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.
"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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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.
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.
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!!!
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Yes, it is a fast paced interesting book with lots of punk attitude.
The zombie havoc in LA was well done. Also, the little girl ghost was really creepy.
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.
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.
. 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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