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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
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Kill the Dead by Richard Kadrey

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I picked up Sandman Slim after absolutely adoring another one of Kadrey's novels, Butcher Bird, and it definitely lived up to my expectations. While different from Butcher Bird, Kadrey still makes use of his awesome writing skills, and describes for us the world as it is, or at least as he or maybe better yet, as Sandman Slim sees it. It's a quirky, action packed novel for those of us who can't get enough of the horror genera, but isn't so off-putting that someone who isn't so into horror wouldn't get a kick out of it. As always, I love Kadrey's humanization of both The Devil and angels and demons, and how everything is so gritty. The language and attitudes of the characters fit perfectly and I don't think I've stuck with a series as long as I have with the Sandman Slim books. No holds barred in this series. There are times (as in a lot of books) where the narration drags a little, but it in no way takes away from the epicness that is Sandman Slim. This series has everything - angels, demons, revenants, vampires, and whatever else you can think of, all wrapped up in an ugly little package of awesomeness. ( )
  morgtini | Feb 25, 2014 |
Zombie noir, whee! ( )
  duende | Feb 6, 2014 |
I didn't enjoy this one as much as I enjoyed the first. James Stark aka Sandman Slim is an interesting character but he needs to work out his place in the world now that he knows he's a Nephilim. This time he gets involved in a film about Lucifer, as Lucifer's bodyguard and aan explosion of zombies, discovering that there's more than one type!

Not a bad read but I just didn't get engaged in the characters this time. I felt a bit lost at the beginning of the book but caught up pretty quickly., still I felt a bit like yelling at Stark about his obsession with his scars. I'd think that healing would be quite important for someone who gets hurt as often as he does.

Looking forward to more in this series. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Dec 2, 2013 |
As some other reviews noted, I found the plot here to ramble incoherently for too much of the story. Sure, I still enjoy Stark pulling out spines and spouting witty comments. But it just is not up to the plot polish of the first book. ( )
  Penforhire | Oct 3, 2013 |
Kill the Dead is the second book in the Sandman Slim novels. You can find the review for the first book, Sandman Slim here. As with the first book, Kill the Dead involves Angels and Demons but this time the threat the walking dead, otherwise known as various types of zombies. The problem however is that the reader is not really made aware the the zombies are indeed the "big bad" in this book until Stark suddenly had to deal with them.

Unlike Sandman Slim, Kill the dead, is really quite disorganized. The plot just seems to float around while Stark has interactions with various supernatural beings. Elements are introduced that really go nowhere and at times the story is really hard to follow. The cast of characters is actually very large, making it difficult to remember the significance of each person.

Even with all of the aforementioned issues, perhaps the greatest downfall is the constant use of ableist language throughout the book. Kadrey had no problem having his characters call each other retard. The disabled community has made a concerted effort to get people to recognize that retard used as a pejorative is ableist and wrong and yet here Kadrey is, littering his text with this word. If this were the only example it would be bad but unfortunately, Kill the Dead is like a primer in how to fit ableism into a text.

In the first novel we learned that Stark is a nephilim. When Lucifer appears and hires him to be a bodyguard, the weak context is enough for the reader to question if, Stark is Lucifer's son. Why else would the fallen angel require a bodyguard. It turns out that Stark is not a chip off the old block, merely the man that Lucifer has chosen to take his place. Lucifer it seems wants to return back to heaven. This means that both the earth and hell well be in jeopardy without his leadership.

All of this is clearly a set up for the next book, Aloha From Hell which is due out, October 18th. Perhaps that this explains why Kill the Dead seemed so disorganized. Perhaps, Kadrey was laying the groundwork for the next book in the series. Stark has yet to face Mason his arch nemesis and the fact that Lucifer wants Stark to take over hell, puts them on a collision course. Stark did turn down the job, however he cannot avenge the death of his girlfriend without confronting Mason.

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  FangsfortheFantasy | Sep 20, 2013 |
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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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