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Devil Said Bang (Sandman Slim #4)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  8,545 Ratings  ·  355 Reviews
What do you do after you’ve escaped Hell, gone back, uncovered the true nature of God, and then managed to become the new Lucifer?

Well, if you’re James Stark, you have to figure out how to run Hell while also trying to get back out of it . . . again. Plus there’s the small matter of surviving. Because everyone in Heaven, Hell, and in between wants to be the fastest gun in
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Published August 28th 2012 by Brilliance Audio (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jan 08, 2014 Otherwyrld rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, paranormal
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Sep 03, 2012 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2012
4 Stars

I am giving this book 4 stars even though I really enjoy Sandman Slim at the 5 star level. This book by its very nature of taking place after Aloha from Hell(book 3) which ended many of the main story lines is at a disadvantage. It does bring to conclusion the few remaining open ends and really brings Sandman Slim back to his center but offers up little extra.

This is a fun read that takes place first in Hell and then back on the streets of LA. Without spoilers James Stark spends much of t
Dec 27, 2012 Crystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm assuming you've read up to the third book. If you haven't, turn back now. Spoilers ahead!

And here I am again, entirely unsure of how I feel about this book because I'm really not sure what the hell is even going on anymore in a not-so-awesome way. Let me first just say that I'm still enjoying the hell out of this series - the things I don't like about this book are not enough to make me quit Sandman Slim or give up hope on Richard Kadrey - but this series, I think, is in a period where I thi
“Welcome to Hell. It’s just like high school but with more boredom and entrails.”
I must confess, I have not read all the books in this series. I’ve read Sandman Slim and enjoyed it immensely, but I missed books 2 and 3. Having said that, I honestly feel that I really didn’t feel lost when I read Devil Said Bang. The author did an excellent job of recapping prior events. I will go back and read Kill the Dead and Aloha from Hell soon, just to fill in the details.

I loved Devil Said Bang and here’s
Arun Divakar
There is a sort of interest-boredom relationship that I have formed with Richard Kadrey’s character James Stark. The first book – Sandman Slim was a real roller coaster and Stark proved to be an amazing find breaking away from most cookie cutter characters in urban fantasy. However, the subsequent parts were only mildly interesting what with a war between heaven and hell, Lucifer’s woes, God’s nervous breakdown etc. Kadrey has adopted a very predictable approach in his novels which is very simil ...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
When we last left Sandman Slim he had been tricked by Samel into becoming the next Lucifer and his angel half had ditched him in hell. This book opens with Stark learning how to be Lucifer and to avoid being killed. The hellions are not impressed to have a human in the top spot and seek to overload him with bureaucracy because hell needs to be rebuilt. He taken his ancestor wild Bill on as sort of an adviser but longs to be back in LA.

I am pretty sure that this is going to be the last book in th
Brainycat's 5 "B"s:
boobs: 1
blood: 4
bombs: 3
bondage: 0
blasphemy: 4

It's been a long time since I read #3 in the series. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I didn't feel like it did a good job of recapping the supporting cast, and I felt lost through a lot of the book. Perhaps related, I had difficulty getting a clean translation from amazon's file (I didn't check the format) to epub.

