A Review of “The Organ Pipes of the Soul” by Mary Woldering
An Exciting Afterlife
Arthur washes up on the Waking Shore, a place in the afterlife where the recently departed who lose their memories of life wake and begin to piece together memories of how they lived in various incarnations, with special attention paid to the most recent. He discovers through a series of stops and adventures that he had lived thirty lifetimes and that the thirty-first was cut short when he went off to war. He also discovered that in his in-between times here, he has created many wonderful things and stations but something has gone wrong. The afterlife concept in itself is spiraling and Arthur realizes he must fix it so people can decide whether they will reincarnate, or “go home”.
Bruno is Arthur’s faithful dog, with him many times. Early in the book, he remembers Elle, a pianist he loved in each of the thirty lives but only met and married in the thirty-first. It didn’t last, but the pain of the failed relationship did. There are revolutionaries too; those opposed to reincarnation. There are monsters out of literature because there’s a Library and a Storyteller who can make them come to life.
Coyote is a female marine killed in battle who has a hole in her chest but discovers she has the most heart, despite a loveless life. There are so many rich characters and events, but the novel never slows down and becomes a 500+ page-turner. Will Arthur and Elle finally be together? Will the afterlife problems get sorted? I kept wondering what Organ Pipes of the Soul would be like as an Anime Series and certainly hope one might be in its future because there are so many concepts and truths presented in the book Mr. Springer wrote that are wise as well as very entertaining and action-packed. Read it once for the story. Read it several more times just because each time will show you even more. I can’t recommend it enough.
I’m Mary Reynolds Woldering, author of the Children of Stone, a Visionary Fiction series that takes you deep into the world of the ancient past, the kingdoms, the people, and their passions. I’m an artisan, art historian, devoted wife of Dr. Jackie Woldering, mother of two adult children Ruth and Thom, and grandmother of five.
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