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Kill the Dead: A Sandman Slim Novel (edition 2012)

by Richard Kadrey

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Title:Kill the Dead: A Sandman Slim Novel
Authors:Richard Kadrey
Info:Harper Voyager (2012), Paperback, 464 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:fictiion, paranormal, thriller

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James Stark, the profane damaged anti hero of Sandman Slim returns. He knows he should be going after Mason, the super villain he banished to hell in the first book, but he hits the bottle, fights and generally avoids thinking about it.
Lucifer appears and hires him as a body guard. He accepts the job because the money's good.
Things get a bit hectic in L.A. when zombies in massive numbers start appearing. Friends get hurt and Stark really has to front up to the danger.
Lots of twists and better plotted than the first book. A very quick read. ( )
  quiBee | Jan 21, 2016 |
I think this was more of the same, but that's ok, because I'm really digging it!! Sandman Slim continues his adventure after getting back to Earth from Hell, and saving the world from the Kissi in the first book. This time, he's got an angel with an ego problem, and various incarnations of zombies, as well as finding out that everyone who's ever died in LA is trapped with their souls below the city. Of course, there's a happy ending, but we're not quite finished yet! Looking forward to the next one, but I've got such a back log of reading, James is going to have to wait a little bit!
  Vinbert | Nov 22, 2015 |
I think this was more of the same, but that's ok, because I'm really digging it!! Sandman Slim continues his adventure after getting back to Earth from Hell, and saving the world from the Kissi in the first book. This time, he's got an angel with an ego problem, and various incarnations of zombies, as well as finding out that everyone who's ever died in LA is trapped with their souls below the city. Of course, there's a happy ending, but we're not quite finished yet! Looking forward to the next one, but I've got such a back log of reading, James is going to have to wait a little bit!
  Vinbert | Nov 22, 2015 |
A full-tilt balls to the wall slugfest between heaven & hell & everything in between. This series is destined to get in the hands of Bruce Campbell. ( )
  LJMax | Aug 21, 2015 |
You know how you can overlook a really good friend's faults? Moreover, how those faults kinda become the things you cherish most about him or her? For me, that's exactly why I love James Stark/Sandman Slim. This character is so broken and disjointed. He's unpredictable, but not in the sense that he's chaotic, but in that I believe Richard Kadrey had no idea (even in book two) who or what he wanted Stark to be. The end of this book is proof that Stark could turn out to be anything (aside from a nazi robot zombie vampire, of course), and I'd still have a sizable man-crush on him.

I hate everything about a synopsis: writing one, reading one. I tend to skip them because they're nothing more than spoilers disguised as information. So, going into KILL THE DEAD, I had no idea what I was in store for. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself surrounded by the walking dead.

Kadrey did everything right in this second volume of the Sandman Slim story line. I have only ever once given a sequel/continuation anything more than four stars, and that was Koontz's ODD INTERLUDE serial, which was (in my opinion) better than the first book in the series. To say the least, I was shocked that I loved KILL THE DEAD as much as I did SANDMAN SLIM. I couldn't see how Kadrey was going to keep up the epicosity, but he pulled it off. From the first paragraph on, I was entertained. With me, that's rare. Usually I find something about a book to complain about, but this time around I couldn't help but gush over every page, even the plot holes were like a birthmark on a lover's face. It's something you accept because the whole is worth loving... See, told you I had a raging boner for this series.

All right, enough maudlin bullshit, let's get down to business. Will you like this as much as me? Who knows? I sure can't say. I'll be completely honest with you, though: I'm biased as fuck. Keep that in mind if you read KILL THE DEAD.

SLIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD!

In a status update here on Booklikes, I mentioned how this book had become oddly Matrix-esque. Funny thing is, that was before the bullet-time scene wherein Stark ravages a swat team by using his angel vision (which is not unlike Neo seeing the Matrix in code form). Then you have Stark falling for porn star/zombie-carver, Brigette, who's a badass on par with Trinity, and their quick, albeit doomed, love affair. I don't know if Kadrey was purposefully channeling the Wachowski brothers (now brother and sister; good for you Larry/Lana), but it sure as hell felt like a tribute.

END SPOILATION

If nothing else, go into KILL THE DEAD expecting witty sarcasm and laugh-out-loud commentary. Stark is nothing if he's not funny. And vulgar. Did I mention how vulgar he is? You need to be a little sick and twisted to enjoy Kadrey's work, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

In summation, I dug the hell out of this book, and will likely love every sequel that comes after it. There's something about Stark that gels with me: be it his attitude, his sense of humor, or the fact that he's everything a boy like me looks for in a hero. I'm starting to understand why people like Harry Potter... ( )
  Edward.Lorn | Feb 13, 2015 |
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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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