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Kill the Dead by Richard Kadrey
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Kill the Dead

by Richard Kadrey

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I have absolutely no idea how to rate this book. For a while it felt like a two-star urban fantasy pulp novel with lots of shoot-em-up situations and, well, urban fantasy pulp banter. And then it turns around and has some really good plot twists, and even some seriously good settings and dialogues. I'll give it three stars, but in reality it's more like chunks of two-star stuff and four-star stuff mashed together.

(I mean, we get to know the protagonist's father, a new girlfriend who kicks ass, is a porn star by choice and still gets painted very much as her own person, and the protagonist is offered a job as Lucifer … by Lucifer … because Lucy goes back to heaven after the zombie apocalypse. Right.) ( )
  _rixx_ | Aug 30, 2018 |
3.5 stars, rounded up.

Better than the first. Snark and sarcasm run rampant, along with zombies, zeds, and more undead over-running LA.

There was something lacking in this book, however: a start-to-finish coherent plot. The start is good, the finish is good, but the middle fell off completely. There's a lot of soap-opera-type plotting (Stark trying to figure out who his father is; falling for an undead-killing porn star), there's a lot of talk and not much action or story movement until the grand finale.

Still, it's a good read/listen. MacLeod Andrews, as always, is an outstanding narrator.
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  ssimon2000 | May 7, 2018 |
I just couldn't get into this one like I did the first. I still really like the character and the world being built. The plot was all over the place and the cast so large it was hard to remeber what some characters meant to the plot. I was a good 150 pages into it and struggling to keep going. The story had really gone nowhere, suddenly I found myself skimming. This is never good. I will probably give the next one a chance to redden itself or not. ( )
  CSDaley | Mar 28, 2018 |
I may be done with this series... will revisit in future. ( )
  kmajort | Feb 9, 2018 |
Stark investigates zombie problems in LA. I read this one out of order—it’s the second book in the series—and I was spoiled for some major developments, but it was still fun. Stark is Sam Spade, but hunting supernatural trouble, and he gets to be annoyed at practically everyone, from the government to Lucifer. ( )
  rivkat | Feb 21, 2017 |
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Where all life dies, death lives, and nature breeds Perverse, all monstrous, all prodigious things Abominable, unutterable and worse...
–Paradise Lost, Book 2
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying. –Woody Allen
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For G and K
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Imagine shoving a cattle prod up a rhino’s ass, shouting 'April fool!' and hoping the rhino thinks it’s funny.
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If I was a religious man (and no, knowing there's a Heaven and Hell, God and devil and angels doesn't help being religious one little bit), I might take what I see as a sign. 
"The universe is a meat grinder and we're just pork in designer shoes, keeping busy so we can pretend we're not all headed for the sausage factory."
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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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While acting as a bodyguard for Lucifer and wooing a former French porn star, half-human fallen angel Stark is bitten by one of the many zombies roaming the countryside. This causes his human side to die and turns him into an emotionless killing machine. The condition has a cure-- should he choose to take it.… (more)

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