Kill the Dead by Richard Kadrey

  • Title: Kill the Dead (Sandman Slim #2)
  • Author: Richard Kadrey
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager, 2010
  • Pages: 434
  • ISBN: 9780062017369

So, this is the sequel to Sandman Slim, which I read a couple of weeks ago. This book was… underwhelming.

So, after the events of the last book, Stark doesn’t really know what to do with himself. He’s doing work for both good and bad guys, mainly killing people who need killing. Then Lucifer comes into town and hires him to be his bodyguard, because he’s staying in L.A. to supervise a movie being made about himself. And then zombies start showing up all over the place. And Stark has to play detective to figure out what the hell is going on.

So, Lucifer in town AND zombie-action – must be exciting, right? Ehh. I felt like the book kind of dragged until I was more than halfway through it. Basically, I think Stark playing detective and trying to figure out who’s behind the zombie attacks was boring. I like seeing Stark in action, and I just didn’t really care who was releasing the zombies. And while I thought that Lucifer being in town would be the focus of the book, it wasn’t and that was disappointing.

However.  I still enjoy the witty, sarcastic asshole-ness that is Stark’s personality. And the book ended on a pretty good note. Action picked up near the end, Stark went back to his old killing-happy self, and I see now that the Lucifer plot set up the stage for the next novel really well. And even though this was lackluster, I have really high hopes for the third book, Aloha From Hell. I definitely think it’ll much more epic and action-packed.

Sarah Says: 2.5 stars


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