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Kill the Dead: A Sandman Slim Novel Hardcover – October 5, 2010
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“…endlessly inventive and high-octane…Kadrey’s an excellent writer who’s able to juggle all of it without dropping a single pin.” (Locus)
“Think Get Shorty meets Hellraiser.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
“Everything a sequel should be; that is, more. … There’s hardly a moment where you’re not chewing your fingernails to the wrist wondering what happens next. … Kadrey is a hell of a writer, versatile and seasoned, and these pulpy, dark, ultraviolent novels are his best work yet.” (Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing)
“James Stark, antihero of 2009’s Sandman Slim, returns in this gritty, over-the-top tale of supernatural mayhem…Profane, intensely metaphoric language somehow makes self-tortured monster Stark sympathetic and turns a simple story into a powerful noir thriller.” (Publishers Weekly on KILL THE DEAD)
“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.” (Locus)
“Hilarious … belongs up there with Dresden Files and Felix Castor novels. … some of the best supernatural buddy comedy ever created. ... This is that rare sequel that’s actually better than the first book (which was plenty great) and manages to take several leaps forward.” (io9.com)
More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great series - at the beginning I didn't like it at all, but after having read half of the first book it started becoming interesting and then I just could not stop reading until... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Pearlseattle
If you enjoyed the first book in the series you will love the second. Everything that was good about the first book is still good here. Read morePublished 2 months ago by I Teach Typing
great sequel. This really sets up the first major story arc of the series.Published 3 months ago by Brennan B James
Love the series and the side of paranormal you don't usually seePublished 3 months ago by Angela Whitehouse
Kadrey is so twisted!! Gotta love the characters! Finished his latest installment so I had to start reading them over from the beginningPublished 3 months ago by T. A.
I like Kadrey. He's got a direct, light-hearted but action packed style. A good read when you don't want to think to hard but want to be entertained.Published 3 months ago by annie