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Kill the Dead: A Sandman Slim Novel [Kindle Edition]

Richard Kadrey
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“Sandman Slim is my kind of hero.”
—Kim Harrison

“Richard Kadrey is a genius.”
—Holly Black

Sandman Slim is back from Hell. After wreaking unholy havoc in author Richard Kadrey’s resoundingly acclaimed Sandman Slim, the demon-slaying anti-hero and half-angel fugitive from the underworld returns in a brutally funny, eye-poppingly inventive, and totally addicting follow-up, Kill the Dead. If you’re a fan of Buffy and Jim Butcher, Christopher Moore, Neil Gaiman, and Warren Ellis, or you dig the dark urban fantasy vibe of Charlaine Harris, Kim Harrison, and Simon Green, you’ll cheer Lucifer’s onetime personal assassin as he signs on as his ex-boss’ Hollywood bodyguard…and takes on the zombie apocalypse almost single-handedly.



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James Stark, antihero of 2009's Sandman Slim, returns in this gritty, over-the-top tale of supernatural mayhem. Having taken his revenge on the rival magician who got him sent to Hell, Stark settles in sorcery-infested Los Angeles and gets a part-time gig with the Golden Vigil, an angelic hit squad of dubious morality that's somehow allied with Homeland Security. He spends the rest of his time as a freelance slayer of monsters. When Lucifer comes to Earth, supposedly to oversee a Hollywood biopic of his life, he hires Stark to be his bodyguard, but something isn't quite right and soon the city is awash in murderous zombies. Stark has to get to the bottom of the mystery or risk being sent back to Hell, along with everyone he cares about. Profane, intensely metaphoric language somehow makes self-tortured monster Stark sympathetic and turns a simple story into a powerful noir thriller.
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“What’s best displayed by Kill the Dead is Kadrey’s snappy prose. From the first lines...you know you’re in for a Chandler-meets-the-undead treat.”

Product Details

  • File Size: 539 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (October 5, 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042FZVX0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,100 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An engrossing read October 5, 2010
Format:Hardcover
I need to start the review of Kill the Dead with something as basic as, I loved this novel. Loved it.

Now. I need you to stay with me for the rest of the review. Because, as you begin to read, you may not fully believe the above statement. But trust me. I will pull it off.

The extreme basic concept of Kadrey's book continually forced comparison between Kill The Dead and Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series -- the similarities nagged. Where the main character in Kadrey's novel has Kasabian --a fully functioning head, just a head, Dresden has Bob -- a spirit that lived inside a skull. Both Bob and Kasabian are limited to the homes of the main characters, are witty and a bit annoying, but also helpful and used as a sounding board, more or less -- where they tap resources to help their main characters solve puzzles.

While Dresden uses magic to operate a private eye business out of his home, he continually encounters vampires, ghosts, witches, goblins, etc., etc. Jimmy Stark (Sandman Slim), the main guy in Kill the Dead, is a nephilim (part angel, part human), who uses magic, and works for the Vigil to help solve crimes that seem to include vampires, werewolves, goblins and zombies.

Both Dresden and Stark are similarly outlined and shaded in characters, and the story lines easily blur between authors. However, and this is where I take you back to my first sentence, I loved Kadrey's novel.

Stark, who was sent Downtown for eleven years--Downtown being Hell--is, throughout the book, searching for Mason, the evil man who sent him there. In the meantime, he has jobs to do. While working for-hire for the Vigil to keep the streets free and clear of monsters, he takes to moonlighting. His new client is none other than the Devil himself. Lucifer.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A book in search of a plot. March 10, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Having read Sandman Slim I have to admit to being slightly disappointed in this second novel in the series. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book because it broke through the logjam of what have become standard urban fantasy novels. This author set out to give the reader a character whose voice is humorous but also irreverent, impertinent, dark and tough, but I do feel sorry for anyone who did not read that first book because in this one Richard Kadrey shows no mercy in trying to bring a new reader up to speed about most of what happened there. All of the incidents are remarked upon and figure prominently in the action of this book, but new readers are left with their legs churning as they try to catch up on what has happened in the past. It isn't necessary for an author to take a huge amount of time to bring current and returning readers up to date with their storyline and that would have been a welcomed addition here.

