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Kadrey, Richard: Sandman Slim

Sandman Slim (2009)
Written by: Richard Kadrey
Genre: Urban/Dark Fantasy
Pages: 388 (Hardcover)

The premise: Stark is the only living man who's been dragged into Hell, and now he's escaped with a vengeance. Literally: he's going to bring down every single person who betrayed him and stuck him into Hell in the first place, but in doing so, he learns there's much more going on in the world than he ever imagined, and he's being recruited by both Heavenly and Hellion forces to fight. But for a man who only wants revenge, who cares what happens to the rest of the world? Stark is about to find out.

My Rating

Worth the Cash: I thought long and hard about this rating, and I want to point out the "worth the cash" rating is worth noting because this book is currently available in HARDCOVER. I enjoyed this SO MUCH that when the sequel (surely to God there's a sequel) comes out, I will be getting it in HARDCOVER. So yeah, I enjoyed the hell out of this. I feel it's kind of a cross between Chuck Palahniuk and Jim Butcher, leaning more towards the graphic violence (which makes sense, as Kadrey is also a graphic novelist) and plenty of profanity. The world-building and religious views might also make some people uncomfortable, so know thyself before picking up this book. Neither Heaven nor Hell is painted in a pretty light. Personally, I loved it. I'm really looking forward to seeing what Kadrey does with his character of Stark, aka Sandman Slim, and I'm really looking forward to seeing how the religious world-building goes into that, because it's anything but cheesy. It's a fast read despite the fact there are NO chapter breaks, and the cast is just ridiculously enjoyable. Where Stark might sometimes feel like an unsympathetic bastard, the supporting cast more than makes up for it in awesomeness. So yeah, worth the cash, and that's in hardcover!

Review style: Two sections, what I liked and what I didn't, no spoilers. So if you're interested in the full review, you may find it in my LJ. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome. :)


ALSO: I've started a monthly book challenge at my LJ. September's theme is fantasy that takes place in an urban setting, which is not to be confused with the butt-kicking heroine Buffy-lit that's so popular right now. The book my readers chose was Emma Bull's War for the Oaks (1987), so if you're interested in participating, just click here for details!

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