Man by a tree by Dani J Caile

Take a devilish romp through a world of death, where souls pay for experiences, monkeys are the hosts, and God is the service provider.

God (Reginald) has been in control for millenia. With His staff of hundreds, and millions of souls passing through to experience the delights of physicality, his reign has become complacent. His servants, Satan and Lucifer, jump at the chance to take what they see as rightfully theirs.
The Grim Reaper, or Graham Reader as he calls himself, has been doing his job of transporting souls ever since he can remember, to gain his wings. But he has become tainted by the actions of the monkeys living on the planet. Unbeknown to him, a plan is afoot to change the status quo of 'up above' and 'down below', where he is a linchpin to both interested parties.

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  • Classification: Universal
  • Work is: Extract only on Authonomy
  • First submitted Nov. 23, 2011
  • Last updated Nov. 23, 2011
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  • Brian G Chambers's avatar
    Brian G Chambers wrote 2 years, 4 months ago
    Hi Dani What can I say. I love it, I love it. The hummour and wit hits you right from the off. A great, and original piece of writing here. I read to the end of chapter 10, and couldn't help smiling all the way. There is nothing I can fault with this. It is writing at its best. If I were you I wouldn't waste my time on here trying to make it to the desk. I would find ...
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  • Seringapatam's avatar
    Seringapatam wrote 2 years, 5 months ago
    Dani I actually enjoyed reading this book and think it will do well at the end of the day. There is a superb flow to this that nearly took me away from the story as I was so deep in the book. Thats a good thing for me as I lose concentration very easily. Great humour, great pace and a great future for this. Well done. Sean Connolly. British Army on the Rampage. (B.A.O.R) Please consider me for a read ...
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  • Tod Schneider's avatar
    Tod Schneider wrote 2 years, 10 months ago

    Excellent, diabolical, funny stuff! I love your imagery and the dark whimsy of your work. Nicely crafted and well polished. Six stars!
    Best of luck with this!
    The Lost Wink

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    Chancelet [Retired] wrote 3 years ago

    Club Gilmoire Review

    Cute start to the story, and good description of the hobgoblin soaring through the city and onto a pigeon’s back. Like the cosmonauts – kinda reminds me of when the jet pilots saw superman and he waved. It’s hard not to continue on to chapter 2, you just gotta find out what day 2 is like.

    N. LaRonda Johnson

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    CaileD Author wrote 3 years ago
    Chapter 1 is a pisstake on Grisham who gives everything, right down to the colour of the socks each character is wearing :-) [QUOTE] Chapter 1: Beady little dark eyes is an old cliche. Took you 5 para' to promote the dialog and even then it was unimaginative for such a detailed explanation of the scenery and motion. The narrator tells you everything from his pov - what to see and what to think. I prefer a mix of these. ...
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    Nancy Lopez [Retired] wrote 3 years ago
    Chapter 1: Beady little dark eyes is an old cliche. Took you 5 para' to promote the dialog and even then it was unimaginative for such a detailed explanation of the scenery and motion. The narrator tells you everything from his pov - what to see and what to think. I prefer a mix of these. This is fantasy for an older readership not YA, so I guess this is the format you chose to write this. I would take ...
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  • alison woodward's avatar
    alison woodward wrote 3 years, 1 month ago

    Wow love it, so easy to get in to and love the short chapters,
    backed and highly stared.
    all the best


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    Charlie James wrote 3 years, 3 months ago
    Hi, read the first dozen chapters. I like the idea here and agree with other comments that this is very pratchet like. Two highlights for me in the sections I read (up to 12) were the synchronised swimming passage and the Angels briefing. They made me smile. In general it gives me the impression of a movie or similar because of the way it is written and the descriptions of the scenes, the vision I was being presented with was ...
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    rikasworld [Retired] wrote 3 years, 4 months ago
    Comlit Review I think this is a great premise. I read as far as chapter 10, so am not sure how everything is going to tie together yet. I read most of it with a smile but things that particularly made me laugh were: the Russian cosmonauts, the list of what it takes to be a really selfish, detsructive monkey, Michael's security blanket paper work and the phrase about eternity in that section. I like the word blood-curious to describe ...
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    Maevesleibhin wrote 3 years, 4 months ago
    Man by a tree. ComLit review Dani, I am up to Autho chapter 11. While the writing is strong and the premise is funny, I still don't see the slightest hint of a plot. You have laid your ambiance out very carefully and deliberately, and even added a couple of side incidents, like the traffic accident and the homeless men. You have poked fun at dogma, God, the Grim Reaper, and an assortment of angels. But where are you going ...
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    marfleet wrote 3 years, 5 months ago
    Man by a tree ComLit forum (review) This is imaginative and full of humour and delightfully irreverent. It rolls along at a good pace and carries the reader along well. I did find the gamma a bit off putting at times (mainly to do with the use of commas and some unwieldy sentences) and a bit of tightening in that area would make the read a lot smoother – but that can be done later if required. I have mentioned ...
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    Greenleaf [Retired] wrote 3 years, 5 months ago

