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Review: The Many Beautiful Worlds of Death by Mark Sheeky

SYNOPSIS:

Prepare yourself for a fantastical adventure that spans time and space, heaven and hell, and countless wondrous realms in an amazing, imaginative journey that explores what it means to be alive while facing death.

George is given six weeks to live. Breaking the news o his wife and constructed robot son, the inventor vows to fight his condition, and using the ultimate space-time transportation machine, decides to visit the greatest minds, and most spectacular places in the universe, in a quest fo the ultimate cure….

 


 

Thank you to the author for a complimentary paperback copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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This is the first physical copy of a book I’ve read in a while and this is definitely a book that I would choose to own in a bound format – it has a matte white cover with a minimalist design that I adore. Each chapter starts with a new design of the same style and the font itself isn’t your standard book arial – though without being so different that it is a distraction.

The story starts with George being told by his physician that he has a brain tumour and has approximately 6 weeks to live. Understandably, George is less than content with this knowledge and sets to using his life’s accomplishment, his interdimensional portal, to discover a way of thwarting his own death.

I’m normally pretty happy to roll with any bizarre thing a story throws at me, but I did have a couple of issues up to this point – namely, is this an alternate dimension/set in the future? He’s the only person in the world with an interdimensional portal yet no one seems that interested in it.

Also, he has a robot son. Why does he have a robot son? Does anyone else have a robot son?

Confused robot photo robotclear.gif

 

Apart from that little bit hat I never quite got my head around, I settled in and enjoyed the ride. What came next was the product of a profound mind who’d obviously thought a lot about this subject, George travels to a number of dimensions (the ones with the hyper intelligent dinosaurs brought me particular joy) to find a way to avoid his fate and gains the perspective of various people in his hunt for wisdom. I won’t go into detail about these dimensions, as that would give the game away somewhat!

The reason I have given 3 stars rather than 4 on this title is a matter of personal preference regarding the style of the writing. Mark Sheeky is a poet and an artist at heart (check out his website),his writing reflects this with extensive and poetic detail about the characters and their surroundings. I prefer my narrative choppier and more concise, mostly due to a pretty erratic attention span.

This book covers a topic that deserves the poetic and philosophical approach to fully do it justice.  I would recommend this book if you are a fan of either schools of thought, with a little surreal fantasy thrown in.

“Ripped gold hair
forms a ring in the sky,
burning the air
like a saw-blade eye.

Dark heavy disc, hangs.
Leather green tongues of leaf.
I kneel at your limp yellow hands,
and pray beneath”

-The Many Beautiful Worlds of Death by Mark Sheeky

 

 

 

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