- Paperback: 390 pages
- Publisher: HarperVoyager (20 Jun. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007445989
- ISBN-13: 978-0007445981
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 123 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sandman Slim (Sandman Slim, Book 1) Paperback – 20 Jun 2013
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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
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Richard Kadrey has published nine novels, including SANDMAN SLIM, KILL THE DEAD, ALOHA FROM HELL, DEVIL SAID BANG, KILL CITY BLUES, THE GETAWAY GOD, KILLING PRETTY, BUTCHER BIRD, and METROPHAGE, and more than fifty stories. He has been immortalized as an action figure, his short story ‘Goodbye Houston Street, Goodbye’ was nominated for a British Science Fiction Association Award, and BUTCHER BIRD was nominated for the Prix Elbakin in France. A freelance writer and photographer, he lives in San Francisco, California.
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Sandman Slim is a not particularly original but entertainingly written, pure comic book action from beginning to end. As such, it's not going to be everybody's cup of tea. Don't read if you are looking for romance, fairies or subtlety. Do read if you like sardonic, violent anti-heroes, wanton destruction and supernatural horror reference spotting.
Stark is throw into the cosmic battleground, where there appears to be no good guys (the Angels do not come across as particularly angelic).
The book is written in the first person so we know what is going on in Stark’s head. The narrative tone is full of dark humour, sarcasm and conveys someone who is a bit full of himself; Stark allows his mouth to get him into trouble, as he normally speaks before he thinks. Despite this Stark is a likeable character. While we know Stark is not evil (despite what the Angels say), we see that he has his own crooked moral code – save his friends and seek revenge.
For me there were two flaws in this the book. The first was the use of Alice (Stark’s love interest before he ended up in hell), we never see the type of character she was or what Alice and Stark really shared. Instead she comes across as a device used by Kadrey so that we can sympathise more with Stark and see him as a flawed hero rather than a virtuous villain. The second is where did the name Sandman Slim come from. Even the title character is confused over the name choice and we never receive a sufficient answer.
Despite these flaws, Sandman Slim was a thoroughly enjoyable book, and was from beginning to end a roller-coaster ride.
The book often feel like a discount Hellblazer, Stark is similar to Constantine but lacks the humour of the better Hellblazer stories.
The plot is straight-forward, there are a few twists but the aren't very surprising since there are so many different back-stories etc being introduced that any plot device could be explained away.
It is clearly intended as the start of an open ended series, not a lot of depth or originality but some slightly gritty style, a guilty pleasure rather than anything special.
This book is the start of an urban fantasy series with a difference. It has angels, hellions, Lucifer himself makes an appearance, anti-angels and any other ghoul you could imagine. Sandman Slim, a.k.a Stark, a.k.a. Wild Bill is a magician of immense skill that 11 years previously was sold out by his coven of magician friends and dragged to hell for eternity. During those 11 years Stark was effectively, a gladiator, used by the hellion upper echelons to fight any and every demon. But what no one foresaw was that Stark became immortal. Fast forward, and Stark is back on earth looking to kill everyone responsible for the death of his girlfriend Alice. Once back in sunny LA, stark gets to grips with technology and forms some unlikely alliances with people he doesn't usually deal with, and makes friends with some usual characters.
This book has tonnes of action and is a page turner from the get go. Kadrey has an easy to read writing style and there are some great passages that made me laugh our loud. The characters are likeable and the story line is gripping. I can't wait to start reading the next book in the series, Kill the Dead.
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