constant danger that some magical ability or occurrence will have the effect of a cheap shortcut or deus ex machina solution. It takes discipline to plunge your characters into a magical world, yet prevent magic from solving their problems. This book is not a comedy, but Shirley's wry sensibilities are present and accounted for. My favorite example of his humor is that one resident of this afterlife is a conspiracy theorist who believes the afterlife is an alien plot, and is really, really unhappy about the fact that he can't have a gun to protect himself against the other dead people. Classic Shirley. Those of you who are accustomed to the type of John Shirley gore-fests that rob you of your faith in humanity and make you want to lock your doors may be relieved, surprised, or disappointed to hear that "Doyle After Death" is not a horror novel. Sure, it's gloomy, and it's gothic, but it's also a kinder, gentler Shirley. A Shirley you can read alone in the dark at 3:00AM and not get nightmares from. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book, however after half way through it became boring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written. The author has done a good job in relating human activities and condition as well as environmental conditions of the Before and the Afterlife. Hopefully, there will be a sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this novel, it is at once visionary and original.  Anyone who admires Sherlock Holmes or Arthur Conan Doyle will find it tremendously rewarding.   But it's not necessary to be a devotee of those characters, any reader may enjoy this easy going story about down-on-his-luck private eye Nick Fogg waking up on virtually the first page in the Afterworld.  The author is to be commended on having worked out a thoroughly interesting version of the so-called "afterlife".  It answers a lot of old questions while positing new ones.  Expand your mind and take a chance on DOYLE AFTER DEATH.  Just be sure to read through to the end; Part II "The Raining Lands" is where it really picks up steam.  The journey and descriptiveness make this book well worthwhile anyone's time.  
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Put off by the paranormal must have slipped up in not getting a sample first will wait for a snow day mom
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