09 July 2010

Kill the Dead; Richard Kadrey

Kill the Dead (Sandman Slim, #2)Kill the Dead by Richard Kadrey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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), the Sub Rosa and other denizens of Heaven and Hell is fun. Ditto James' war within himself over which side he's on - does he go Uptown or Downtown (he manages to work both sides and get paid for it)?

Definitely a fun read, and a series to look out for.

ARC provided by publisher.

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