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Sandman Slim (Sandman Slim 1) [Hardcover]

Richard Kadrey
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7 Jun 2012 Sandman Slim 1

Supernatural fantasy has a new antihero in Sandman Slim, star of this gripping, gritty new series by Richard Kadrey

Life sucks and then you die. Or, if you’re James Stark, you spend eleven years in Hell as a hitman before finally escaping, only to land back in the hell-on-earth that is Los Angeles.

Now Stark’s back, and ready for revenge. And absolution, and maybe even love. But when his first stop saddles him with an abusive talking head, Stark discovers that the road to absolution and revenge is much longer than you’d expect, and both Heaven and Hell have their own ideas for his future.

Resurrection sucks. Saving the world is worse.

Darkly twisted, irreverent, and completely hilarious, Sandman Slim is the breakthrough novel by an acclaimed author.


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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (7 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000746097X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007460977
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 479,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“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

“If Simon R. Green wrote an episode of Dog the Bounty Hunter, it would read much like Sandman Slim – violent, vivid, non-stop action of the supernatural kind. I couldn’t put it down.” Charlaine Harris

“The most hard-boiled piece of supernatural fiction I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. … all confident and energetic and fresh and angry. I loved this book and all its screwed-up people.” Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother

“Paced like greased lightning (watch out for friction burns on your turning finger), blend the movie-ish delights of tough guy noir and such smart-mouthgore-fests as “Reanimator” and “Army of Darkness”, seasoned by soupcons of Gaimanian romanticism and Koontzian sentiment.” Booklist

“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

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Escaped from Hell, Barred from Heaven, Guess that only leaves L.A.


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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No More Heroes 17 Sep 2009
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Another antihero hits the streets in the shape of Stark, a recent escapee from Hell.

Killed by jealous 'friends' he is back after 11 years trying to figure out why his ex-girlfriend is dead and at the same time plotting revenge on his murderers.

Without giving too much away, this could have been Urban Fantasy by the numbers - something which has affected the Dresden series recently.

It isn't though and Kadrey (who I had never heard of previously) has concoted a world that is familiar yet disturbing.

Strong prose, a tight plot and believable,fallible characters.

If you like Jim Butcher, Neil Gaiman or Mike Carey, chances are you will power through this.

A good start to a new series.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hell in LA 21 July 2012
By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
There are hints in 'Sandman Slim' that Richard Kadrey is a fan of Werner Herzog's films. First, one of his characters, Kinski, appears to be named after the star of most of Herzog's films. Secondly, one of those films, 'Fitzcarraldo', is referenced during the novel. I mention this because Kadrey's novel seems to share Herzog's pessimistic view of humanity, although while the latter's work is melancholy, Kadrey's novel is a mix of action and gallows humour.

The title character, who is actually known as Stark for most of the book, comes across to me not so much a flawed hero as a villain with virtues. Sent to Hell while alive he escapes back to this world, seeking to destroy those who sent him there. Both he and his adversaries have magic powers and the nature of the battle is somewhat macabre. There are few characters in the story you would want to rub shoulders with; the innocent tend to be comprised of bystanders who are in the way and are therefore expendable. We are also frequently reminded that the love of Stark's life was killed before he went to Hell. This device comes across to me as an arbitrary means of persuading us to empathise with him. I think what is missing is the detail, what sort of character she was, what they shared and what he loved about her, rather than her just being dead.

For all that this is a decent novel, bolstered by the author's sense of humour. It has a cracking opening and there are several page-turning scenes. There are, however, several scenes which for me lack momentum. I usually read a book of this length in three days during a working week. This one took me twice as long. Though there was never any chance I wouldn't finish it, I put it down frequently when I didn't have to.

