This book might have gotten another star if it had a little less unnecessary narration and a little less rage. You can understand why Stark might have a lot of anger after what he's been through, but it could be toned down a tad. There's magic, demons, fallen angels, angels and other inhabitants of this world. Stark comes back after 11 years from "downtown" (Hell) and goes after the people that put him there. There's a lot of violence and gore. You wonder sometimes who the good guys are.
The narrator did a fine job of portraying Stark and okay on the other characters.
Since I have the next several books in this series it will be interesting to see how the story develops.
It wasn't of a genre that I typically read or listen to, but I enjoyed the telling of it.
I don't believe I've read or listened to any that would compare to this book.
This was the first one of MacLeod Andrews narrations that I've heard, so I really have nothing to compare it to.
I would like to listen to each audible book at one time, but that's not really possible. So, the fact that this was easily picked back up when I turned it on was a positive experience.
Story was great, I cant pick just one thing.
Why and how he came back. The things he brought back with him to get the job done.
He is great at conveying emotion.
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
I am intrigued enough with Sandman Slim to try book 2. However, I think 4 stars is a generous rating. The story and protagonist did remind me of the Dresden Files a little bit, but a more rate R version. The story is of a darker quality and the writing is not on the same level of a Jim Butcher novel.
The story takes place in a world where heaven and hell exists. There is magic and supernatural creatures. James Stark is a magician who is sent to hell by the people he trusted. No human had been known to survive a trip to hell and his eleven year stay there was not a happy vacation. However, he did end up learning new, more powerful, magic. Also, he found out that as he got hurt he became stronger until he was able to make his escape. Now back on earth he is on a mission to get revenge on the people that cast him to hell in the first place. Along the way he seems to find himself directed into all sorts of trouble.
Many of the characters seemed very seedy. The main character curses like sailor and convincingly portrays the perspective of a man who survived and flourished from a trip to hell. Stark portrays a badass type of attitude. He is a reluctant hero and more like a mercenary. People in the story call him a monster who kills other monsters. There was a little comedy written in which kept the atmosphere light. Overall, I think it was worth the listen if you can find this one on sale, and I will hold my judgement for the next book in the series.
This is my first time experiencing a book from this author. Wow what a story teller! He's extremely creative and sarcastic...I think that's what I love about him the most. Now I'm on the fifth Sandman Slim series! Bring on more!!!!
The characters tell it like it is attitude and sarcastic nature.
Love his voice and passion. His enthusiasm when he narrates draws you into the story.
The entire book challenges your religious beliefs. It makes you say "hmmmmmmm"
Sandman Slim stands on its own and I liked it even more for that. Not really fantasy, not really a detective story, just a fun listen.
This was great.
I loved this book!
Likes to listen while doing chores; likes to write reviews while he should be doing chores.
There were things that I loved about this book and there were things that were unbelievably lame.
First, the Good:
The modern supernatural setting in LA is bloody brilliant. I've sampled a good amount of this genre: Dresden, Mercy Thompson, Iron Druid, American Gods, and this one holds its own very well. In one novel Kadrey elaborates some supernatural arcana, teases others, and leaves himself plenty of room to explore.
The action is solid, gruesome, plentiful and well described. While it may not refine exactly who has what powers and the exact mechanics of each, you still get clearly depicted fight scenes, explosions, magical fireballs and whatnot. You're never left waiting long and the story moves quickly.
The story is a common trope: Hero returns from long absence for revenge or redemption, finds world has changed and has to cope with changes and adversity on the way to his goal. See: Payback, The Perfect Weapon, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka!, and about a million others. On its own this is fine, if not particularly innovative, but it does play extremely well with the supernatural setting.
The title character is a joke. And it is not because Kadrey can't write good characters. Most of the ones in the book are just fine, some are extremely well developed. Stark (Sandman Slim) is a cartoon.
He is a magically gifted kid who at 19 is betrayed and sent, still alive, to Hell to be tortured and made to fight in gladiatorial combat for 11 years. That in itself is really, really cool. Unfortunately, his portrayal is that of a 14 year old with all the cynicism of a vetran IRS agent depicted by Chuck Palahniuk and a constant pathological need to prove what a tough guy he is. It's silly. It took me 10 minutes to hate him. After that all the trouble he gets himself into is well deserved. I started rooting for people to beat some sense into him.
You can just imagine him thinking, "what would a tough guy drink/smoke/say?" It is like every sentence about the title character should end with, "because I'm a badass."
That said, Andrews's depiction of Slate is dead on. He sounds exactly like he reads, like a young guy trying to do a Jack Nicholson impression. I was well satisfied with Andrews's reading mostly. I had do take some points off for his French accent. It's close, but the way he pronounces Rs are an abomination.
This book was a lot of fun and I found myself chuckling more than once. It is fairly typical (but still good) urban fantasy fare made even better by MacLeod Andrews' fantastic narrating. He is wonderful at portraying Stark's sarcasm and wit and is great with the other characters as well. I am very glad I gave this book a try. It is well worth the audible credit.
Certain of my friends, absolutely. Friends who enjoy sci-fiction or urban paranormal, I have suggested it to that.
Probably Vidocq. He has a large capacity for putting up with Stark and has a rich and interesting past.
I listened to him in The Lock Artist, by Hamilton. MacLeod Andrews' performance was better in this story I believe.
Definitely, but one does need sleep sometimes and work. Work can get in the way, but paves the path for American Express so I can keep buying books.
I'm sure there are audiences that like the cliche tough guy with a bad boy attitude. The author used gratuitous obscenities in an effort to spice up a relatively flat character and plot. People who enjoy obscenities in every line, and a "hero" who really isn't might enjoy this novel. The author does employ comic relief throughout the book, but that was the only plus.
Didn't really have one.
It's not the scenes, but the characters and dialogue.
I am an avid fan of Butcher, Hearne, Sanderson, Martin, and many more. This just doesn't compare to the quality of works available.