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Linda's had a bad day. First her boyfriend killed her. Then she woke up, still on this boring plane of existence, and with an odd obsession about her missing body. Mike won't tell her what he did with her body, and she can't find the stupid thing herself. There's only one thing she can do - torment the bastard until he coughs up the information.
Nook, 46 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by Smashwords, Inc.
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Shovelmonkey1
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people with short attention spans and new kindles
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: kindle cyber world invisible list makers
I got me a kindle. Oh yes.

Dbolden has already pointed out that they are the work of the devil. I am starting to think that there might be some truth in that already and it has only been four days since I burned all my books and armed myself with a Kindle and a utility belt replete with Kindle accessories; chargers, differently textured and self-illuminating covers, screen stickers... truly it is endless. Kidding. I have burned no books and no books were molested during the acquisition of my e-re
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Allana Kephart
Jun 18, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition


...wha...?

Okay. I recently got a Kindle and I've been downloading the free books like a mad-woman. Which is how I stumbled across this. DEAD(ish) got my attention because of the summary- which made me snicker and I thought it would be a funny murder-mystery from Linda's perspective.

I...was wrong.

Now, maybe I shouldn't talk about it, because I am such a picky person, but this book made zerooooooo sense to me. If I hadn't read the summary I would've had no idea what was going on. Mike is crude and
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Anzu The Great Destroyer
DEAD[ish] is another one of my brilliant ideas. Why the hell did I order it? Why?? Not all freebies are good. I need to get this phrase in my mind. Hammer it in there and hope that I won’t make mistakes like this again.

You know what my problem is? Every time I see a freebie, I tend to click the “order” button. Every. Single. Time. It’s instinct. I don’t even bother reading the description. And then I find myself reading junk and wonder “Oh nooo why did I get the book?”. Well, boo-hoo dumbass bec
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Becky
Errr... Right. Where to even start?

I picked this up for free a while back for my Nook, because, come on - that cover is cute! I just now got around to reading it, though, and, well, it wasn't the best.

This whole story, novella, whatever, just felt unfinished. Starting from a whole chapter of Mike's monologue to someone about how his wife/girlfriend (I think gf, though) died, and then another chapter from Trent's perspective with his own monologue... and I started to wonder that each section wo
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Yvensong
I have a mixed reaction to this story. I think it would have been more intriguing if it had been fleshed out a little more, with some more clues leading to the revelation of what had happened to the ghost's body. The characters were interesting enough and the premise was fun, with a bit of humor thrown in. Sometimes, the abrupt leap from one character's narrative to another was distracting, and I believe if the story was longer that form would have worked a whole lot better.

I would enjoy seeing
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Sophia Triad
Linda is a ghost who wants revenge and her body back.
Mike is her boyfriend who killed her and now he is tortured by her ghost.
Geordie and Lazarus are their two hottie bisexual neighbours who seem to know a lot about what happened.
Trent is an exorcist and private investigator who talks to both Linda and Mike and is trying to understand what is going on, where is Linda body, what is the truth and not to be killed in the process.
It was not a bad read. It was short (I finished it in less than half
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Zep
Aug 27, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Neil Schiller
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 ...more
Julianne Snow
Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recently I picked up this little gem for free from Amazon. Here’s the synopsis exactly as I first read it…

Linda’s had a bad day. First her boyfriend killed her. Then she woke up, still on this boring plane of existence, and with an odd obsession about her missing body. Mike won’t tell her what he did with her body, and she can’t find the stupid thing herself. There’s only one thing she can do – torment the bastard until he coughs up the information.

So you can see why I was intrigued!

Normally I d
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Trisha
Mar 19, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Professional Description
Linda’s had a bad day. First her boyfriend killed her. Then she woke up, still on this boring plane of existence, and with an odd obsession about her missing body. Mike won’t tell her what he did with her body and she can’t find the stupid thing herself. There’s only one thing she can do - torment the bastard until he coughs up the information.

