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Sandman Slim: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Richard Kadrey
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (400 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“An addictively satisfying, deeply amusing, dirty-ass masterpiece.”
—William Gibson

“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….A bravura performance.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“I couldn’t put it down.”
—Charlaine Harris

Sandman Slim has arrived—a wild and weird, edge-of-your-seat supernatural roller-coaster rider that propels author Richard Kadrey to the forefront of the fantasy, thriller, and a host of other literary genres. This spellbinding, utterly remarkable tale of a vengeful magician/hitman’s return from hell is part H.P. Lovecraft, part Christopher Moore, part Jim Butcher, and totally, unabashedly dark, twisted, and hilarious.

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Kadrey (Butcher Bird) provides biting humor, an over-the-top antihero and a rich stew of metaphoric language in this testosterone- and adrenaline-charged noir thriller. James Stark spent 11 years killing monsters in Lucifer's arena for the entertainment of fallen angels, but now he's back in seedy, magic-riddled L.A., trying to avenge his girlfriend's murder and hunt down Mason Faim, the black magician responsible for getting him sent downtown. He meets with some initial success, beheading second-rate magician Kasabian (whose head becomes Stark's smart-mouthed sidekick), but he can't find Faim. Instead he encounters Homeland Security agents, a near-psychotic angel and some odd nonhuman, nonangelic beings called the kissi. Darkly atmospheric settings, such as a posh gentlemen's club where angels are tortured in an attempt to bring about Armageddon, bring this violent fantasy into sharp, compelling focus. (Aug.)
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“The most hard-boiled piece of supernatural fiction I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. … all confident and energetic and fresh and angry. I loved this book and all its screwed-up people.”

Product Details

  • File Size: 556 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reissue edition (January 26, 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00338QF1E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,143 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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102 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Dresden On Crack July 8, 2009
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I am a big fan of Jim Butchers, Harry Dresden books. I devour them as soon as they are written.
Looks like I have another character to add to my list.
Sandman Slim is hopefully the first in a series. The character of Stark or Sandman Slim, is a magic using Hells Escapee with 11 years of gladiator fighting with demons and worse under his belt.
And now that he's back on Earth he's seriously pissed.
The plot of the book was very well paced. Kadrey has some simply hysterical similies and metaphors which are just so unexpected and refreshing. A girl storming out of a room in a rage and pounding down the stairs is referred to as "God's tiniest tyrannosaurus" These little phrases slipped effortlessly into the narrative really keep the reader on their toes and the interest level high while simultaneously staying completely in character with the first person narrative.
I would highly recommend this book to any fan of Jim Butcher and the likes of Simon Green.
I would offer the one caution that Kadrey does have an affinity for swearing...quite a bit. But it does fit the character and I think it would have read false if it was sugar coated or watered down.
All and all a very fun read!
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114 of 128 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Dirty Fantasy. Loved it! June 12, 2009
(This review is based on an advanced readers copy)
This is a dark and dirty work of fantasy, so if you're looking for elves, look elsewhere. Stark comes across as a complete hardass, but isn't completely unsympathetic, I mean, I'd want to see some heads roll if I were sent down to Hell, alive. Sandman Slim is unapologetically a novel of brute force, cynical dark humor, and visceral fun.

My synopsis barely covers the plot, which would be more entertaining to read in the book rather than me spouting out what at this stage in the game would be spoilers. There were a few plot points I saw from almost the opening pages, which only put me off a little bit as I read. However other plot elements, like the ENTIRE ENDING, totally took me off guard. I like a book that can surprise me.

For the squeamish out there, here's your warning: If you're devoutly religious and you don't like controversy, fiction, or thumbing your nose at God, Angels, Devils, what-have-you, this is not your book. If you don't like violence, unsugarcoated gut spilling, antiheroes that make goody-two-shoes nervous and other such nastiness, steer clear. However, if you're like me at all, and you like a good adrenaline infused read, go pick this up when it comes out July 21st.
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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A real treat October 16, 2010
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The main character in this urban fantasy book comes back from Hell to find his revenge on the people that killed his lover. He finds himself ten years older, in a dark Los Angeles haunted by demons, monsters and vampires. He is an hard boiled and humorous character, without hope but not wits.. I won't spoil your reading explaining who and what Sandman Slim is, but I recommend you not to miss this very well written book.
At the end of the book you will find an excerpt of the next one, "Kill the dead": I will surely buy soon as its price decreases around $ 10. Enjoy!!
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63 of 73 people found the following review helpful
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It's Constantine meets Gladiator, with a dash of Sandman, told as a Mike Hammer-style L.A. violent noir-slash-Gothic-punk hard-boiled detective action story! Or that's how I imagine the elevator pitch for the movie that this book seems calculated to set up, like a nearly four-hundred-page screenplay treatment. Stark/Slim, the narrator, is a quintessentially badass ex-Hellion pit fighter, back on Earth to revenge his emo girlfriend's murder, and caught up unawares in a plot to... well, do something or other that's epically, cosmologically bad. This is every bit as garbled a novel as it sounds, full of set-pieces strung together by no reasonable explanation or narrative plausibility, and strung together by over-talky bits of exposition that seem more concerned with establishing its kooky cosmology for sequel-setup purposes than with telling a single organized story. And some of the pleasure of following along on its wild ride is starkly diminished by the failure to establish rules for the magic, or for the novel's world, that make consistent sense of it; one feels at times like one is playing along with a clever five-year-old who deals a new hand of cards whenever it suits his momentary purposes.

