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Kill the Dead (Sandman Slim #2)

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  14,849 Ratings  ·  787 Reviews
What do you do after you’ve crawled out of Hell to wreak bloody revenge? If you’re Stark you turn to bounty hunting, tracking and decimating whatever rogue monsters you’re paid to kill. Stark hates the work, but he needs the money, especially the big bucks Lucifer is offering. In town as an adviser on a biopic of his life, Lucifer needs protection, and he wants Stark as ...more
Hardcover, 434 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Eos (first published January 10th 2010)
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Carol.
May 26, 2013 Carol. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of action UF
I was just complaining about unoriginal urban fantasy when Sandman Slim came along to show me it is possible to do UF right. Kadrey's writing manages to rope me in despite lukewarm genre interest in angel-demon based urban fantasy. The plot sounds unexceptional enough: Richard Stark, the ultimate noir anti-hero, has gone to Hell and back. He's now freelancing for Lucifer, as well as the competition, an arch-angel working with the government. The feds want his input on a murder scene, while ...more
Kemper
Dec 09, 2010 Kemper rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, magic
I would hate to have to pay Stark’s clothing and laundry bills because this guy can’t go ten minutes without getting his duds ripped to shreds or covered in the gore of various monsters and his own blood.

This series is making me a little nuts. In the first book, Sandman Slim, I thought the first half was a waste of a good idea and that the main character Stark came across as a whining impulsive punk who got regularly beaten like a rented mule rather than the super-tough anti-hero hitman from He
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Wil Wheaton
May 13, 2011 Wil Wheaton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark-fantasy, noir, horror
I loved Sandman Slim so much, I picked this up the instant I finished it, and did not put it down until I had finished it. (In fact, I read it so quickly, I didn't have a chance to put an entry here and track progress. I devoured it in 3 or 4 days.)

Kill the Dead doesn't exactly pick up where Sandman Slim left off. Instead, it's a while later, and we get to see what Stark's been doing since we last saw him. Richard Kadrey weaves an even more sinister and complex -- but ultimately satisfying -- st
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Paul O'Neill
May 05, 2016 Paul O'Neill rated it liked it
I was really disappointed with this one. After the awesome first book in the series I was expecting big things but it just failed to deliver. The main character went from being a cool, take no nonsense ass kicker to being a bit of an immature snippy annoying teenager type.

There were a few things fundamentally wrong with the book also. My main issue with this book was lack of saidisms. It leaves you really confused as to who is speaking, causing me to check back and confirm if I had it right.

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Benji Glaab
Jun 15, 2015 Benji Glaab rated it really liked it
Smile from ear to ear

This being the 2nd book in Kadrey's ongoing uf series was solid. We get an aside from the main story thread filled to the rim with fast paced action, sherlockesque plot twists, and some sick and twisted fun for the whole family. Throughout the mayhem we learn more about Stark, and the current situation in hell. To be dealt with I'm assuming in book 3. We meet new characters, and watch the old ones mature. Since Stark can travel via shadow or gta the setting shifts from scen
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Skip
May 12, 2013 Skip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, e-books, horror
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Steve
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
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Reed
Oct 25, 2010 Reed rated it it was ok
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Tim Hicks
May 18, 2013 Tim Hicks rated it it was amazing
First off, you really should read "Sandman Slim" before this one.

If you loved S.S. you might not like this one. If you thought S.S. was good but limited by the narrowness of Stark's focus, you might like this second one as much as I did.

Look, if you have a problem with zombies and angels and "special powers" go read something else. There's a character who's a severed head; you just have to accept that. This book does all that is required, which is to stick to the stated powers while exploring
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Jason
Oct 28, 2010 Jason rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, read-2010
A blast of a read. It always shocks me when a sequel can outdo the original, and that is exactly what Kadrey has achieved with this one "Kill the Dead". This book is paced like the first, non-stop but is an adrenaline overload. Sandman Slim is one bad mutha and he is as nasty as it comes and is at his best when he is killing something or someone. I love the humor and the one liners through out this novel, a great example is the following.
“Let me make sure I have this straight. The cavalry just
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Edward Lorn
Feb 11, 2014 Edward Lorn rated it it was amazing
You know how you can overlook a really good friend's faults? Moreover, how those faults kinda become the things you cherish most about him or her? For me, that's exactly why I love James Stark/Sandman Slim. This character is so broken and disjointed. He's unpredictable, but not in the sense that he's chaotic, but in that I believe Richard Kadrey had no idea (even in book two) who or what he wanted Stark to be. The end of this book is proof that Stark could turn out to be anything (aside from a ...more
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
First off, you have to read the first book first. This is not a stand alone volume. I read the first one only a couple of months ago and I was unsure on a couple of things.