A Bit of a Ramble
I read this quickly and probably a bit hazily on the plane ride back from Vegas. Five days of partying with m
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VLynch
Oct 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, humor
I read this while recovering from the stomach flu, and let me tell you I felt awful. I needed something light and funny. This was just perfect. My husband was sleeping next to me while I was reading this book, and I have to tell you there were a few times I was laughing so much I was afraid I was going to wake him up. It's a short story but well worth it. It was a wonderful pick me up, and great belly laughs. I have never read a book by Naomi Kramer, but this book has made me a fan!
Penelope Fletcher
Short, vulgar and funny as hell. This book's saving grace is how honest it is. Because at times my language is just as foul as Linda's. I started reading this, not taking it too seriously (the cover hinted at its quirkiness), and it didn't lie. I read it on my way into work. Don't take it too seriously and you'll have a blast.
Tara Lee
Mar 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book, I believe, because it was free on Amazon and initially the premise was interesting. At first. The description for Dead(ish) by Naomi Kramer on Goodreads had a disclaimer that there was foul language but really... dropping the F-bomb 5 times on the first page and throwing in who knows how many other curse words is necessary?

Linda wants to find her body. So she's hired a PI to try and weasel out of her ex boyfriend where it is. How can a ghost hire a PI, you may ask. I don't know
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Nathan
Feb 28, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011, horror
Considering I got this for free, I can't say I paid too much for it, however the half hour it took to read could have been spent doing so many other things.

I was going to write horrible mean things because I felt it was appropriate since I only gave it one star, but it wasn't a complete and total waste of digital paper.

The story actually had a decent base. The murdered girlfriend haunting her murderous boyfriend trying to find her body. That's got funny potential. Private eyes and gay neighbor
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Lila Lockhart
WARNING: This review is going to contain bitching. A lot of bitching. While I like to be fairly positive with my reviews, sadly folks, this is not going to be one of them. Sorry!

I was absolutely appalled by this book. I didn't have high expectations to being with, yet they still managed to be pulverized to a paste. Thank the heavens that this was a short and free book.

Never have I seen such a clusterfuck of morally deprived, uncultured and plain eye-roll-worthy characters in once place. They we
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Indigo
Mar 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: girl-power
In the urban fantasy/supernatural detective genre it is nice to see someone branching out a bit with feminist and GBLT issues.

DEAD(ish) is only 100 pages long, and it gives you the characters, sitch, plot, conflict, and resolution. But at onlt 100 pages, it gives them to you with very little else.

I would never have known Linda was a blonde if I hadn't seen the first dew pages of the next book.

I would've loved to know more about Trent and how Linda came to choose him. And while we do get told w
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Marvin
May 12, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, short-fiction
This is a short novelette and it was free so I can't complain too much about it. Cute idea but falters on the execution. Got quite a few laughs out of it but it still felt like a rough draft. Two mehs.
SpookySoto
Dec 30, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
This book is supposed to be funny, but it's not.
I got it for free and only read it because of my reading challenge: "a book with bad reviews", and this had a lower rating in my TBR.
I don't recommend it
Tiffany Turner
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very cute. I quite enjoyed it.
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
I downloaded this because the cute, visually appealing cover art led me to believe it would be a funny book in the same vein as Christopher Moore's A Dirty Job, or possibly even MaryJanice Davidson's Undead and Unwed or Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys. Yeah, I read a lot more into that cover image than I should have. It really is a nice-looking cover, though.

I'll get this next part out of the way quickly: If you're easily offended by swear words, don't even touch this. I think there are maybe 1-4 per
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Craig Hansen
Oct 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading DEAD(ish), which I got for free thanks to an Amazon-initiated sale, I felt I should give Naomi something back, so here's a review. DEAD(ish) is a longish short story or maybe a shortish short novel. Whatever you want to call it, it piqued my curiosity with its concept: a dead girl bugging a private eye to find her body so she can rest in peace.

Somehow, Naomi Kramer managed to juggle five main characters and tell the story from (if I counted right) three narrative voices and yet nev
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Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
A quirky and humorous story that although may seem stupid to some, I found quite entertaining. The language, especially Mike's, had me thinking this was a short story set in Britain but was confused by the use of the $ sign. It's Australian.

