Dead Set

Dead Set By Richard Kadrey, Dead Set After her father s funeral Zoe and her mother moved to the Big City to start over But life s not so easy the money is tight and a new school brings trials Fortunately she has an escape her dreams
  • Title: Dead Set
  • Author: Richard Kadrey
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  • Dead Set By Richard Kadrey, After her father s funeral, Zoe and her mother moved to the Big City to start over But life s not so easy, the money is tight, and a new school brings trials Fortunately, she has an escape her dreams A world of freedom and solace removed from the loneliness and anxieties of real life, Zoe s dreamscape offers another, precious, gift It is the only place where sheAfter her father s funeral, Zoe and her mother moved to the Big City to start over But life s not so easy, the money is tight, and a new school brings trials Fortunately, she has an escape her dreams A world of freedom and solace removed from the loneliness and anxieties of real life, Zoe s dreamscape offers another, precious, gift It is the only place where she can spend time with her closest companion her lost brother Valentine.Yet something is very wrong An unfamliar and univited presence has entered her private realm to threaten Zoe and Valentine, a disturbing turn of events that is compounded by an impossible discovery A chance encounter at a used record store where the grooves of the vinyl discs hold not music, but lost souls, has opened up a portal to the world of the restless dead Now, the shop s strange proprietor is offering Zoe the chance to commune with the father whose passing took a piece of her heart The price A lock of hair Then a tooth ThenHow far into this eerie world will Zoe go to discover what she truly needs And once she does, will there be enough left of her to come back
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    About "Richard Kadrey"

    1. Richard Kadrey

      Richard Kadrey is a writer and freelance photographer living in San Francisco, best known for his Sandman Slim novels His newest novels are The Everything Box, released April 19, 2016 and The Perdition Score Sandman Slim, 8 , released on June 28, 2016.

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    1. Dead Set by Richard Kadrey is set in very crazy world of the dead The girl in the story finds a record store, the man has a record that lets her hear her deceased father s life There is to the bargain Much It is a creepy read and I loved every minute I don t want to tell but it is certainly exciting

    2. Readers who are fans of Richard Kadrey s Sandman Slim series who are expecting something as dark and gritty as that wonderful series will probably be disappointed by Dead Set However, readers who are looking for a realistic portrayal of a teenage girl in turmoil, who is a heroine you can definitely cheer for, will find a lot to enjoy in this quick and evocative volume.I did not know that it marketed as Young Adult, but I figured out that it clearly was YA as the story unfolded It s something tha [...]

    3. My rating 3.5 of 5 starsI received this book free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review Most people, even the ones we hold dear, are seldom what we think Zoe is struggling to cope with the recent devastation of her father s death He left Zoe and her mother destitute and the two were forced to move into a small, dingy apartment to make ends meet Zoe and her father both shared a love of music, of punk music, and [...]

    4. As a fan of the Richard Kadrey s Sandman Slim novels, I jumped at the chance to pick up a copy of his newest novel, a YA horror fantasy called Dead Set If Neil Gaiman and Chuck Palahniuk had a love child, it would look something like Dead Set A young heroine has been dropped into a Gaiman scenario The liberal sprinkling of myth and folklore, from Sumer to Greece to the Brothers Grimm, is also very Gaiman esque But the story has a Palahniuk like edge, the heroine, Palahniuk pluck I was reminded o [...]

    5. See this review and others like it at BadassBookReviews 3.5 starsI was a little wary when I saw the Richard Kadrey had written a young adult novel His Sandman Slim series is very violent and gritty and in no way appropriate for kids so I was intrigued to see what Dead Set would contain Mr Kadrey s signature dark imagination is in full bore here, but he tempered some of the violent elements of his writing and captured the voice of a teenaged girl fairly well.Dead Set is based around Egyptology a [...]

    6. mybookishways 2013 12 Young Zoe has moved to San Francisco with her mother after her father s sudden death to start fresh It s hard enough for her to fit in, with her taste in old punk music, a taste instilled by her music biz parents, and the fact that her father s death has left a hole that has caused her to withdraw into herself, but her mom is having a tough time finding a job as well Almost nightly she dreams, and it s in her dreams that she finds herself in the company of her brother, Vale [...]

