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The Sea Lies After Death by Aubra Penner

A tale of intrigue set in a sea of ghosts. 

Vera Langstrom, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, is dead. She finds herself in the depths of the ocean, where lost souls wander unguided in dangerous and unbalancend afterlife.

Note: The Sea Lies After Death is unfinished, and will likely remain so.


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Listed: Oct 19, 2011

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Editor’s First Impression

By David Demchuk, editor

Oct 18, 2011: Penner’s depiction of life after death is unique in its setting (a kind of underwater purgatory), lushly and engagingly written with many thoughtful details, and faint but welcome echoes of The Lovely Bones and The Brief History of the Dead. It’s early days yet—just six short chapters at the moment—so it’s hard to know just how much dramatic conflict can be mined from her protagonist’s situation. While we share Vera’s uncertainty about where her story is going, or how far, and the innate bleakness of the material may be off-putting to some, this is quite a promising start. I am curious to see how it will unfold.

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Swimming in Uncertain Waters

By Miladysa, author of Refuge of Delayed Souls

Sep 11, 2012: Undersea worlds have been created many times before in fiction but this is the first one I have come across where all the inhabitants, apart from the odd school of fish, are dead.

Vera is dead and is journeying into the unknown. The unknown is in the watery depths of the sea where Vera meets other newly dead souls like herself as well as much older ones.

The story is well written and strangely interesting at times. The author skillfully leads us along through Vera’s mysterious journey until the story comes to an abrupt end with the last post from November 2011.

I am unsure if this final post was intended to be the end of Vera’s journey or if the writer’s enthusiasm simply drifted away. Perhaps Vera reached her destination and I as a reader missed the boat?

Either way I would have liked to have discovered more about this eerie undersea world.

Well written and unusual concept but for me a bit of a washout.

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