Linda's methods of revenge as a ghost on her still living ex, whom she suspects killed her and has hidden her body, are ingenious and hilariously funny though as a person she's incredibly annoying, at least from Trent's, the paranormal private investigator sh
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Nona
Jan 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Dead(ish)" was the very first book I read on my Kindle device. It is a short and fairly fast paced read, so I finished it in less than one day.

I'll start by saying there is a lot of talent to be seen in this work.

Naomi Kramer did a fine job outlining a story here, but it does feel like its only an outline. It was good enough to keep me reading long enough to finish it instead of just moving on to my next title, but not quite good enough to make me want to immediately buy the next one.

The thing
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Kai
Jul 22, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pretty much no one.
Recommended to Kai by: Amazon, who is now my mortal enemy.
Oh dear. I grabbed this because the story sounded cute and amusing - dead girl wants her body back, like, NOW. and decides to torment boyfriend who killed her until he tells her what he's done with it. Too bad the story actually came out awful. The dialogues (and monologues) are embarrassingly juvenile, as are the acts of revenge she pulls on the boyfriend. The detective couldn't detect his ass from a hole in the ground and the gay couple next door are so gay the word stereotype doesn't come clo ...more
Amanda
If I had known that 93% was technically 100% of this book I could have finished this last night. I should have stuck with it even though I was ready for bed. Either way I'm done and I'm so glad I didn't pay anything for this book. I don't think I've read a book that uses the "F" word as frequently as this book. And I know I've read alot of books that don't refrain from using it or other choice words.

Anyways the idea of the story isn't terrible but I didn't like any of the characters all that mu
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Brian Steele
To be blunt, Naomi Kramer's humor is not for those who may find their delicate sensibilities easily offended. There's sex, death, LOTS of swearing - and that's just in the first few pages. It's darkly delicious, meant for only those who truly appreciate a more brutal type of laughs. If one can imagine the depraved horror of Edward Lee crossed with the absurdity of Christopher Moore, you might end up with the sharp silliness presented by Kramer. Personally, I laughed out loud a handful of times, ...more
Selina
Pretty funny story. A lot of swearing in it, I think you can read 'fuck' on every single page. Also 'arse' is really common. And it keeps jumping from one person and his situation to another on every half page. Since the point of view keeps jumping from one character to another, I didn't think that there was a real protagonist. So I couldn't really empathize with someone. (Which I think is important.) It makes the story chaotic and it kind of looks like a mess. So it's clearly not the best writi ...more
Nicole
Sep 01, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I downloaded this for free on my Nook because the synopsis sounded interesting. HUGE MISTAKE! In the first two pages the f bomb is dropped over fifteen times, three times in one sentence alone. There was no plot, no cohesiveness, absolutely nothing to keep me turning the page. The author lacks creativity and just seemed to not have a decent grasp of a vocabulary beyond that of a thirteen year old trying to shock their peers by using vulgarity. I wish I could give it a zero star rating, it was TH ...more
Charity Parkerson
It was okay. I'm not sure I understand how this is going to be a whole series but for a short story is was enjoyable. I say, give it a shot. It took me a few minutes of reading to get used to the odd way Mike spoke and I kept having to flip back in the story because I would forget who POV I was in, but other than that it was good.
Linda has been murdered and on the hunt for her body so she hired PI, Trent, to find it. In the meantime, she's spending all her free time tormenting her boyfriend Mike
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Jodi
Jan 23, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I got this for free on my Nook so I decided to give it a try. Meh..that's 30 minutes of my life I'll never get back. The story has a great premise-- boyfriend murders girlfriend, she haunts him in an attempt to get revenge and also locate her body. Unfortunately, the writing is somewhat sophmoric. It just skimmed the surface and I didn't get much joy from it. I just feel like so many details were glossed over. I don't normally read short stories because they usually leave me wanting more. Sadly ...more
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