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Silly, Touching and With a Message
November 25, 2017
Living the Good Death by Scott Baron is quite the quirky, silly novel. It's funny in many places and touching as it develops the theme of human kindness, right along with anger and some mild violence and sadism.
Dorothy, or Death as she likes to be called, is the human incarnation of the Angel of Death. How she happened to go from the non-corporeal plane into becoming a sack of meat is what's really puzzling her. Trying to find how to get back to her own plane of existence is her quest.
Thinking she can simply kill herself to accomplish her goal, she tries... but Death isn't doing her job anymore. Just listen to the news as accident victims who should rightfully have died, survive with just a few scratches.
Dorothy finds herself confined to a mental hospital, she encounters sadistic doctors and brutal orderlies, as well as quite a few certified loonies and crazies.
Baron has crafted a great little novel here with a unique protagonist, Death. Dorothy makes it from beginning to end, experiencing most everything life has to offer.
I truly enjoyed this book from the very beginning. Although it's not exactly what I was expecting, it turns out that this gem is thoroughly entertaining. The writing is crisp and descriptive with quite a lot of humor. The running joke, "You're not in Kansas anymore" is said to Dorothy several times to her own confusion... until she watches the Wizard of Oz.
Humor like this is scattered plentiful through the story. Don't get me wrong though, there's quite a bit of sadistic violence as well.
This is a book you'll have to read yourself. Don't be surprised when you find yourself leaking from your eyes a time or two. Truly, it's expected if you have a heart.