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.
If you are a fan of heroes like Jack Reacher who do not go by the usual "good guy rules" you are gonna love Sandman Slim! Great story with some really enjoyable dialogue. Not sure why they used a guy who sounds like Corey Feldman as the reader, but you get used to it.. I recommend this book. Cant wait to read the next one in the series!
I wish I knew
Not for me.
Urban Fantasy is a very difficult genre, the author has to take a world that already exists, one that we are all similar with and then add to that in a way that allows the reader to believe in the fantasy. Suspension of disbelief is more difficult to maintain because we are constantly being reminded by the real world setting that these things are fantastical. It felt like Kadrey never even tried. And when an element no longer worked for him he would just change the rules of the world. One moment and the protagonist can do X, Y and Z and the next moment he can't and then again he can?
Worse Kadrey is definitely trying to create an antihero here and instead the "hero" is just a brainless ass. He pisses of everyone and not in that I'm a tortured soul and you don't get my underlining pain sort of way. It's more of the I'm a little boy who is so motionlessly underdeveloped that his decisions are so out of place that it actually rips you out of the story and thinking, "that's just stupid, no one would ever do that".
I'll be honest I had a hard time with world that was being created because it felt completely contrived from the author's own imagination and was not based on any current mythology as we understand it. Compound that by me being a student of myth and it felt like a little kids made up world. So yes I could see other people who could get past that liking the world but I can't see anyone liking the protagonist or for that matter the gross plot holes in the story. It felt like someone's first attempt at writing.
Here is a perfect example. The book is called Sandman Slim because that is the nickname of the hero. Except that he doesn't know it. We found out about 2/3rds of the way trough the book. Ok, I am fine with this except for why he earned the name Sandman Slim. Would you like to know? So would I. It's never addressed.
Bad guy: "What ever you say Sandman Slim"
Hero: "Who is Sandman Slim"
Bad guy: "You are, it's what everyone calls you"
Hero: "Ok, then, anyway..."
No reference as to where it came from, it's like the writer was halfway through the book and came up with what he thought was a bad ass nickname and thought, screw it, I'll just toss it in here and I don't have to justify where it came from. The problem is that the whole book is like this. Stuff just constantly shows up and the author does nothing to blend it into the story line.
Picked this one up because the description sounded a bit like the Dresden series but it fell far short of the mark. It made me feel like the author wanted you to know that Stark was a real tough cookie but the slow roll on the reveal for his powers and the lack of explanation behind them really left me feeling let down. On top of that a lot of the driving plot lines didn't feel like the character was making the right choices to further the story but simply that things were just falling in his lap.
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For me, the most interesting/enjoyable parts had to do with the mythology underpinning the story. It was somewhat original, and I appreciated that. It was also fairly coherent, although the treatment of God and heaven was pretty wanting. Perhaps that adequately reflects the title character's perspective, given this was first person narrative, but still the angelic natures were.. odd...
OTOH, I'm just glad it didn't claim the Templar heritage for the golden vigil. That would have been painfully cliché. Kudos for not doing that, Kadrey.
The reader's performance was appropriate and professional, although the gritty voice is a bit wearing after a while.
If I had a beef, it'd be that the main character is pretty flat and doesn't develop much throughout the story. There are hints of multiple dimensions here and there, but overall, he's just the pissed off, vengeful thug.
There's a fair amount of profanity, violence, and other adult themes, so this is definitely not for kids. Adults who are sensitive to it should also avoid it. But I've certainly seen/read worse. And it's not as bad when there is some semblance of a moral order involved, even if it is being thwarted.
Sure. It was enjoyable and fast-paced. Definitely worth listening to.
Not really sure.
I tried listening to "Shadow Prowler", and he gave a decent performance, I just didn't care for the story. His performance here is better, and he improves upon it in "Kill the Dead", which I've just started.
No. Too long.
If you're easily offended, you should avoid this book. There is much foul language and what some would consider blasphemy. I don't think it'll ever be considered a classic, but it was fun.
I grew up with books... not with television.
I had no expectations starting this book, and it turned out to be one of my favorite series so far! Sure, it has vampires and witches and demons - but the story is so very original that it sets itself far apart from other works in this genre. It's done with intelligence and an almost self deprecating humor and the action was interesting and non-stop. After finishing this - I went right for the 2nd and 3rd in the series. If you enjoy paranormal testosterone driven action novels - this is the series for you. I highly recommend you read them in order. Enjoy!