Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives

  • Title: Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives
  • Author: David Eagleman
  • ISBN: 9781847674272
  • Page: 432
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sum Forty Tales from the Afterlives In the afterlife you may find that God is the size of a microbe and unaware of your existence Or you may find the afterlife contains only those people whom you remember In some afterlives you are spli
    In the afterlife you may find that God is the size of a microbe and unaware of your existence Or you may find the afterlife contains only those people whom you remember In some afterlives you are split into all your different ages, in some you are recreated based on your credit card records, and in others you are forced to live with annoying versions of yourself that repIn the afterlife you may find that God is the size of a microbe and unaware of your existence Or you may find the afterlife contains only those people whom you remember In some afterlives you are split into all your different ages, in some you are recreated based on your credit card records, and in others you are forced to live with annoying versions of yourself that represent what you could have been.In these wonderfully imagined tales at once funny, wistful and unsettling Eagleman kicks over the chessboard of traditional notions and offers us a dazzling lens through which to see ourselves here and now His stories are rooted in science and romance and awe at our mysterious existence a mixture of hope, love and death that cuts through human nature at innovative angles.

    • Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives By David Eagleman
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    About David Eagleman


    1. David Eagleman is a neuroscientist, a New York Times bestselling author, and a Guggenheim Fellow During the day he runs a neuroscience research laboratory at Baylor College of Medicine in the Texas Medical Center in Houston At night he writes His books have been translated into 23 languages.


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    1. In the afterlife you discover that all the goodreaders are in the same walled-off section of heaven. God greets you in the form of your ideal librarian. In the heaven library you witness the librarian gamut: examples include a fatherly professor, a stern but gentle middle-aged woman, and a supermodel in a plaid skirt with legs that won’t quit. If you are a seventeen year old girl God is a combination of Ben Harrison and that guy from 500 Days of Summer.The more time you spent on the more sta [...]

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    2. You do not have to be a subscriber to any of the more common religions in this world to harbor some notion, some hope, that there might be a form of personal existence beyond death. Eagelman has come up with forty possible post-mortem futures and offers them up in bite-size stories in this slim volume. The tales range from tedious to inspired. There is an O-Henry-esque tale in which a man’s greatest desire is to become a horse. A vision of God as being fascinated with Mary Shelley’s masterpi [...]

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    3. This book blew me away; I underlined and starred dozens of sentences and typed them in to my friends on email. Sum tells 40 vignettes from the afterlife, but you quickly figure out that (a) the stories are mutually exclusive (if one is true then the others cannot be), and (b) the stories are not about the afterlife at all, but instead unusual portraits about the here-and-now. After I read it I found out that the author David Eagleman is a brain scientist during the day, and that explains a bit a [...]

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    4. My favourite video game of all time is a homemade 2D platformer on the little-known Yaroze—a black, programmable Playstation—called Time Slip. In this game you are a snail with a one-minute lifespan who has to use his time on screen to stand on buttons that open doors to other parts of the level. Once the minute is up, the snail is reincarnated as another snail at the beginning of the level, or at the latest checkpoint. The ghost of your previous snail remains on the map, reliving its moveme [...]

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    5. Some of these stories were indeed imaginative scenarios of what the afterlife is like or what God might be like. But because his Heaven or God is always imagined as some inversion of a human hierarchy or scale gets repetitive very fast. God always lacks some human quality that intrinsically keeps him as God and us as humans, orhe's just like us, but just a smaller or larger scale. Because his Heaven is always some rearranged variation of the human life, all the stories start to sound the same. B [...]

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    6. This is a suite of variations on the possibilities of different kinds of afterlives. Each of the forty tales is usually only about a couple of pages long, but each one is densely packed with mind-bending what-ifs. He imagines wildly different ways that an afterlife, if it existed, could be structured. Some are exquisitely sad, such as this first paragraph from 'Metamorphosis': "There are three deaths. The first is when the body ceases to function. The second is when the body is consigned to the [...]

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    7. ***NO SPOILERS***An enjoyable set of inventive "what if?" vignettes, Sum is Eagleman's envisionings of various versions of the afterlife. All are impressively unique, and some really stretch the mind. Be sure to open this book while fully alert. Eagleman's background as a neuroscientist is, at times, on full display in these pages as some of his ideas veer into the complex and obscure with talk of quarks and atoms. Readers not inclined toward the scientific may find these boring. Fortunately, th [...]

