I was trying to come up with some clever headline for my review, but the overall picture is that I just love this series!
As in the two previous books, the writing is so good with all the wonderful ruminations of the lead character, done in first person perspective. I loved his inner turmoil, his wrestling with his good/bad self, his take on the world, people, monsters, the devil and god. And the story still moved along at a fast pace and I never lost interest in this extraordinary character.
I cannot say enough about MacLeod Andrew's performance. His narration makes the character absolutely come alive. I wonder if reading it would have the same impact, but I think the experience would be quite different. His smokey, growling voice conjures up vivid images and that perfect sarcastic humor just swept me away.
I would love this series to be made into a movie. It is so visual and such rich material, it would make a terrific film.
And if only MacLeod Andrews looks anything like his voice, he could play Sandman Slim!
This is the third of the series, and Sandman is back in Hell trying to rescue his old girlfriend and be done with Mason. The full cast is there from the previous books, so read these in order to get the full effect. I really enjoy all the anti-hero, hero stuff, with the gruff attitude and colorful characters. MacLeod Andrews seems to grow on you from book to book. The harsh edgy voice seems to suit Sandman along with the rest of the cast.
and that one is MacLeod Andrews! This fourth outing is getting sort of same ole, same ole but Mr. Andrews keeps me listening even when I want to stop.
This one moved a little slowly for me and it didn't feel like much happened until the very end. I'm actually quite intrigued by where the series is headed. The reader of the audiobook is great (as usual). He does a wonderful job portraying Stark's sarcasm and twisted sense of humor.
I enjoy these books, but mostly because of attitude and audacity than for writing or character development. The universe of Sandman Slim is a unique and creative take on the mythologies we know and have grown up with. I enjoy the world building here as he reveals the framework of reality and politics of the greater realms. Plot-wise it feels like we are hanging on by our fingernails, and it feels like Richard Kadrey is white knuckled right beside us. It is hard to blame him for all the deus ex machina when gods are literally active participants in the plot lines. There are other head scratching moments...
such as when Sandman Slim is separated into his mortal and angel selves, the mortal version manifests a gladius in front of the legions of hell.
...but, this isn't the type of series that you chart and map, and debate minutia. It is meant to be a fun ride, and in that regard it succeeds.
This is the third book in the series and thank goodness I only have one more to go before I can quit the series. Unfortunately I had somehow ended up with the first four books before I had listened to the first one. I'm going to try and not make that mistake again.
The majority of the book is just one fight after another with a lot of violence and gore - limbs being hacked off, bodies being relieved of their heads. There doesn't seem to be any real character development. Even though he was half angel Stark is mainly out for himself even though there are moments here and there where he commits a, shock, act of kindness, although half the time afterwards he's sorry he did.
If it wasn't for the narrator I probably wouldn't have lasted this long.
IT is fun to recognize all the places in LA and be framiler with them, like the persecutive of God and the Devil. Also the sarcasm
DEEP, DARK, BADASS
Andrews does a great job of making distinct voices for each character. He does a wonderful job of portraying emotion in all situations.
Yes, For sure
If you're a fan of the Sandman Slim series, then Book #3 will not disappoint you. I'd read about four or five other audiobooks between Books #2 and #3, but it didn't take long for me to become enthralled again by the Sandman. If you're familiar with the Joe Ledger series, then you'll know what I mean when I say that just as Ray Porter is the one and only Joe Ledger, so is MacLeod Andrews the one and only Sandman Slim!
Each book flows one to the other and some of the plot twists have actually caused me to rewind by 30 seconds or more just to be sure I heard what I heard because it had taken me by surprise. The characterizations and narration is always spot-on. Casabian is a real hoot. Lucifer, who we met more fully in Book #2, sounds exactly like I would expect the Devil to sound, so silky smooth-like, he'd have you happily signing over your childrens' trust funds, handing him the keys to your house and your car, and thinking it was all your own idea.
All in all, I think everyone should have a little Sandman Slim in their lives. Do right by him and he'll do right by you.
Well, I'm off to Book #4 now.
In this book, Sandman Slim basically pukes on god and tells us what an idiot he is...if you are sensitive to this, go read someone else, but if you enjoy a no holds barred, uncensored, very creative and action packed story this is it.
I loved this book and the series so far.