Review: Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey

  • Title: Sandman Slim
  • Author: Richard Kadrey
  • Publisher: HarperCollins, 2009
  • Pages: 388
  • ISBN:  9780061976261


Oh how I love a good revenge story. James Stark was dragged to Hell and spent 11 years there are a hitman, before finally escaping and coming back to L.A. Now that Stark’s back, he’s ready to take revenge on the bastards that sent him down below. But he’ll find it’s much harder to get your revenge when Heaven and Hell keep getting in the way.

OK so this was pretty badass. Stark spends over a decade surviving in Hell before finally getting back to Earth, with the help of some super-awesome demonic tools. Now that he’s back, he’s totally ready to hunt down the people responsible, and that makes for a fun, interesting, action-packed book. Stark is powerful, resourceful, and has a hilarious way with words. For example…

“I’m not bleeding anymore, but I’m a mess. Again. Besides getting my ass kicked, my main accomplishment on this trip has been to massacre an incredible number of completely innocent clothes. I’m the Joseph Stalin on laundry.”

 I really like Stark… he has no problem with killing, no conscience, but you can totally still sympathize with him because his story is kind of messed up. There’s also a great cast of other characters – his 200-year old friend Vidocq, the flirtatious Candy, a talking head, etc…

I think I’d have to qualify this book as more a “paranormal” book than a “fantasy” book… but it’s a little bit of both, and more. There’s all sorts of different creatures, there’s magic, and Heaven and Hell play major rolls in the book. I like stories about angels warring with humans, Heaven and Hell still fighting each other, etc… I don’t really know how to describe it. And I would ABSOLUTELY recommend this for male readers – Stark is hardcore, there’s fighting and cursing, no sexy-bit scenes, and a great plot.

Anyways, I don’t know if this is making any sense, but there was nothing about Sandman Slim and I DIDN’T like, and that’s a pretty big compliment right there. Already looking forward to reading the sequel, Kill the Dead.


Sarah Says: 5 stars








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