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    8. Such a quaint little read! I didn't know what to expect when going into this book but I was pleasantly surprised. Eagleman takes the reader to mystical and dark places as he contemplates what the afterlife may hold. From a heaven where Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein) is Queen to an afterlife where you act as the extras in living peoples dreams - this book is a real look into an incredible imagination. Although each tale is only a couple of pages long I was fully transported to each ghostly [...]

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    9. I loved this book. Normally I find it difficult to read an entire volume of short fiction (the stories in this book are so short they could almost be called sudden fiction), but this collection of hypothetical versions of the afterlife was so cleverly done that I couldn't stop reading it. Brilliant! Even though I've already read it I want to buy a copy to add to my personal library.

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    10. Pure delight to those who love speculations and out-of-the-world stories. Pun intended.

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    11. Want to stretch your mind for a bit? Check out this little book packed with imaginative possibilities of what happens after you die. Written by a neuroscientist, Sum captures many facets of the Afterlife that are told succinctly in a series of vignettes that pull from science, fantasy, sci-fi, mythology, pop culture, religion, and probably a few nightmares and daydreams. But what if.?

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    12. A collection of forty short texts describing different possible afterlives that gives you a few gems here and there, but also leaves a lot to be desired. The characters are completely anonymous - which is fine. This is simply a collection of thought experiments.In one story we are atoms in Gods body, in another the dead are not allowed to rest until everyone alive have forgotten about them (Shakespeare must be pretty mad by now if this one turns out to be true). There are a lot of stories circli [...]

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    13. A beautiful elegy for the lives we have chosen to lead or not to lead. Sum is a wonderous piece of writing. While the book is comprised of 40 imaginings of the afterlife, it is much more a celebration of everything which has come before it. After reading Sum, I was left awestruck again by the world around us. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

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    14. I read Thai version last night. A good translation and very thought-provoking. Recommended!

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    15. Now putting the finishing touches to the Bulgarian translation.Caveat: Sum will bring no insight to those who seek visions of the afterworld--and no consolation either. ;) Instead, it may make us re-examine our very own lives, here and now. Perhaps avoid some of the blunders. Definitely laugh. At ourselves, most of the time.I laughed in "Quantum":In the afterlife you can enjoy all possibilities at once, living multiple lives in parallel. You find yourself simultaneously eating and not eating. Yo [...]

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    16. Fitfully imaginative, often repetitive meditations on what might happen after we die that frequently get sidetracked into cute commentaries on how we live now. Which isn't unexpected, I suppose. But the most entertaining and thoughtful of these stories truly fulfill the promise of the premise; the others just didn't do much for me. Also, way too many of them involve variations on the idea that we are unknowingly cogs in some vast system, but this might not bug if I hadn't read the book in two si [...]

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    17. If I could give this book 6 stars I would! I thought it was brilliant and I plan to read it again and often. Sum is a collection of short stories that are visions of the way we could conceive of life after we die. It is a clever way to think about your life from afar. It alternates between esoteric, profound, and hilarious.

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    18. probably 3.5 actually. A fascinating book of short tales about possible afterlives, including one where all possible versions of you exist (quantum physics I think), another where God is so small he works on a microbal (?) level, and is simply unaware of us, a bi-product of bacteria. Or where the afterlife conforms to capitalist principles and for a reasoable price you can download your version of heaven. Or When you arrive in the afterlife, you find that Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley sits on a th [...]

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    19. A thoroughly interesting and readable short story collection, with forty surreal tales of potential afterlives that manage to be more funny and poignant in turn. I really enjoyed this.

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    20. A charming little thought-experiment conducted by a writer of rich yet limited imagination. This book has received rave reviews in a number of journals over the past few months, and I was on a waiting list at the library for weeks before I had a chance to check it out myself. Meh.Clearly influenced by the structured, dreamlike musings of Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities, Sum: Fory Tales from the Afterlives dances neatly through a series of post-life possibilities. Some are clever, some are odd, [...]

