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Kill the Dead: Sandman Slim, Book 2 | [Richard Kadrey]

Kill the Dead: Sandman Slim, Book 2

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

More mayhem? Try another eerie earful of Sandman Slim.

©2010 Richard Kadrey (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Profane, intensely metaphoric language somehow makes self-tortured monster Stark sympathetic and turns a simple story into a powerful noir thriller." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 10-28-14
    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 10-28-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Dark, irreverent, and silly, but very entertaining"

    As the second of the series, you could probably read this as a stand alone novel, but having the background given in the first book will certainly help understand the silliness that goes on here.

    And silly it is. Talking severed heads, Satan at Hollywood parties, etc. It is also very dark; much darker than the first novel. Whereas the first book could be recommended to a mature YA audience, this book sits right in the mature zone.

    If anything, Kadrey's humour and one liners are even better here, and I was always amused by his quirky dialogues. Elite prose it is not, but it is damned entertaining.

    Highly recommended if you like comic books, the horror genre, and comedy.

    Not for the easily offended.

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    wayne 04-02-14
    wayne 04-02-14

    122 titles and counting i really should review more!

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    "really loving this series"

    this is a great series, but you have to have a dark sense of humor. the narrator is excellent he really gives stark his voice.

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    J R B EDEN PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA, United States 12-29-13
    J R B EDEN PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA, United States 12-29-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Not he best in the series but still good."
    What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    The narration is awesome. Macleod does a great job with all of the different characters voices. You have everything from normal people to Satin himself to angels, demons, and everything in-between. Great narration.


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    Michael Janosky LYNDORA, PA, US 12-17-13
    Michael Janosky LYNDORA, PA, US 12-17-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Zombies and Elivis? Huh?"

    Let me get something out of the way, I don't like zombie stories. I really like this book though. The zombies are used in a great way as to carry the story forward without spending a ton of time on killing or drama about having to run away from them. The main characters get futher depth in this book as the added characters bring their own to the overall story.

    A real shiny part of this story is the protrayal of Lucifier. There is a joker-like quality to this Lucifier. I won't spoil anymore, go read for yourself.

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    motown Bangor, Maine 11-13-13
    motown Bangor, Maine 11-13-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Hurrah for Sandman Slim!"

    I liked the first book in this series, but LOVED the second book and am downloading the third. The first book was action packed and fun, but no real character development. This book was much better and I am really excited for this series. Funny, witty, never boring and clearly moving into new stories - not just the same story told over and over with slightly different flavors. Definitely try this series.

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    gardener97 Atlanta 10-26-13
    gardener97 Atlanta 10-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Brilliant, Absolutely Brilliant"

    It's been a long time since I've had a book series that could tickle me so. I've read so many books in my life and to get something so surprisingly creative and unexpectedly funny at the same time is miraculous. And the joy of it is there are FIVE books in this series. I have them all and I've even listened to them again. I think Richard. Kadrey has found his perfect milieu. I can't say I like his others books so much but this series stands in a place of honor. The same for MacLeod Andrews as the narrator. His kaleidoscope of voices is just wonderful PLUS he can do women's voices without sounding like a transgender. I only wish there were more books. I remember when I discovered Patrick O'Brian and found he had 22 books... if only Sandman Slim had that many...

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    Tomas Blackthorn United States 07-08-13
    Tomas Blackthorn United States 07-08-13 Listener Since 2010

    Herr Wölfe F.S.:

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    "i loved it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's great from beginning to end


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The manifestation of the Gladius.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed some


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    cayzar 12-22-12
    cayzar 12-22-12 Member Since 2010
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    "ONe of the most fantatic series I have read in yrs"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Kill the Dead to be better than the print version?

    There are few audio books in which I can say this but this series is wy better in audio than print.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Richard cadrey had hit a nerve with the public with this series. Stark is the everyman and no man at the same time. He represents all the bad things that have happened to all of us but he has the ability and will to strike back and do something about it. Thee stories are so well written and and I LOVE HIS TURN OF PHRASE, WHITISISMS, AND ONE LINERS. Kadrey is very talented at this.


    What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    I love ther narrators ability in this series. In an industry of so many hum drum narator, he is exceptionaly talented. His a bility for inflextion and indivifual voices has made him one of my favorites.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Be careful when you tell someone to go to hell. They just may do it and be back.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janeen Encinitas, CA, United States 12-21-12
    Janeen Encinitas, CA, United States 12-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good. Period."
    Where does Kill the Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The top two: second only to Sandman Slim (read/listen to that one first).


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Introduction of new and exciting characters, and more twists and turns than Lombard Street.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Tough question. Stark in the abandoned theater trying to navigate through the zombie multitude. There were others, I'll have to listen to it again...


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The folks on the commuter train think I'm an idiot, the way I frequently laugh listening to Kadrey's books.


    Any additional comments?

    Movie, movie, movie.... (or miniseries?)

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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 11-06-12
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Book 2 is as good or better than book 1"
    What made the experience of listening to Kill the Dead the most enjoyable?

    The story is is original and the characters bring the strange story to life


    What did you like best about this story?

    When Stark finially got his angel vision and then things really turned wacky even stranger


    What does MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr Andrews is a great reader he brings the right attitude and voice to the characters Yes he is in the right business keep up the good work


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Who won't feel sad when some die and yet others prove to be real heros It made us have both reactions


    Any additional comments?

    Already bought book 3, looking forward to the action and story line

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