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At its heart, this book is about Wit s, a young boy, journey through the land of death after his untimely demise It s an interesting premise to launch an examination of death from, especially in that it focuses on the dead, rather than the living, but severe problems with the pacing, coherency, and writing render the book unfathomable, rather than intriguing.Before I start running through what didn t work, I do want to make it clear that I am personally not a big fan of allegories, and I consider books like Pilgrim s Progress to be an exquisite form of torture conjured up by high school teachers to punish students for daring to enjoy the written word I have a special place in my heart for Chaucer, but even then just particular stories First, the pace of the book is that of an abstract meander There s no sense of urgency to drive the plot forward Wit s primary goal is to live again, but he essentially has all of the time in the world to do it On top of that, he spends most of the book confused and learning life lessons There are long dialogues about why people act the way they do, about the balance of power in the world, about poverty.Each one of these is an issue worthy of examination, but they re presented back to back with very little to break them up There are periodic bursts of forced adventure, but it always rings hollow simply because what danger exists is of the generally vague, trippy sort that never quite clicked with me as legitimately threatening In short, the book itself is a vehicle for a series of allegorical stories connected by Wit s curiosity and the various ways he tries to make it back to the world of the living This in itself isn t a problem, but the stories themselves are so indecipherably dense that it took a force of will for me to turn from one page to the next Also, the material connecting them was so bizarre that I really couldn t latch onto anything to orient myself Coherency is a big problem in this book It demands a level of attention from the reader that s usually reserved for discussing the vagaries German administrative agencies and the obscene alphabet soup they generate Most of the time, I simply couldn t read through even one paragraph quickly I had to stop, frown, and puzzle my way through That s not to say that it s a bad thing, in moderation, but almost every paragraph was its own logic problem to be worked out, and over the course of a book, that s an extreme amount of work to subject a casual or even focused reader to I never felt like the author didn t know what he was talking about, but I often got the sense that he didn t particularly care if I followed him The best analogy I can offer is that I felt like a ten year old having string theory explained to him in terms of mathematical proofs.The author tried to cover too much ground in too small a space and without enough explanation, and as a result it made parts of the book almost unreadable for me Again, this is also a type of book that I am already not the fondest of, but even so, this book was a particularly difficult example of the genre for me to process and enjoy I didn t feel like I had a reasonable grasp of what was really being discussed until the last chapter, and as a reader I simply couldn t bring myself to do the work needed to follow the author s train of thought from start to finish.The writing style compounds this problem The author relies on puns, word play, and alliteration to the point that I was walking on the walls None of these things are bad when used in moderation, but the torrent of them in this book vastly exceeded the amount I could comfortably enjoy.The way the author puts together the basic sentences seems intentionally designed to go over the reader s head, even without the issues mentioned above, and he seems perfectly willing to adopt his own language and force the reader to either learn it or remain perpetually befuddled.An example Well these mushrooms are growing all over the show, said Wit with superfluous eloquence Maybe they all weep if you poke em And he walked to the next to indulge his elegantly satisfying theory of elephants and fish for tea This is the sort of book that the path to enlightenment in a land of oatmeal would be called the Whey, with those upon it carrying the Wait of their sins, while trying to avoid falling Weigh Down into the Wrong Way Sea.Add to this a few instances of missing quotation marks, periods, commas, and the like, and reading the book was a vexing exercise that left me feeling drained after a handful of pages.All of this is tragic, because there are a lot of interesting, valid messages in this book, and the framework itself is one that could work quite well And towards the end, I was able to see the book the author meant it to be Even then, it never got