Stark hasn't changed much; this story picks up two or three months after #3 ends. And that's one of the reasons I l
Jan 25, 2013 Steven rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first three entries in this series -- Sandman Slim, Kill the Dead. and Aloha From Hell -- were terrific fun. Richard Kadrey juiced the urban fantasy genre with plenty of dark humor and blasphemous wit. His energy and invention flag, unfortunately, with the fourth novel, Devil Said Bang. Considering that the previous tale ended with Lucifer returning to heaven and the hero stuck with the task of running hell, Kadrey may have painted himself into a creative corner. This starts promisingly enou ...more
I've been a fan of the Sandman Slim but this book was a jumbled pity party. Sandman slim was better when he was driven by his anger at the world and those that had wronged him. The emo version of Stark that the reader is forced to suffer in this book is not the same guy. Somewhere in the endless complaining I think I saw something that looked like a plot but it’s hard to be sure. I vaguely remember something about reality threatening to unravel and random appearances by volcanoes, icebergs, and ...more
Maggie K
ok, although I still enjoyed the adventures of Stark, there was a lot of jumping the shark going on.....not a good sign
Oct 01, 2015 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now when I picked this up I didn't realize that this was part of a series but thankfully this wasn't a problem in following the story or who was who as Kadrey does give a brief explanation as part of the story progression. This book finds Sandman Slim (also known as James Stark) running Hell, or trying to, while avoiding the pitfalls and traps that come with the role and with being him it seems and of course all the while trying to escape Hell for the second time. As the title hints this was an ...more
Jul 31, 2012 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Devil Said Bang by Richard Kadrey (HarperVoyager) is the fourth novel in the Sandman Slim series about James Stark, a Nephilim (half angel/half human), the only live person ever sent to Hell who then broke out. In Aloha From Hell, Stark found God (literally) and when Lucifer left town was anointed the new Lucifer—which does not make him happy for a number of reasons, including the fact that there seems to be plot to kill him. Meantime, back in L.A. a serial killing ghost is loose and someone els ...more
This installment in the series has some of the tightest, smoothest action I've ever read. The plot progresses forward with few digressions, information is imparted in such a manner that it doesn't stall the story or the action in anyway. The dreamers however, pushed my suspension of disbelief a little too much, I think that part coud have been left out.
Dec 20, 2012 Yawar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book, I came to realise that Kadrey has carved a niche for Sandman Slim in the fantasy pantheon. Sure it's one of the children of the Dresden Files or Mike Carey's Lucifer, but it's got some tricks up its sleeve.

Sharp, snappy dialogue. Mostly blasphemous ideas and plot developments. A little bit of self-pity and a lot of witty banter. Stark (the hero, or anti-hero depending on the phase of the moon) has more one-liners up his sleeve than Spider-Man; and a lethal, nuke-'em brand of j
Sep 15, 2012 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just purchased the hardcover edition of this book last week. I have loved the Sandman Slim series since discovering it earlier this year. I eagerly awaited this book (is it the beginning of a new trilogy) since I found out about it. I just finished it and I am very happy with it. While a few things changed for the character since the last novel in the series, Stark finds himself traveling further than ever in an attempt to find resolution. He finds, pretty early on in the book, that running he ...more
Jul 04, 2012 Karissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

This is the 4th book in the Sandman Slim series by Kadrey. I got an eGalley for review from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This one started off a little slower than previous books, but really picked up speed as the book went on. I ended up loving this one just as much as previous books. It’s gritty, darkly humorous, and Stark is the perfect anti-hero.

The book starts with Stark down in Hell trying to do his job as Lucifer. When he finds out Lucifer mainly does a lot of p
Oct 05, 2012 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When we last saw Stark, a.k.a. Sandman Slim, Heaven didn’t want him and Hell was afraid he’d take over.

As Devil Said Bang opens, Stark is trying to rule Hell and doing a miserable job of it. Being the Devil is one of the most boring jobs Stark can imagine (not that he wanted the job in the first place), and the only thing breaking the tedium is the fact that all the rest of Hell is trying to kill him.

I loved the first thee books in Richard Kadrey’s series (Sandman Slim, Kill the Dead, and Aloha
Matthew L.
I was number five on the hold list and very excited when I got the text that it was in. In fact, it broke my obsessive glut of Christopher Moore reading and I finished it in about a day.