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    21. Öldükten sonra nereye gideriz ya da bir yere gider miyiz? Tanrı dediğimiz şey aslında bir devanası mı? Ya birileri bizi hep anarsa ve o zaman biz de sonsuza dek var olursak ne olur, sıkılmaz mıyız? Ya Tanrı bizden çok bunalmış ve çoktan başka evrenlere taşınmışsa? Bu hikayeler bir harika dostum!

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    22. Kitap yaratıcı bir zihinden çıktığı belli olan ve üzerine düşünmesi zevkli olabilecek ölümden sonra yaşam hayalleri sunuyor ama ben kitabın kurgusunda olmamış bir şeyler sezdiğim için çok keyfini çıkaramadım bu hayallerin. Yazarın bilim insanı olan tarafı, yaratıcı yazar olan tarafını biraz bastırmış sanırım.Bu türde - türden kastım yazarı bilim kökenli olup, kurguya dayalı ama yazarın bilim uğraşına dayalı bilgisini de az ya da çok içeren kitapla [...]

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    23. SUM ผลรวมหลังวางวายผมอ่าน 'SUM : สี่สิบเรื่องเล่าหลังความตาย' จบไปนานแล้ว แต่พอได้จัดห้องใหม่ ผมจึงค่อยกลับมาเห็นหนังสือปกแปลกๆ วางอยู่บนโต๊ะอีกครั้ง ได้กลับมาพลิกอ่านบทสองบท อารา [...]

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    24. David Eagleman is a neuroscientist and an excellent writer. SUM consist of 40 rather brief vignettes---or imaginings---of what the afterlife might consist of. Some are hilarious, some are rather sci-fi, some of mysteriously brilliant and compelling. Most are memorable. I would suggest reading this book slowly--just one or two chapters a day. Otherwise it can become overwhelmingly like an educated psychedelic light show. Eagleman is not all tricks and mirrors: informed by science and his study of [...]

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    25. This was my favorite book I read in 2009. Here's what I wrote in a piece for Salon:salon/books/feature/20I loved the idea of "Sum: 40 Tales From the Afterlives," but did I actually want to slog through 40 of them? How many novel conceptions of the afterlife are there -- wouldn’t this be about 35 too many? No, actually. David Eagleman has got a million of them.Eagleman did his undergrad in literature and his Ph.D. in neuroscience. He runs a brain lab by day and writes fiction at night. It shows [...]

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    26. „Сума“ няма да ви донесе озарение за отвъдното нито успокоение. ;) По-скоро може да ви накара да преосмислите тукашното – вашето лично. Навярно да избегнете някои глупости. Със сигурност да се посмеете. В повечето случаи – сами на себе си.Може да прочетете две от моите люби [...]

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    27. Άξιες θαυμασμού για την επινοητικότητά τους οι παραλλαγές στο ίδιο θέμα, αυτό της μετά θάνατον ζωής. Ωστόσο, αυτές οι παραλλαγές δεν είναι ισάξιες. Κάποιες είναι κουραστικές ή υπερβολικά και εξόφθαλμα διδακτικές. Εντούτοις, παρότι φλερτάρει ενίοτε με το είδος, αποφεύγει το [...]

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    28. This is totally unrelated to the content of the book, but I keep wanting to call this Sum: Forty-One Tales from the Afterlives, after the band Sum 41. And I kind of feel like David Eagleman missed out on some tie-in gold there. Call me, Eagleman.Let’s start with one huge positive of this book: it’s short. I’m saying that’s a positive not because I disliked the book—quite the opposite, in fact. And yeah, maybe I am reading a whole bunch of short books in the last few days of 2014 to bum [...]

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    29. Aslında biteli epey oldu ama çeviri yetiştirme, ardından biraz tatil olunca yoruma geç kaldım. Ve ölümden sonraki yaşamla ilgili kırk öyküden oluşan bir kitap. Tanrı ve öbür dünya kavramını çok tatlı bir hicivle sorgulamış. Kahkahalarla okuduğum bir kitap oldu. Özellikle iki yerde öyle koptum ki neredeyse bütün uçak dönüp bana baktı diyebilirim. O bölümlerden biri şöyle:"Yarattığı yeni sistemin en önemli özelliği herkese eşitçi davranılmasıdır. Art [...]

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