there, but the last segment started to present things in a way that were readily grasped.Ultimately, this book tried to do something very interesting, and the surreal world the author tries to present could have been truly fascinating Poor pacing, a tendency to jump onto any opportunity to confound the reader, and excessive word play rendered large swathes of the book almost unreadable and incredibly frustrating I give it a 1 5. A Bizarre Fantasy That Tries To Piece Together What Happens To A Young Man After His Untimely Death Places Him In Dark ExileWhen You Die Before You Re Supposed To, Sometimes You End Up In A Strange, In Between Place At Least That S Where The Unnamed Narrator Finds Himself After A Mysterious Accident Places Him In The Pathway Of A Pooch Named Parley Turns Out, The Grim Reaper Only Uses His Black Cape As A Ruse Parley Is Actually His True Form And With That Knowledge, Readers Are Quickly Catapulted Into The Outlandish, Slightly Off Kilter Explanation Of What Happens To People In This Version Of Purgatory They Re Not Meant To Be There, So They Ve Got To Find A Way To Pass The Time The Book S Main Character Though He S Never Truly Named, He Earns The Nickname Wit Because Of His Sense Of Humor Is Understandably Puzzled By His Predicament And Filled With A Strong Desire To Go Home In His Often Disturbing Yet Oddly Endearing First Novel, Miller Creates A Kind Of Jabberwocky Style Story In Which Fans Of Strange, Seuss Ian Characters Pillow Is The Goddess Of Lost Sleep Don T Let Her Yawn On You Or You Ll Be Snoring For A Hundred Years Or Until A Passing Virgin Kisses You Will Feel Right At Home Readers Never Get Terribly Comfortable With The Characters Wit Meets, And They Re Probably Not Supposed To This Is The Afterlife, After All Yet The Story Is So Whimsically Told That The Through The Looking Glass Frivolity Starts To Make A Strange Sort Of Sense Miller S Work Here Might Be Inspired By His Own Son S Untimely Death, And His Grief Is Palpable In The Author S Estimation, Young Men, Especially Those In Their Teens, Should Not Die Their Move Into Maturity Is Reflected In Wit S Slow Understanding Of The Alternate World He Now Lives In And How He Copes With The Oddness Of Everything Around Him Take This Small Exchange The Whale Started Again, I Came Here When I Was A Boy, Like You, But Already As Big As A Bus Who Wants To Swim In Skim Milk So The First Thing I Did Was To Try To Get Back By Beaching Myself I Didn T Even Realize You Can T Die Here At Times, Dialogue Can Be Excessive But For The Right Adventurous Reader, This Trek Off The Beaten Path Will Yield Wonderful Results This book is insane Brilliant but insane At first I thought it was kind of miserable, then I thought maybe it s insensitive but then I thought this guy is going through hell and writing about what he s feeling on the way through So I m not sure if going through hell makes you insane or you have to be insane to think you can get through hell and back but it started to make sense towards the end so I guess it either made me crazy too or the insanity was actually woven together into a pattern about death that I hadn t seen before and could only see once I stepped back a bit from the woven threads So I guess I d recommend it to anyone going through hell. Parley After Life DIY Guide to Death and other Taxes is an allegory about letting go of the compulsion to want to see our lost loved ones again It is an answer to everyone who tried but failed to comfort me by saying my son, Tim, was still there somewhere It is also an example of how to manage our unintelligible grief using the psychological trick of rewriting it into a work of pure imagination There is nothing rewarding than raising kids it s what we re made for The pain we feel when a child dies is life long and there is no panacea except the stories we tell ourselves We are all story tellers novelists and religious writers alike are just professional day dreamers However, the key to coping with crisis is holding on what s fact and remembering what s fiction. Overview Death and Other Taxes is a Sci Fi novel that brings an interesting twist on reality It follows a boy who has died, but too early, and so in turn must wait it out before he returns to the files Because his parents didn t lose his name, and because his wits were in tact, this boy is then nicknamed Wit Wit then goes on a journey of a lifetime, trying to win back the life that he believes is rightfully his He meets a vast array of other people Talking horses, birds, and, yes, even socks, some good, some, not so much, on the quest of his, erm, life.Review This book was interesting in a very eccentric way It kept me guessing as to where Wit would go next, and in no way was an easily foreshadowed book I loved the overall concept of the book, it wasn t your basic concept of life and