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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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    Mike Naka 12-26-12
    Mike Naka 12-26-12 Member Since 2012

    Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL

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    "good enough for me to buy book 3"
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    i found ktd (kill the dead) entertaining but not as entertaining as sandman slim. stark is more of a gumshoe this time around. he works for the golden vigil, collecting a gov't check. stark's brought in for his opinion of the death of an old sub rosa. as the story progresses, we learn more about the sub rosa and their factions.

    uriel and candy are on the run and stark comes across a new partner, bridgette bardow, a porn star gypsy who hunts revenants (zombies). she teaches him the proper way to subdue a revenant by tearing out its spinal cord.

    in ktd, you never get the sense that stark is evenly matched or outmatched like in sandman slim.

    i found lucifer scarier and more terrifying in sandman slim. even though he had a few minor parts, he oozed power. the narrator's calm, easy tone conveyed lucifer's confidence and power. you hung on every word. stark even seemed to bbe afraid of him, not wanting to speak out of turn nor dare be disrespectful. now, stark talks back and throws wise a$$ remarks lucifer's way. i don't get the abrupt change. in ktd, lucifer is portrayed as a celebrity with people fawning over him instead of fearing him and putting their arm around him instead of cowering in fear. this was my biggest disappointment.

    macleod andrew's performance was great again. he even pulls off an eastern european porn star. lol

    overall, a pretty good follow-up. i grade it a sohmore slump after being blown away by the first book. don't get me wrong, i've already downloaded the 3rd book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Pruitt Ruston, La 09-05-14
    Jay Pruitt Ruston, La 09-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "HOPING FOR MORE....!!!!"

    eep looking for a series that will keep it interesting the whole way through. Thought I had found what I had been searching for but......!!!!
    The first half was good and parts of the middle BUT the ending was a let down. The title character "Sandman Slim" had lots of issues. Wanted to slap him in the mouth and say grow up you punk. To much sappy memories talk about a girl that he only knew for a brief time and was willing to watch the world burn in order to find revenge.
    MacLeod did an excellent job in keeping the story rolling BUT at times "Sandman Slim" sounded more like a whinny baby than a stoned faced killer.
    With all that being said I'm going to attempt the 3nd book in the series and see where it leads.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Kintigh Chicago, IL USA 05-27-14
    Rick Kintigh Chicago, IL USA 05-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Strong second outing for Sandman Slim"
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    Kill the Dead is not quite as strong as Sandman Slim, but Kadrey does a solid job here and continues to build the folklore and mythology of his Los Angeles. Stark become even more remote this time around and it unfortunately pulls some of the sting out of his mounting losses. There is enough here to keep me on board for a third installment, but when the closest thematic link is to Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden, the (perhaps unfair) expectation is for some strong character development. His growing band of allies elevates that expectation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Timmie Merced, CA, United States 01-04-11
    Timmie Merced, CA, United States 01-04-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Wow"

    I loved this book so much!!! It bounced around just a bit thats why I only gave it 4/5. Other than that you gotta pick this one up! You have to read the first book first tho. So many people try skipping books (drives me crazy on these ratings). I cant wait for the next one or for the movie they are working on!!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 10-21-13
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2009

    I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.

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    "High plains drifters (zombies) abound."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is a fast paced interesting book with lots of punk attitude.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kill the Dead?

    The zombie havoc in LA was well done. Also, the little girl ghost was really creepy.


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

    he just has the attitude of this series down pat. He also has a great range of voices and makes the whole greater han the sum of its parts.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Two things I generally don't like are stories about time travel or zombies. In this case the author made a zombie story that was actually interesting and fun. You can't go wrong with this book or the series as a whole.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 12-08-11
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 12-08-11 Member Since 2001

    BJS

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    "Book 2 in the Sandman Slim series"

    . just gets better and better, can't wait to read the third book in the series. Narrator MacLeod Andrew is fantastic, Richard Kadrey really knows how to keep a story moving thee were NEVER any dull moments. It all ended to soon for me. I hope that Audible will be getting more from this author.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sean 10-08-10
    Sean 10-08-10
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    "The Sandman has come at last!!"

    The second book of the Sandman Slim is filled with as many if not more twist and turns that will keep you plugged in till the end. Even after the book end it will you still wanting more.

    R.K. is a great storyteller and has a great way to keep you in the moment. This book picks up six months after the end of book 1. Giving you a feeling of picking up right where you left off from book one.Sandman is forced in to looking for answers to questions that he really does not want to know. Things are going to get bad, but is he ready?

    My only complaint about the book is that, I fear R.K. will take another year to write the next book. He has me chomping at the bit for more.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 11-16-14
    Susan Bartonville, TX 11-16-14 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "Zombies"

    An escapee from Hell half angel is hired to be Lucifers body guard while he spends some time on earth. I thoroughly enjoyed the first of this series but found it hard to keep my attention on this story. There are plenty of monsters and zombies. I'm not really a zombie story fan, so I'm sure that's probably why it was not for me. The writing and story is good if this is up your alley. I was excited when I bought it as a Daily Deal.

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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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