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Devil Said Bang (Sandman Slim Book 4) Kindle Edition

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“Richard Kadrey continues to knock them way the hell out of the park.” (Cory Doctorow,

“Richard Kadrey’s ‘Sandman Slim’ series is one of my favorite sets of fantasy books from the last few years.” (John Scalzi)

“Allow me to both love this series for its feel of crossing hard-boiled crime pulp with H.P. Lovecraftian fantasy, and hate the author for being so damn good at it.” (Bookgasm)

“The most irreverent, darkly comedic, and downright cool installment to date. …The action-packed and bombshell-laden blend of dark fantasy, crime fiction, and Hellish sitcom is utterly readable. (Publishers Weekly)


“Richard Kadrey’s ‘Sandman Slim’ series is one of my favorite sets of fantasy books from the last few years.” (John Scalzi )

“Full of action, wit, and suspense, this grabbed a hold of me and wouldn’t let go. Kadrey is a master storyteller (overused, I know, but very apt) and he will have you rooting for him in Hell and on Earth.” (Suspense magazine on Aloha From Hell )

“This bad-ass supernatural horror stuff is clearly the material he was born to write. Kadrey has an ungodly (literally) amount of fun with Stark’s wryer-than-wry and violenter-than-violent observations and dialog.” (Cory Doctorow, on Aloha From Hell )

“If authors were tarot cards, Richard Kadrey would unarguably be the Hierophant of Paranormal Fantasy.” (Paul Goat Allen on Aloha From Hell )

“Kadrey’s stylized treatment of the ubiquitous urban fantasy genre makes it seem fresh” (Kirkus Reviews on Aloha From Hell )

“Compelling...brilliantly metaphoric...profane mixture of noir atmospherics, black humor, and nonstop action will please Kadrey’s many fans.” (Publishers Weekly on Aloha From Hell )

“Kadrey’s prose is raw and gutter-tough, Raymond Chandler meets Lux Interior at the Whisky a Go Go at the end of days.” (Austin Chronicle on Aloha From Hell )

“Everything a sequel should be; that is, more. … There’s hardly a moment where you’re not chewing your fingernails to the wrist wondering what happens next. … Kadrey is a hell of a writer, versatile and seasoned, and these pulpy, dark, ultraviolent novels are his best work yet.” (Cory Doctorow,, on Kill the Dead )

“Think Get Shorty meets Hellraiser.” (San Francisco Chronicle on Kill the Dead )

“James Stark, antihero of 2009’s Sandman Slim, returns in this gritty, over-the-top tale of supernatural mayhem…Profane, intensely metaphoric language somehow makes self-tortured monster Stark sympathetic and turns a simple story into a powerful noir thriller.” (Publishers Weekly on Kill the Dead )

“Kadrey knows how to spin a story, his prose is crisp and effortless, and the entertainment value is high.” (Charles de Lint, Fantasy and Science Fiction on Kill the Dead )

“…endlessly inventive and high-octane…Kadrey’s an excellent writer who’s able to juggle all of it without dropping a single pin.” (Locus on Kill the Dead )

“A sharp-edged urban fantasy, drenched in blood and cynicism, tipping its hat to Sam Peckinpah, Raymond Chandler and the anti-heroes of Hong Kong cinema. Kadrey brings it off through the propulsive force of Stark’s in-your-face, first-person, present-tense narration. It’s a bravura performance.” (San Francisco Chronicle on Sandman Slim )

“His best work yet. . . . Kadrey tells his story in a swirl of tight, darkly intense prose. . . . Sandman Slim is very, very good indeed.” (SF Site on Sandman Slim )

“Sandman Slim is one of the best books I have read in a very, very long while. Richard Kadrey is a genius. I read it on the plane ride home and was totally blown away.” (Holly Black on Sandman Slim )

“Paced like greased lightning (watch out for friction burns on your turning finger), blend the movie-ish delights of tough guy noir and such smart-mouthgore-fests as “Reanimator” and “Army of Darkness”, seasoned by soupcons of Gaimanian romanticism and Koontzian sentiment.” (Booklist on Sandman Slim )

“Kadrey’s tale lives on a tightrope, but the author nails the right balance of detective fiction and theological fantasy, seriousness and humor, pathos and absurdity.” (Lincoln Star Journal on Sandman Slim )

“Nicotine and octane in equal parts might come close to the high-energy buzz from Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim. Crisp world building, recognizable and fully-realized characters, and a refreshingly unique storytelling style make for an absorbing read.Sandman Slim is my kind of hero.” (Kim Harrison on Sandman Slim )

“The best B movie I’ve read in at least twenty years. An addictively satisfying, deeply amusing, dirty-ass masterpiece, Sandman Slim swerves hell-bent through our culture’s impacted gridlock of genres…it’s like watching Sergio Leone and Clive Barker co-direct from a script by Jim Thompson and S. Clay Wilson.” (William Gibson on Sandman Slim )

“Sarcastic, irreverent and ridiculously enjoyable riff on the Urban Fantasy genre. … a lot like a mosh pit -- rough, exuberant, unpredictable -- and a heck of a lot of fun.” (Miami Herald on Sandman Slim )

