Review: Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives

Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives
Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives by David Eagleman

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Reading this book feels like reading the journal of a stoner university freshman in general studies who wants to major in the universe. While it has some interesting story prompts, the value of the stories are primarily for entertainment, not as thought provoking entertaining exercises. The compilation goes for quantity rather than quality. Each story is so short that it’s barely developed beyond a single sentence idea. The book would have benefited greatly from picking the best ideas and fleshing them out into full short stories rather than having the majority of the tales being completely forgettable.

If you’re looking for ideas for Twilight Zone style stories then this book could be a good inspirational reference. Otherwise you can probably page through it in your local library and get as much out of it as if you read the whole thing.

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