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Devil in the Dollhouse: A Sandman Slim Story Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 672 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (July 31, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 31, 2012
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00851M4SC
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Richard Kadrey is a writer living in San Francisco. He is the author of dozens of stories, plus five novels, including Metrophage and Butcher Bird. His Wired magazine cover story, "Carbon Copy," was made into one of the worst movies of 2001. It starred Bridget Fonda. Sorry, Bridget.

Kadrey created and wrote the Vertigo comics miniseries Accelerate, which was illustrated by the Pander Brothers. He plans to do more comic work in the near future.

He is written and spoken about art, culture, and technology for Wired, The San Francisco Chronicle, Discovery Online, The Site, SXSW, and Wired for Sex on the G4 cable network.

He is also a fetish photographer.

He has no qualifications for anything he does.

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On a subtle tip from @GreatDismal I found the Sandman Slim novels, and it's quite a meaty universe Mr. Kadrey has created for himself. Putting the novels and plotlines and spoilers aside, this short story explores a section of Hell older than the Pandemonium of Lucifer. It's a nice twist, full of the treachery and violence you'd expect in Hell, with some apt humor and the decidedly antiheroic take on it all by James Stark his own self. It's priced about right, and if Mr. Kadrey were industrious he could build a nice steady stream of these shorts for his loyal following. I think the fact that his source material is so fertile has as much to do with this as his skill in making really solid B movies in my head. This is a worthy buy, a good diversion until the new novel hits in the fall of 2012.

-C
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This was quite good though not up to the standards of his full length books.
It can be read as a standalone story but having read his other novels in the series will probably make it more enjoyable.

It ends at location 621 (69%) and then has an extract from the forth book in the series. so despite the cheap price it isn't particularly good value for money
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Or at least part of three short stories. The stories by them selves were funny, but don't buy this book if you are looking for a story with an ending.
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This brief short story takes place just after the events in Aloha from Hell: A Sandman Slim Novel. Stark is the new Lucifer and is immediately thrown into an adventure in one of Hell's spooky corners to deal with a disturbance in a haunted manor. Something about the style feels a bit... off. Stark's narration does not flow as smoothly as in the novels, and it's hard to say how significant these events will be in the grand scheme of the series. I am not certain if this will be important in the next novel in the series, Devil Said Bang: A Sandman Slim Novel. It's a fun little story, but certainly not my favorite - but I am looking forward to seeing more of how Stark will handle his new job as the ruler of Hell.
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Kadrey hasn't lost his touch. This was a great teaser to prime us for Devil Said Bang.

Stark is up to his usual personable antics, but this time in hell. He's been annoyed into taking on a mission to clean out a outpost of hell that everyone in hell is terrified to mention.

Stark has a hell of atime just getting to the place and then gets a swift kick for the trouble. All the while things back in pandemonioum are heating up and enemies are lining up to see who can take him out and lose the least in the process.

Buy it. Read it. Just don't tell your mother, rabbi, priest or random fanatic. It might not go over well.
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I've been a fan of Mr. Kadrey's work for a long time - but this is definitely a highlight in the Sandman Slim series. It's short, so the price is right, and there's not a lot of backstory; if you don't know who Stark or Mason Faim are, or where the Bamboo House of Dolls is, you're probably not going to understand a lot of the more important plot points. With that said, for those who are in the know, it's one hell of a little ghost story and strikes upon some very interesting ideas about the nature of Hell and what really happened when the fallen angels landed at ground zero. Definitely worth the price of admission and a worthwhile pseudo-prologue to Kadrey's next Sandman Slim book, "Devil Said Bang." Worth reading.
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A short and fun Sandman Slim story about one of Stark's first days as Lucifer. It's short enough that I was able to read it while eating lunch, but still manages to tell a complete story. Fans of the series will find plenty of its signature twisted humor.

Only time will tell if it is a "must read" in the series, though. While we do learn more about Samael's (or Lucifer 1.0's) motivations and his secrets, I did not find there to be a real Hell-shattering revelation, but I could see some things being key to the direction of the series.
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A Richard Kadrey book rarely lasts me 72 hours, and this short set between "Aloha from Hell" and "Devil said Bang(forthcoming)" was barely a snack. A continuation of the Sandman Slim novels we find our protagonist as the new Satan of Hell (wow, did he get screwed), and having to earn the rep that goes with the title. Sandman Slim has to be the best Anti-hero in print, in my opinion, and his books are unabashed fun. A must read for fans of urban fantasy fiction.
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