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“It's like a combination of Constantine and Dresden Files. There are some ideas that we've seen a lot of times, but still some new ground. The main character is likeably unlikable but the bad guys are really just an opposing force.
“Fantastic piece of Urban Fantasy. If you're a fan of Jim Butcher but want something a little darker, this is the place to start. A little more murder, a bit more rage and you've got Sandman Slim. It feels a bit like The Crow in places but I'm ok with that. I will certainly continue the series.”Wes L wrote this review Sunday, September 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I have to add myself to the roll call to the Sandman Slim fan club. I really enjoyed this first novel of the Sandman Slim series by Mr. Richard Kadrey. This book has a lot to offer, interesting premise, occult characters, gore, apocalypse, magic, revenge and hell. The story starts with the title character escaping hell and re entering hell on Earth, Los Angeles. James Stark, aka Sandman Slim is a guy who was betrayed by a group of magicians he belonged to and was dragged to hell while he was still living. He is back now and looking for revenge for his betrayal and the murder of his girl. Along the way Sandman meets with Feds working for Angels, (The Golden Vigil)hangs out with an immortal French Alchemist/Thief, jacks up Neo Nazis wielding magic weapons, meets a witch Doctor with a Jade assistant who specializes in fixing L.A.'s odd characters, meets a friendly bartender and takes over a video store all while seeking and destroying those who get in the way of his revenge. Sandman is kind of a bast@ard, but he is a very likeable one. Would you expect less of anyone who survived hell for 11 years and then escaped the pit? Kadrey's characters are very well written, the dialog snappy and very humorous, and the action is fast and furious. This is a fast paced book filled with horror, action, comedy and it is a great read. I recommend this to fans of Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series, Stephen King fans, Fans of Matthew Reillys' Scarecrow series or just horror fans in general. This book is just plain awesomeness.”Drewcifer wrote this review Thursday, July 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Sandman Slim is simply put, balls to the wall fun - there is violence, bad words, more violence, a gripping storyline, a fantastic anti-hero (who I have a crush on, not sure what that says about me), and a world so rich, so diverse, it blew my socks off.-My favourite books”Katharine G wrote this review Sunday, July 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Awful. ”Tony P wrote this review Monday, June 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Quentin Tarantino should direct the movie for this book!
Why I Read It
I saw Richard Kadrey on an Urban Fantasy panel at RT and was impressed with him and thought his Sandman Slim world sounded great and something different from what I've been reading.
Sandman Slim gets a lot of comparison to Jim Buthcer's Harry Dresden series. I've not read that series so I can say. But I will compare to something to give you an idea of how I saw it..... The darkest parts of Supernatural and Kill Bill rolled up into a noir type urban fantasy with an anti-hero named Stark, on a revenge mission.
See, Supernatural got your attention didn't it? Take the angel/demon mythology from the show there you go. Angels are just as big dicks as the demons. They also think humans are just talking monkeys. In Sandman Slim's world there is only gray, no black and white, no plan good or evil. Everyone is a douche bag on some level.
James Stark is Sandman Slim but don't call him anything but Stark or he might shot you. But in his defense he did just spend 11 years in hell after his magical circle screwed him over and sent him there.
Stark is very much an antihero but not the swoon-worthy type, not yet anyway. He's a real tool. But he's one of those tools that you find yourself rooting for. Stark is on a bloody and gritty ride and I found myself hoping he would burn the world down along the way.
He is a total bad ass that spews sarcasm with every breath.
“No hospitals", she says.
“Where are we going?"
"For ice cream. What's your favorite flavor?"
"That's my favorite, too.” - Allegra and Stark
“You're a cop..."
"Fine. A cop who can read.” - Stark and Wells
But the reason he is on his revenge trip is not to avenge himself but that of the murder of his girlfriend. And toward the end of the book there is a real touching scene that shows that even the biggest tools has a heart underneath.
I picked up a copy for free at Avon Red Slipper event at RT. I put it on my shelf with all my other books without thumbing through it. So when I decided to check out the audio from the library I went in cold. After a couple of hours of listening I got to noticing that the narrator never announced the chapter numbers which was old. Then I looked at the book and there is NO CHAPTERS. All of the books are that way. Weird.
Someone on Twitter said they asked Kadrey at RT why he work the books that way, and his response that the main character, Stark, is crazy. Ok so crazy people can't have chapters. LOL
I'm not a huge fan of male narrators (so far), just because the few I've listened to doesn't do the female voices that well. But with a male main character, I wasn't that bothered by MacLeod Andrews' female narrations (which there was only really two recurring female characters) . I thought that he voice and timing was great for Stark. I don't know that I would enjoy his voice for other books but he is well suited for the dark and gritty world of Sandman Slim.
Will I Continue The Series?
Yes. While I thought that the writing was a little rough around the edges and that the author was dating himself with some of the pop culture references and I thought it dragged a little toward the end, I still enjoyed Sandman Slim enough to continue the series and read the second book, Kill the Dead.”
“Interesting characters...very similar to Jim Butcher's 'Harry Dresden' series, only with angels and devils instead of fairies and vampires.”cmccalli wrote this review Monday, May 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A great read”crimzan wrote this review Monday, May 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Violent, crude, over-the-top and funny! The main character's a serious tough guy who's got a sort of noir delivery in this dark urban fantasy tale. Expect visits to Hell, magic, even more violence, and interesting relationships - I have never read anything quite like it. I liked it enough that I not only bought the Kindle edition but the hardback as well, something I only do with real favorites.”patticake wrote this review Thursday, May 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Sandman Slim is a high octane punch to the face in the most perfect way. James Stark was betrayed by his magician friends and banished to the depths of hell. As he was the first human to ever enter hell the hellions made him entertainment by forcing hime to fight in an arena. Fast forward eleven years and Stark is back upstairs, having escaped hell during what is fast becomeing a hellion civil war. Now that he's back he figures it's time for some revenge aginst those who banished him and killed his beloved girlfriend, Alice. Now that's all in the first hundread pages so you know there is going to be a lot more. Sandman Slim may have the most action I've ever seen in a book. And the wonderful thing is that Richard Kadrey manages to write full fledged characters while he's at it. Yeah, the villains are a bit stereotypical and the murdered girlfriend thing a bit overused but it was still a ridiculously fun read. Stark's witty I don't give a f**k attitude and dialouge make one of the most original anti-heros.”Wyatt Packard wrote this review Thursday, April 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No