Jesus Christ in the Underworld by Simon Christopher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book is hard to describe, and certainly hard to pigeonhole. As it starts, we meet Jesus, newly dead and arriving in Sheol, where he fully expects to be greeted by God. Instead, he’s treated like any other dead soul, which leaves him angry, confused, and looking for answers. Along the way, he meets angels and archangels, other prophets with varying degrees of sanity, mysterious shadows, and others of the dead who have embraced their afterlives.
The book is well-written, with an engaging plot, an intriguing take on the afterlife and its inhabitants, and touches of humor. It is part political thriller, with angelic factions set against each other, part theological investigation that deals with the question of a man’s purpose, and part character study in Jesus, who is sure that his answers must be found.
It is a fresh take on the (after)life of Christ, and poses as many questions as it answers. I found it a fascinating read.
Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy by M.A. Kropp is a set of short fantasy stories. Meet wizards, imps, gangster angels, and frogs in this group of varied tales of magic and mischief. Escape from the everyday into worlds of fantasy with Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy.
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