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Butcher Bird [Kindle Edition]

Richard Kadrey
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Spyder Lee is a happy man who lives in San Francisco and owns a tattoo shop. One night an angry demon tries to bite his head off before he's saved by a stranger. The demon infected Spyder with something awful - the truth. He can suddenly see the world as it really is: full of angels and demons and monsters and monster-hunters. A world full of black magic and mysteries. These are the Dominions, parallel worlds full of wonder, beauty and horror. The Black Clerks, infinitely old and infinitely powerful beings whose job it is to keep the Dominions in balance, seem to have new interests and a whole new agenda. Dropped into the middle of a conflict between the Black Clerks and other forces he doesn't fully understand, Spyder finds himself looking for a magic book with the blind swordswoman who saved him. Their journey will take them from deserts to lush palaces, to underground caverns, to the heart of Hell itself.


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Buffyand Angel fans are likely to enjoy Kadrey's offbeat supernatural romp, which blends demonic evil and quirky humor. The relatively normal life of San Francisco tattoo artist Spyder Lee goes thoroughly crazy when he's rescued from a mugger by Shrike, a mysterious blind woman who reveals that Lee's assailant was actually a demon. The wounds he suffered in the assault give him the ability to see the Dominions, other spheres of existence that regular mortals are unaware of. Soon Spyder finds himself hip-deep in demonic trouble, protecting his friend Lulu by offering his body to the organ-collecting Black and then dragging her off to join Shrike on a madcap journey to Hell, where they encounter monsters, Lucifer and even an alternate-time version of Lee himself. Kadrey (Kamikaze L'Amour) juxtaposes gore and brash insouciance in the face of apocalyptic evil, a blend that may not suit everyone's taste. (July)
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Product Details

  • File Size: 533 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Start Publishing LLC (September 22, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006OOIA30
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,830 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More, more, more! July 19, 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Richard Kadrey has been characterized as a 'poor man's Neil Gaiman'. Actually, the comparison does both writers a disservice: if Gaiman were a German Shepherd, cerebral, loyal and mostly friendly, Kadrey is a junkyard dog out to kick some...

The differences between the authors are more obvious than that, though: almost all of Kadrey's fantasy writing is firmly rooted in Judeo-Christian theology of angels and devils; Gaiman tends to write using Celtic and Norse mythology. Where Gaiman writes airy or bloody fantasy; Kadrey's writing reminds one more of grease and dirt.

Kadrey is what would happen if a J.D. Salingeresque novel tripped through tattoing and motorcycle mechanic school and accidentally ingested something slightly hallucinogenic. Indeed, this book was apparently partially self-published, which makes it all the more amazing that it's so engaging. It's well worth the ride.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Good To FInish November 12, 2007
Format:Paperback
When I had 50 pages left to go in this book, I put it down for two days. I knew I'd read those 50 pages at the same breakneck pace I had raced through the rest of the book. And I wasn't ready for this to be over - I wasn't ready to leave the world of Richard Kadrey's Butcher Bird, to leave Spider and Shrike and Lulu and all the rest, behind.

Of course, I finished the book and it ended exceptionally well, but I shouldn't have been worried. The world is so vividly realized that, as I pass the book on to other people, I get to visit it again every time we talk about the story.

Kadrey's prose is visceral, his characters utterly realistic. The magical elements of his world compel you to believe in them.

The editing on the book, however, could have been tighter. My copy was rife with typos and transposed words. It's a testament to how good the writing was that I was able to overlook the error rate and still enjoy - indeed, thoroughly love - the story!
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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun book for Kindle people, too.... August 22, 2009
Format:Paperback
It appears that there is a Kindle version of this great dark fantasy/fiction book by the name "Blind Shrike", but it does not seem to be available at the moment on Amazon ... However, Kindle people can get this book for FREE.

A DRM-free, FREE download of "Butcher Bird" (that includes cover art and a working TOC), is available at the publishers website (Night Shade Books). Download the Enhanced MobiPocket version to your computer, then transfer it to your Kindle via the USB. DRM-free and legal from the publisher. Enjoy!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strengths and weaknesses December 23, 2007
Format:Paperback
A really interesting angle on religion is in the heart of this story. Genuinely original ideas consistently appear in it's pages and a solid plot twist or two make it a generally enjoyable read.

