Richard Kadrey strikes gold with good story progression, a cast of some shady characters who still manage to save our little planet with style and panache.
If you liked the first Sandman Slim book, here's more of it!
This by-the-numbers detective-noir story based in a Los Angeles overrun with supernatural elements also extends and deepens the character and Hell of Sandman Slim, while also throwing a bunch of zombies at us.
I hear tell that the subsequent books increase the punch of the stories themselves, and I look forward to that.
The real star of this audiobook is MacLeod Andrews, who is given plenty of scenery to chew, and obviously has a grand time chewing it.
I loved the character development of this book! It wasn't as much about the events as letting you get to know the characters, and it was a great time.
I think this is a terrific series so far. I love the voice of Sandman Slim from MacLeod Andrews. He makes him come alive with that throaty Jack Nicholson voice. He also does the other characters very well, as I can easily tell them apart even when not identified in the writing.
And speaking of the writing... for this genre, the writing is superior to most.
I'm also totally enjoying all the Los Angeles locales. They're authentic!
On to the next book.
Kill the Dead is not quite as strong as Sandman Slim, but Kadrey does a solid job here and continues to build the folklore and mythology of his Los Angeles. Stark become even more remote this time around and it unfortunately pulls some of the sting out of his mounting losses. There is enough here to keep me on board for a third installment, but when the closest thematic link is to Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden, the (perhaps unfair) expectation is for some strong character development. His growing band of allies elevates that expectation.
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this is a great series, but you have to have a dark sense of humor. the narrator is excellent he really gives stark his voice.
The narration is awesome. Macleod does a great job with all of the different characters voices. You have everything from normal people to Satin himself to angels, demons, and everything in-between. Great narration.