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Kill City Blues: A Sandman Slim Novel (Sandman Slim, 5) Hardcover – July 30, 2013
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“Hot damn, a new Sandman Slim novel! I will fight you for it if I have to.Yes, the series is just that good (P.S., I will fight VERY VERY DIRTY).” -- John Scalzi
“One of the great horror setups of all time.… If there’s one thing Kill City Blues demonstrates, it’s that Kadrey’s still got a ton of material for Sandman Slim. I can’t wait to read it all.” -- Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing.com
“We can savor every insight from a grand master of the blunt exposition.” -- Locus
“A deft mixture of urban fantasy and light comedy, the fifth Sandman Slim novel is sure to appeal to the author’s growing fan base, not to mention readers of such writers as Jim Butcher, P. N. Elrod, and F. Paul Wilson.” -- Booklist
- Publisher : Harper Voyager; First Printing edition (July 30, 2013)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062094599
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062094599
- Item Weight : 13 ounces
- Dimensions : 1.33 x 5.46 x 7.28 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #652,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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SO I have finally read it and holy whatever, this was so damn good. Totally a surprise for me just how good it was. There is so much that happens here, I'm not really sure how to convey it, but like any other Sandman Slim book, this is a series of set pieces that explore our hero's psyche and show his true self. He might be a monster in his own eyes and in the eyes of many, but there is also that heroic feature in him where even if he doesn't like doing the right thing, he does it anyway. He helps so many even if he has to get nasty.
I will say that Kill City, which is the titular location, is not a big part of the book though it is a significant sequence. I thoroughly enjoyed the teams adventure through a broken down mall full of monsters. But again, this is a Sandman Slim novel which is always about the set pieces rather than anything else.
He has grown a lot over the books and so has Richard Kadrey. The series is widening it's scope giving us more and more and though there might be an end in sight (Not too soon I hope), there is so much in this world to explore.
If you haven't read a Sandman Slim novel, don't start here. Too many characters have histories that would be lost on a new reader. The overall premise billed on the jacket cover is an oversimplification of the story. Sandman Slim is back after having served his time as Satan and waiting to see what happens next. And just like the troublesome character that he is, trouble seems to find him no matter what. That trouble is in the form of the... oh, just read the book for that part. The rest of the book reads more like a gumshoe novel where Sandman Slim and his friends try to track down the missing (spoiler) in an abandoned shopping mall. Kadrey hasn't been shy about bumping off a character or two along the way so you never really know if everyone is going to make it or not. I'd estimate that the adventure into the dead shopping mall is about only the last third of the book so there's plenty of intrigue and action along the way.
The fun part of these books are the "do or die" nature of Sandman Slim. There's a whole noir-esque feeling to the world that he lives in. It's our world but seedy and mysterious all at the same time. And although you know that he's going to do the right thing and go through a whole army of nuns if necessary, it's still fun to read it. Worth the time.
In the last book Stark had escaped from Hell - not as a damned soul, but as an unwilling Lucifer - and stuck Mr. Munnin, who turns out to be a fragment of the being we call "God," with the job. To make matters more complicated, the Angra Om Ya, the beings who (allegedly) really made the Universe, are trying to come back, and they're pissed. And Stark is missing the Qomrama, the one weapon that _might_ defeat them ... if he can it back, and if he can figure out how to use it.
He starts raising Hell in L.A.'s magical community, and finally gets the clue he needs - the Qomrama is in Kill City, a giant fallen (literally) shopping mall inhabited by the dregs of magical society. With a team of his closest associates plus one he doesn't want, Stark invades Kill City. Not everybody is going to make it out alive...
The action is paced carefully. The dark wit is constant. The characters, and especially Stark's, are compelling. And it sets everything up pretty well for the finale, or so it seems.
I didn't think that Heaven and Hell stories would ever thrill me. That was ... until I read my first Sandman Slim story!!!
The third book in the series was a little disjointed, and I skipped the fourth one due to some of the reviews.
I'm happy to say that this new story, although written as a long set-up for the sixth book, is truly a FUN READ!!!!
Kill City's "Quest" for the 8-Ball, is like an Indiana Jones movie set in and out of HELL.
As always, you have to be a little bit older and into trivia to get all of the references. The internet helped with a few that I know I missed. Bet a couple still went over my head...
It's always a BLAST to escape into the very unique universe of Mr. Richard Kadrey.
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Stark returns in the fifth Sandman Slim book and he's once again on the warpath the save the world. Even though every book is about saving the world it's amazing how the author is able to come up with so many new and unimaginable ways that makes this series so gripping. Stark is in a race to find the Qomrama Om Ya before the Angra use it to obliterate the universe. To do so, Stark and his friends have to enter Kill City, a condemned mall in Santa Monica that houses many dead and undead creatures with unbelievable hazards in search of a crazy ghost that's been guarding the Qomrama Om Ya. Stark once again gets captured and tortured and those scenes are not for anyone with a weak stomach. Stark isn't Stark if he can't escape and he once again squares off to that crazy angel Aelita. He gets to meat another God in the process and its in that part of the book where you go, "oh yeah, that's so obvious", but you get so absorbed with the storyline that there's no time to spend time thinking whodunit or whoisit. I especially like the scene where Samael (the original Lucifer), Stark (the previous Lucifer) and Mr Munnin (a God splinter and the current Lucifer) sit down for drinks. It's so ludicrous but it just fits perfectly in the series.
This is a cracking read, fast paced and a great improvement on the previous two books. I can't wait to read the next one in the series.
THE SANDMAN IS MEAN AND LIKE A DURACELL BATTERY KEEPS ON POWERING ON, BUT ALSO VERY FUNNY.
THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I'VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR AND I AM GOING TO SPEND £50/£60 AND BUY ALL THE REST IN ONE GO.
RATHER THAN BUY PIECEMEAL.
AS A FEMALE READER OF THIS GENRE I ESPECIALLY LIKED THAT MOST OF THE SUPPORTING CHARACTERS WERE FEMALE AND JUST AS DEADLY AS SANMAN SLIMM IF NOT MORE AND DID MOST OF THE FIGHTING!!😎
The Devil's gladiatorial plaything, then an escapee, he is a killer that you root for from book one.
I won't give anything away about the book, just buy it you will not be disappointed ...