That said, it has some problems. Most prominent among them is the dialogue. It feels synthetic a lot of the time: Like the counterculture that the author is trying to embody - that of tattoo parlors, punk rock and erotica - is nothing but a caricature of the reality. References to sex and emotion are particularly hollow, and oftentimes forced in for no particular reason.

There is also a pretty serious editorial problem. There is a pretty high volume of typos and grammatical errors in the published text. Although one or two are forgivable, the amount in this book is sort of ridiculous.

All in all, a worthwhile read. I'm interested in the authors future, but for now he comes off as the poor man's Neil Gaiman.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow! April 11, 2008
Format:Paperback
Spyder Lee is an ink monkey just getting by. Putting tats on people during the day and drinking in oblivion at night. Until, a demon notices his mark on Spyder. Then all hell turns loose. Literally. Spider finds himself on a quest with a beautiful blind assassin, his junkie lesbian friend, and a friendly "monster" that can go "Hulk" when needed. There is a fifth in the quest, but I won't spoil it for you.

I really enjoyed this book. It is not for everyone. Spyder lives a rough life and it comes through in the language and imagery of the book. If you are not into the Hellraiser movies, then this may not be for you.

The book was well paced through most of the book but moved a bit too quickly after the main climax of the book. The book could have been fleshed out in several places, I like long books, but that is really not a complaint more than a wish for more.

The characters were believable, but maybe a little bit too "smartass" at times.

Give it a try.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book is Incredible! January 7, 2012
Format:Paperback
This book is amazing. I absolutely love it. Its not the romance kind of demon book which is what is in every book now a days. Its full out demon killing, hell loving fun. I ended up liking Lucifer by the end of the book:) FYI: I am a catholic and Do Not like the devil. I can differenciate between entertainment and real life. So if you are easily offended by things of that nature, then do not get this book. Otherwise, it is a must read. Kept me intrigued from the first page which was a complete shock to me. READ IT!! LOVE IT!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really weird and odd December 27, 2011
Format:Paperback
This is the second book i have read by the author. A tattoo artist is accosted by a demon and suddenly sees the world for what it is. Demons, devils, mythology, the netherworld and a trip to hell all included. Plus a hot blind chick who is adept with a sword. Totally entertaining.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
This book was given to me several years ago for Christmas by a friend. I read it and fell in love. It's one of my all time favorites. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Mr. and Mrs. Skellington
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun book
Good book.
Fun read.
Although at times, the action and characters motivations were a bit confusing to me. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Rex007can
4.0 out of 5 stars Great characters and the author is a man of great ...
I am usually not a big fantasy reader, but this one left me searching high and low for a sequel (doesn't seem to be one). Read more
Published 19 days ago by Mark Cobb
5.0 out of 5 stars For Sandman Slim lovers...
Compelling read. Alive and imaginative. Kadrey at his best.
Published 27 days ago by Amo Ebian
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
love the author.
Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Before Sandman Slim, there was Another.
Loved this book and was really disappointed that there was no sequel. If you like Sandman Slim, you will love this. A horror/suspense/comedy/mystery all rolled into one. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Weir
2.0 out of 5 stars only really crappy.
Sandman Slim light, only really crappy.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly enjoyed this story
thoroughly enjoyed this story. By now, Richard Kadry has gained a measure of success and fame with his Sandman Slim stories. Read more
Published 1 month ago by royaa
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Jim Butchers another like this, but better.
Published 2 months ago by Richard G.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Sandman Slim...
...But a good warmup. Not as witty as the SMan. Deus ex machinas abound. The ending was more supersonic than rushed. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Charles M. Post
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More About the Author

Richard Kadrey is a writer living in San Francisco. He is the author of dozens of stories, plus five novels, including Metrophage and Butcher Bird. His Wired magazine cover story, "Carbon Copy," was made into one of the worst movies of 2001. It starred Bridget Fonda. Sorry, Bridget.

Kadrey created and wrote the Vertigo comics miniseries Accelerate, which was illustrated by the Pander Brothers. He plans to do more comic work in the near future.

He is written and spoken about art, culture, and technology for Wired, The San Francisco Chronicle, Discovery Online, The Site, SXSW, and Wired for Sex on the G4 cable network.

He is also a fetish photographer.

He has no qualifications for anything he does.

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