From Brandy's Book Nook: Review: THE MANY AFTERLIVES OF JOHN ROBERT THOMPSON, by - One man. Twenty-two Deaths. Endless Possibilities.

A Brandy's Book-Nook Review

The Many Afterlives of John Robert Johnson


Valerie Lioudis

Genre: Fantasy

1 man. 22 Deaths. Endless Possibilities. 

Death. No one wants to think about it, and John is no exception. Sadly, though, he will die. And whether he likes it or not he will end up somewhere. That brings us to the question at hand. What does any of that have to do with this book? Well, this book is full of the possibilities of what the great beyond might be, and how each look through his eyes. So, sit back and enjoy, for you might not die today, but John Robert Thompson surely will.

My Review

A reading group I'm in started reading this and I'm so glad I picked it up. Each chapter is a different way that John dies and the way his afterlife goes. Each chapter takes around an hour so it's great for lunch breaks, and the different ways things could go are very creative. Heaven and hell just don't seem to know what to do with him lol. He has no ambition so everything in his life is right down the middle. Nothing makes him good or bad, so the afterlife has trouble deciding his fate.

This is very entertaining, and fun for all ages as there is no adult content. I'm surprised by all of the different ways the author managed to come up with him to die, and how life after death could go. I can't really pick a favorite chapter as they are all so different, and imaginative. I did get a kick out of one of the last chapters where John ends up in Valhalla because he died in battle, but it was in battle with a mouse in his apartment!

This is really perfect for those who like to read, but can't sit and read for hours at a time because it can be read here and there without worrying if you'll forget something in the plot. Each chapter is completely unique, and the only thing that stays the same is John.

The book is free in KU and can be found at the following link:

About the Author

While she mostly focuses on Horror, Valerie Lioudis is a multi-genre author who has been known to dabble in post apocalyptic, science fiction, and even metaphysical stories. The common thread with Valerie's work is her constant sarcasm, and love for bringing the unexpected to her readers. She loves the art of writing a short story, and has merged that with giving back to those in need. Many of the anthologies she is involved with donate their proceeds to groups near and dear to her. Two of the causes she is proud to say she has helped raise money for through writing are Veterans and Breast Cancer charities. She is an active member of the Reanimated Writers Facebook group, and can found there to answer any questions you may have about any of her work. Come join the horde, we would love to have you.


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