“Dirty, disgusting, vulgar, violent, poisonously testosterone-driven, so politically incorrect it ought to be prosecuted, and generally all-round offensively in your face. … I loved it. It’s amazing.” (Robin McKinley on Sandman Slim )

“The perfect escapist storyline … side-splittingly funny. … gruesome slapstick mixed with down-and-dirty Hammett-esque mayhem and double-dealing. … If you’ve been hoping someone would bring the full-strength SoCal toxic waste to the urban fantasy game, then Sandman Slim is your poison.” ( on Sandman Slim )

Product Details

  • File Size: 1404 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; Reprint edition (August 28, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 28, 2012
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JLDAS2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,968 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

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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If you downloaded the defective ebook like me, be aware that the publisher has now fixed the ebook. I just re-downloaded it (after getting a refund for the first download) and all the content is there.
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I have really enjoyed the other Sandman Slim novels but this one has really tainted the series. Stark's appeal, for me, was his righteous anger mixed with his self destructive nature due to being so emotionally disfigured. It was great watching this broken yet powerful anti-hero cope with loss and a universe that had done him wrong. The problem is that his character has never evolved and, if anything, is more reckless and self loathing than before. It is becoming boring watching Slim push his luck with his absurd over the top hostility and anger issues and still survive. The angle with him having to take on the mantel of lord of hell would have been interesting if he had not been such an idiot and an ass. I never thought Stark really was a violent moron, he was just lashing out at a universe that has epically screwed him over. But now he is continuing the swirl down the pipes all on his own. It makes for a sad and uninteresting character instead of the damaged survivor that he used to be. I used to be rooting for Stark, now I am just waiting for his dumb decisions and self destructive tendencies to finally do him in, which might be the best for Stark. I am not looking for him to ever be well adjusted, but the series is turning into a one trick pony and I am not interested in reading the same character survive world ending events time after time. I give it a three but really feel it is a two, I might give another shot if there is another one but if it is the same old story then I will have to say goodbye. Good luck and Happy Reading.

P.S. to the author. Glock makes a fine firearm and this is coming from a Colt and 1911 man. Its not just for flashy D-bags. lol
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This book was almost jarring in how different it was that the earlier books. It was abrupt, violent (violent for the SAKE of being violent is boring), and made little sense. There were leaps of logic and gaps of time that were unexplained. Events peter out, or just...go away. Entire plot lines are seemingly discarded. At the mid-point, the story abruptly shifts back to earth. And...that's it for hell. The earth plot feels totally tacked on, with no sense of threat, but a definite sense of, "huh???". It's as if the author was unable to figure out where the hell story plot line should have gone. Story threads from the earlier books are just dropped, forgotten, or simply discarded.

Sandman Slim was also completely unlikable in this one. I get that he's an antihero. But in this, he's just a jerk, for no reason other than....he's a jerk. Did I mention that he's a jerk?

The first book in the series was really entertaining. This one was not. A complete chore to get through. My final thoughts are that the author just kind of ran out of mental gas, and tired of the character and universe he created. In that case, he probably should have stuck with it as a trilogy, and gone on to something else.

Really, really disappointing. I reserve one-star reviews for things I flat out loath. These review is a 2-star, and this book was just...bad.
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I am a Sandman Slim fan and counted the days until release day for this novel. I warned my wife that I would be out-of-commision for the weekend while I consumed the latest release from Mr. Kadrey.

After finishing the novel I found myself disappointed. There seemed no point to the plot, other than Sandman Slim rider a Hellion Hawg and entertaining multiple internal and external conflicts... The overall Sandman Slim story line seems stalled right now; which leads me to wonder if this book was just filler to "get-something-out-this-year" so as not to loose readers to another fantasy/sci-fi/horror story.

If you have read the other novels, then you will enjoy this one; just not as much.

Here's hoping that Mr. Kadrey is formulating something radical and amazing for the next story.
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I've read the whole series to this point. I suppose that's obvious, given that I bought this one, but I feel that I should clarify because I'm going to say some kind-of-mean things and it's mostly based around this book's place in the larger series. If you are a very confused person, or perhaps on enough hallucinogens that you're seeing everything backward and thing buying the last book first is a good plan, go ahead and buy this-- in itself it's a perfectly good supernatural action novel.

Now, the issues:

The thing about a long-running detective/noir series is that it's not really about the setting-- it's about the characters you create within that setting, and how they respond to the conditions involved. This is why you can get away with using the dead-horse "modern life, but monsters are real, and it's a bad time for everyone" setting in the first place: anyone in their right mind was bored with that shtick in itself around the time Anne Rice wore it out fifteen years, but you can still do interesting things with it.

So when you're writing a detective story, as we've established that your setting itself holds no real interest to the viewer (or if it does they're off playing a White Wolf game instead of reading your book), so that leaves us with two options:

1. Situations where the setting adds complications to the plot, holding the reader's interest one book at a time. Previous books in the series have done this well: How is a standard Maguffin-hunt (e.g. Maltese Falcon) complicated when involved parties confirmed dead may simply have stopped being dead? Given the power of teleportation, what obstacles remain to actually using that power effectively and how does it complicate the standard PI surveillance routine?

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It is around 35%, position 2505is that first noticed an issue. I returned it, downloaded a new version and so far no problems.
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