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Kill the Dead

(Sandman Slim #2)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  18,225 ratings  ·  926 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 hi ...more
Hardcover, 434 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Eos (first published January 10th 2010)
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Express Super Extra Crappy Non Review Time (ESECNRT™)! Yay!

Okay, so my boyfriend Jimmy Stark is kinda sorta lost here. I mean, he just spent 11 years in Hell, which is pretty cool and stuff, but he doesn't seem to think of it that way. What can I say, my man is beautifully weird. But anyway. So my Jimmy came back from his extended, super relaxing holiday Downtown (that's what Hell's really called, my Clueless Barnacles) to exact delicious revenge on the deviously evil people who sent him there i
May 25, 2013 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 Lucif ...more
Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー
Sep 17, 2018 is currently reading it
Shelves: 2019
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Let's continue this dark adventure.
Wil Wheaton
May 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, noir, dark-fantasy
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
Dec 06, 2010 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
Heidi The Reader
"Subtle hunting, acting like a grownup, I really miss Hell sometimes." pg 4

First of all, don't read the Goodreads description of Kill the Dead before you read it. It gives far too much away!

Here's a Heidi-no-spoilers blurb that should serve you just as well: James Stark, the half-angel, half-human and one hundred percent pissed off anti-hero is back. Keeping an apartment in Los Angeles doesn't pay for itself, so Stark is on the hook for contract work for a variety of agencies including Vigil (a
Paul O'Neill
Feb 23, 2016 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.

Buddy read with the Machalo Group!

This is my new favorite series and James Stark is my new book boyfriend--right at the very top of that exclusive list. I won't bore you with too much fangirling, so here's the short of it: it's hilarious, gritty, dark and terrifying, all of my favorite things rolled into one. Jimmy drinks hard, smokes too much, steals over-the-top expensive cars to get around, and kills anything that deserves it without batting an eye, all while making witty observations about t
3.5 Zombie-spine-ripping-stars

This series is ripe with humour, guts and evil machinations and has the potential to become one of my favorite UF series.

Kadrey is a hell of a writer and I can't wait to see where he takes this merry band of donut loving misfits.

Benji Glaab
Sep 01, 2013 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
Oct 28, 2010 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
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, reviewed
In the first book, Sandman Slim, we're introduced to our world but it's complicated by layers of magic and the mythical. A man comes out alive from depths of Hell, and rails down his vengeance on those that have wronged him. There are angels, demons, divine, corrupt, careless, haunted and apathetic. A cascade of what makes the world turn collides with nightmares that are all too real.

Death and taxes are the only things you can count on. In between, money makes the world go round and pays for th
Tim Hicks
May 18, 2013 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
May 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, fantasy, horror
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Edward Lorn
Feb 01, 2014 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 n ...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
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
Apr 07, 2013 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-
Fangs for the Fantasy
Oct 08, 2011 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
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
Jun 29, 2010 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),
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, horror
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 al ...more
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, fantasy
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 t ...more
Allison Hurd
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable spree with Stark. If Dresden is a popcorn read, this is more like a jalapeno popper read, or perhaps dollar dog day at the baseball stadium. Delicious and so bad for you! Come back for more foul-mouthed trash talk, stay for Stark making every situation worse until it implodes.

Things to love:

-The humor. It's pretty clear Richard's got a mean sarcasm and enjoys using it at every opportunity.
-The new characters. They're very shiny and entertaining.
-The old characters. Everyone is
Christal (Badass Book Reviews)
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
Aug 03, 2010 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.
Dec 28, 2015 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.
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Sometimes there’s nothing worse than the truth. It can be harder and sharper and hurt more than a knife. The truth can clear a room faster than tear gas.”
Good addition to this gritty urban fantasy series whose protagonist is a cross between Harry Dresden (Dresden Files) and John Taylor (Nightside).
Jan 20, 2011 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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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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