- Series: Sandman Slim (Book 8)
- Audio CD: 1 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged edition (June 28, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1504736079
- ISBN-13: 978-1504736077
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 5.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 135 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #999,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Perdition Score: A Sandman Slim Novel (Sandman Slim Series, Book 8) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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About the Author
Richard Kadrey, a New York Times bestselling author, has written a number of novels, including Sandman Slim, Kill the Dead, and Kill City Blues, as well as more than fifty short stories. He has been immortalized as an action figure, his short story ''Goodbye Houston Street, Goodbye'' was nominated for a British Science Fiction Association Award, and his novel Butcher Bird was nominated for the Prix Elbakin in France. Kadrey lives in San Francisco.
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At about the 25% mark I find myself actively engaged in the story, though, and enjoying it. I love the characters (Stark is actually my least favorite.) and the universe is just mad enough that it remains intriguing. I get to the denouement, and often feel a little cheated, as if there was too much build-up and not quite enough pay-off. But by the end, I'm usually pretty satisfied. Enough so that I know I'm going to read the next one. I believe Kadrey has said that the next book will be the last Sandman Slim, though, and frankly I'm glad. I'm not sure how much more he can wring out of this universe.
As for the particulars, Perdition Score has the usual cast of characters: Stark, Candy (now known as Chihiro) Kasabian, Vidocq and Allegra. The plot revolves around the chaos in Hell now that Lucifer has left. Nearly everyone wants to get into Heaven, but in spite of Mr Munnin's promise, the gates of Heaven remain closed thanks to a war between the angels who want to open Heaven and those who do not. A group of both living and dead magicians known as "Wormwood" are trading in a mysterious substance called "black milk," and when one of Stark's friends is poisoned with it, he is forced to go back to Hell and try to track down the one thing he believes will save his friend.
In the end, though we've been here before, the story is satisfying. It ends on an oddly disturbing note, but I'm assuming that will be resolved in the final novel. And yes, I'll read it. I may have reservations about the series, but now that I know it's a finite one, I'm willing to ride along to the end. Bottom line is that Kadrey has never disappointed me even if I find later books to be a little repetitive.
James Stark has escaped from Hell; unwillingly returned to rule it; defeated ancient gods; ended a nascent zombie apocalypse; and generally made a name for himself among the magickal community, as Sandman Slim, the Monster Who Kills Monsters. He's an Abomination, the child of an angel and a human.
He's not a very happy guy, except for his relationship with Chihiro (who is really Candy, a Jade and quite possibly more than a match for him in a fight).
Meanwhile, he's got a day job as a member of the Sub Rosa Council for Los Angeles, people who try to keep the magickal community from getting out of control while keeping out of the eye of the normals. The Sub Rosa tend to be rich and powerful people who live in mansions that look like hovels (to, you know, avoid attention). Stark is not rich nor politically powerful; much of his life has been manipulated by the Wormwood Group, who play the odds and make money on him no matter _what_ he does.
The story begins when an angel appears in the back seat of his car, bleeding to death, and gives him a box containing a rare substance called black milk, then dies without explaining what that is or why it matters. Black milk is pretty much the Maguffin of the book, except that it's too important to the plot to be a true Maguffin.
Meanwhile, Abbott, the head of the Sub Rosa council, sets Stark to spying on certain people he suspects of being members of Wormwood. He also asks Stark's detective friend (who employs Chihiro as an agent) to investigate a lost child. Naturally, the child turns up at the home of the guy Stark is surveilling...
Black Milk will take Stark back to Hell, yet again, along with Chihiro. It will change the course of the war going on in Heaven. It will cause Stark to reconsider his (very low) estimation of angels. And it will cost Stark more dearly than he can imagine, leading to one of _those_ cliffhangers, the kind that comes after the plot is actually over but sets up for the next book -- Say no more!
Stark's present-tense narration is full of _noir_ sarcasm and dark humor, his situations tense and pregnant with meaning for himself and those around him, and his character _not_, as it turns out, completely immutable. If I read aright, this book marks the beginning of a serious change in what Stark is, or seems to be.
I wouldn't come in here if I wanted to check out the series, but if you've been following it, this is a good one.