Sandman Slim must save himself - and the entire world - from the wrath of some enraged and vengeful ancient gods in this sixth high-octane adventure in the New York Times best-selling series.
Being a half-human, half-angel nephilim with a bad rep and a worse attitude - not to mention temporarily playing Lucifer - James Stark, aka Sandman Slim, has made a few enemies. None, though, are as fearsome as the vindictive Angra Om Ya - the old gods. But their imminent invasion is only one of Stark’s problems right now. LA is descending into chaos, and a new evil - the Wildfire Ripper - is stalking the city.
No ordinary killer, The Ripper takes Stark deep into a conspiracy that stretches from Earth to Heaven and Hell. He’s also the only person alive who may know how to keep the world from going extinct. The trouble is, he's also Stark's worst enemy - the only man in existence Stark would enjoy killing twice.
©2014 Richard Kadrey (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
Truth is stranger than fiction, which is why fiction is so important for exposing people to the truth.
I love the gritty, haunted house feel of this Horror Comedy show. I like guts and gut busters and this book has both.
The only thing I would have done would be to include more 'screen time' for some of the secondary characters. Even though it's a book, it feels like the 'actors' playing certain characters didn't get the contract they wanted so they only agreed to do one or two scenes.
This guy is Sandman Slim as far as I'm concerned. No one else can bring the grissly, Christian Slater drawl to this character like Andrews. I've always enjoyed his narration and appreciate his broad range of voices from common street thugs to God and Lucifer.
All of the Sandman Slim books make me laugh and this one was no different. Though being the climax of this particular story arc, it is understandably grim and less jovial than the others. The ending after the ending was the most shocking because of what happens to one of my favorite characters... but you'll just have to read it to find out how that works out. ;)
While this book wraps up a long story arc, the author himself has said that it won't be the last Sandman Slim novel. Needless to say, the universe is not the same after this book, so it'll be neat to see what he does next.
Let's put it this way: I will buy every single Sandman Slim novel in audio AND kindle that Richard Kadrey writes. Writing is excellent, the stories wonderfully imaginative, and lines so funny and/or thought provoking you actually have to stop and re-listen and ponder. Well edited and I have fallen in love with the Extremely Talented Mr. Andrews, as narrator.
Note to Mr. Kadrey - please, NEVER use a different narrator as MacLeod Andrews is perfect. Can't say perfect about too many things in this life.
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
First, let me say I love this series. I really appreciate the way Richard Cadrey can crete such a creepy atmosphere in his stories. He is probably one of only two authors (the other being Harry Connoly) who can truly capture the horror and madness of cthulu/outside monsters. Using the mythos has become trope and sanitized down from sanity shattering terror to mildly scary but beatable.
This book is fairly light on action. That is ok by me as the real weak point in the character is not in battle but dealing with his personal life. This book moves the meta-plot to a satisfying conclusion. He ties up most loose ends and leaves room to continue the series.
The problem, as said in the title, is the book almost completely lacks focus. It just kind of rambles along with very little direction. The series has suffered from lack of a tangible strong villian since he offed his Mason Faim. The author had a great opportunity to have a great villian in this novel but pretty much wasted it on a Hannibal Lector knock-off. I'm not saying the character use wasn't clever, but so much more could have been done.
This novel is your typical transition book. Transition books follow the pattern of wandering around aimlessly then hitting you with a bunch of changes and a big bang at the end. This is exactly what happens here. The last 2 chapters of this story basically set the series up for a complete reboot. I am worried that the series has lost its punk edge which made it cool and may be going to a more traditional Dresden-esque template.
That being said Kadrey is a great author and hopefully will surprise us all in new and inventive ways in the next book. The bottom line is if you like the series you will like this book, but probably not as much as the previous ones.
What other compliments, accolades or glowing tributes can I bestow upon this author and the narrator? I love these books! Okay, this review is not fancy, but straight to the point.
I love the terrific writing, everything from the film and literary references to the deep and deliciously dark internal musings of Sandman Slim about the world and the universe. And the wonderful sarcastic humor!
I love the side characters, all the gods, demons, angels and especially his group of friends---all so inventive and unique.
I love the wonderful twist ending to this book.
I love, love MacLeod Andrews! Others have said it here perfectly---he IS Sandman Slim. His performance has made the character come alive.
I am so heartened to hear that there will be another book. YEAH!
Not my favorite SMS, after all, how can you top a massive battle in Hell with a Ferrari, however I am willing to forgive Mr. Kadrey.... :) Great story and I recommend the whole series, esp with Macleod Andrews.
If the Getaway God was the first of the series that I have read I would have been impressed. In this case Richard Kadrey is a product of his own success. This one wasn't as good as the others. The characters were not as fully developed as usual as if it was assumed that they were already well known.
It took so long to get here and the trip was so, so good. I just wish the end would have been a bit longer. Just a bit more bite.
And this instalment was no exception. My only complaint... This one seemed to end very quickly. I think Macleod Andrews does a great job bringing the characters to life and I couldn't listen to anyone else reading this great series of books.
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