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Kill the Dead (Sandman Slim 2) [Paperback]

Richard Kadrey
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20 Jun 2013 Sandman Slim 2

Supernatural fantasy's best antihero returns, in the high-octane follow-up to Richard Kadrey's acclaimed Sandman Slim

James Stark, a.k.a. Sandman Slim, crawled out of Hell, took bloody revenge for his girlfriend's murder, and saved the world along the way. After that, what do you do for an encore? You take a lousy job tracking down monsters for money. It's a depressing gig, but it pays for your beer and cigarettes. But in L.A., things can always get worse.

Like when Lucifer comes to town to supervise his movie biography and drafts Stark as his bodyguard. Sandman Slim has to swim with the human and inhuman sharks of L.A.'s underground power elite. That's before the murders start. And before he runs into the Czech porn star who isn't quite what she seems. Even before all those murdered people start coming back from the dead and join a zombie army that will change our world and Stark's forever.

Death bites. Life is worse. All things considered, Hell's not looking so bad.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (20 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007446004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007446001
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Kill The Dead:

“Think Get Shorty meets Hellraiser.” San Francisco Chronicle

“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

“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

“…endlessly inventive and high-octane…Kadrey’s an excellent writer who’s able to juggle all of it without dropping a single pin.” Locus

“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, BoingBoing

“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

Praise for Sandman Slim:

“The best B movie I’ve read in at least twenty years. An addictively satisfying, deeply amusing, dirty-ass masterpiece, Sandman Slim swerves hell-bent through our culture’s impacted gridlock of genres…it’s like watching Sergio Leone and Clive Barker co-direct from a script by Jim Thompson and S. Clay Wilson.” William Gibson

About the Author

Richard Kadrey has published five novels, including Sandman Slim, Butcher Bird and Metrophage, and more than fifty stories. He has been immortalized as an action figure, and his short story “Goodbye Houston Street, Goodbye” was nominated for a British Science Fiction Association Award. A freelance writer and photographer, he lives in San Francisco.


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3.0 out of 5 stars A book in search of a plot. 14 Mar 2011
Format:Hardcover
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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5.0 out of 5 stars developing beautifully 3 Jun 2013
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I'm surprised how much I'm enjoying this series. It's witty, self aware, and secondary characters have no problem pointing out the fallibility and sometimes stupidity of the main character. I'm growing fond of the characters. There's enough moral ambiguity for me to chew on. The one liners are great, and every so often there is a page of theological v pop culture debate that is worth reading twice and leaves me with a smile on my face.

The plot holds together well, the LA atmosphere hangs like smog, the motivations are viable, the writing is immaculate, and I can't find a single thing to criticise. I need to pace my approach to the next vol, or I will consume them too quickly, stop appreciating them fully, and run out too soon. Like a good box of chocolates, these need savouring, one at a time, slowly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 10 May 2014
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I loved this book from beginning to end, An absolute masterpiece. I can't wait to read the text of the books!
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good fast pace read! sandman slim is the all round bad, good guy! There are plenty of people you want him to kill!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 28 Dec 2013
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Just as brilliant and gripping as the first book in the series can't wait to read more.
Supernatural fantasy doesn't get much better!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius! 20 Dec 2013
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Love the whole seires of Sandman Slim books! He's an amazing anti-hero and the comedy is inspired! Now friends with the author on facebook! I honestly recommend these books to anyone who likes Kim Harrison, Rob Thurman and Chuck Wendig!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun 19 Dec 2013
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Sandman Slim is a great anti-hero. His approach is nihilistic and criminal and all round crazy. A really good read and a great twist on the heaven and hell story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A step up. 24 Oct 2013
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The first good was good, predictable in some sections, unexpectedly fun in others. This book became everything that the first book lacked. A better story, greater character development, more scope. A fully enjoyable read. Hopefully the third book will be as good.
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