- File Size: 2373 KB
- Print Length: 82 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Aim For The Head (December 1, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 1, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H17V7OS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,583 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
How To Be Dead (The 'How To Be Dead' Comedy Horror Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Death is an interesting guy. The way that Turner layers this immortal character is fascinating. Death is petulant. The human body is simply a meat puppet for the soul. They are silly and useless and yet he seems to care about making Dave understand his point of view. He needs that contact. Death is horribly busy but lives in time as though the eras are rooms in a house so that his hectic pace never ends. Death has had to distance himself from his friends and their ill-advised choices (Famine once took a wife!) so that he is only about work and chocolate biscuits. He is not infallible. As Turner says early in the novel, “Some days you are Godzilla. Other days you are Tokyo” (Kindle Location 63).
Mostly in How To Be Dead I loved the layering of truths and interlacing of humor. The style of writing speaks to Turner’s writing experience in the smooth flow and easy spirit of the characters. The ghost that Dave meets on the subway is quite happy to continue riding the train. He says that it makes him feels as though he’s alive which gives this spirit a contentment that is unique to the genre. That Dave isn’t the guy to push a subject to suit himself leaves this reader eagerly anticipating where this series will go next.
This is a fairly short story that sets up the series to come. It seems that Death has a backlog of souls that were missed and he wants help with them. He also wants a friend. Dave seems to be the guy for the job.
This is a lighthearted, in a slightly dark way, tale of a slightly below average guy that is finally rising to his potential in life by working for death. It feels like it has the potential to be fun with some touching moments.
The major drawback is that I think the series is going to be written as interconnected short shortages or segments instead of a full length novel. This isn't necessarily bad, just annoying in that you have to keep checking for the next installment.
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Just as he finally finds a reason to live (a girl) he gives his life to save her. However to his surprise he gets to meet Death and comes back to life. The story follows Deaths attempts to employ Dave and is both touching and funny.
I would have actually given it 4.5 stars due to some simple spelling, grammar and word usage errors but went with the 5 (since you can't do a half) simply because it is such a fun read.