If you’re planning to travel over the winter holidays, the Roswell Public Library now has more FamilyPasses that you can check out with a library card that’s in good standing. These allow a group of up to six people free admission into 15 different cultural sites all over the state. Some of these include the Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces, the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo, Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe and historic sites at Jemez, Fort Stanton and Lincoln. These passes check out for one week, so it’s easy to work a stop or two into a trip or even plan a vacation around one or more sites to visit. For more information, you can contact the library by calling 575-622-7101, visit us at 301 N. Pennsylvania or the website at roswell-nm.gov/405/.
Book Talk by Tomás González
“Reincarnation Blues” by Michael Poore begins like most other books. The reader is given an introduction to the protagonist and a background of that character’s life story, personality, and surroundings. “Reincarnation Blues” is a mix of science fiction, fantasy, and with a twist of romance thrown in. The main character, Milo, begins the book as a beach bum in present time who makes a living chartering fishing expeditions for tourists. These trips turn out to be more of therapy sessions for the customer than fishing expeditions, but that doesn’t bother Milo much, just as long as the customer quickly unloads their problems off their chest so that Milo can get back to the bar before it closes. However, on his latest fishing trip it ends unlike any of his other charters: this time he is attacked by a shark.
This could be a quick end to the story and life of Milo who dies at sea being eaten by the shark, but it is far from the end. Milo is a soul that has reincarnated thousands of times. After being devoured by the shark, he is whisked away to a type of afterlife waiting room to wait for his next reincarnation. Milo has lived thousands of lives that span from the beginning of civilizations to present times and to future times. Each soul is given 10,000 lives to reach perfection or, as Buddhists would say, reach Nirvana. In each of these lives, if he has not lived the “perfect” life, he is reincarnated to another being and depending on how he lived his previous life, the being that he is reincarnated to varies greatly.
Milo is an old soul. He has lived so many lives that he is only left with a handful of chances to reach perfection and live the rest of his soul life with his love Suzie, who just so happens to be Death or a type of grim reaper. The book is filled with the many tales that Milo encounters in his numerous lives and the events that he faces in the afterlife with Suzie. They group together and come up with strategies for Milo to live a perfect life, which for him is taken out of his hands and left up to the universe to decide how his life of the moment will play out. Once this goal is achieved, Suzie and Milo can be together forever, but this one goal of Milo and Suzie could ultimately be what is holding Milo back from attaining enlightenment. This book is available in Science Fiction and Large Print as well as a downloadable audiobook from Overdrive.