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How To Be Dead

How To Be Dead [Kindle Edition]

Dave Turner
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Dave Marwood is trapped in a soul crushing dead end job. He’s in love with his work colleague Melanie and his only friend Gary is a conspiracy theory nut.

His life is going nowhere until he has a Near Death Experience - though Death thinks of it as a Near Dave Experience. He discovers gifts he never knew he possessed and a world he never dreamed existed. A world where the Grim Reaper is a hard drinking, grumpy Billy Joel fan and the undead are bored, lonely and dangerous.

How To Be Dead is the first part in a three novella series that tells the story of Death and his office staff protecting humanity from ghosts, zombies, vampires and medium-sized apocalypses.

After a nice cup of tea and a biscuit.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 233 KB
  • Print Length: 75 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Aim For The Head (1 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H17V7OS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,061 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dave is an award winning writer whose work has featured on the websites of BBC News, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Huffington Post and FHM. For three years, he wrote the Army of Dave blog, which was named one of the top 10 UK Comedy Blogs by Cision Media. Dave won the 2011 London Screenwriters' Festival Best Screenplay Award with his short film script 'Everything You Need'.

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4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8 out of 5 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I originally stumbled across Dave Turner via his parody Twitter account from which he tweeted as a sarcastic and put-upon version of everyone's favourite anthropomorphic personification, Death. Later Turner started to publish an online weekly comic fantasy serial in which ghosts and other undead phenomena are administrative errors which have occurred because Death got behind on the paperwork. This book is the first of three published novellas based on that online weekly serial.

The sense of humour in the writing is just what I'd expected from his Twitter exploits - equal parts dry and tongue-in cheek, observational in a way that resonates with me personally, and with just enough pop-culture references to be amusing and not intrusive.

Being a novella it was reasonably short, but nonetheless I tore through it really quickly as the plot was intriguing and the writing style very easy to digest. In fact my only real complaint is that it was so short!

I was lucky enough to bag the Kindle version for free during a promotion a few months ago, but I would have been happy to pay for it at any other time and will definitely cough up for the sequels when they arrive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We've run out of biscuits 4 Dec. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Imagine, if you will, another day slogging away at your monotonous job whilst simultaneously mooning over the person you're pretty sure could be the love of your life. And then you get hit by a car. Sound familiar? If so, you could in fact be Dave, the unlikely hero of How To Be Dead. Join Dave as he learns the real truth about the meaning of life, the best type of biscuit and perhaps even why Death is a fan of roller skates......
An excellent debut novella, and an exceptionally good price for such an awesome product. I await the next instalment with baited breath.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feel good read 4 Dec. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is one of those books that you just want to read cover to electronic cover in one go. I loved the humour which was not over the top or forced - it reminds me of the excellent Mr Pratchett and Mr Gaiman in style, so if you like them you'll enjoy this.

I'm hoping to see a follow up in the not too distant future...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Fear This Reaper 3 Dec. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
If you like Douglas Adams, Monty Python or Doctor who, "How to be Dead" by Dave Turner will release all the same neurotransmitters. It's a guaranteed smile, a day or two of "Don't Fear the Reaper" playing in your head or at least a minor craving for cookies. Excellent, page turning (or in my case, kindle clicking) easy read - very entertaining. I am so looking forward to reading more of Mr. Turner's work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this quick read. 3 Dec. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The book is very quirky and lovely, perfect for a short read, it flowed very easily and the characters were intriguing to say the least.
Love the character of Death, a bit gangster but lovable.
Definitely give it a try, looking forward to the next 2 books in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy & Enjoy! 3 Dec. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Great first novella from a promising new author, can't wait for the other two parts and future offerings. Witty and charming dialogue between the characters compliments their views on life, views that the audience will be able to identify with. Lighthearted, easy reading....enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars GIVE US MORE 23 July 2014
By RoBBo71
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Not perfect by a long shot . . .

Although in general, pleasant and quirky, at times I found the humour a little confused and the tempo of the humour was a little off.

Having said that, the author has created a main character that I identify with and a mischievous slant on the hereafter that I find palatable, engaging.and amusing.

This short story feels very much like a prologue which requires elaboration and I'm dissappointed that I'm unable to further explore this scenario as subsequent offerings are, as yet (hopefully), unforthcoming.

Come on Mr Turner, this aperitif has potential, where's the ensuing sequel and series?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved every minute 26 Jun. 2014
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.......just wish it had been longer! If a sequel is written I will be buying it, heartily recommended. Maybe we could start a petition for more :)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Utter tosh,
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