In Sandman Slim Stark came back from hell for revenge. In Kill the Dead he tackled both a zombie plague and being Lucifer’s bodyguard.
Once again all is not right in L.A. Lucifer is back in Heaven, God is on vacation, and an insane killer mounts a war against both Heaven and Hell. Stark’s got to head back down to his old stomping grounds in Hell to rescue his long lost love, stop an insane serial killer, prevent both Good and Evil from completely destroying each other, and stop the demonic Kissi from ruining the party for everyone. Even for Sandman Slim, that’s a tall order. And it’s only the beginning.
©2011 Richard Kadrey (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“Don’t compare Kadrey’s prose with Stephenie Meyer’s, or even Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Those works are mere fluffy soap operas next to Kadrey’s writing.” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
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.
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.
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