James Stark is the son of an angel and a human woman. His childhood was definitely not of the Ozzie and Harriet type and the scars of his feelings concerning his parentage play a key role in the character's development. Kadrey uses this book to explore that topic and the situations with Mason, Kasabian, Lucifer, Kinski, Candy, Vidocq, Allegra, and others from the Sub Rosa. He also introduces a new character, Brigitte Bardo (probably not her real name) who is a Czech gypsy porn star whose real purpose in life is to kill zombies. Stark begins to find zombies all over the place so he and Brigitte start killing them.

The wicked, black humor is still very much in evidence in this second book and there are some major advances made in the character of James Stark.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Ride Into Supernatural Noir October 28, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
"Kill The Dead" is Kadrey's sequel to the introductory "Sandman Slim". From the top let me say that if the reader has not read the first book, do so before reading this one. I had not read "Sandman Slim" so the whole experience into Kadrey's urban fantasy world was a struggle since he does not provide much in the way of backstory or reprise leaving the first time reader struggling to grasp individual character nuances, character alliances, and story background. You might say it was difficult keeping track of so many characters without a scorecard for the first time reader.

That being said, "Kill The Dead" was engaging, creative, and satisfying on many levels. Properly designated as urban fantasy, one could also label the Sandman Slim novels as supernatural noir as its antihero, James Stark (Sandman Slim), functions well as a gum shoe investigator and bodyguard in a fantasized version of Los Angeles. Stark is a nephilim, part fallen angel, part human, whose humanity is slowing dying throughout "Kill The Dead". Stark is a monster hunter who takes a job as Lucifer's-yes, that Lucifer-partime bodyguard. Lucifer, who may or may not be Stark's father, is on earth to oversee a Hollywood production of his life and there are many who would love to see his demise.

Complicating Stark's efforts is the sudden appearance of thousands of "Drifters" or zombies who are walking the streets of Los Angeles killing, eating, and infecting whoever they encounter. Who has loosed this deadly attack and for what evil purpose? How is this related to Lucifer's appearance on earth? How can Sandman Slim stop the attacks and end the carnage? Who is the mysterious young zombie killer who suddenly aligns with Slim? Who really is Stark's father?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Absolutely love the Sandman Slim novels.
Published 9 days ago by sc
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
I have never liked this genra before. I like my books somewhat more grounded in reality. Then I read the first book in the series Sandman Slim and I was hooked. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Olivia C. Hauptfleisch
5.0 out of 5 stars Like the way it's going so far
Satisfying continuation of the story. Looking forward to reading more. Thanks. It's hard to find good stories to read.
Published 1 month ago by Gary E. Rush
4.0 out of 5 stars Swift satisfying ride
A Cleaner edited piece than his first, the Sandman Slim is still smooth and now we know why he his who he is! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tommy J Kelly
3.0 out of 5 stars It was a fun read
Sandman Slim is a good character and I am enjoying the series so far
it was a fun read
a lot of development
Looking forward to reading the third
Published 1 month ago by kyle
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting moments which keep you turning the page.
Exciting moments which keep you turning the page.
Published 2 months ago by belinda lim
5.0 out of 5 stars definitely hooked now
Really liked the first book. Characters are starting to develop nicely in this book. Excited to see where he is going from here.
Published 2 months ago by William V Nicolay
4.0 out of 5 stars Great zombie story
As I hoped,this book was better than the first. He still got beat up a lot,but there was a bit more in the storyline and character development. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars This ain't your biblical heaven and he'll story!
I was looking for something different to read. This series is proving to be just that. "Aloha from he'll" is next!
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars nick k
Good book. Nicely written and pretty funny. Quick read too and can't wait to read the next one. Great series
Published 5 months ago by nick k
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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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Kindle Price? $3.00 More Than Paperback?
Did you notice the release date of the mass market? July 26, 2011. There is enough legitimate debate, without the need for misinformation.
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Looking for "noir" F/SF
Give Ameican Gods a try. Neil Gaiman. Not so much noir, but a Sandman Slim fan will like.
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