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Far From Slim Pickings,
This review is from: Sandman Slim (Sandman Slim 1) (Hardcover)
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Occult serial killer anti-hero books tend to fall in to two camps: bandwagon-jumping badness or popcorn-munching entertainment. Thankfully, "Sandman Slim" most definitely falls into the latter category.
Sent to Hell for crossing the wrong person, our eponymous hero claws his way back out after an eleven year battle, quite literally Hell-bent on revenge. Possessed of an almost indestructible body and a mouth that doesn't know when to shut up, Stark (as he prefers to be known) soon finds himself knee-deep in the seedy underside of Los Angeles and on the trail of his nemesis.
There's lots of death, mayhem, corpseless talking heads, divine beings and weirdness, all romping along at a break-neck pace and barely giving you time to pause for breath. Despite his ability to always say the wrong thing, you can't help but have some sympathy for Stark after everything he's been through and the fact that he can't quite do right for doing wrong.
My one complaint was that it does seem to wrap itself up very quickly, having spent quite a while on the set-up, but at least you don't feel cheated by the ending in spite of its speed. It's clear that not everything is neatly sorted, given that this is the first of a series, but this is still a self-contained story and so avoids one of the major pitfalls of series like this, which far too frequently have no resolution at all at the end of the first book.
Foul-mouthed, a bit rubbish (at being a person) and very hard on clothing, Sandman Slim is definitely an anti-hero to watch. I look forward to seeing just what chaos he can cause in future.