Soul Survivor by Greg Lewis

An anarchic tale of humans and animals battling against the phobias they acquire through reincarnation and asking themselves who is the man with the notebook?

If you're looking for answers to life's great mysteries: why are we here? what is the purpose of life? why do old people wait till lunchtime to go to the post office? Then this book may not be a lot of help. However, if you'd like to know what connects an escaped lion, a transvestite stuntman, a pigeon with vertigo, an agony aunt, a paranoid fish, a road protester and a jigsaw addict with a strange little man in a trench coat, then this could be the book for you...

  • Classification: Moderate
  • Work is: Fully available on Authonomy
  • First submitted Oct. 15, 2013
  • Last updated Oct. 15, 2013
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  • Alastair Miles's avatar
    Alastair Miles wrote 1 year, 3 months ago
    CLOG Review I'm a bit late to the CLOG review party for this book so I definitely run the risk of restating at least some of what has been written before. In short, this is a rough diamond. I really do like much of the humour and the ideas. The concept of individual stories in chapters bound together is a very clever one and they do come over as unique. Like all rough diamonds this story does need a fair ...
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    Etienne Hanratty wrote 1 year, 3 months ago
    Soul Survivor CLOG review I'm not sure how to pitch this review so I suppose I should start by saying I liked it. It has some of the best jokes on Authonomy and the revelation about John at the start of chapter one is brilliantly done. I was genuinely taken back, and I loved the way you presented the scene from various perspectives. The way you introduced the mysterious man with the clipboard was also very effectively done. That said, ...
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    carol jefferies wrote 1 year, 3 months ago
    Soul Survivor This is a CLOG Review Reading the pitches promises original and comical stories. The prologue was amusing with the observation of why old people wait till lunchtime to go to the Post Office. The strength of your writing appears to be your ability to surprise the reader. Needless to say, I was surprised that John was a lion. I suppose the name threw me, and I did wonder why he was living in an institution. After finding this ...
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  • Colleen MacDougall's avatar
    Colleen MacDougall wrote 1 year, 3 months ago
    Soul Survivor – Greg Lewis - Chapters 1 to 3 - This novel’s narration is quirky and ironic and the premise is intriguing. Everyone is curious about the afterlife, so this is a great vehicle for humorous enlightenment. You’re a good writer with vivid imagery and snappy dialogue. Loved scenes like John’s observations of people’s reactions to him, or the stuntman’s ‘outing’ during a wardrobe change. Soul Survivor has great potential for the commercial market; I would have loved to ...
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    Temulkar wrote 1 year, 3 months ago
    CLOG FFF Review. Hi Greg Happy New Year. I read the first four chapters and then went back to see what I said last time. I still think with the first vignette you should start later but it felt a lot cleaner than last time, more polished if that makes sense. You have a very clever idea which wasnt really apparent when I did the c1 review. In fact it's brilliant but I think you need give something back a ...
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    Otter [Retired] wrote 1 year, 3 months ago
    CLOG: FFF Review Soul Survivor I enjoyed this the first time I read it. Coming back for a second read, I am pleased to say that the sparkle remains. This is a nice take on re-incarnation.Not one that takes a protagionist and brings him back as someone famous, or someone whose character is dramatically different. A range of short stories, involving humans and animals with one commonality - the funny geezer with the notebook. The stories are quirky, amusing for ...
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    Gergle Author wrote 1 year, 4 months ago
    [QUOTE] I've just looked further into the chapters and can see by chapter ten you finally have a character who continues on the next chapter and move into the plot a bit more. I would have liked to see this by about chapter three ideally. Just a suggestion, and it might just be my preference. Hope this is helpful. Michelle [ENDQUOTE] Michelle, Thanks for your comments. There is an explanation at the end that ties all the chapters together. I ...
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  • Michelle Richardson's avatar
    Michelle Richardson wrote 1 year, 4 months ago

    I've just looked further into the chapters and can see by chapter ten you finally have a character who continues on the next chapter and move into the plot a bit more. I would have liked to see this by about chapter three ideally. Just a suggestion, and it might just be my preference. Hope this is helpful.
    Michelle

