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- ASIN : B00AU8BZ9C
- Publisher : Sulk Media; 1st edition (December 27, 2012)
- Publication date : December 27, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 732 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 328 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #701,658 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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As Blunt adjusts to his state in the afterlife, he meets the other residents which include non-human types as well--deities and reapers to name a few. In this quirky town you never know what you might see as he navigates the new haunts in his search for clues. He soon finds that the quest for power and hidden motives are alive and well in this land of the deceased--will he be able to crack through the mire of secrets to solve the case?
Author Young delivers a zany twist to the classic whodunnit that I found tremendously entertaining and original. The characters and their afterlife existence will have you gasping one minute and chuckling the next as they narrow their search for clues. This is a clever, fun read, highly recommended!
But to his surprise, he doesn't end up in heaven or hell... instead, he's welcomed to Gloomwood, a city of the dead, created by the Grim Reaper himself.
It turns out that the Grim Reaper has lost his head - literally. Someone has stolen it and it's up to the newly arrived detective to find out who.
This is easier said than done. The afterlife is a tricky place to navigate, filled with all kinds of strange creatures and even stranger deceased humans...
I had tons of fun with this book! Dead Heads features a unique, dark sense of humor which is at the same time very British (of course the dead drink tea, what else, duh)
There are so many unique ideas in this book that I don't even know where to start. For example, the afterlife isn't only filled with dead humans but there are also other entities who have perished from the world for one reason or the other. Such as gods and deities who have been forgotten, or Lost Hopes or Broken Promises. Particularly the two latter ones have a tough time in the afterlife. After all, who likes to deal with lost hopes or broken promises?!
I would recommend Dead Heads to fans of Douglas Adams but also everyone who loves Tim Burton movies.
I certainly can't wait to read book 2!
In Gloomwood, a city of the dead, Detective Blunt needs to solve the case of the stolen Grim Reaper’s head. He assembles a ragtag crew and explores the afterlife metropolis. The motley cast is spectacularly rendered, and the worldbuilding is impeccable.
Young is painfully clever. His innovative interpretation of life after death brims with savory details. DEAD HEADS is filled with quips and jests and loaded with sarcasm. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was hooked (okay, obsessed) from page one.
I loved the dark comedy and the thought that went into making this story. The idea of death being connected to different things was a perfect touch. I could not help but think about a Shel Silverstein poem, but that one was related to stealing. By this I mean, the author points out that hope can die along with ideas. It makes you think about the word death and how it applies to more than just living things. That was something that I truly love. The idea of acceptance was another thing that I enjoyed. It is not something that is accepted right away. I appreciate seeing it brought into play in different instances.
I enjoyed watching the world grow and the terminology created to fit this world. I loved the plot twist and the fact that I should have paid closer attention to some parts. There were some moments where I was a bit confused. I don’t know if it was written to be confusing. It came at moments when information was revealed to a character and I was completely lost. I found myself reading over certain scenes, but it still did not make sense. Only when I read on did it start to clear up. It felt like I was supposed to understand and yet I could not grasp the meaning of what was being said. Aside from that, there were minor errors, but not enough to make me stop reading.
When it comes to the ending of this book, it was a nice cliff hanger. It also reminded me of the ending of The Sopranos which caused me to laugh. I look forward to reading the next part of this series.
Top reviews from other countries
Beautifully written, with great one liners, stonking characters (with the best names you can imagine) and some quite profound themes which are dealt with more poignantly than you might imagine, 'Dead Heads' is a real tour de force.
I honestly didn't know quite what to expect from this book, but I enjoyed every moment of it and get wait to visit Gloomwood again!
If you want a truly entertaining read, this book is an absolute must! Death has never been so lively! Bravo!
Blunt is joined by an unusual crew to investigate what's happened to the Grim Reaper's head, and I won't say any more than that because anything else would be a spoiler!
It's a very clever fantasy whodunnit, with lots of laugh out loud moments and an ending that will make you want book two immediately. Perfect for fans of Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams and the comic/tv series Jessica Jones.
The world and character building in this novel is truly brilliant and if the afterlife is anything like Gloomwood then take me now - and get me a drink.
If you’re a fan of Pratchett or Gaiman then you’ll love Ross Young.
I can’t wait for the next instalment - why are you still reading my review, get to the book already!
Each character holds their own strong voice, and despite the amount of voices, I never lost track along the way of the plot or who was who.
Dead Heads is brilliantly witty, with clever wordplay, subtle jokes and in your face hilarity.
The premise is unique and one that made me want to know more about the world and these interesting characters. Also, the twist at the end? Genius.
There's even a bit of heart strings tugging too...
Just an overall winner for me, a definite book for your TBR pile!
Now... Where's that sequel...