After having zipped through Paradise (the first of the Jamie's Myth series) I quickly got online and got the Wheels of the World delivered to my phone... thus continuing what could be described as a unhealthy relationship with the world that Glenn Myers has created.
The Wheels of the World goes a lot more in depth into how the Heavenlies operate; how temptation is like fairground rides in vanity fair, how love looks between two souls and even how ideas grow up. Not to worry, even tho we get to find out more it's not at the expense of sacrificing the story.
The story is mainly centered around Jamie and his recovery; both physically and spiritually; from the car crash which started everything off in Paradise (I would recommend that you read that book first, otherwise I imagine that some of the details in Wheels of the World may pass you by). I don't want to give anything away, I hate spoilers, but I will admit that there were times that I wanted to jump in there and hit Jamie and tell him to get a grip and get things sorted. That may seam rather negative, but it just goes to show how connected to Jamies character that I got.
I'm looking forward to seeing that Glenn Myers has in mind for Jamie and Keziah for the rest of the series (ie. Glenn... get writing!)
Reviews of Paradise - A Divine Comedy
What a great book! Loved the characters, the creativity, the dialogue ... There is much to think about beyond the story itself and the book gives a delightfully comic but definitely insightful look into the human psyche and soul ... I loved every aspect of it. I was given Paradise by a friend who knows I enjoy good lwriting. I have to say that any book which keeps me reading the next chapter because I've become absorbed in the characters and the unfolding story is a book well worth reading. This is one of those books. I look forward to the sequel. Susan Sutton, author, Amazon.com
Truly excellent! If Myers, a Christian theologian can mesmerise and surprise me again and again with his immense wit and intelligence, me the extremely liberal atheist then Sir, it's a heaven of a job! I can't wait to read his next work. Definitely I recommend.
Mary Papastavrou, Amazon.co.uk
A great flight of free phantasy - a wild and vivid imagination at work. Stunning if you like that sort of thing, perhaps not to everyone's taste.
I won this book from the site and 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
I also won Paradise in the goodreads competition...and I am really glad that I did ... 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
A superb rollercoaster of a story; loved every minute! Phil Groom of the Christian Bookshops Blog
Descripción del producto
Jamie and his scary colleague Keziah have been recruited into an eccentric organization that tries to fix broken souls and change the course of history. Which is fine, except Jamie isn’t too sure about the health of his own soul—and definitely doesn’t want to find out.
He’d rather be working for The Department, the heavenly bureaucracy that plans the future universe and offers a 30-hour working week, enviable employee benefits, and a tennis-skirted line manager named Anna-Natasha.
As Jamie dithers, problems mount, dark forces close in, and time runs out. He’s left with a decision: if he’s fleeing from himself, which way should he run?
The Wheels of the World is a comedy about how we change on the inside.
It is a sequel to Paradise - A Divine Comedy, which is also available on Kindle.
'Paradise - A divine comedy' shows what happens when what's hidden inside us, comes out.
Reviews of the series:
'‘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!
Glenn Myers’ comic writing has won national and international prizes and been broadcast on the BBC.