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    Michelle Richardson wrote 1 year, 4 months ago
    Clog Review- I find the voice in this book very quirky, and I loved the twist in the first chapter. There are a few places where I think it needs more commas but this does not distract too much from the story. My main concern was that 5 chapters in, there is no real plot, but rather five individual stories linked by the subject of reincarnation/death. The idea of a small man holding a clip board makes me smile every ...
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  • Belinda Walker's avatar
    Belinda Walker wrote 1 year, 5 months ago
    CLOG review A very enjoyable read. The SP and LP both work well and the opening chapter is also well-written and amusing. The style of the writing is quite visual - the scenes depicted come to life easily in the imagination. The first chapter was startling - great idea and an excellent way to start the story as I really wanted to know what happened next. Much of the comedy is understated and this works well. e.g his reaction to ...
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  • Gergle's avatar
    Gergle Author wrote 1 year, 6 months ago

    Following feedback I have added a prologue, which is not something I'd ever thought about before. I'd be interested in knowing if this adds anything.

    Thanks,

    Greg
    Soul Survivor

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    Gergle Author wrote 1 year, 6 months ago

    Hi Temulkar,

    Thanks for the little CLOG (and the stars). You've given me lots to think about. I'll try to return the favour soon and look forward to hearing more from you.

    Thanks,

    Greg

  • Temulkar's avatar
    Temulkar wrote 1 year, 6 months ago
    Short CLOG review. I think the LP and SP work and capture the interest and the cover is excellent. Chapter 1. I'm a punctuation failure so no help from me there, but the prose read well so I didn't notice any mistakes. The dialogue is good and made me chuckle but there should certainly be more of it. I think its well paced when there is conversation but when we go back to the inner monologue in John's head it ...
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    Morven James [Retired] wrote 1 year, 6 months ago
    CLOG Initial review Soul Survivor, Greg Lewis: Great cover - very eyecatching. The first chapter was a good read, some very funny phrases. Loved the Help the Aged reference - presumably as all carnivores go for the young or vulnerable - the elderly was a wise choice! I rather liked the beginning, not allowing us to know that John was a lion, however, I felt there was too much use of "John". I took a quick look at the second ...
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  • Michelle Richardson's avatar
    Michelle Richardson wrote 1 year, 6 months ago

    I only stopped by as a member of CLOG to take a peek and read the first chapter quite by mistake, lol. Without giving too much away the opening chapter was very clever. I especially liked the the comment about John being interested in Help the aged. This is on my WL and I look forward to reading more when its reviewed on Clog properly.
    Michelle - 43 Primrose Avenue

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    Gergle Author wrote 1 year, 6 months ago
    Thanks for the encouragement Norman. I was concerned about the misleading edge to the first few paragraphs but you've helped to set my mind at rest. If/when you read more please let me know i there's anything that needs changing or rethinking. I'll be sure to take a look at Con-Quest Thanks, Greg [QUOTE] Clog Review: Soul Survivor Just a short review of a short read to kick off your joining CLOG. The initial pargraphs had me picturing John as ...
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    Otter [Retired] wrote 1 year, 6 months ago
    Clog Review: Soul Survivor Just a short review of a short read to kick off your joining CLOG. The initial pargraphs had me picturing John as someone derranged, living in a mental institution - when you reveal that the institution was a Zoo and John a lion - that got a laugh and instantly hooked me to read further. The charachters drawn in the opening chapter are likeable, funny - from the concerned Zoo Keeper, to inspector 'Closueau' Parish and ...
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    Gergle Author wrote 1 year, 6 months ago
    Thanks for comments. I was hoping to surprise with the first few paragraphs but maybe the effect doesn't work as well as intended... I'll take a look at the other edits. Please keep feedback coming! [QUOTE] After the first chapter I can't wait to read more. The first paragraphs on the first read, were a little more confusing than perhaps intended, it took a second read (after reading the rest of the chapter) to get my head around it. But ...
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    Cakey wrote 1 year, 6 months ago
    After the first chapter I can't wait to read more. The first paragraphs on the first read, were a little more confusing than perhaps intended, it took a second read (after reading the rest of the chapter) to get my head around it. But that might just be me. Dose, should be written as dose. And I'm not sure 'a brief while' works. Can you have a brief while? Otherwise, laugh out loud at points! Hopefully I'll get around to ...
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