Kill the Dead (Sandman Slim Series #2)

Kill the Dead (Sandman Slim Series #2)

by Richard Kadrey

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“Sandman Slim is my kind of hero.”
—Kim Harrison

“Richard Kadrey is a genius.”
—Holly Black

Sandman Slim is back from Hell. After wreaking unholy havoc in author Richard Kadrey’s resoundingly acclaimed Sandman Slim, the demon-slaying anti-hero and half-angel fugitive from the underworld returns in a brutally funny, eye-poppingly inventive, and totally addicting follow-up, Kill the Dead. If you’re a fan of Buffy and Jim Butcher, Christopher Moore, Neil Gaiman, and Warren Ellis, or you dig the dark urban fantasy vibe of Charlaine Harris, Kim Harrison, and Simon Green, you’ll cheer Lucifer’s onetime personal assassin as he signs on as his ex-boss’ Hollywood bodyguard…and takes on the zombie apocalypse almost single-handedly.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062063205
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/05/2010
Series: Sandman Slim Series , #2
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 43,411
File size: 730 KB

About the Author

Richard Kadrey is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sandman Slim supernatural noir books. Sandman Slim was included in Amazon’s “100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books to Read in a Lifetime,” and is in development as a feature film. Some of his other books include The Wrong Dead Guy, The Everything Box, Metrophage, and Butcher Bird. He also writes the Vertigo comic Lucifer.

What People are Saying About This

Cory Doctorow

“Everything a sequel should be; that is, more. … There’s hardly a moment where you’re not chewing your fingernails to the wrist wondering what happens next. … Kadrey is a hell of a writer, versatile and seasoned, and these pulpy, dark, ultraviolent novels are his best work yet.”

