Paradise - A Divine Comedy
So I was driving to work when this angry suicidal lawyer crashed into me. She and I were flung out of our bodies, into the sky. So far, not a good day.
Captured, argued over, sold, our souls ended up in a cage called Paradise, where two evil spirits were market-testing new temptations for a sales conference.
Then a snake appeared. It was OK though: he was offering counselling. More
'Paradise - A divine comedy' shows what happens when what's hidden inside us, comes out.
'‘Hitchhikers Guide meets Screwtape meets Pilgrims Progress meets the Discworld!’ (Phil Grasham)
'...absolutely loved it. A hysterical surrealist take on what is out there after life on earth, or next to life on earth, or simultaneous with life on earth, or whatever. A story of Gods in kilts, crystal clear memories, and walls made of our pixelated fears. Delightful. (Jeannette M, Goodreads.com)
Sometimes you want to hit the main character on the back of the head and tell him to stop being a wuss, but how would you react if you had to build a paradise controlled by some used-car-salesman-style gods? If you like quirky and surreal stories about the afterlife, then I would highly recommend Paradise. (Katie Webb, Goodreads.com)
What a great book! Loved the characters, the creativity, the dialogue, the imaginative idea of evil spirits keeping humans as pets …. a delightfully comic but definitely insightful look into the human psyche and soul. It’s a mark of a good book (for me, at least) when I look forward to picking it up again to read and am slow to put it down. I loved every aspect of it. (Susan Sutton, author)
An interview with Glenn Myers
Q. So what is this book like and what books do you like the most?
A. Off-beat, quirky. British humour I guess. About the afterlife or at least about near-death experiences and the soul.
Q. Why this subject?
A. We spend loads of time grooming our appearance, because that's what people see. But what are we like on the inside? If your soul was like a landscape, what would it look like? How would it change? What would be attacking it or wearing it down? I thought it would be a lot of fun to picture that.
Q. And you get to ask big questions?
A. I think the best comedy does. Life, death, love, redemption: all those, but handled lightly. I see comic fiction like a ridge walk on a mountain range -- scary drops each side, but a carefree stroll on the top.
Q. With two warring characters at the heart?
A. Three actually. The main protagonist Jamie is at war with Keziah the girl who crashed into him and so sent them both to the afterlife. If he's smug, laid-back and bone idle, she's spiky, focussed and driven. They just don't get on. There's no possible world, living or dead, where they could ever get on. Yet they have to work together. And hovering in the background is Jamie's ex-girlfriend Caroline, who he's completely failed to love and she's left him. So they're all struggling. They're all lost souls. And of course the stress of being dead, of your soul exposed, and of being experimented on by evil spirits, all that tends to crank up the conflict. So there's missed love and disappointment and secret goodness and slow discovery. Such wonderful fun to write!
Q. There’s a lot of food mentioned in the books: Afghan (murtabak), Indian (for example, roti prata), Singaporean Chinese (Hainanese Chicken Rice) and Malay (Mee Goreng, Laksa, Nasi Lemak). Have you eaten all these foods?
A. Yes. It’s important -- vital research.