Spyder Lee is a happy man who lives in San Francisco and owns a tattoo shop. One night an angry demon tries to bite his head off before he's saved by a stranger. The demon infected Spyder with something awful - the truth. He can suddenly see the world as it really is: full of angels and demons and monsters and monster-hunters. A world full of black magic and mysteries. These are the Dominions, parallel worlds full of wonder, beauty, and horror.
The Black Clerks, infinitely old and infinitely powerful beings whose job it is to keep the Dominions in balance, seem to have new interests and a whole new agenda. Dropped into the middle of a conflict between the Black Clerks and other forces he doesn't fully understand, Spyder finds himself looking for a magic book with the blind swordswoman who saved him. Their journey will take them from deserts to lush palaces, to underground caverns, to the heart of Hell itself.
©2007 Richard Kadrey (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South."
It’s like a road trip through "The Matrix" into "The Wizard of Oz"— ending up at the "The Sandman" and "Hellblazer."
I’m impressed that Kadrey just made me compare "Butcher Bird" to all my favorite action fantasy epics.
Protagonist Spyder, a San Francisco tattoo artist, is infected by a demon with a power that lets him see other "Dominions" of angels and devils. He now must go looking through these Dominions for a set of lost books that will keep the worlds in balance.
Kadrey describes the coolest other-worldly creatures and scenes:
"People threw money at the Volt-Eater's feet after each demonstration of her electric skills. It made Spyder a little sad to see her. On any other night, she would have been the hands-down highlight... Tonight, however, the Volt Eater was just a pretty girl spitting watts, no more or less miraculous than Bible-quoting kittens or the lion-woman who'd just pronounced him both a fool and a hero."
Narrator, Jonathan Davis brings it all to life.
"A hellish good ride"
Butcher Bird feels like an old fairy tail (more brothers Grimm than Walt Disney) its a dark and twisted tail of anti heroes and dastardly monsters, and im really looking forward to the next book, I've read the Sandman Slim books by the same author and enjoyed them so i was really pleased to see Butcher Bird on audible
theres a few books that have alternate reality stories , Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman) and Nightside (Simon R Green) spring to mind , both of which use similar ideas and while the idea of a world behind the world is a well used one, Butcher Bird is definitely uses it in a new way, cyber punk and magic.
Jonathan Davis really has a good grip on the characters and his delivery is well suited to story, giving a flawless performance
I was gipped from the start and didn't want to stop listening
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