Likes to listen while doing chores; likes to write reviews while he should be doing chores.
As an individual episode, this book is just OK. Sandman Slim spends another novel being a tough guy, treating his friends like garbage, referencing movies, beating up monsters and cracking one-liners. That leitmotiv remains strong. Unfortunately, there is no deepening of the narrative or development of the characters. Throughout the previous book I'd thought it was going somewhere. Jim was learning about his dual nature and hinting at a growing maturity in solving his complex problems. Kadrey appears to have scrapped that sort of character development. It makes this book feel like empty calories. It has some good fight scenes and it has a well described Los Angeles qua Hell setting that will probably appeal to people from that area, but the characters are just meh.
I understand the whole "root for the bad guy," anti-hero protagonist narrative. These novels are missing two important elements of this. The anti-hero is usually rebelling against a system or a prevailing authority of some sort. For that protagonist to be an anti-hero instead of merely a villain, that system has to be corrupt somehow justifying his or her antithesis. In this series, there is no such system or authority. There are lots of powerful individuals, but there is really no "man" to stick it to. Also the anti-hero has to have some redeeming quality for the audience to admire. Jim is mean, dishonorable, selfish, sociopathic and not particularly smart. He has a lot of power, but he uses it to harm innocents for his own convenience and rebukes those that show him kindness all while failing to grow up.
He's a thug. There is little to redeem him. I am back to rooting for him to lose. I think this will be the last book of this series for me unless I get really bored.
unfortunately, not everyone who strings together magic and PI is able to hold a candle to Harry Dresden. Please correct me if I am injustly prejudiced, in as far as I started on "Aloha from Hell", which is the third(?) of the series, and maybe I just lack the immersion that the first story captures you in. But really, I find it quite tedious. The narrator does his best, and he is very good. But for the rest, well, let me say, it seems to be something for the initiated only. If you like that kind of genre, as I do, you're far better off with Simon R.Green`s "Nightside", or you might like to check out Benjamin Jacka (don`t know if he`s on audibe yet). Have fun!
I loved the first two books in this series, however this one dosent measure up. Characters are two dimensional and what was sharp cynical wit in the first two books, comes off as belligerent ranting in this book.
The narration and performance is very good making this disappointment more tolerable.
sometimes when my back hurts so bad I lie down and it takes me 2 hours just to try to find one book there are so many to choose Iluv audible
Well done Mr. Kadrey MacLeod Andrews gives a powerhouse performance he's as good as They come
Kadrey's writing is both action packed and subtly beautiful. Macleod Andrews brings his work to life like no one else. The characters are complex, conflicted and excrutiatingly human, yet the story delivers larger than life obstacles, fantastical settings, and epic, world threatening battles.
Looking for action, fantasy, gritty realism and characters to fall in love with? Stop looking. You found it.
Devil in the Dollhouse: A Sandman Slim Story #3.5
Not sure why Audible doesn't have it listed in the series, there's also "Killing Pretty" which audible doesnt have mentioned in the line up.
Earth, Heaven, Hell, Los Angeles, Lucifer, Angels, demons and gods this has it all. Great narration.
I can't say I dislike anything about this book. It's full on Kadrey at its best. Smart, witty, sarcastic, cynical. Makes me appreciate the art of a good metaphor once again. Macleod Andrews, as always, gave his all in the performance. He gave depth to every character in the book and let me just say, I can't imagine where he went in his mind to come up with that perfect voice for Jack.