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Kill the Dead by Tanith Lee

Kill the Dead (1980)

by Tanith Lee

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If you do a bit of a mental squint and use your imagination to smooth out the rough edges, this is a pretty good story. To put it in movie terms: it’s like LadyHawke meets The Sixth Sense.

Parl Dro is a handsome ghost killer - he releases the undead who are clinging to the living and sends them to their final destination. Everything changes when Parl stops in a little town to deal with a pair of sisters, Cilny and Ciddey, one dead and one living. There his destiny is joined to the roguish pick-pocketing troubadour Myal, and together they journey to Ghyste Mortua, the ghost city in the mountains.

Like all the other Lee books I have read, it is full of psychic power, supernatural sensuality, thwarted love, sadness and regrets.
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1 vote memccauley6 | May 3, 2016 |
“Pico review” written for the SF fanzine OtherRealms (SF review zine by Chuq Von Rospach, Dec. 1989): Blake's Seven meets Vampire Hunter "D". I searched for years for a copy of this book and paid dearly when I found a used copy, but it was most worth it. Parl Dro is a Ghost-Killer, seeking the deadalive that cling to and prey upon the living. If he can destroy a ghost's link with this world it will be forced to travel on to the next. Traveling with him, sort of, is Myal Lemyal, minstral and thief. They are both heading toward Ghyste Mortua, the ghost-filled city of the dead, Parl to destroy it and Myal to make a song about it. Haunting their journey is Ciddey Soban - newly deadalive and linked, somehow, to Myal. Lee wrote this after scripting two episodes of Blake's Seven, because she liked the characters and the actors. The dialog between Parl and Myal could easily be for Avon and Vila (Myal - "I wish I was dead". . . Parl - "I wish you were, too"). ( )
  SF_fan_mae | Jan 15, 2016 |
Parl Dro is a killer of the dead--he releases the spirits of ghosts who refuse to depart the living. And one woman is not happy when he does so to her sister. She then dogs his steps, and a minstrel dogs her steps as Dro makes his way to a ghost city. Not a horror book in the scary, creepy sense and this is among Tanith Lee's more comedic books, laden with plenty of humor and wit--and with her sensuous, lyrical prose. A short book that reads quickly you could down in one sitting--and with a neat twist. ( )
  LisaMaria_C | Oct 29, 2012 |
A ghost killer limps into town and exorcises the ghost of a girl, against the wishes of the girl's sister. The sister then kills herself and becomes deadalive in order to exact vengance against Parl Dro. Dro's steps are dogged by a minstrel who refuses to leave him alone, and all three of them follow the road to a whole town that died in a single landslide and who's ghosts terrorise the surrounding area. The interconnections between all the characters gets pretty complex, and the plot twists and turns around, driven by revenge and something like love. Beautifully written, as expected, but I'm not sure I followed all the twists. ( )
1 vote silentq | Jan 15, 2008 |
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A haunting tale of strange shadows and weird evils which features three travellers, Parl Dro, Myal Lemayal and Ciddey Soban, who are drawn together on a quest for Ghyste Mortua, city of the dead.

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