2. God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian - Kurt Vonnegut
I love Kurt Vonnegut, but for those of you who don’t know he is completely crazy. Creative and genius, yes. But also crazy. If you need proof, this novel details a fictional account of his many purposeful near-death experiences on which he journeyed to heaven and interviewed the dead. Talk about a different perspective. On his travels he encounters William Shakespeare, Isaac Newton, and characters born in his own mind, as well as many others. It’s good - but it’s really weird. As previously indicated, I expected nothing less from Vonnegut, but don’t go into this thinking that it will be particular enlightening, or really even sensical. It is a very interesting and original concept, but mostly it’s meant to entertain. Everything from his banter with St. Peter to his suggestion that a monument be built in honor of Hitler keeps the reader a little on edge, unsure of what to make of the story. My advice is to take it all as a joke, because that was the intent. The book is a quick read, and I would certainly recommend it if you have some extra time on your hands, but it isn’t something I would go too out of my way to read.