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!
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
The combination of great author and narrarator. The author brings a punk sensibility to the urban fantasy genre.
The fast paced story and humor. Also, you can tell the author is a real cyberpunk fan as this story has elements of that genre throughout.
Casabian is the best character. He brings a lot of humor and attitude to the story.
Go ahead and get the whole series all the books are great. macLeod Andrews does a stellar job with the voice acting as well.
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!
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.
More sympathetic characters, less grade school level cursing and insults.
If this is indicative of his usual work, then no.
He actually did an alright job, considering the super ultra tough guy and other boring cliches he had to work with. It was a little silly that he gave a Mexican accent to everyone who had a Hispanic sounding name.
I was mostly just bored. Stark isn't even remotely interesting or likeable.
Honestly, this book almost reads like some relabeled self-insert fan fiction. Stark is just about perfect in every way, has all kinds of amazing powers, no weaknesses, always has some (amazingly stupid) one liner, but the greatest thing is how he becomes immune to any attack after he survives it once.
To be fair, I was laughing pretty much any time a character talked about their state of the art Blackberries.
Definitely, but I know it would not appeal to everyone.
I stumbled upon this series a while back and gave it a shot. I really cannot describe how much I love the entire series. Its dark and a little dirty, but there is a great story in there also with alot of wise cracks. Kadrey really made me feel like I knew the characters. He really does an awesome job of bringing you into the world he created in this book. Props to Macleod also for doing great narration even though the french accent for one of the characters really got on my nerves, I got used to it. This series is not deadly serious, but it shows you into a vision of the occult/hell/beasts/demons/angels with such in depth description. Sandman Slim is just a beast that loves to drink and isn't afraid of a bar fight now and then......or quite alot actually. Great,fun,dark, and emotional journey. I recommend reading the entire series or buying all the audio books.
Sandman Slim is a tremendous amounts of fun. The main character is similar to Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden in a lot of aspects, but is a lot more bitter, a little funnier and a lot grittier. As a first book in a series, Kadrey did an excellent job mixing backstory, introduction to the characters and world, action and the rules of magic in this universe. I appreciated the incorporation of traditional folklore, religion, mythology, and some others of Kadrey's own imaginings. There is great potential for this series (which strikes similar notes to the television show Supernatural). This first book gave us a completed arc, but kept enough tantalizing questions and implications to leave me wanting more (in a good way).
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.