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Kill the Dead by Richard Kadrey
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Sep 24, 11

bookshelves: urban-fantasy

These are not perfect books, but there's something about Stark that really makes me like him. I'm obviously very attracted to this kind of tortured hero with serious identity issues. He is built much like another favorite of mine, Cal Leandros. Both are half human, both have spent time in that book's equivalent of Hell, both are very good at killing things, both struggle with the two halves of their nature, both express themselves with lots of cutting sarcasm, and so on. Cal is the emo version of this character, while Stark is the stoic caveman version -- but both suffer through the same general internal conflicts. I love to read about them, in either version.

I don't know whether it's the pacing, plot construction, or something else that seems a bit off in both the Sandman books. I enjoyed this volume more than the first installment of the series, but there's definitely something that keeps the books from jelling 100%. Nonetheless, I will be looking forward to book #3 in the series.
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