• Title: Rich Pickings for Ravens (The Afterlife Crisis Trilogy #1)
  • Author: Tom Conrad
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 161
  • Format: ebook
  • Rich Pickings for Ravens The Afterlife Crisis Trilogy Set in an askew but modern day London Rich Pickings for Ravens is Part One of The Afterlife Crisis Trilogy This quirky humorous and philosophical tale centres on the afterlife journey of one Midnig
    Set in an askew, but modern day London, Rich Pickings for Ravens is Part One of The Afterlife Crisis Trilogy This quirky, humorous and philosophical tale centres on the afterlife journey of one Midnight Merlot, a ghost who really doesn t believe in ghosts, at least until becoming one In fact, our leading ghoul soon has all manner of concerns to contend with, as in the clSet in an askew, but modern day London, Rich Pickings for Ravens is Part One of The Afterlife Crisis Trilogy This quirky, humorous and philosophical tale centres on the afterlife journey of one Midnight Merlot, a ghost who really doesn t believe in ghosts, at least until becoming one In fact, our leading ghoul soon has all manner of concerns to contend with, as in the classic detective mould the rather forgetful phantom must tackle two cases of inquiry namely, his questionable relationship past and the even mysterious circumstances surrounding his somewhat curious death In doing so, all the big questions are addressed What awaits us in the hereafter Is there a God up above What allows a ghost to fall through a bed, yet not the very Earth What songs would you play at your own humanist funeral Would your ex girlfriends see fit to attend your humanist funeral And what exactly happens at a bukkake party What others have to say Mike Robinson, author of Skunk Ape Semester What might ve happened had P.G Wodehouse written with the sensibilities of Edgar Allen Poe Or vice versa We might ve gotten something like Rich Pickings for Ravens , a dry wit tour of the afterlife that confirms simultaneously our hopes as well as our fears yes, there is an afterlife, but also, yes, it s still this life Just with considerably less meat Becky Shepherd, writer for The Indie Pedant Midnight Merlot is dead, yet how he came to be wandering the streets of London as a ghost, he s somewhat unsure about As it turns out, he s rather unsure of a lot of other things about his past life too Meanwhile, Detective Eccles is being hassled from his nitwit superior, but something doesn t feel right about a so called accidental death Cue lots of amusing and rather touching attempts to find out exactly how and why a young not so man about town found himself on the wrong end of a banana skin

    One Reply to “Rich Pickings for Ravens (The Afterlife Crisis Trilogy #1)”

    1. I read the book in just two sittings because I was intrigued both by the world Conrad depicts and the predicament of the main character, Midnight Merlot. Although the book reminded me a bit of Douglas Adams' work (Dirk Gently particularly), it is way more quirky than this would suggest. Obviously afterlife experiences have been done before, but a ghost preoccupied with sexual fantasies combined with a murder mystery is quite different. Conrad treads a fine line between smutty and philosophical a [...]

    2. I'm always on the lookout for funny books with a fantastic twist - fantastic as in Fantasy, though Rich Pickings For Ravens (The Afterlife Crisis Trilogy) is also a fantastic read quality-wise. The fantasy element here is the unlikely hero of the story. "Our young ghost" as the author refers to him affectionately, by the odd name of Midnight Merlot. The setting is the present-day London we all know.Midnight dies (not a spoiler, really) on the first couple of pages (or should I say screens?) only [...]

    3. A really entertaining, fun read. The concept is quite original for a who-dunnit, and as someone else suggested, it does read a little like a P.G. Wodehouse.I read this is a very disrupted way, so I found that the main character seemed to moon around quite a lot at the start, but this may reflect my reading habits, more than the story! It does get quite action packed towards the middle and end however.Probably not one for kids, by the way, as there is some fairly explicit sex in there.

    4. My journey with new author Tom Conrad has been, well, Rich. He has taken me through the betrayal of love, zombies , and finally onto a ghostly tale of one Midnight Merlot. Set in London a young Midnight Merlot has been taken from the life he once knew by way of a slippery back alley banana. Shocked by his ghostly demeanor, Midnight is unable to grasp his untimely death. Upon his waking death Midnight is met, by happenstance of one Hugo Hattersby who must unfortunately inform Midnight of how he h [...]

    5. I liked Rich Pickings for Ravens, it was the first book by Tom Conrad that I've read and I wasn't sure what to expect really. It was a totally different take on the ghost story as the lead wakes up to find himself dead on a sidewalk next to a bloody brick & a banana peel after a visit to a seedy business. He hooks up with other ghosts on his search to find out how and why he died in the first place. Honestly, my favorite characters were not the ghosts, but the two detectives and their idiosy [...]

    6. om Conrad's novel is a quirky trip through the afterlife. His main character, a ghost named Midnight Merlot is on a quest to discover the circumstances of his demise. Along the way he finds other characters as odd and unusual as he is. The book is filled with clever wit and funny dialogue. This is only the first book of a trilogy on the 'afterlife crisis'. It will be interesting to see where the sequels take Midnight.

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