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Suicide Girls in the Afterlife (2006)

by Gina Ranalli

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This book gives an interesting view on the afterlife. How God and Satan are portrayed are kind of obvious. The story itself was alright. Basically, in this book, Heaven and Hell are in construction so all the freshly dead souls are put into a hotel to wait until construction is over. A few characters were entertaining to read about while others where..eh. I would say its worth a one time read, others might like it more than I. For a Bizarro book, it was tame, but I still see why it would be put in the genre. Check it out if you have a Bizarro collection like I do. It would be nice to have it in your Bizarro collection. ( )
  DeathsMistress | Jul 6, 2012 |
I found this book to be a sweet and charming read, but it was not what I expected and I find myself mostly lukewarm towards it. The premise – that basically every act of self-neglect, from overeating to failure to procure proper health insurance is suicide, that Heaven and Hell are under construction, and that there are levels of worthiness in Heaven – is not that bizarre. I suspect every college freshman has had a similar conversation. The idea of Satan as a goth and Jesus as a hippie are also… trite. God, I hate using that word, but there’s nothing new in the concepts and, in fact, they are common enough tropes that to see them in a bizarro book is jarring. Read the whole review here: http://ireadoddbooks.com/?p=636 ( )
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What if you killed yourself and discovered that the "Afterlife" might actually suck? Pogue Eldridge is a woman who does just that, and she starts to realize that this Afterlife stuff isn't at all what she expected. First, she's required to stay on a specific floor at the Sterling Hotel until renovations in Hell and Heaven are completed. That's the rules. Second, she can't go up to the nice floors where all the rich people are. More rules. And third, the food isn't that great, and there's nothing to do. Death imitating life? Pogue thinks so, and along with 15-year-old Katina, who died of a drug overdose (another form of suicide), they decide to go exploring, and bring along some of the others they've met. But because of the rules, they can only go down in the hotel elevator. And once they're in Hell, they can't leave unless "Lucy" decides they can. Join Pogue and her companions on a seriously twisted, often funny, and macabre trip through the Afterlife, where a Goth Lucifer suffers from depression, Jesus plays video games and smokes way too much pot, and Hell truly is a crappy place to be.

"Ranalli is one of those rare authors who can seamlessly combine horror with the hilariously bizarre, all with a sly little smile and wink. With Ranalli's unique turns of phrase and descriptions, Suicide Girls in the Afterlife pokes fun at life, death, and the absurdity of being human. A strange, entertaining, and thought-provoking read."  --Andi Marquette, author of several novels including Friends in High Places and the award-winning Land of Entrapment

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