Sum: Forty Tales From The Afterlives

Sum Forty Tales From The Afterlives Sum is a stunning exploration of funny and unexpected afterlives that have never been considered each presented as a vignette that offers a lens through which to see ourselves here and now In one afte
  • Title: Sum: Forty Tales From The Afterlives
  • Author: David Eagleman
  • ISBN: 9780670069842
  • Page: 393
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sum: Forty Tales From The Afterlives
    Sum is a stunning exploration of funny and unexpected afterlives that have never been considered each presented as a vignette that offers a lens through which to see ourselves here and now In one afterlife you may find that God is the size of a microbe and is unaware of your existence In another, you work as a background character in other people s dreams Or you may finSum is a stunning exploration of funny and unexpected afterlives that have never been considered each presented as a vignette that offers a lens through which to see ourselves here and now In one afterlife you may find that God is the size of a microbe and is unaware of your existence In another, you work as a background character in other people s dreams Or you may find that the afterlife contains only those people whom you remember The stories in Sum are rooted in romance, science, and awe a mixture of death, hope, computers, immortality, love, biology, and desire that cuts through human nature at new and exciting angles.
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  • David Eagleman

    David Eagleman is a neuroscientist, a New York Times bestselling author, and a Guggenheim Fellow During the day he runs a neuroscience research laboratory at Baylor College of Medicine in the Texas Medical Center in Houston At night he writes His books have been translated into 23 languages.

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  • In the afterlife you discover that all the goodreaders are in the same walled off section of heaven God greets you in the form of your ideal librarian In the heaven library you witness the librarian gamut examples include a fatherly professor, a stern but gentle middle aged woman, and a supermodel in a plaid skirt with legs that won t quit If you are a seventeen year old girl God is a combination of Ben Harrison and that guy from 500 Days of Summer.The time you spent on the status you have in [...]


  • You do not have to be a subscriber to any of the common religions in this world to harbor some notion, some hope, that there might be a form of personal existence beyond death Eagelman has come up with forty possible post mortem futures and offers them up in bite size stories in this slim volume The tales range from tedious to inspired There is an O Henry esque tale in which a man s greatest desire is to become a horse A vision of God as being fascinated with Mary Shelley s masterpiece was insp [...]


  • This book blew me away I underlined and starred dozens of sentences and typed them in to my friends on email Sum tells 40 vignettes from the afterlife, but you quickly figure out that a the stories are mutually exclusive if one is true then the others cannot be , and b the stories are not about the afterlife at all, but instead unusual portraits about the here and now After I read it I found out that the author David Eagleman is a brain scientist during the day, and that explains a bit about the [...]


  • My favourite video game of all time is a homemade 2D platformer on the little known Yaroze a black, programmable Playstation called Time Slip In this game you are a snail with a one minute lifespan who has to use his time on screen to stand on buttons that open doors to other parts of the level Once the minute is up, the snail is reincarnated as another snail at the beginning of the level, or at the latest checkpoint The ghost of your previous snail remains on the map, reliving its movements aft [...]



  • Some of these stories were indeed imaginative scenarios of what the afterlife is like or what God might be like But because his Heaven or God is always imagined as some inversion of a human hierarchy or scale gets repetitive very fast God always lacks some human quality that intrinsically keeps him as God and us as humans, orhe s just like us, but just a smaller or larger scale Because his Heaven is always some rearranged variation of the human life, all the stories start to sound the same Becau [...]


  • This is a suite of variations on the possibilities of different kinds of afterlives Each of the forty tales is usually only about a couple of pages long, but each one is densely packed with mind bending what ifs He imagines wildly different ways that an afterlife, if it existed, could be structured Some are exquisitely sad, such as this first paragraph from Metamorphosis There are three deaths The first is when the body ceases to function The second is when the body is consigned to the grave The [...]


  • NO SPOILERS An enjoyable set of inventive what if vignettes, Sum is Eagleman s envisionings of various versions of the afterlife All are impressively unique, and some really stretch the mind Be sure to open this book while fully alert Eagleman s background as a neuroscientist is, at times, on full display in these pages as some of his ideas veer into the complex and obscure with talk of quarks and atoms Readers not inclined toward the scientific may find these boring Fortunately, the collection [...]


  • Such a quaint little read I didn t know what to expect when going into this book but I was pleasantly surprised Eagleman takes the reader to mystical and dark places as he contemplates what the afterlife may hold From a heaven where Mary Shelley author of Frankenstein is Queen to an afterlife where you act as the extras in living peoples dreams this book is a real look into an incredible imagination Although each tale is only a couple of pages long I was fully transported to each ghostly world I [...]


