Reincarnation Blues is the story of Milo, or rather the many stories of Milo as he reincarnates over and over and... over again in an attempt to reach Perfection. In a variety of ways, he's fucked up every single one of the 9,995 lives he's lived thus far & now he only has 5 more tries to get it right before... well...
Also, he's in a long-term relationship with Death (who prefers to be called Suzie.)
The concept of reincarnation has always been super interesting to me, it's almost a buzz word when I search for new books. However, there are many creative ways in which to royally screw up this concept, and so I like to go in with a healthy amount of skepticism.
I'm glad to say that in this case my skepticism was unwarranted.
Along with an intriguing premise, this novel is woven through with threads of Terry Pratchett-esque humor & absolutely bursting with creativity. I found myself giggling out loud more than a couple times.
So many unique stories are present, it's like reading a handful of novels in one. They are all individual in their plot & interesting both on their own & as part of the whole.
Poore has given life to a story that is all at once fascinating, peculiar, and hilarious.
The reason this wasn't a full five stars for me is because during the last two story arcs, I had a bit of trouble staying engaged. By comparison, I feel as though the preceding stories are much stronger than the final two.
Those stories, however, only account for a small sliver of the novel. The conclusion bounces back effortlessly, and at the end of the day I am very pleased to have read this.
I have every intention of checking out Poore's other novels after this wonderful first experience with his work! I would highly recommend this if you're looking for a hysterical & fantastical romp through time & space.
***Publication Date: August 22nd, 2017***