I liked this one more than the first one. I felt that Stark was more emotional, more three-dimensional, more human. I understood his self-hatred better and why he doesn't want to be on Earth anymore. Still, a near-death scene was unemotional and barren. I wanted even a couple of words to sense that there was deep emotion there
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Smirking
Apr 07, 2013 Smirking rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, fiction
"Hell is hilarious if you're the one in charge." ~ Lucifer

I first read Richard Kadrey a couple of years ago when I picked up Butcher Bird and loved it. It was snarky. It was dark. And it was a hell of a lot of fun. Now it wasn't that I didn't like the first of the Sandman Slim novels, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as Butcher Bird so it took me a while to pick up Kill the Dead. I will say that a genre that is so saturated with snarky heroines and a bit way too heavy on the romance, Kadrey’s anti-
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Otherwyrld
Jul 15, 2013 Otherwyrld rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, paranormal
In this second novel in the Sandman Slim series, it has been six months since James Stark escaped from Hell to get revenge on the magicians who sent him there. Having achieved this purpose he has since drifted, taking on odd jobs as a supernatural hit-man to pay for the booze, cigarettes and all the clothing he trashes every time he walks out the door. He is both entertained and annoyed by the notoriety he has attracted in the supernatural world that lives in Los Angeles, so when Lucifer comes ...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
Oct 08, 2011 Fangs for the Fantasy rated it it was ok
Kill the Dead is the second book in the Sandman Slim novels. You can find the review for the first book, Sandman Slim here. As with the first book, Kill the Dead involves Angels and Demons but this time the threat the walking dead, otherwise known as various types of zombies. The problem however is that the reader is not really made aware the the zombies are indeed the "big bad" in this book until Stark suddenly had to deal with them.

Unlike Sandman Slim, Kill the dead, is really quite disorganiz
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Christal
Overall, this was a 3.5 star read for me. I really enjoyed Sandman Slim, but I found Kill the Dead a little bit lacking. The beginning half was really slow for me and just didn't make me want to pick up the book. I give the first part 3 stars. I pressed on and around the 200 page mark, the story picked up and everything started falling into place. I would give the second half of the book 4 stars.

Stark has come back from hell and gotten revenge on those who wronged him, so what does he do now? We
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Laura
Jul 09, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it
What do you say about a book that stars a nephalim who believes that Lucifer may be his father, and who has a head for a roommate/sidekick? It's like Terry Pratchet met up with Anne Rice and then had a date with Buffy!

Not having read the first Sandman Slim book probably won't matter - the backstory is exposited in drips and drabs, and knowing might not make the plot any easier to follow. That's not a bad thing, mind you. Learning about the different types of zombies (apparently there are four),
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J.M.
Oct 10, 2012 J.M. rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, urban-fantasy
KILL THE DEAD started strong, then went wayward for a good while. About 65-70 percent of the way in, I had the notion this was a 3-star book in my hands, a good read, but not as good as the first Sandman Slim. Then Kadrey threw it into overdrive. He put his foot to the floor, and ramped this sucker up to 4.5 stars; so, I give it a solid 4-star grade. He even toyed with 5 stars by the end (yeah, he shook things up that much), but Stark's inability to say one sentence like a normal person, just ...more
Jocelynn
Dec 07, 2015 Jocelynn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-list
I don't often feel compelled to write a review for a book. I post ratings of the ones I enjoy and move on. However, Kill the Dead, much like it's predecessor Sandman Slim, was a simply amazing book that I just can't shake off. The writing is superb, the storytelling and plotting were brilliant, the main character Stark is someone who makes your inner demons squeal with delight. When I grow up, I want my writing to be as amazing as Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim series.
Suz
Jan 04, 2016 Suz rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
3+ stars

I like Kadrey's narrative voice but this particular book had a lot of telling instead of showing. Also, zombies are not really my thing. Still, all in all it was a good yarn and made me laugh.

