- Series: Sandman Slim (Book 9)
- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Harper Voyager; First Edition edition (June 6, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062474146
- ISBN-13: 978-0062474148
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.4 x 7.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 62 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Every time I imagine that Richard Kadrey has run out of ends-of-all-creation to torture his long-running, hard-boiled supernatural antihero Sandman Slim with, he surprises me...and with the [ninth] volume in the series, The Kill Society, Kadrey pulls out all the stops.” (Cory Doctorow, author of Walkaway)
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Sandman Slim has been to Heaven and Hell and many places in between, but now he finds himself in an unknown land: the far, far edge of the Tenebrae, the desolate home of the lost dead. Making his way inland with nothing but his unerring instinct for trouble to guide him, he collides with a caravan of the damned on a mysterious crusade, led by the ruthless Magistrate. Alone and with no clue how to get back home, he throws in with this brutal bunch made up of human souls, Hellion deserters, rogue angels—and Father Traven.
Slim didn’t land in Tenebrae by chance. His little stunt of trying to open Heaven has set off a tsunami across the universe. Now the afterlife is falling apart because of the ensuing warfare. And when Heaven finds out Slim is close by, the angels put a fat bounty on his head.
It’s one thing to ride with a ferocious criminal pack across the treacherous plains—it’s another to do it when everyone in the land of the dead is itching to keep you there permanently. But Slim’s not too worried. He’s been fighting cosmic forces bent on destroying Heaven, Hell, Earth, and him for years. A pack of vicious bounty hunters, vengeful angels, and dangerous enemies with friendly smiles isn’t going to stop him fixing the chaos he’s caused . . . one way or another.
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Now, to the Kill Society. It is a full on hard run from beginning to end. Couple of things, no chapters, just double spaced breaks in the action. This is an interesting structure. It keeps the pace frenetic, like the ball in a pinball game, bouncing from bumper to bumper. This can be a pain at 1 AM when you're looking for a stopping place. The final conflict is well done and all the loose ends are tied up. Until they aren't.
Once again I wish I could do a half star, this is 4 1/2 stars. The slight (very damn slight) half star off is because this outing reminds me of Kill City Blues (which is my least favorite of the Sandman Slim books), the action is constrained in a way that it isn't in any other Sandman Slim books. That is to say this may be second tier Kadrey, which still is head and shoulders above most of the work out there today.f
And I'm waiting for the next episode.
Keep 'em coming Mr. Kadrey and I'll keep buying 'em.
Witty and irreverent as always, the dialogue and humor keep me rolling and the usual complex story brings in a raft of
new characters while dredging up a few old ones as well. Great, fast read.