    7. A new standalone book by the author of the Sandman Slim series very different feel from Sandman Slim though.Unlike Kadrey s gritty, violent urban fantasy novels, Dead Set stars a teen protagonist, Zoe, whose grief over her father s recent death leads her down a dark path In an overlooked record shop, her father s life is stored on a record and she can listen For a price First, a lock of hair Then, a toothDead Set would be an appropriate read for older teens who enjoy something a little dark and [...]

    8. 3.5 StarsAs a fan of Richard Kadrey, I went into Dead Set with high expectations This is a book that really is perfect for the YA crowd The book centers on Zoe, a troubled young teen girl who is trying to find her place in this world She misses her dead father She fights with her mother She is a cutter Zoe is looking for something , and boy does she find it.This is an easy afternoon read that moves along at a swift pace I liked Zoe a lot and she easily carries this story I love that this is a co [...]

    9. Kadrey is very good at writing creepy and dark that comes across quite well in his very adult Sandman Slim series It turns out, he s also very good at writing creepy and dark young adult books This really struck me as a cross between Neil Gaiman and Charles de Lint s Newford books, and I could completely see this as a Miyazaki film Kadrey also wrote Zoe as one of the most realistic, gritty teens I ve encountered in a book recently another fantastic example of literary teenagers being Fangirl by [...]

    10. No one really knows where people go when they die but if the scenario in Richard Kadrey s standalone dark fantasy Dead Set is anywhere near correct, the afterlife is a pretty dark and forbidding place Best known these days as the author of the very adult series of Sandman Slim novels, Kadrey would seem an odd choice to write a novel with a teenaged girl as a protagonist I won t call this a Young Adult novel despite the age of its protagonist, this book deals with some pretty dark themes and cont [...]

    11. This book was really frustrating to read Kadrey did a very good job at keeping the pace moving so you just keep devouring the book Kadrey failed at making sense as far as motivations and goals of the characters went Also Kadrey took a moment to have Zoey reassure her dad that of course he would have done the right thing and sacrificed himself for his abusive father like she did for him.I am not putting this in all caps because you probably don t need me yelling at you, but seriously What the hel [...]

    12. Dead Set by Richard Kadrey is marketed as a teen paranormal novel Which is something of a departure for Kadrey since he is best known for his Sandman Slim novels After the death of her father, Zoe and her mother relocate to San Francisco to try to start their life anew With the lack of jobs and trying to fit in at a new school, life is hard Add on to it an insurance company that refuses to pay out, and Zoe and her mom are struggling to just get by The only time Zoe finds any release is in her dr [...]

    13. Dead Set was the perfect read for this time of year and just as incredible as I expected it to be After seeing Richard Kadrey on a panel at San Diego Comic Con last year, Kadrey left an impression on me so I jumped at the chance to read his latest book and was blown away Typically, I would have been turned off by dreams but that s just the starting point I was hooked when Zoe first walked into the record storewith no one else but the owner in sight What s crazy is that the atmosphere isn t creep [...]

    14. Please note I was given a promotional free copy by Harper Voyager Uhe first 50 pages of this book pulled me deeply in His writing is smooth, the colors are bright and the mystery just gets deeper By page 100 I couldn t put it down but then somewhere around 150 200 he lost me The story became separated I lost interest in my main character and it begin to read like the book it is a young adult book Things weren t quite adding up to me I could not find it to feel real but maybe that is what he was [...]

    15. It s not as gritty or rough as the Sandman Slim series as it s written for the YA crowd But it has the familiar elements of Egyptology and myths and Hell and punk rock and the underworld The MC is a teenage girl who lost her father and her comfortable way of life, leaving her depressed and, at one point, suicidal Her best friend is her deceased brother she sees only in her dreams It s so beautifully Kadry twisted Even the underworld town of Iphigene will be easily recognizable to his Sandman Sli [...]

    16. I actually hesitated over buying this book What a regret that would have been I absolutely adored this gritty YA novel, and here are a few reasons why It s dark, but not over the top nightmares dark There s death, and snakes ripping people up, ghosts, people with stitched up faces and limbs made of metal, but somehow it was never revulsion I felt There is almost zero romance There is no lusting, no longing, no perfect boy to keep the heroine on track There is a boy, but he s her BROTHER Family e [...]