All the same, there's plenty of fun to be had here -- the book is a great quick, escapist read full of all-out-of-bubblegum tough-guy talk and of weird-world politics, angels vs. devils vs. whoever else, doing vaguely Machiavellian scheming. If you've seen or read Hellboy and Constantine and their ilk there is not going to be much surprise here, but there is a certain more-of-the-same pleasure to it, which is no bad thing; and any reader will end up hoping they can get Ron Perlman to take the role.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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I read this as an ARC and liked it. Glad to get it as a freebie for my Kindle.

The blurb says "Nicotine and octane in equal parts might come close to the high-energy buzz from Kadrey's Sandman Slim".

Yeah, that sounds pretty ridiculous, but I actually liked Sandman Slim. Could hardly put it down, even. It has a lot of things to like. First, the hero/narrator is a likable guy. He's a little bit gunslinger, a little bit vigilante - he's got cool fighting skills, a hot temper, and a dry sense of humor. The basic idea is that he is a bad guy: violent, angry, murderous tendencies. But he is out for revenge against Even Worse Guys - guys who ruined his life and who might even be out to destroy the world. So, he's the "monster that kills monsters", as they say in the book. Of course, he's a good guy at heart who cares about the people close to him and worries about the condition of his own humanity.

So that's right - end of the world, revenge story, vigilante, bad boy monster-hunter. Stuff that appeals to pretty much anyone.

And the writing style is all right. I normally don't like present-tense narration, but in Sandman Slim, it was actually pretty smooth. The book has a fast pace, a fun action-packed plot.

A lot of the elements in the story are unique as well. I liked the hero's sarcastic magic coin, which he flips for questionable bitter advice. I laughed pretty hard when the hero visits the Room with 13 Doors (the method by which he can travel anywhere in time/space), and his friend says "My God. It really is a room full of doors. I assumed the doors were a metaphor." Ha.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story!
Great story! I can't wait to read the rest of the books in this series!
I really enjoyed this book!
Published 2 days ago by Michelle
4.0 out of 5 stars What a guy!
This was so fun to read. Sandman Slim is definitely not really the good guy but he sure is different. Read more
Published 4 days ago by rpagan
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea but very good for what it is
If you like fantasy and gritty, hard-boiled prose, then this is the book for you. James Stark, known now as Sandman Slim, has spent eleven years in Hell and has finally escaped... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Jessica Grimm-Lyon
3.0 out of 5 stars good book, but... seems a bit Jim butcher derivative
I enjoyed this book, but the whole way through I was thinking... This sounds like someone trying to follow Jim butchers footsteps, and not quite managing. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Greg R Day
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Day Comedy Take on Biblical Mythos
The Sandman Slim books are a unique set of comedy. The humor is constant and clever, and the story is interesting and a fun look at old tales.
Published 19 days ago by Elizabeth
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard-edged gritty urban fantasy
One of the greatest problems in the urban fantasy genre is that it really lacks unique voices. Ones that resonate, that cut through the garbage in the genre like a band saw through... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Gamma Mouse
5.0 out of 5 stars fresh and sandy
I couldn't put it down. It's been awhile since I've read something that was this fun and mind numbingly clever.
Published 25 days ago by ann ellinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read.
Awesome book. I don't usually read these types of books but a friend on goodreads suggested it, and boy was i impressed. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
Published 25 days ago by Betty
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I bought this book based on the list of books recommended for me based off previous purchases. I'm glad I did. The entire series is packed with plenty of action and humor. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars And Hell followed with him
Really enjoyed this book. On its surface it appears to be little more than a tale of revenge, but there are deeper themes at play, and Kadrey is just the writer to convey them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by LesPaul_MorGood
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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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I don't feel it's an overrated series at all. Especially since hardly anyone I know has ever even read it. Overrated? Twilight? Sookie Stackhouse? Now those are some overrated books.

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