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Kill the Dead

Kill the Dead

Written by Richard Kadrey

Narrated by MacLeod Andrews


Kill the Dead

Written by Richard Kadrey

Narrated by MacLeod Andrews

ratings:
4.5/5 (91 ratings)
Length:
13 hours
Released:
Oct 5, 2010
ISBN:
9781441806680
Format:
Audiobook

Description

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.
Released:
Oct 5, 2010
ISBN:
9781441806680
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

New York Times bestselling author Richard Kadrey has published nine novels, including Sandman Slim, Kill the Dead, Aloha from Hell, Devil Said Bang, Kill City Blues, The Getaway God, Killing Pretty, Butcher Bird, and Metrophage. He has been immortalized as an action figure and his short story “Goodbye Houston Street, Goodbye,” was nominated for a British Science Fiction Association Award. A freelance writer and photographer, he lives in San Francisco, California.



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  • (4/5)
    The premise: ganked from publisher's website: 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. My RatingWorth the Cash: to those fans who enjoyed the first, Sandman Slim. I don't recommend reading Kill the Dead without the first book under your belt though. There's too many off-handed comments made referencing the first book and it's world-building that don't get explained, so if you haven't read said first book, you're going to be a bit lost and a lot grumpy. But it's an enjoyable sequel, and I'll be happy to pick up the next in the series, whatever and whenever that might be. If you're interested in the first book, Sandman Slim, check out Free Fridays at Barnes & Noble's book club. You can click here for a free electronic copy, which also includes an excerpt to Kill the Dead. Can't get much better than that, can it?Review style: There's actually not a whole lot I want to talk about, save for comparing this to the current urban fantasy trend (aka, Buffy-Lit) and why this is a breath of fresh air for some urban fantasy readers. I'll talk about how this works as a sequel, and then nitpick a few issues. Oh, and zombies. We'll talk zombies. No spoilers, so feel free to read the full review at my LJ. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome. :)REVIEW: Richard Kadrey's KILL THE DEADHappy Reading!
  • (2/5)
    I just couldn't get into this one like I did the first. I still really like the character and the world being built. The plot was all over the place and the cast so large it was hard to remeber what some characters meant to the plot. I was a good 150 pages into it and struggling to keep going. The story had really gone nowhere, suddenly I found myself skimming. This is never good. I will probably give the next one a chance to redden itself or not.
  • (4/5)
    3.5 stars, rounded up.

    Better than the first. Snark and sarcasm run rampant, along with zombies, zeds, and more undead over-running LA.

    There was something lacking in this book, however: a start-to-finish coherent plot. The start is good, the finish is good, but the middle fell off completely. There's a lot of soap-opera-type plotting (Stark trying to figure out who his father is; falling for an undead-killing porn star), there's a lot of talk and not much action or story movement until the grand finale.

    Still, it's a good read/listen. MacLeod Andrews, as always, is an outstanding narrator.
  • (4/5)
    Another volume in the Sandman Slim saga - Its been a few months after the first book, and Sandman Slim isn't living up to his hype. A few cases for Lucifer, a few cases for heaven's side - and he is barely making ends meet. Than Lucifer comes into town, working on a movie of his life, requesting that Sandman be his personal bodyguard. When the zombies show up, all hell breaks, and Sandman Slim needs to fix it.These books are fun, easy reads, not on anybody's "best literature" list. But they are full of action, full of interesting characters, and lots and lots of irreverence. Read them if you want to fill a Saturday afternoon on a deck, drinking a beer. Stay away if you are squeamish about large amounts blood and violence, and a general disregard for any sort of ethical sensibility.
  • (3/5)
    Zombie noir, whee!
  • (5/5)
    If you are into urban fantasy than this is a good series. I like the story, the narrator is ok, some voice s used are not Ideal, but his main character voice works. There is good storyline, and most of the characters are likeable.