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DEAD(ish) by [Kramer, Naomi]
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DEAD(ish) Kindle Edition

3.6 out of 5 stars 165 customer reviews
Book 1 of 5 in DEAD ish (5 Book Series)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 188 KB
  • Print Length: 46 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XVYJ2S
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 165 customer reviews
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I had a laugh reading this book. Murder , a ghost and other strange characters.. Not to be taken seriously. Just a good fun read.Escapism
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Awesome! So funny. Love this author
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This was a really funny book I would read it again I'm on the second one at minute it's a must read lol xxx
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It was hilarious and shocking, especially the ending. It was a brilliant book and i would recommend it to a friend
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By Cuban Heel VINE VOICE on 13 May 2011
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I have real mixed feelings about this book. Where do I start? Ok, let's look at the positives. At the heart of DEAD(ish) is a great idea. It's quirky and it's different and it's quite original. I wasn't 100% convinced of the narrative twist where the ghost of Linda finds out what happened to her body, but I was convinced enough. It just about worked in an offbeat, Chuck Palahniuk kind of way. And it's fair to say that Naomi Kramer can write. She has a great style which flows well and has an edge to it. No typos, no awkward turns of phrase. Technically speaking it's written very well.

The big problem, though, is that this book to me doesn't work as a novelette. I don't have a problem with short work, but when something is this short I would expect it to cover only about a third of the narrative this one does, and to be a lot more densely written. What I mean is, DEAD(ish) covers a lot of ground. The framework is there not for a sixty or seventy page short but a fully formed two hundred page novel. Because it whipped through, because the chapters were so short, I was left feeling like this was an outline for a good book rather than being a good book. An early draft of something which, if worked on, could have been great.

Going back to Chuck Palahniuk (who Naomi Kramer reminds me of in some ways) - his novel Fight Club initially started out as a short story. DEAD(ish) reads as I would imagine that short story did: ie. really interesting, but in need of fleshing out. If Kramer had let some of the narrative ideas develop a bit more on the page, lengthened them out a bit, and if she had explored the characters a bit more, let their stream of consciousness build, this could have been really really good. As it is, I think it's just ok.
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Linda is dead, but she can't move on to the "other side" until she finds out what happened to her body. Killed by her ex-boyfriend, Linda decides to: 1) make his life an absolute living hell by haunting him until he tells her what he did with it, and 2) Hire a private investigator!

Humour tends to be very personal. What one person laughs at hysterically may have another person shrugging their shoulders and saying "What's so funny?" This story isn't rib tickling, laugh out loud funny, but it definitely is very funny in a strangely understated kind of way. Kindle presentation is well up to standard too, with few if any formatting or typing mistakes.

Overall: 4 stars: I have to say that I really rather enjoyed this humorous short story. It only took me about 45 minutes to read and that was definitely time well spent.
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This story is darkly amusing. Our fearless heroine, Linda, has recently become a ghost and is haunting the boyfriend who killed her. She is tormenting him until he reveals where her body is buried. It's going to be a loooong wait and Linda has lost her patience so she hires a private investigator to find out the information. The PI is the most appealing character in this motley group so it helps to have him narrate. We meet the slimy boyfriend, the gay couple next door (who may or may not be involved) and the local loan shark crew. This story is fast paced and did I mention short? This is not a full length story.

Although Linda and the rest of the crew are not the most like-able bunch, they are colorful and entertaining. It's not a who-dunit as much as a where is it plot. The mystery surrounding the location of Linda's body slowly unfolds with a heavy "ewwww" factor. The ending is sweetly ironic.

This story can be read in one sitting and is a fun read if you like offbeat characters. Based on this story, I would purchase others by this author.
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Man murders other half, other half can't pass over as the body is missing, other half employs a private eye.
Not the easiest review to write as I have never ever read a book like this. I read it it just under an hour, and spent the whole afternoon in the office trying to work it out. Don't get me wrong. As a genre defying story, with good narrative and some laugh out lines, I did enjoy it. I just wanted more, each turn, the kindle shot up a few percent, and I really wanted to have the characters fleshed out a bit more (no joke intended). It was a lot to get covered in a few pages, and unlike some books that are too long winded this was too short. No shirker from the F word or shock value, again just too much in such a short time.
I really enjoy new works on my kindle, and have said before when you discover something great you feel part of an exclusive club. If the follow up is as good, shocking, and as funny, and is longer then 5 stars are on their way.
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