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Kill the Dead 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 259 reviews.
Re-Be More than 1 year ago
What a great follow up to the first novel. What I love most about Richard Kadrey is his no nonsense writing style. The reader doesn't have to muttle through page upon page of painfully detailed descriptions of minor characters and places. No whiny girls, no annoyingly benevolent heroes. This book is a win.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Richard Kadrey puts his slick spin on the supernatural back onto pages in this sequel to 2009's Sandman Slim. The titular character is back, along with many of his cohorts, to deal with yet another horrifying preternatural outbreak of ghoulies and goblins. Comparable stylistically to Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, Kadrey has developed a surprisingly deep mythos to go along with his pulpy, creative, and easily readable material. Kill The Dead is fun, engaging, and increasingly creative. It is everything I wanted out of a sequel and I'd recommend it to anyone who's read "Sandman Slim" or are a fan of Jim Butcher.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Stark, known as Sandman Slim, is not a human. He is a Nephilim; the offspring of a fallen angel and a human mother. He has all the power of a Nephilim, but still was not strong enough to fight black magician Mason Faim, who dispatched him to hell for over a decade. When Lucifer releases Stark, he returns to hell on earth where he dispatches Mason back to Lucifer's kingdom. While there the mage mason tries to take over Lucifer's throne. The devil comes to earth to watch a picture of him being made and wants Stark to serve as his bodyguard. He also takes jobs for the Golden Vigil, sometimes called "Pinkerton's Angels, such as killing Eleanor the vampire, who wears a belt buckle that interests him for reasons he cannot figure out. Besides the Golden Vigil and Lucifer gigs, Stark works on fighting demons and a way to kill Mason. However, a new threat arises as zombies begin to walk the streets of Los Angeles killing all humans who cross their path. Stark has to figure out who is controlling the walking dead and get rid of him so the zombie menace will end. Stark is a terrific antihero whose conversations with a horde of paranormal and normal (that is in a specie sense; not a mental sense) is humorously biting satire. He is a half-breed who is neither angel nor demon, but works for both sides as he has no place with either. The story line is fast-paced, filled with high octane testosterone action, but is owned by Stark who tells his latest misadventures in a noir style first person account. Urban fantasy readers will fully appreciate the goings on in the city of angels. This reviewer can't wait for the next Sandman Slim novel. Harriet Klausner
AlbertG More than 1 year ago
"Imagine shoving a cattle prod up a rhino's ass, shouting "April fool!", and hoping the rhino thinks its funny."... So begins Kill The Dead, the second Sandman Slim novel by Richard Kadrey. Sandman Slim or James Stark as he is refered to throughout most of the novel is a strangely unique character. There are just enough references to his past to make me feel like I really missed out when I did not pick up the first Sandman Slim novel. Slim is a bounty hunter working for both the side of God in the form of the Golden Vigil run by an Angel to hunt down all sorts of evil creatures. The side is as bodyguard to Lucifer, yes that Lucifer. This novel delves into the darkness of night creatures that are the dead. Not the undead, but the dead. Zombies in all their variations and the mayhem that they shamble forth. And the blood. And the guts. And the feedings. I mean this book could be The Walking Dead but without all the seriousness and introspection. And that is a good thing. Kill The Dead hits the tongue in cheek horror genre right on the head and then steamrolls right through. Fun Fun Capital freaking FUN!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1st Sandman Slim novel A+. 2nd novel A. 3rd novel genuflection plus chant. This guy can write and that is a fact. Buy his books. Support this crazy man. Keep him in tattoos.
brjunkie More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS SERIES! Lucifer hires Stark as his bodyguard. Why would the devil need a bodyguard? Stark is suspicious that the fallen angel Lucifer may be his father, while he fights a zombie army. A movie is being made in Hollywood about Lucifer, sort of like a life story by the people's souls that he owns. Way more is going on than that. Not wanting to give away a huge wow moment in the book (which may leave this brief and vague), Stark comes upon a unique zombie that may give him the chance to see his murdered girlfriend. This second book in the series soars over the first. It's full of so much good and wonderful stuff, that you can't put it down once the story starts. There's the Bamboo House of Dolls, a Czech porn star, flesh eating demons, members of powerful and prestigious magic families' obese and weird sexual appetites, and lots of violence and smart aleck remarks from our hero whose escape from hell may lead him right back! Do yourself a favor and read this great urban supernatural series by Richard Kadrey. 'Aloha From Hell' the next book in the series soon to come out is sure to be just as good if not better.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Sandman Slim series; you wouldn't have to read the first book to read this one, but the first one gives a lot of great background and is a wonderful book so I would recommend reading it. I actually listened to this on audio book; the audio book was exceedingly well done.Stark (Sandman Slim) is whiling away his time drinking, doing miscellaneous work for the Golden Vigil, and wishing he could kill Mason (the evil man who sent him to hell for eleven years). Then he gets a message that Lucifer (Satan) is in town and wants to meet. Ends up Lucifer needs a body guard while he is in town working on his new movie Morningstar and he wants it to be Stark. As if this wasn't odd enough Stark is called in by the Golden Vigil to consult on a mysterious and violent death. Stark also kind of notices, in between his drunken hazes, that people have been disappearing at a higher rate than normal. Next thing you know revnants (zombies) are roaming the streets and the whole world is on the brink of apocalypse...again. All Stark has to back him up is a mysterious belt buckle, some Hellion hoodoo, some kick-butt weapons, and a bit of half-angelic boost.This was seriously a very awesome book. I was excited to read it after how much I liked Sandman Slim and I am so happy I did. Stark is tough and not afraid to get hurt; he is an excellent anti-hero who always impresses with his harshness, yet is somehow still a kind of moral hero of sorts. Oh yeah and he is hilarious, the humor in this book is dark but I was laughing out loud a number of times during this book. The shear awesomeness and funess (is that a word?) of the whole thing was just exhilarating. This book is very violent, but in a fun way...You learn a lot more about Stark and his world in this book. You learn more about his family and more about his history. You get a chance to understand him better and how his human and angelic sides work (or don't work) together. We get some great new characters; one of my favorites was Brigitte. Brigitte is a porn-star/actress with an awesome secret, some serious attitude, and of course some serious sexiness. I also loved that we got to spend so much time with Lucifer and get to understand him better too. There are some shocking revelations in this book that will keep readers guessing as well.The action scenes and pacing are spectacular, I listened to this on audio book and it was hard to stop. I just wanted to keep listening. Kadrey is just an excellent writer and I can't wait to read the next installment in this series. This story wrapped up well, but definitely has some issues to deal with still in future installments. For some reason this book reminded me a lot of The Crow movie; it has that same anti-hero thing going on, is ultra-violent, and action packed. This book reads like a movie and it would be great if they made it into one some time.Overall an absolutely stellar read and an excellent addition to this series. These are definitely adult reads (lots of violence and some sex). If you haven't read these books you should give them a try especially if you are a fan of the anti-hero/superhero type of things, love urban fantasy, or love action. Fans of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, Remy Chandler by Thomas Sniegoski, Spellbent by Lucy Snyder, and Felix Castor by Mike Carey should find lots to love in this book.
craso on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
James Stark, aka Sandman Slim, is the monster who kills monsters. He obtained his reputation by killing demons in the arena in hell. He is a human and a fallen angel all rolled into one with bad habits like smoking and drinking to access, but he is on our side. Stark lives over a movie rental store, Max Overload, in LA with a very talkative severed head. He is recruited by Lucifer to act as bodyguard while he is in town making a movie about his life. This brings him in contact with the Sub Rosa or magical first families in town. He discovers a number of Sub Rosa have disappeared recently. Then the zombies appear. Soon LA is overrun by the living dead.Richard Kadrey is great at fast paced action. His books don't have chapters, they are one long roller coaster ride. I am not a big fan of zombies and I try to avoid them, but Kadrey's writing is so addictive he can make zombies seem less passe. His characters are people you care about and want to come back to again and again. Be warned, if gritty black humor isn't your style you may want to avoid the series.
darkline on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
More assured than Sandman Slim, with Stark starting to become more than a one-note character. Just the right amount of occult details to keep us interested, and a very interesting resolution that leaves me counting the days to the next volume. Nicely done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks forward to the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of Kadrey and Sandman Slim in particular. Great series with a not so typical anti-hero. The jabs and one liners between Casabian and Stark are a highlight of the series, at least for me. I always thought Lucifer would be tougher... This series is definitely worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even better than the first. Amusing moments amidst the fights and horror, with stakes and character development. The lead character can apparently burn through an infinite amount of money in between books though...
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Shoots a zombie
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Walks in "Hi. I'm Cc"
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Sarcasticly witty and i enjoyed it just as much as the first. Cant wait to read the third book.
Go4Jugular More than 1 year ago
A supernatural take on the hard-boiled detective novel. Sandman Slim is a classic anti-hero, with the cynical lifeview of a pulp fiction PI, but there is a strong current of humor in both the continuous metaphors and the rapid-fire dialogue. With a severed head as his main foil, and a supporting cast that includes vampires, zombies, Lucifer, and some of Kadrey's unique creations, the story has a contemporary setting but a rich element of the inhuman. The intricate plot is best understood if you start with the first novel in the series, "Sandman Slim", as this is less a stand-alone sequel than a continuation of the overarching plot introduced in the first novel. And don't ignore the fun of watching people's eyes as you sit in your favorite coffee shop reading a book with "Kill the Dead" on the cover!
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