Review: Sandman Slim (Sandman Slim #1) by Richard Kadrey

March 28, 2013 5 stars, Book Review 2

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Sandman Slim

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.

Sandman Slim – don’t you just like how that rolls off the tongue? This book had me snorting with laughter quite a bit. Though it isn’t a comedy by any means – it’s urban fantasy of the kick ass kind!  I was hooked by the nose right away with Kadrey’s character Stark who is smart ass, intense chain smoking & drinking, self indulgent bastard who you can’t help but like even with his “act now and maybe I’ll think about it later” attitude. I hurt for him and his lost love Alice, though sometimes I think he clung to her memory a bit too much after what ten years?  Come on man – that’s a long time to pine for someone.  Still this guy was done wrong and you want to see him get some revenge!

He was setup and sucked into Hell – ALIVE no less! – and the people that did this to him were supposedly his friends.  He’s been the source of a lot of entertainment for those demons down in hell, but he’s just escaped and is going to get some long awaited payback.

Sandman Slim has a good mix of stuff. You hear about hell, hellions (demons), fallen angels, angels and other paranormal creatures. I often shy away from books with a theme of angels and demons in it because sometimes I feel like they are a bit too preachy. However, what I like about this book is that I didn’t get religious overtones at all. This was like a lesson in all the bad habits one man could possibly ever pick up.  I enjoyed every flipping minute of it.

I really like Kadrey’s take on the hidden paranormal community that lives along side humans. If you like your urban fantasy reading treats with a bit of a darker and dirtier twist – this is it right here. If you get a kick out of Jim Butcher’s Dresden files I think you’ll like this series as well (of course James Stark isn’t as nice and cuddly as Harry Dresden is *evil laughter*)

Tabitha the Pabkins

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Tabitha (Pabkins)

When I'm in the zone I can flip book pages faster than the eye can see - screaming "More Input!" I'm a book, yarn, & art supply hoarding goblin who loves to draw, make toys and craft all sorts of creepy cute things. My current habit is to listen to audio books while I'm arting it up!
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2 Responses to “Review: Sandman Slim (Sandman Slim #1) by Richard Kadrey”

  1. Lisa @silverlight00

    I’ve never even heard of this book, until, like right now! I would’ve never guessed by the looking at this cover that this is a UF. It sounds so good. Running off to add it to my pile.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      You know I’ve noticed that quite a bit of urban fantasy written by men have a different style of cover. Their covers tend to be less “sexy” haha. I’ve heard statistically that women read female authors more often than they do male authors and that men tend to read more male authors as well. So I’m trying to break the mold and I am LOVING it. There are a few other male urban fantasy authors I too that sound smoking awesome! I’ll be throwing up reviews on them as I get to them this year.

      This one was AWESOME!