oh I do love these books. Took me by surprise on the first one, Sandman Slim, and the rest just kept me looking for more. I have them all now. The very definition of addiction. I'll be listening to one of these, cruising along minding my own business, and find myself suddenly laughing out loud, a rare thing for me to do - to the strange stares of others... no matter. Periodically you just have to stop to admire some of the lines - some so funny and some very thoughtful - and when is the last time you did that with a book? I've even had to add some of the Kindle books in this series.
Kill City Blues is another outstanding addition. The only problem is that I finished it and I need more.
You know how there are books you listen to and then shut off to go to dinner? This is not one of those. This is one where you sit in the car wanting to get just one more bit. The story is complex, horrific and compelling and Rene Auberjonois is brilliant as always in his reading. I wish all audiobooks were like this one. I love the Preston & Child books (well not the Gideon ones but I am hardly alone there) and hope for more from this talented duo.
More and more Pendergast, please!!!
Highly creative series - what a wonderful surprise. I was impressed by all the high reviews on Amazon and figured I'd have to give it a try and now I am on number three. They really need to do more of these to audible. Excellent narration by Allison McLemore.
It's been a long time since I've had a book series that could tickle me so. I've read so many books in my life and to get something so surprisingly creative and unexpectedly funny at the same time is miraculous. And the joy of it is there are FIVE books in this series. I have them all and I've even listened to them again. I think Richard. Kadrey has found his perfect milieu. I can't say I like his others books so much but this series stands in a place of honor. The same for MacLeod Andrews as the narrator. His kaleidoscope of voices is just wonderful PLUS he can do women's voices without sounding like a transgender. I only wish there were more books. I remember when I discovered Patrick O'Brian and found he had 22 books... if only Sandman Slim had that many...
I know I am a lone voice in the wilderness here - these books are described as 'spellbinding' but I have to say I've read quite a lot of the genre and this is nothing new. Perhaps if this is your introduction to it, it would strike you as more memorable. It did not hold my interest long enough to finish it. I did get through to the second book (within this volume 1) so I feel I gave it a fair chance. I think the characters were well developed and I think Mr. Sullivan has good descriptive abilities but I think the story was too weak to sustain my interest or the time to finish it.
George Alec Effinger published this in 1986. Not too much about muslims then so it is interesting he has this dystopian thriller set in the future where the USA is fully broken, new boundaries formed and almost everyone is muslim... ok, I can live with that. Robert Ferrigno did it exceptionally well in his Assassins trilogy. But somewhere about 1/3 or 1/2 into this book, it is so heavily peppered with "allah bring you peace' and 'allah bless you' and 'by the will of allah' and allah be praised' and 'if allah desires' and 'allah praise your house'. Now I am not talking about any religious setting... it's used in every other sentence... 'it may rain, if allah wills' or 'goodbye and see you later, if it is the will of allah'' and 'would you like a ride, allah bless your children' sort of thing and it gets really tiresome. Take away all the allah lines and the last part of this book would be considerably reduced. Like taking away 90% of the adjectives from the latest Anne Rice books.
That said, I did not understand why all the sex changes. It seems no matter what sex a person was born, he/she wanted a sex change. Makes no sense. I realize our intrepid hero lives in the heart of the sex district, has several 'female' friends who used to be male. And vice versa. (I guess they like their vice, versa?) Still does not explain all the sex changes.
I have to say I never got to like Marid Audran. I realize he is meant to be a flawed protagonist and that's not usually a problem for me. But when you have a hard time caring if the lead character lives or dies, that is a problem. "Sandman Slim" (by Richard Kadrey) is certainly a flawed character and I LOVE him.
Effinger definitely created an intriguing, complex world and the writing is strong (minus all the allahs) and Jonathan Davis is brilliant as the reader but I am really slogging away trying to finish it.
Got to love the lead character, Vanessa Michael Munroe... she is sharp, tough, flawed and unstoppable. A kind of Wonder Woman with guns and sharp knives, fighting for justice and never fearing to leave a few bodies behind. Bad people get what's coming to them. Excellent writing, a good number of twists, and leaves you cheering at the end.
You don't have to read the Informationist first but it is such a good book - I highly recommend it. Stevens gives little snippets of what you need to know about our characters so you won't feel adrift in this second book about Monroe, if you've not read the first one.
Sandman Slim - James Stark - is a really intricate character. Was kidnapped and forced into Hell where he did 11 years as a gladiator, fighting monsters in the arena in Hell for the enjoyment of fallen angels. He finally killed his master, fallen angel Azazel, and returned to LA, looking for the people who kidnapped him… and this just the beginning…
There are now 5 books in this series and they are all excellent. Start with this one, Sandman Slim as it sets the story for the whole series. MacLeod Andrews is brilliant as a reader. Parts are so funny you'll have to pause your player, just to laugh and admire such a well turned phrase and they fit so perfectly into the story - never a feeling of calling attention to themselves as with lesser writers.
Please keep them coming!
read them in order as this is book 4 - so good I will go back and listen to them all again. Keep a pen and pad close as you will want to write down some of the really funny lines!!
like "Hell is circus run by mental patients. Heaven’s a gated community where we’re the bastard step-kids the real kids hate. Daddy’s little mistake." and "… couldn't have gotten me more confused if he'd pumped me full of LSD and tossed me in a spinning mirrored room full of rats" and some are really thoughtful like "It doesn't matter if you and everyone else in the room are thinking it. You don't say the words. Words are weapons. They blast big bloody holes in the world. And words are bricks. Say something out loud and it starts turning solid. Say it loud enough and it becomes a wall you can't get through."
Get the first two books before you start this one: Sandman Slim is book1 and Kill the Dead book 2 and then also get Devil Said Bang - book 4 as you will want to dive right in after this one which is book 3. BTW: Kill City Blues - book 5 - is due out on 7-30-13. If you have ANY doubts about these, go over to amazon and read the reviews. Fantastic series and really well read too.
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