I really enjoyed Beforelife. It’s a whimsical stroll through a fantasy land that exists after death. The main character, Ian, arrives in the afterlife with an unusual trait: perfect recollection of his life before death. This leads him to be institutionalized, where he meets some madcap associates, including multiple people who think they are Napoleon and someone who thinks he was a dog.
The rest of the book is all about how this group helps Ian discover what’s special about him.
I enjoyed the plot twists, which I won’t outline because spoilers. There are several other historical characters, some named (Socrates, Isaac Newton), others hinted at. I also enjoyed the world construction. The world after death is populated by immortals, with interesting ramifications for areas of study like science and social constructs like policing.
If you’re looking for a light hearted jaunt and you liked Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchett, you’ll enjoy Beforelife.
Thanks so much for this review, Dan. I’m so glad you enjoyed the book!