Dead Set: A Novel

Paperback | October 14, 2014

byRichard Kadrey

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The New York Times bestselling author of the Sandman Slim series delivers a wonderful stand-alone dark fantasy in which a young girl is caught between the worlds of the living and the dead.

After her father's funeral, Zoe moved to the big city with her mother to start over. But change always brings trials, and life in the city is not so easy. Money is tight, and Zoe's only escape, as has always been the case, is in her dreams—a world apart from her troubled real life where she can spend time with her closest companion: her lost brother, Valentine.

But something or someone has entered their dreamworld uninvited. And a chance encounter at a used record store, where the vinyl holds not music but lost souls, has opened up a portal to the world of the restless dead. It's here that the shop's strange proprietor offers Zoe the chance to commune with her dead father. The price? A lock of hair. Then a tooth. Then . . .

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The New York Times bestselling author of the Sandman Slim series delivers a wonderful stand-alone dark fantasy in which a young girl is caught between the worlds of the living and the dead.After her father's funeral, Zoe moved to the big city with her mother to start over. But change always brings trials, and life in the city is not so...

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After her father's funeral, Zoe moved to the big city with her mother to start over. But change always brings trials, and money is tight. Zoe's only escape, as always, is in her dreams—a world apart from her troubled real life where she can spend time with her lost brother Valentine.But something or someone has entered their dream worl...

New York Timesbestselling author Richard Kadrey has published ten novels, includingSandman Slim,Kill the Dead,Aloha from Hell,Devil Said Bang,Kill City Blues,The Getaway God,Dead Set,Butcher Bird, andMetrophage, and more than fifty stories. He has been immortalized as an action figure, his short story "Goodbye Houston Street, Goodbye" ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.12 × 5 × 0.72 inPublished:October 14, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062339281

ISBN - 13:9780062339287

Customer Reviews of Dead Set: A Novel

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hoped For More This is the first novel I've read from Richard Kadrey that hasn't been part of his amazing SANDMAN SLIM series. I adore those books and was looking forward to seeing his take on a psychological story. It's not badly written, but I didn't love it. The visuals were creepy and unexpected, which I loved, and the character development was really good, but I felt the story moved a little too quickly and not everything was described in the detail I wanted. The villain came in far too late, and though she was a teenager and the story had to progress somehow, Zoe made some astoundingly poor choices. It didn't feel like the Richard Kadrey novels I'm familiar with, and sadly I thought it was a little bland. Still, the dream sequences and her travels to another realm were wickedly described, and I could recommend it to someone looking for a casual, quick read.
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“A tender, if terrifying, story of a lost teenager trying to find her way.”