Highland author publishes new novel

Highland resident Michael Poore published the new novel "Reincarnation Blues."

Author Michael Poore, a Highland resident, received a heap of acclaim for his literary novel "Up Jumps the Devil," an off-beat comedic book with the ultimate antihero: the devil himself in modern times.

Reviewers said it was hilarious and a masterpiece, and that Poore "wrote like an angel."

He now has a new novel out by a major publishing house.

Del Rey, an imprint of Penguin Random House, recently published Poore's "Reincarnation Blues," a 384-page book marketed as "a wildly imaginative novel about a man who is reincarnated over ten thousand lifetimes to be with his one true love: Death herself."

Poore's new novel has earned positive reviews from critics, who have compared it to the works of greats like Neil Gaiman and Douglas Adams. "Reincarnation Blues" follows Milo, an "old soul" who keeps getting reincarnated and only has five more chances to escape the nothingness of oblivion but who pines for Death, whom he calls Suzie.

"It's the most fun you'll have reading about a man who has been killed by both catapult and car accident," Jason Sheehan wrote in a review for National Public Radio. "It has one of the best first chapters of the year, and the second one is even better. 'Reincarnation Blues' is like 'Cloud Atlas' written by Douglas Adams. Something that could've been so grim and sad turned bright and cheery (and also sad) by a mind just made for the appreciation of absurdity, dry humor, shark attacks, philosophical anarchy and an acceptance of the hard fact that every life is a death sentence, made valuable only by what we choose to do between the first day and the last one."

Poore, who is married to Highland poet laureate Janine Harrison, also has been published in a number of literary journals such as Agni and Asimov's, and earned a place in the widely distributed anthology 'The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012.'

A reviewer with Publisher's Weekly said his new book has philosophical heft as well as laughs.

"Poore addresses humans’ relationship to the universe through a clever, personal story filled with gentle humor, wry sweetness and perhaps even some wisdom," the reviewer wrote. "Poole aims to amuse more than to philosophize, but his ideas about human nature and the randomness of life make this more than a time-jumping farce."

The novel can be found online or ordered at local bookstores, such as Miles Books in Highland.

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