    17. Zoe s parents were punks in San Francisco when they met and fell in love Zoe s father managed punk bands, while her mother was a graphic artist, designing album covers When they realized they were going to have a child, they went into the straight life, although Zoe s dad never left punk music behind Now Zoe is sixteen, her father is dead, and her mother is battling a heartless insurance company that is refusing to pay They have moved from their pleasant house in the San Francisco East Bay area [...]

    18. One of the downsides of reading a certain author whose work you really enjoy is when they step away from their normal genre and attempt something a little different That was the case with this work, as he tried young adult mode at least, I think that was his intent I almost gave it two stars, but it wasn t poorly written or anything just didn t capture me I sped through some sections, nothing seemed all that exciting or particularly new I liked the premise somewhat like a poorer relation to a Ch [...]

    19. I can t figure out why readers aren t giving this kudos than what it s gotten Kadrey is a brilliant story teller and this is a brilliantly told story but it is not his usual frenzy of bloodshed and mayhem as in his Sandman Slim series There are some familiar themes, though loss and redemption, a journey to the underworld, and classic punk rock I think every Kadrey book I ve read has featured a journey to the underworld of some sort and has mentioned Martin Denny I really should give Martin Denn [...]

    20. A content warning that this book does contain self harm and mental health Things I will be mentioning and discussing briefly in the review.I realize that it is difficult to not compare works by the same author to one another, but I m personally not one of those people I find it to be a counter productive exercise and unfair to whatever it is I am reading I ll either love or hate the elements of other books that are there or are not there and it will never be its own I remember years ago attempti [...]

    21. One of my favorite books of all time It s hard that Zoe and her mother were having a hard time, after her father passed away And ever since she attempted suicide, Zoe found away to escape from reality I wish escaping reality through dreams would be better I can never bring myself to get good dreams Well I m sure other people have ways to escape from loneliness and anxiety For me, it s reading books And just like her, I always feel alone which makes me feel depressed More importantly, I develop a [...]

    22. Not a bad book for young adult readers Very Alice in Wonderland meets Dante s Inferno I m a big fan of Kadrey s usual writing, but this felt very toned down for me compared to his normal grindhouse film turned book style Although the grungy afterlife setting and the love for angry music definitely gave it a familiar tone to his other novels I did enjoy the how he handled the themes of dealing with the loss of a loved one and the sacrifices people make to keep going It started off a little rough, [...]

    23. A fantastic story that kept me until the end, though not what I ve come to expect from this author It could just be that this book was aimed at teens and young adults, but it s much less visceral than his other works, and, aside from knowing that I liked it, I can t remember much of the story elements only a year after reading I know there s something about dead family members and horrid Egyptian constructs, and that s about it OH and that souls are apparently turned into vinyl records I liked t [...]

    24. I ve been wanting to pick up the Sandman Slim series again, but I m in the middle of a couple other series right now and don t want to get sucked in, thus I picked up one of Kadrey s standalones And I was not disappointed Great characters, world, and plot I thoroughly enjoyed myself I do think he could have done a lot with it, which I would have adored but I understand that he didn t As it is, I think it lacks just a bit of tension and depth that would make me truly love it, but I enjoyed it an [...]

    25. I really wanted to like this book The synopsis for it sounded super intriguing I couldn t bond with Zoe I think if I could have felt closer to her, then maybe I could have liked this book a little I really liked Valentine and his whole story The one star is for him.But I didn t like much else about it It was very ally this is what they are giving us couldn t have come up with anything better I wanted very much to like it Didn t at all Will be donating my copy.

    26. Waited a while to read this one, after tackling all of Richard s SMS books up to date You can see a lot of what went into the SMS series reflected here great premise and engaging story

    27. Ah yes.young adult kinda not all there for my taste.but so wonderfully well wrought I would love to see this made into a film a la neil gaiman s mirror mask work.

    28. I don t think anybody proof read this book many errors it just ruined the whole thing for me.

    29. I stopped reading at page 21 because.I encountered the phrase cafeteria of doom and realized I m just too god damn old for this book.

    30. 3.5 stars.What s up with the cute, companionable scene of a girl and her dog that s depicted on the cover Because, erm, that s sooo not what happens in this book.Anywayour teenage heroine, Zoe, is, no surprise, not in a happy place A few months back, her father dropped dead of a heart attack, and she and Mom had to leave their idyllic home in the suburbs complete with a tree filled yard and move to the grungy inner city She and Mom are living hand to mouth Her mother, a talented graphic designer [...]

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