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Reviewed by Cassie Widjaja for Readers' Favorite
Beyond: Tales of the Afterlife by James J Flanigan is a slightly morbid collection of fiction short stories with a dash of humor. Every one of us has wondered at least once what happens after death. This book will be the right fit for those interested in the afterlife. All sixteen original stories are a perfect blend of dark humor and barroom philosophy. They include stories from the past, present, and possible future. From seeing a very different form of God to a deal with a rebel angel, this collection has everything you could want. Written to make its readers laugh and think about life's ultimate destination, this book is bound to blow your mind!
James J Flanigan hit the ball out of the park with his collection of short stories. I love how James vividly described each scene, allowing me to properly understand what the character is facing and what he is feeling. Each sentence within these tales advances the plot and serves a purpose. James has interesting concepts for each short story, for example, 'Doggone.' My favorite short story would have to be 'A pop star and a deal with the devil,' seeing as I find it ironic that little things can make humans drastically want to end their lives. Each story made me laugh, just as it has made me rethink my perception of life after death. Beyond: Tales of the Afterlife definitely doesn't hold any punches back, and it's a book not to be missed!