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Devil Said Bang: A Sandman Slim Novel Hardcover – August 28, 2012
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“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)
From the Back Cover
Getting out of hell is just the beginning
What do you do after you've escaped Hell, gone back, uncovered the true nature of God, and then managed to become the new Lucifer?
Well, if you're James Stark, you have to figure out how to run Hell while also trying to get back out of it . . . again. Plus there's the small matter of surviving. Because everyone in Heaven, Hell, and in between wants to be the fastest gun in the universe, and the best way to do so is to take down Lucifer, a.k.a. James Stark.
And it's not like being in L.A. is any better—a serial-killer ghost is running wild and Stark's angelic alter ego is hiding among the lost days of time with a secret cabal who can rewrite reality. Starting to care for people and life again is a real bitch for a stone-cold killer.
Top Customer Reviews
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
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.
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.
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really like purchasing a book where you get your money's worth, this is one of them. Great world building, fun, and sarcasm in a full length read. What more could you ask for?Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
Another good installment in the Sandman Slim series. And just like the previous books, I could not put it down.Published 1 month ago by Kimberly P
I love this Character and this Series.
Great if you like the Supernatural, Lucifer, or Constantine TV shows and Graphic Novels.
I love the entire Sandman Slim series and HIGHLY recommend it to anyone that likes to read no matter what genre! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Koya Rose