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Kill the Dead (Sandman Slim #2)

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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
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Carol.
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
Wil Wheaton
May 13, 2011 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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Kemper
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
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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.

Al
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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
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Soo
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
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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
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Jason
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
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Skip
May 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, e-books, horror
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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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