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Devil Said Bang (Sandman Slim Novels) [Hardcover]

Richard Kadrey
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28 Aug 2012 Sandman Slim Novels (Book 4)

The fourth eagerly awaited Sandman Slim novel from Richard Kadrey

While ruling the denizens of darkness does have a few perks, James Stark isn’t exactly thrilled at the course his career (not to mention his soul) has taken. Breaking out of Hell once was a miraculous trick. But twice? If anyone can do it, it’s Sandman Slim. While he’s working out the details of his latest escape plan, Slim has to figure out how to run his new domain and hold off a host of trigger-happy killers mesmerised by that bullseye on his back.

Everyone in Heaven, Hell, and in between wants to be the fastest gun in the universe, and the best way to prove it is to take down the new Lucifer, aka Sandman Slim aka James Stark. Then again, LA isn’t quite the paradise it once was since he headed south. A serial killer ghost is running wild and his angelic alter-ago is hiding somewhere in the lost days of time with a secret cabal who can rewrite reality. And starting to care about people and life again is a real bitch for a stone-cold killer.

A violent and atmospheric tale full of edgy fun and packed with angels and demons, monsters and madmen, Devil Said Bang is another thrilling hit of kick-ass fun from the diabolically talented Richard Kadrey.

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 399 pages
  • Publisher: Voyager (28 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062094572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062094575
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 14 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,700,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Sandman Slim:

“The perfect escapist storyline … side-splittingly funny. … gruesome slapstick mixed with down-and-dirty Hammett-esque mayhem and double-dealing. … If you’ve been hoping someone would bring the full-strength SoCal toxic waste to the urban fantasy game, then Sandman Slim is your poison.”

“The best B movie I’ve read in at least twenty years. An addictively satisfying, deeply amusing, dirty-ass masterpiece, Sandman Slim swerves hell-bent through our culture’s impacted gridlock of genres…it’s like watching Sergio Leone and Clive Barker co-direct from a script by Jim Thompson and S. Clay Wilson.” William Gibson on Sandman Slim

“Nicotine and octane in equal parts might come close to the high-energy buzz from Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim. Crisp world building, recognizable and fully-realized characters, and a refreshingly unique storytelling style make for an absorbing read.Sandman Slim is my kind of hero.” Kim Harrison on Sandman Slim

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Richard Kadrey has published five novels, including Sandman Slim, Butcher Bird and Metrophage, and more than fifty stories. He has been immortalized as an action figure, and his short story “Goodbye Houston Street, Goodbye” was nominated for a British Science Fiction Association Award. A freelance writer and photographer, he lives in San Francisco.

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what the hell? 11 Sep 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What I could read of this book is great.
Unfortunately, someone screwed up on the Kindle formatting as once you get to about 60% of the book, the book just repeats itself, so most of the second half is missing.
Hope this gets sorted soon.

Ammended Review:
All problems sorted now, just delete the book then redownload.
Bloody good book. Nicely set up for the next book.
Stark & Saint James at their level best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Murder and Mayhem 12 Aug 2014
By Cathy
Format:Kindle Edition
Stark, still tucked away in Pandemonium in his role as Lucifer, finds himself totally bored with admin work, dealing with Hellions and trying to sort out the chaos that is Hell so he is almost relieved when he’s on the receiving end of assassination attempts. At least it livens things up a bit and he can forget about court politics. Hell is just a lot of administration and red tape with infighting thrown into the mix.

After telling Candy when he left he would only be a few days but has now actually been stuck in Hell for months, Stark is absolutely ready to go home. And, of course, when he gets there via Hellion Hawg, LA is in big trouble. Reality has taken a nose dive and a killer ghost along with Aelita are causing havoc while the Dreamers are doing their best to hold reality together. Stark and St James have parted company so Stark no longer has the key to the room of thirteen doors but he returns from Hell in Lucifer’s armour and with a new and fascinating weapon.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version still has major problems... 9 Nov 2012
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This review only concerns the Kindle formatting of the book - not the book itself. Their are still major problems with the Kindle edition. It renders on your Kindle with no chapter breaks at all, it's just one long stream of consciousness. This is fine up to a point but then even the paragraph breaks seem to peter out and it's just one long unending block of text right up until your Kindle reports 94 per cent read - then, for the first time what seems to be a chapter break occurs!

