Butcher Bird

Butcher Bird

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by Richard Kadrey
     
 

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Spyder Lee is a happy man who lives in San Francisco and owns a tattoo shop. One night an angry demon tries to bite his head off before he's saved by a stranger. The demon infected Spyder with something awful - the truth. He can suddenly see the world as it really is: full of angels and demons and monsters and monster-hunters. A world full of black magic and mysteries

Overview

Spyder Lee is a happy man who lives in San Francisco and owns a tattoo shop. One night an angry demon tries to bite his head off before he's saved by a stranger. The demon infected Spyder with something awful - the truth. He can suddenly see the world as it really is: full of angels and demons and monsters and monster-hunters. A world full of black magic and mysteries. These are the Dominions, parallel worlds full of wonder, beauty and horror. The Black Clerks, infinitely old and infinitely powerful beings whose job it is to keep the Dominions in balance, seem to have new interests and a whole new agenda. Dropped into the middle of a conflict between the Black Clerks and other forces he doesn't fully understand, Spyder finds himself looking for a magic book with the blind swordswoman who saved him. Their journey will take them from deserts to lush palaces, to underground caverns, to the heart of Hell itself.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Buffyand Angelfans are likely to enjoy Kadrey's offbeat supernatural romp, which blends demonic evil and quirky humor. The relatively normal life of San Francisco tattoo artist Spyder Lee goes thoroughly crazy when he's rescued from a mugger by Shrike, a mysterious blind woman who reveals that Lee's assailant was actually a demon. The wounds he suffered in the assault give him the ability to see the Dominions, other spheres of existence that regular mortals are unaware of. Soon Spyder finds himself hip-deep in demonic trouble, protecting his friend Lulu by offering his body to the organ-collecting Black and then dragging her off to join Shrike on a madcap journey to Hell, where they encounter monsters, Lucifer and even an alternate-time version of Lee himself. Kadrey (Kamikaze L'Amour) juxtaposes gore and brash insouciance in the face of apocalyptic evil, a blend that may not suit everyone's taste. (July)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597804042
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Publication date:
07/01/2007
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
24,630
File size:
529 KB

Meet the Author

Richard Kadrey is a writer living in San Francisco. He is the author of dozens of stories, plus five novels, including Metrophage and Butcher Bird. His Wired magazine cover story, "Carbon Copy," was made into one of the worst movies of 2001. It starred Bridget Fonda. Sorry, Bridget. Kadrey created and wrote the Vertigo comics miniseries Accelerate, which was illustrated by the Pander Brothers. He plans to do more comic work in the near future. He is written and spoken about art, culture, and technology for Wired, The San Francisco Chronicle, Discovery Online, The Site, SXSW, and Wired for Sex on the G4 cable network. He is also a fetish photographer. He has no qualifications for anything he does.

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Butcher Bird: A Novel of the Dominion 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Amazon_Rdr More than 1 year ago
Overall, I enjoyed this book. The humor and wit is undeniable in Kadrey's writing. You get to truly enjoy the characters and become easily invested in their outcome. The gore in this book was a little much for me at times, but everyone's got a different preference on that. You just have to stand outside the graphic depictions and try and see them with the humor they were offered up in. The scenes of Hell and the monsters were a bit Event Horizon for me (movie always grossed me out), but the book breaks it up with characters that are just too fun to look away from.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Spyder Lee is a anti-hero among anti-hero's. This story really transports you to hell and back. Kadreys picture of Lucifer is sad and hysterical all at one time. His characters have a real depth that keep you wanting more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the twisted imagination of Richard Kadrey comes one of my all time favorite books. The world isnt exactly as it seems but one your eyes are opened, you are in for a shocking adventure that will push your imagination to uncharted world right out of humanity's reach. This is a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
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Hell of a ride ..
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Colorful, shiny, & fast paced.