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Kill the Dead by Richard Kadrey
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Apr 20, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: urban-fantasy, paranormal, made-me-laugh-out-loud
Read from April 03 to 20, 2012

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Kathleen A friend recommended Richard Kadry's "Sandman Slim" and I am absolutely hooked. His urban fantasy anti-hero, Stark (AKA Sandman Slim) is a foul-mouthed, alcohol-fueled, chain-smoking nephalim with major anger management issues. He's half-human, half-angel and is considered an abomination by most who know him. His roomate is a talking head that lives in the closet, he is constantly destoying his clothes in fights with monsters, vampires, and whatnot. And he is absolutely wonderful.

The dialogue is smart with a dry, clever wit. The characters are memorable creations of angels, demons, Sub Rosa, lurkers, and a Czech porn-star raised to kill zombies. "Kill the Dead" is a fun ride that follows "Sandman Slim", a book you will need to read first. Kadrey does not do recaps, instead his story makes references to earlier happenings and relationships. You will spend half the novel trying to catch up, otherwise.

After spending 11 years Downtown, also know as Hell, Stark returns with a chip on his shoulder and a mission to destroy the former friend who sent him there. Now, Lucifer has come Uptown to visit Earth and gives Stark the job of protecting him while in Sunny LA. Stark loves the thrill of pounding enemies; he spent his time in Hell fighting in the arena to entertain it's citizens. He was legendary.

Now a hip legend among the Sub Rosa, humans with magical powers, Stark is fighting zombies and saving the world...again. It's an awesome read and incredibly fun. There are moments of creative, and descriptive, violence and gore. So be forwarned: it's not for the faint of heart.

But it's damned fun, I highly recommend it, and I already have the third book on hold at the library. I hope to read about Stark and his weird-ass cronies for a long time.


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