Best damn series I've got my hands on since I can remember. A no bullshit badass with enough going on around him to keep my headphones glued in my ears for days, sleep is not an option. Thanks to the author for the mind blowing entertainment, and thanks to the narrator who made this audiobook come alive in a way nobody else could have.
I usually don't start reading a trilogy from an author I'm don't know. However I got this when it was being offered on sale and the reviews were very good. After I finished this one I knew I was hooked the Narrator MacLeod Andrews Made this book come alive. After finishing this book I got the next two in the series, and all I can say it it only got better. Start with Sandman Slim and then go on to book two and three. You won't be disappointed. So much action and twists and turns. It all ended much to quickly for me. I don't know if Richard Kadrey is planing to write any more either Sandman or other novels, I think he is a wonderful writer and knows how to keep people interested in his story. .
Found this by fluke, waiting for the third Johannes Cabal book to be released. An awesome gem of a find! I tried to explain the premise to friends, and got stuck with "Hellblazer"'s Constantine + The "Men in Black" movies + Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" (titles just a coincindence) universe. A gritty L.A. Noir with magic. Kadrey weaves a unique reality that at the same time feels established and familiar. Like a brand new pair of boots that are aleady perfectly broken in to your body. The narrator's performance of this first person perspective was perfect, I highly recommend. Already a chapter into the sequel, I can only hope the author doesn't stop at two!
I stumbled upon this novel by accident, and I'm truly glad that I did. This was a brilliant story that was made even greater by Macleod Andrew's awesome reading. Kadrey has basically back-handed most fantasy novels written within the last 20 years. He is able to mix virtually every element of fantasy without it seeming tacted on or sluggish, and has created a brand new sort of tragic ficitional icon that struggles with himself and his own shortcomings as a person, as he does beasts, devils, and pompous angels (LoL). The interesting thing about this novel is that it totally points its finger and makes fun of the old "good vs. evil" theme. Stark, the story's protagonist, who is about one insult and apple fritter away from being deemed a "villain", is by far one of the most interesting anti-heroes I've come across. To me he is on par with timeless comic characters such as Spawn or John Constantine of the Hellblazer series. Mix this with the always tragically interesting LA scene, and Kadrey has constructed a winning piece of fiction. Truly a great novel, and one I'll probably listen to over and over again with each installment. Cannot wait for the next ones.
Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.
I picked up Sandman Slim on sale and found it entertaining enough to justify the sale price, but not engaging enough to continue this series. James Stark (Sandman Slim) as the raging anti-hero is driven solely by revenge and seems unable to feel much beyond anger and petulance; I kept wanting to shake him and say, "Oh, grow up, buddy". Although there is an attempt at sardonic wit in Richard Kadrey's writing, the book actually comes across as snarky at best and vulgar or flat at worst and there is little of the wry humor or chuckles of some other urban noir fantasies. The plot is convoluted, the dialog is stilted, and the magic system doesn't quite hang together. MacLeod Andrews as the narrator does a good job of assuming and conveying the persona of Sandman Slim and I think his performance would be even better if these characters were more fleshed out.
There are hints of potential in Sandman Slim - the occasional great descriptive line, interesting plot turn, and some level of maturing for Stark at the end - that make me suspect that the series could get better with following books. However, I just don't like this main character - more wiseacre than avenging angel - enough to give him more time. Listeners who really enjoy a lot of comic-book type action sequences may find this book more appealing than I did (there are a lot of graphic fight scenes), but for great characters, better writing, more engaging plot lines, more consistent magic systems, and true wit, I'd recommend Felix Castor, Harry Dresden, or Peter Grant over Sandman Slim.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
Magicians, demons, angels and more in this supernatural thriller. The boogie man of hell gets a hall pass to seek revenge on earth against the mortals that doomed him and killed the love of his life. Twists and turns keep the story revealing itself as Sandman Slim works his way through many surprises that continuously complicate what he thought would be quick revenge killings.
A bit of sarcasm and humor add to Sandman Slims personality and his inappropriate off color character goes perfect with the crazy plot line. The narrator did not have many voices but did a good job with the main characters timing.
How I feel about this book is a little complicated. I definitely liked it, and MacLeod Andrews does an awesome job with his characterizations in all of the books.
When I first finished this book I wasn't sure I would finish the series. I liked the book, but I didn't have an overwhelming need to jump into the series right away. However I kept thinking about the characters, and Andrews reading. And I had to go back for seconds.
I'm glad I did. I eventually finished the whole series and I hope that Kadrey revisits these characters. The mythology grows on you and the characters only get better and more interesting with age.
I've read a couple of reviews that complain about the story being far-fetched and utilizing too much "deus ex machina". True, but if you are looking for reality you're looking in the wrong place. This story and series is pretty "outside". You will need to suspend quite a bit disbelieve. But I think its worth it.
I enjoyed this book a lot. MacLeod Andrews is one of my favorite narrators, and he is brilliant yet again. The book is very dark, and though I enjoyed it I found myself feeling a little dirty after I listened. It may be a little to dark for my taste, but it was masterfully written.
You need to read this book. Especially if you are a fan of the Dresden File series. This book starts a wonderful series that is a Ying to the Yang. The Dresden Files is methodically, almost seeming like each chapter ends with a commerical break. Sandman Slim goes and goes and goes without hardly enough time to catch your breath before the next thing happens.
The voice actors also need to be compared with this two series. MacLeod Andrews IS Stark. James Marsters IS Harry Dresden. Just imagine going to a bar only to find that Stark is sitting at the bar itself with Harry at one of the tables.Stark would be the guy who you would want to kick his ass but would kick yours instead. Harry would be the guy who you might buy a drink after a game of darts or pool.
The comparison is needed here as both characters have amazing depth. The two book series complement each other in a great way. BUY THIS BOOK!
Terribly terribly boring. I just couldn't give a poop about any of these characters and the story and writing was just a little too hectic for me. Every other paragraph had someone getting shot at or fighting or something exploding, but there was never any real character development in-between to make all of the action interesting (or pertinent). It read like a bad Steven Seagal action movie (sorry, a bit redundant - all of his movies are bad). Maybe this genre just isn't for me. I found the magic to be not very interesting or magical and the characters simple and predictable. The reader was very good though - I'd definitely listen to other books read by Mr. Andrews.