It's a gritty L.A. and I like Sandman Slim's dark good guy.
Alan
Jan 21, 2011 Alan rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Angels and devils who like to hang out in seedy bars
Recommended to Alan by: Slim's first outing
Explosive and profane like its predecessor, Kill the Dead is our second first-person glimpse into the absurdly-complicated second life of one James Stark, a wisecracking and dissolute demigod of sorts who was raised on Earth by his human mother, went to Hell and back again like some latter-day Orpheus, and lives again in Los Angeles, California (not so much of a step up as a lateral move, perhaps) where he... runs a video store?

Yeah, among other things, Stark manages a video store named Max Over
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Charles
Jan 11, 2014 Charles rated it it was ok
It’s hard for me to decide how many stars to give a book like this. That’s because the book is well written, and the author clearly put a lot of effort into it, but it is just completely ‘not’ my cup of tea. I’m sure the author achieved what he hoped to achieve, but I ended up scanning the last hundred pages or so because I just lost interest. Below, I will try to reveal what it was about the book that didn’t hook me. Maybe that will help others decide whether it’s right for them. It looks like ...more
Gavin
I disliked myself for starting this book after the, frankly, toxic Sandman Slim. About halfway through I started to genuinely hate myself for not being able to put it down.

It's basically the same as it's predecessor, a cast where everybody is competing to be the worst person ever (I actually thought The Devil was the most likeable bit-parter), the author's bizarre sociopathic outlook is proudly espoused by his paper-thin Stabby-Sue self-insert protagonist (and hurrah! An embarrassing wish-fulfil
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jD
Jul 29, 2012 jD rated it liked it
Shelves: 2_audio-book, 2012
I would have enjoyed this more as a page-turner vs. the audio book. I did not connect with the narrator's voice and pace. This was very important to me since the story was first person. He seemed to kill all the entertainment value of Richard Kadrey's creation. Regardless, Mr. Kadrey has skills that managed to override all my little irks.

Sandman Slim, the hero, is a very dark creature. His brand of handling the bad guys is never merciful or pretty but he gets the job done. Is he an angel or demo
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Steven Montano
Apr 05, 2016 Steven Montano rated it liked it
The story: Sandman Slim (aka Richard Stark) is trying to keep a low profile after chasing down his sorcerer nemesis Mason...so what better way to do that then act as a bodyguard for Lucifer when he comes to town to supervise a biography? Oh, and there's a zombie outbreak, an Angel-led Homeland Security squad, and a talking head of a sidekick who likes old horror movies and who manages a porn shop.

The good: Kadrey's wit and comedic dialogue are simply out of this world. Practically every line is
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
Something about this second book just didn't do it for me, despite the action and the twists and turns in the plot. In this sequel, Sandman Slim is paid big bucks to be a bodyguard to Lucifer, who has come to Hollywood to make a movie of his life. The vampires and porn stars and zombies make this book sound wicked and glamorous as all hell, but to be honest, I had to really struggle to stay focused on the story.

Stark's background, which actually is actually quite original and unique for urban f
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Susan
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 am 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 glad I bought it as a Daily Deal.
Stewart Tame
Mar 22, 2016 Stewart Tame rated it really liked it
Stark is back, and just as badass as ever. He gets hired as a bodyguard for Lucifer. And then there are zombies ... As with the first book in the series, Kadrey delivers a pleasing blend of grungy noir and supernatural action. The opening scene had me wincing at how much punishment Stark seems to take in the course of these. By the end of the book, we've had some shakeups in the cast. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book.
11811 (Eleven)
Mar 17, 2015 11811 (Eleven) rated it it was ok
Book 1 was unique and clever despite being outside my comfort zone when it comes to genre. Urban fantasy doesn't usually do it for me. Dude-man is a great writer though and I dug the start but I don't appear to be in it for the long haul.

Excellent writing. Wrong story for this goombah. 2 books were enough.
Joy
Apr 30, 2016 Joy rated it really liked it
7.5/8 -- The hero is still funny and sarcastic, angry and at times obnoxious. I found myself concerned for his possible non-immortality...
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Richard Kadrey is a writer and freelance photographer living in San Francisco, best known for his Sandman Slim novels. His newest novels are The Everything Box, released April 19, 2016 and The Perdition Score (Sandman Slim, #8), released on June 28, 2016.
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