The book's premise seems original enough.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This is an interesting start to a new supernatural series. It's harder and darker than the typical modern `urban fantasy', exchanging everlasting love and swooning heroines for everlasting anguish, while demons are despatched with poise and prejudice and interestingly weird weapons of war.
The action takes place in modern American - indeed, some of the slanguage needed a quick translation on this side of the Pond. The hero returns after spending over a decade fighting hellions in the arena down below, swearing vengeance on the magicians who betrayed him. It all gets off to a great start when he decapitates one of his ex-friends, keeps him alive, and stores the body in a closet being tortured by a TV tuned to daytime programmes...
On the upside, this is an inventive tale with a vivid tone, plenty of action, a credibly constructed reality and an interesting protagonist. On the downside, he picks up a defenceless female apprentice in no time flat (enough with the girly apprentices, already), and my hackles didn't appreciate the blatant abuse of the 'sandman' tag. The name was utterly irrelevant to the character and it felt like a feeble attempt at getting the book listed in the right genre. Don't come here looking for Neil Gaiman's Sandman: Morpheus would wipe the floor with these guys without Goldie so much as cheeping.

Once I got over myself, however, I really enjoyed this opening chapter in what is plainly going to be an extended story arc involving the forces of heaven, hell and a bunch of bad guys. The dialogue is laugh-out-loud snappy in places, and one of the final scenes with Someone Important was a gem.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant couldn't put it down 8 Mar 2013
By bart
Format:Kindle Edition
This is simply pure bliss to read. There's plenty of action from the word go, its thrilling and most importantly its new. The idea, the concept, is new, its not fantasy fiction by numbers. He uses plain old violence, and guns as well as magic.

The hero comes back with a vengence based killing spree in mind and enjoys violence, stealing cars, cigarettes from hell, and he's the hero.

Stark used to hang round with a group of people into the occult in modern day L.A. but the leader of his group betrayed him and sent him, alive, to hell. The first live human in hell he was a novelty, harshly dealth with, who fought repeatedly in Hells arena's gladiator style against all manner of demons, he became hard to kill, then he became an assassin of Demons for one of Hell's generals and the denizen's of hell came to fear his name. Now he's escaped hell and he's after vengence on the people who sent him there.

The book starts with him crawling out of hell in a grave yard and the action starts almost imediately, the back story slots in arround the action so you don't have to endure a mass info dump back story. Its so riveting I literally read this, and the subsequent books in the series, start to finish in one sitting.

I won't go any deeper into the storyline as I dislike too many spoilers in reviews. Simple to say I loved this book. I felt the topic had enough original invention to thrill most people sagging from fantasy fiction by numbers. It was action packed from the first page, the hero is a dark violent hero who you will absolutely love and root for. The writing is fluid, has a fantastic balance of action and dark humour, and manages to balance story, humour and action perfectly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is one of the best audio book series I've listened to
Published 14 days ago by dave deacon
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Inventive and extremely entertaining , finished it in five hours. Downloading the next one......

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well worth reading.
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Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought this on a whim and I am glad I did
Bought this on a whim and I am glad I did, an interesting book with some great characters. Looking forward to reading more from Richard Kadrey
Published 1 month ago by dpkred
5.0 out of 5 stars New Author
Loved this new addition to supernatural action, had a nice dry dark sense of humour.
Look forward to reading more from this author.
Published 1 month ago by Sue
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting character - rattles along
Published 2 months ago by TrevF
5.0 out of 5 stars Go for it!
Full of twists and turns, I loved this book. I enjoy this genre anyway, Luke Smithered, Ben Aaronovitch, Jon Rosenberg, being some of my favourites, and this book is right up... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Kindle
4.0 out of 5 stars A good start
excellent start to a great series. The sense of humour within the storyline had me laughing aloud on several occasions. Can't wait to get further into the world of sandman slim.
Published 2 months ago by James Fisher
4.0 out of 5 stars a lot of fun
Great read. A bit predictable but with great characters and a lot of mileage in the premise . Not bad for 99p!
Published 2 months ago by Inspector Gadget
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant
Sandman slim is a wizard, or rather WAS a wizard. Then he was sent to hell. Now he has escaped the underworld and is looking to get a little payback on the wizard that banished him... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kenny
5.0 out of 5 stars great start to a fun series
Witty and violent. Worth reading if you like this genre. We'll written and fast paced. The ending works and sets up for more great adventures.
Published 5 months ago by Laurent Ouali
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