    I love this book. I've only read the first five chapters so far, but it's fantastic--a bit whimsy, a bit philosophy, and a bit of a judgment on society. Really interesting. Good writing, good descriptions, fast pace. Highly starred.

    I gues I have to check out your other book, as well. I saw your thread on the forum and that's what led me here to your books. Good Job!

    Susan/Greenleaf (Chameleon)

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    Tonia Marlowe [Retired] wrote 3 years, 6 months ago
    Hi Dani I was really intrigued by the premise of your book and found I had read 8 chapters before the smell of burning dinner dragged me away. An intriguing concept, a little too whimsical (dare I say twee?) at times but nevertheless engaging and original. You tell the story well and really, what more is there to say than that. That's what it's all about. 5 stars from me, Dani. Best of luck - it should do very well ...
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  • Numbers's avatar
    Numbers wrote 3 years, 6 months ago
    Dani, This is such a good read, I like the dry sardonic humour, the rocket propelled pigeon, back-seat drivers and the fact that you've made God into a bit of a dumbass. I'm ever itching to reach the next series of words to make me laugh. I, like others, can see the influence of Terry Pratchett in this writing. It's at least on par with, if not better than the work of Terry Pratchett. His stories can be a hit ...
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  • Steph Merrix 's avatar
    Steph Merrix wrote 3 years, 6 months ago

    Thanks for your message - I have read the first three chapters and I have to say it was excellent. Your central premise is really orginial and really drew me in. I enjoyed your writing style and how you etablish your characters and plots. Overall well done and good luck !


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    Alan L Williams wrote 3 years, 6 months ago

    Is there a way to print this out to read?

  • Mark Cain's avatar
    Mark Cain wrote 3 years, 6 months ago
    A fun run at the afterlife! Amusing characters (I like that God's name is Reginald), including that little hobgoblin. The chapters are so short, they feel like an interconnected series of comic sketches. I have no problem with that. Just used to slightly longer chapters. At this rate, though, you'll have 150-200 chapters to reach book length. I found it inventive how you got the hobgoblin to Heaven, although that was really to bad for the pigeon. Maybe you'd enjoy ...
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  • johnpatrick's avatar
    johnpatrick wrote 3 years, 7 months ago
    BHCG Hi Dani, I'm sure your story induces alot of neck-scratching and fingers-hovering-over-keys amongst reviewers. I admit to not knowing where to start... It's very engaging. A bit like great chocolate when you keep nibbling away at it. The short, punchy chapters help in this respect. I thought I'd stop at 3 but read on as it is, well, engaging and intriguing. I wanted to get a grasp on the story and see where it was going. You successfully dangle ...
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    Writer in Red wrote 3 years, 7 months ago
    Read chapter one and noticed a few things. I do not think you need the word "had" in the first sentence. "The storm raged all night..." Third paragraph you describe the heaviness of the hobgoblin on the pigeon twice. "Flew higher" is used twice and I think the first time is not needed since it is applied the hobgoblin is above the roof tops. Besides that I found it to be quite amusing. The imagery of the bird hitting the ...
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    FRAN MACILVEY [Retired] wrote 3 years, 7 months ago
    DJC, this is not my usual read, either, but eight chapters in, i do recognise an original talent when I see it. Clever, quirky and interesting, this could keep us entertained for a while, and then some. Where you get your ideas from is anyone's guess - some of this feels like a dream sequence - but it works very well, and I have no doubt will appeal to many who share the same quirky, offbeat humour. Original and talented. ...
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