death, it had an interesting twist on time, as well as an interesting twist on life itself The ending was good, even though I felt as if something was missing, which can just be in regards to the fact of the author s excellent story world building Although there was a wide array of reasons why I loved this book, I do believe that I should state a couple of the things that the author should look out for in the future, for this author definitely has legit potential.One,in the beginning of the book, I was often confused as a reader It s not necessarily that the author didn t explain enough, it s just that the author almost had a hard time finding the correct words to explain each scenario After each bubble of confusion, there was later an ah ha moment that was a redeeming quality, but not enough to totally overlook this part.Two,Although it wasn t heavy on the grammar problems typos, I was still able to understand what each sentence meant, there were some grammar problems that could have been fleshed out with a couple rounds of editing, or, even, hiring another editor to sweep away the last bread crumbs of it all.Okay, now that I got the dirty work done, I want to focus on a couple good qualities of this book I really enjoyed reading into the characters, and, being the cat person that I am, my favorite was Pillow guilty as charged, which wasn t really a main main character, but I felt the full impact of how well constructed the character was The general idea of a cat having nine lives, and since they don t destroy all nine lives in one huge explosion, part of them waits as the rest of them dies off, is truly brilliant The whole idea of the bringer of death was a surprising twist that I don t want to spoil, and, even though I tend to gravitate towards the supporting characters instead of the MC, I d have to say I still enjoyed the character of Wit, all due to the fact that Miller didn t neglect making his MC interesting in order to make all the other characters interesting in return Kudos to him.Rate Overall, I rate this story as a whole a 4.5 out of 5, rounding down to a 4, all in part because the introduction of the entire book was a little choppy, but, once I got into the flow of the book, I enjoyed it This book is recommended to lovers of sci fy of all ages, although for your average reader, I d recommend it towards the 12 20 bracket, for the content could be immature at times the bird went on someone on several different occasions , but had a mature theme to it, so shouldn t be read by anyone younger than twelve. A bizarre fantasy that tries to piece together what happens to a young man after his untimely death places him in dark exile.When you die before you re supposed to, sometimes you end up in a strange, in between place At least that s where the unnamed narrator finds himself after a mysterious accident places him in the pathway of a pooch named Parley Turns out, the Grim Reaper only uses his black cape as a ruse Parley is actually his true form And with that knowledge, readers are quickly catapulted into the outlandish, slightly off kilter explanation of what happens to people in this version of purgatory They re not meant to be there, so they ve got to find a way to pass the time The book s main character though he s never truly named, he earns the nickname Wit because of his sense of humor is understandably puzzled by his predicament and filled with a strong desire to go home In his often disturbing yet oddly endearing first novel, Miller creates a kind of Jabberwocky style story in which fans of strange, Seuss ian characters Pillow is the goddess of Lost Sleep Don t let her yawn on you or you ll be snoring for a hundred years or until a passing virgin kisses you will feel right at home Readers never get terribly comfortable with the characters Wit meets, and they re probably not supposed to this is the afterlife, after all Yet the story is so whimsically told that the Through the Looking Glass frivolity starts to make a strange sort of sense Miller s work here might be inspired by his own son s untimely death, and his grief is palpable In the author s estimation, young men, especially those in their teens, should not die their move into maturity is reflected in Wit s slow understanding of the alternate world he now lives in and how he copes with the oddness of everything around him Take this small exchange The whale started again, I came here when I was a boy, like you, but already as big as a bus Who wants to swim in skim milk So the first thing I did was to try to get back by beaching myself I didn t even realize you can t die here At times, dialogue can be excessive but for the right adventurous reader, this trek off the beaten path will yield wonderful results.An odd, imaginative story filled with sweet sadness, glowing with vivid appeal Ref Kirkus Reviews