  • I loved this book Normally I find it difficult to read an entire volume of short fiction the stories in this book are so short they could almost be called sudden fiction , but this collection of hypothetical versions of the afterlife was so cleverly done that I couldn t stop reading it Brilliant Even though I ve already read it I want to buy a copy to add to my personal library.



  • Want to stretch your mind for a bit Check out this little book packed with imaginative possibilities of what happens after you die Written by a neuroscientist, Sum captures many facets of the Afterlife that are told succinctly in a series of vignettes that pull from science, fantasy, sci fi, mythology, pop culture, religion, and probably a few nightmares and daydreams But what if.


  • A collection of forty short texts describing different possible afterlives that gives you a few gems here and there, but also leaves a lot to be desired The characters are completely anonymous which is fine This is simply a collection of thought experiments.In one story we are atoms in Gods body, in another the dead are not allowed to rest until everyone alive have forgotten about them Shakespeare must be pretty mad by now if this one turns out to be true There are a lot of stories circling arou [...]


  • A beautiful elegy for the lives we have chosen to lead or not to lead Sum is a wonderous piece of writing While the book is comprised of 40 imaginings of the afterlife, it is much a celebration of everything which has come before it After reading Sum, I was left awestruck again by the world around us I cannot recommend this book highly enough.



  • Now putting the finishing touches to the Bulgarian translation.Caveat Sum will bring no insight to those who seek visions of the afterworld and no consolation either Instead, it may make us re examine our very own lives, here and now Perhaps avoid some of the blunders Definitely laugh At ourselves, most of the time.I laughed in Quantum In the afterlife you can enjoy all possibilities at once, living multiple lives in parallel You find yourself simultaneously eating and not eating You are bowling [...]


  • Fitfully imaginative, often repetitive meditations on what might happen after we die that frequently get sidetracked into cute commentaries on how we live now Which isn t unexpected, I suppose But the most entertaining and thoughtful of these stories truly fulfill the promise of the premise the others just didn t do much for me Also, way too many of them involve variations on the idea that we are unknowingly cogs in some vast system, but this might not bug if I hadn t read the book in two sittin [...]


  • If I could give this book 6 stars I would I thought it was brilliant and I plan to read it again and often Sum is a collection of short stories that are visions of the way we could conceive of life after we die It is a clever way to think about your life from afar It alternates between esoteric, profound, and hilarious.


  • probably 3.5 actually A fascinating book of short tales about possible afterlives, including one where all possible versions of you exist quantum physics I think , another where God is so small he works on a microbal level, and is simply unaware of us, a bi product of bacteria Or where the afterlife conforms to capitalist principles and for a reasoable price you can download your version of heaven Or When you arrive in the afterlife, you find that Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley sits on a throne Thi [...]


  • A thoroughly interesting and readable short story collection, with forty surreal tales of potential afterlives that manage to be funny and poignant in turn I really enjoyed this.


  • A charming little thought experiment conducted by a writer of rich yet limited imagination This book has received rave reviews in a number of journals over the past few months, and I was on a waiting list at the library for weeks before I had a chance to check it out myself Meh.Clearly influenced by the structured, dreamlike musings of Italo Calvino s Invisible Cities, Sum Fory Tales from the Afterlives dances neatly through a series of post life possibilities Some are clever, some are odd, but [...]


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  • David Eagleman is a neuroscientist and an excellent writer SUM consist of 40 rather brief vignettes or imaginings of what the afterlife might consist of Some are hilarious, some are rather sci fi, some of mysteriously brilliant and compelling Most are memorable I would suggest reading this book slowly just one or two chapters a day Otherwise it can become overwhelmingly like an educated psychedelic light show Eagleman is not all tricks and mirrors informed by science and his study of neurology, [...]


  • This was my favorite book I read in 2009 Here s what I wrote in a piece for Salon salon books feature 20I loved the idea of Sum 40 Tales From the Afterlives, but did I actually want to slog through 40 of them How many novel conceptions of the afterlife are there wouldn t this be about 35 too many No, actually David Eagleman has got a million of them.Eagleman did his undergrad in literature and his Ph.D in neuroscience He runs a brain lab by day and writes fiction at night It shows His provocativ [...]




  • This is totally unrelated to the content of the book, but I keep wanting to call this Sum Forty One Tales from the Afterlives, after the band Sum 41 And I kind of feel like David Eagleman missed out on some tie in gold there Call me, Eagleman.Let s start with one huge positive of this book it s short I m saying that s a positive not because I disliked the book quite the opposite, in fact And yeah, maybe I am reading a whole bunch of short books in the last few days of 2014 to bump up my read cou [...]


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