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Sandman Slim: A Novel Hardcover – July 21, 2009
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Supernatural fantasy has a new antihero
Life sucks, and then you die. Or, if you're James Stark, you spend eleven years in Hell as a hitman before finally escaping, only to land back in the hell-on-earth that is Los Angeles.
Now Stark's back, and ready for revenge. And absolution, and maybe even love. But when his first stop saddles him with an abusive talking head, Stark discovers that the road to absolution and revenge is much longer than you'd expect, and both Heaven and Hell have their own ideas for his future.
Resurrection sucks. Saving the world is worse.
Darkly twisted, irreverent, and completely hilarious, Sandman Slim is the breakthrough novel by an acclaimed author.
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It doesn't necessarily go as planned.
By the time we get to the second book, Lucifer has come to LA to produce a movie to "set the record straight" concerning his rebellion in Heaven. Stark, the Sandman Slim, is pressed into service as Lucifer's bodyguard. And then there's the murders of prominent Sub Rosa (magic welding) families. Suddenly, Stark is neck deep in an LA overrun with the walking dead.
Kill the Dead works as an urban fantasy mystery novel. It's dark and gritty. Stark is an anti-hero who is kind of likable. He talks fluent movie quotes. If you are a fan of urban fantasy but haven't read these, check them out. Be aware they rated R (hey, it says so on the cover!) and contain violence and adult language.
And speaking of covers: those retro movie poster covers are awesome.
I never give away any spoilers as I do not wish to encounter them myself (the old Golden Rule) but here is what I thought:
The premise of the book was occultist and interesting. There was a long period in the book when I did not know what to expect whereas once in a while it was very predictable. This was not too often and happens to the best novels sometimes. There was a point in which I had no idea how the parts of the story would be tied together but the author managed to do it (tip of the hat for bringing it together).
I almost did not finish this book as it did start a bit slower than what I like but it swiftly picked up the pace subsequently.
I found the character (the humanistic portion and nothing supra-physiological) likable and I found myself cheering him on sometimes in his quest. This novel is not perfect but I think it was the beginning of a series that will only get better. I am looking forward to starting the next in the series soon.
The biggest knock I had about it is how it felt like it sometimes toed the line between YA and Adult but in the end, it was a good read and listen.
This is the first book in the Sandman Slim series.
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