Page over and continue reading and it's obvious that there's a big chunk of missing text. I won't go into detail as it would be a real spoiler but suffice it to say that one second the central character discovers someone close to him is in peril and then suddenly the story rambles on with the crisis obviously having been resolved without another mention! I was in Waterstones the other day, checked the paper book on the shelf and sure enough there is a huge chunk of missing text...

I emailed Amazon with zero response. Other, older reviews suggested the issue had been sorted out (they also mention big chunks of repetition) so I did as they suggested, deleted my copy off my kindle and downloaded it again (you don't get charged a second time) but the issue remains exactly the same!

Come on Amazon, use your influence with the publishers and get this sorted out. Happens all too often with Kindle downloads. Lazy, lazy conversions from the printed page! Kindle users are not second class customers!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The series is back on track. What a great read! 8 July 2013
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Devil Said Bang takes place exactly 100 days after the end of Aloha From Hell and once again Kadrey is at the top of the writing game. With great characters that continue to evolve, unbelievable twists and turns and a fabulous gripping storyline with the expected gory narrative, you will be gasping for the next instalment in the Sandman Slim series. The book starts with Stark settling in as the new Lucifer, but he doesn't have the Key to Thirteen Doors so he cannot escape Hell and head back to LA. when his underlings try to assassinate him, he managed to find a missing piece of Lucifer's armour that allows him to visualise himself out of Hell. This is just the opportunity he's been waiting for, do he decides to leave the operational running of Hell to Semyezah (the hellion general he saved from Tartarus) and hotfoots it back to LA only to discover everyone he cared about has moved on assuming he'd passed away. Furthermore, the very fabric of the universe is changing and ghosts, dream weavers and people are being killed by a murderous child ghost. Aelita once again makes an appearance and Stark is fighting to save himself and the universe from imploding. Fortunately, he gets to merge back with Saint James, has the Key to Thirteen Doors returned and also abdicates the Hellish thrown of Lucifer. What can possibly go wrong in the next book? I can't wait to read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hell of Escapism 28 Jun 2013
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Fantastic series of books!

Start with Sandman Slim and never look back, heaven, hell and a crumbling LA take your pick, not that there is much difference in this classic gritty gung ho in your face action packed horror fest with one of the best anti heroes to grace the pages of a book.

All Hail Sandman Slim.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Humour action packed uber violent. 8 Mar 2013
By bart
Format:Kindle Edition
Read the first 3 books before this one, although it does a good review of the salient parts of the previous books you'll get a lot more out of it if you read them first as this is definately a continuation and does not really stand alone. This is a very, very good book, but its the least of the four so far written.

Sandman Slim's stuck in Hell. His angel side's left him in Hell and returned to earth to do who knows what damage to Starks reputation up there. To make matter's worse he's become the new Lucifer, not a job he wants, and of course everyone still wants to kill him. Its just they're all bigger scarier and nastier would be murderers in Hell. Oh and Hell's a mess after Lucifer abandoned it and Mason ran it into the ground gearing up for his war on Heaven. So Stark's got some rebuilding to do. In order to do that he has to learn Hell's politics, which he's not happy about. As Stark comment's,

"I can't believe I'm learning how politics and court intrigue work. I feel a little dirty. I miss punching people. "

Stark has some new toys, Lucifers armour which makes it almost impossible to kill him, a magic 8 Ball weapon that kills in intriguing ways before returning to him and steam punk hellhounds. But all Stark wants to do is get back to earth, get back his girl Candy, and get revenge on his angel half who abandoned him in Hell. Only as ever its not that simple for Stark.

The first part of the book's slow in comparison to the other three books in the series, but still retains enough action to keep you reading, but its when he returns to earth that the story picks up the tempo.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Good idea dragged too far and now disappearing inside itself
This series was funny but is now just self-possessed.
Published 15 days ago by Elsmier
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get enough
Well I just can't get enough of Sandman Slim. Cynical, foul-mouthed, paranoid little Prince of Darkness that he is. One book rolls steadily into the other. Read more
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Published 12 months ago by Mrs FM Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars Continues the story
If you like his other books then you'll like this too. The story is a little laboured but the humour is still there and the crazy antics continue.
Published 12 months ago by Kelpie
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I love Sandman Slim, he is the perfect anti Hero. The stories a pack with fantasy, horror but also a lot of comedy. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
The premise of this episode is so ridiculous it's genius. Without spoiling, we find our hero starting the episode back in Hell and as before trying to get the hell outta there. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Purchased on a chance
Purchased this on a chance, and I was not disappointed. Interesting concept, very gritty and real. Great book, great series. Highly recommended.
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