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Forever Human by [Conyers, Tom]
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Spanning some 3,000 years and narrated by multiple voices, Forever Human follows a triangle of characters whose worlds are inextricably linked: Cassius, who remembers his past lives; Henri, who forgets; and Memphis, who may just have a greater awareness of the overarching plan of history than either of them. As Cassius toils on a formula for saving humanity from itself, the sinister Memphis shadows him and Henri through the ages on a significantly darker quest of his own.

From modern-day Melbourne to first-century Pompeii, 15th-century Brittany, Edwardian London and beyond, this compelling tale of an artist, a mathematician and an enigma takes the reader on a delicious journey straddling science fiction and literary mainstream, with a touch of Greek tragedy thrown in for good measure.

Conyers’ ambitious novel experiments with the literary equivalent of musical sampling and creative collage as he adapts, quotes and affectionately impersonates an eclectic mix of authors ranging from Fyodor Dostoyevsky to Emily Brontë, Franz Kafka to H. G. Wells and many more. Alongside his masterful use of language and plot, the author paints a menagerie of incredibly solid, believable characters, whose personalities will linger in the memory long after the final page is turned.

Forever Human is part literary mash-up, part meditation on religion and history, part adventure, part puzzle, and last but by no means least: a touching love story.

Forever bloodthirsty … Forever lovelorn … Forever human.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 671 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Arrant Press; 1 edition (1 October 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #624,555 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly, timeless love story, only better. 23 October 2014
By LM - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Now that I've allowed the story to dwell in my thoughts for a month, I've settled on the best way to describe my experience: reading Forever Human was like viewing a literary kaleidoscope. To be more precise, in the beginning, the kaleidoscope was close up, say at the tip of my nose. What I saw were pretty colors, interesting dialogue and characters, but I struggled to see how or where they fit into a story. As I progressed through the novel, the kaleidoscope was at arms length, then by the end, seated across the table from me was a face with a devious grin. Good show!

The love story between the main characters has already exposed by other reviewers to personify an idealistic relationship between science and art--and the story is richer if the reader is aware of that. The supporting cast carry much of the story's momentum: a fascinating villain, kooky woman, and a very big dog. They provided quite a few chuckles and the visuals will remain with me for a long while.

The literary styles (yes, I meant to use the plural) are a menagerie that the reader will have fun identifying. I missed quite a few; Tom Conyers kindly provided a list at the end.

Especially for lovers of history and literature, this novel will present a fun and challenging read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If I could give this six stars, I would. 19 December 2013
By D.Z.C. - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
The basic premise is The Master and Margarita, transplanted to modern Melbourne, with the key difference being that I have been three fifths of the way through The Master and Margarita since about 2004, whereas I finished this within a few days. Also it has a giant anthropomorphic dog in the place of the giant anthropomorphic cat.

At first I questioned the idea a bit - obviously no one actually likes Tony Abbott, but he's not exactly Josef Stalin - in fact it works surprisingly well, as do the excursions to first century Judea and 15th century Brittany.

The story, to the extent that there is one, centres around a multi-lifetime, multi-dimensional love story between Henri (art) and Cassius (science), but that's not really important. The secondary characters really bring the story to life, fading in and out at random, believing the rest of the world to be mad when really it is they themselves who hold that distinction.

The attempts at political satire didn't come off so well. I dare say that the Iraq War was, indeed, a Bad Thing, but it all happened a very long time ago. We have Miley Cyrus and Chinese moon landings to worry about now. Also, the acknowledgements section at the end made me rage: it is extremely annoying to go through a book happily noting literary references and then be presented with the crib sheet and informed that while you were feeling all smug about spotting X, you missed Y, Z and #&!*% ("Fine, I'll just **** off and watch Judge Judy instead. See if I care.").

Anyway, I'll definitely read whatever else Tom Conyers writes, and you should too.
3.0 out of 5 stars Great writing 13 April 2014
By Amanda Taylor - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is about people, reincarnation, and silly behaviors of people. I really enjoy the writer's writing style. It is very engaging and humorous. I love how the author would pick topics that are almost like a comedian and write a little 'bit' about something so off the wall but fits in the story! I loved the first half of the book but then it starts to get really jumbled and I wondered where the story was going, and lost interest a bit. Luckily the ending picked back up and it was an interesting strong ending. The characters all sort of come together and we really see an overall image of the main characters - who they are throughout their numerous lives. Overall a good book.

I received this book free for a review, but that does not guarantee that I will read the book and the review is truly how I feel about the book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Curiously puzzling 23 December 2013
By Acquafortis - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I shall start with why I gave it 4 stars not 5. For the first 20-30 pages I found the book very difficult to follow to such a point that I was reading it just for the sake of going on.
Swamped through that hurdle, the story started getting intriguing by the chapter to such a point that I looked forward to have time to read the book.
If you're in for some fantasy time bending, past lives revocations and unorthodox love, lived over and over again through thousands of years than I suggest you grab this book. You are in for a strangely weird collage of episodes splattered through time and space with an unexpected (at least for me) ending.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and unique book 9 January 2014
By Christopher - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Forever Human is a really tough book to read, only at first as for the first thirty pages I was lost. However, if you keep reading you'll be pulled deeper into the characters and start to be more interested in this world. The switch of narrative is a bit jarring and probably won't please a some readers, and this is the point that is probably most difficult to accept about this book for myself. Nevertheless the writer does a wonderful job of fleshing out his characters with flowing dialogue and good interaction that once you start reading you probably won't be able to put it down. In addition I really liked the cover to this book.