Book Review: Sum – Tales from the Afterlives

Posted: April 5, 2011 in Book Reviews
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Cover of "Sum: Forty Tales from the After...

Cover of Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives

I have just finished reading “Sum: Tales from the Afterlives” by David Eagleman, which is a collection of short stories which all explore what happens after we die, with many different ideas of what happens in the afterlives.

It is a fascinating book, and some of the tales are what you would imagine the afterlife to be like, for example, returning in a new life as another creature, or just disintegrating into millions of microbes.

Some of the stories follow more scientific routes, while others are more religious. Both are interesting and thought-provoking, especially with suggestions that God is actually a woman, or is actually composed of a couple working together.

The book explores all the key questions about life, from what is the point of our existence, to how our beliefs change the way we live our lives and what this means for the afterlife.

It’s such an excellent collection of stories and although some of these afterlives i can imagine actually existing, some seem a bit far-fetched. However, i didnt want to finish reading this book because the ideas are just so well thought out, and i could read these stories forever!

I give this book a 9/10 for originality and how it opens your mind to more than just the usual beliefs of what happens next. It’s fairly easy to read, but it blows your mind! I recommend this book if you are curious about the afterlife, even if you are not religious or scientific, as it holds ideas to suit everyone.

  1. […] – Every now and then i get interested in something totally random, and this latest one is about the inner workings of the brain, and why we do things. This book sounds really interesting, and i want to get round to reading it at some point in the near future! I’ve read Eagleman’s “Sum: Tales of the Afterlives” which was really interesting and broadens your mind to different versions of what happens when you die ( see my book review of ”Sum”). […]

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