The first half of the book does what Kadrey does best, which is bringing to live new ideas and characters while acknowledging earlier books, then we get to re-visit old beloved characters and places in the second half. Maybe not as much as I would have liked, but there are enough twists to make it feel like a new
Jun 16, 2016 Brandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: creatures
May contain spoilers

I really love the narrator on this series! well Sandman is once again in a pickle. he has found himself playing the devil, there is a childlike ghost out killing and really enjoying it, everyone else wants to take over hell themselves so he better watch his back. but all in all it always seems to work itself out. Moonen has taken the devil armor and headed to hell and get things back in order. Sandman is left on earth to deal with his own people and the war hasn't even begun.
Fantasy Literature
I admire writers who can create fast-paced, intricately plotted stories that still have layered, complete characters. To me, that’s the prose version of juggling eggs and chainsaws at the same time. In Devil Said Bang, Richard Kadrey’s fourth SANDMAN SLIM book, he accomplishes this feat while tap-dancing and simultaneously playing blues harmonica.

When Devil Said Bang opens, James Stark, whose Hellion arena name is Sandman Slim, is still in Hell, but he’s in a… well, let’s say, a managerial posit
Sally Lake
Sep 21, 2012 Sally Lake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A gloriously trashy mix of mythology, theology, guns, motorbikes and lots and lots of blood. Don't expect high literature and don't bother if you haven't read any of the previous books in the series. Sometimes you want a steak, and sometimes you just want a hot and greasy burger that's really, really bad for you. This book is a quarter pounder with cheese.
Note: if you read the Kindle version when it first came out and got a bit confused when Stark seemed to leap from one situation to another an
Nov 14, 2014 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I continue listening to these audiobooks I just really enjoy the adventure... Time to scratch the bathroom stall for a good time get some Sandman Slim!
Needed a break after this book because Stark becomes exhausting. Half a book is him complaining about how sad his life is following Aloha From Hell, the other half is setup for the next story arc. The end result is a cross between an intermission and a "Dear diary" entry written by an angst-filled teen who feels misunderstood because his self-centered act doesn't earn him pats on the back and hugs from the masses for mucking things up. Hope it will get better in the next book, but not rushing in ...more
Hali Sowle
Stark figures out a way to get of Hell, but as usual that creates more problems than it solves. Not only has he got to find out why a child ghost is killing humans before the fabric of reality is dissolved, but he's also got to figure out who keeps crank calling him from Hell and find himself a replacement since the fallen angels need a strong Lucifer to guide them and he doesn't he think he's the right "person" for the job. Not the best of the series so far but a solid contender in the life and ...more
Andrew S. Balfour
Sep 27, 2016 Andrew S. Balfour rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably not the strongest book in the series, Devil Said Bang suffers from a somewhat disjointed plot. A dramatic change of setting about halfway through leaves the back half of the book feeling like an entirely different story, and one could be forgiven for thinking the whole book was designed to restore the status quo of the first two books. That being said, one of the things I appreciate about the Sandman Slim series is that there really is no status quo. Big, dramatic changes are central to ...more
Gareth Otton
This was another Sandman Slim novel that didn't have the best of starts but finished strong enough for me to have enjoyed the book overall. However, this time the slow start lasted far too long and I really couldn't bring myself to rate this more than 3 stars.

This book opens with Stark being the new Lucifer, the king of hell. Now, if I was to tell you that the first half of this book is the story of Sandman Slim running hell, I am sure the last emotion you would expect to associate with that st
Apr 14, 2015 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stark has an unusual personality for an urban fantasy character–he’s a definite anti-hero. He’s impulsive, bullying, and sometimes comes across as a bit slow. Most people underestimate him to their own peril. Stark himself blunders through life, but has some cunning that he hides behind his bluntness and impulsiveness. He’s starting to care about some of the people around him, in his own messed-up way. His love/hate relationship with Kasabian continues, and he of course goes looking for Candy on ...more
Dan Downing
Jan 24, 2015 Dan Downing rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far, other than the 'classics' (Stoker's "Dracula", etc.), I have managed to avoid vampires, zombies (except "Zombie Jamboree", Kingston Trio), urban horror and so forth, again excepting an unexpected twist in "From Dusk Till Dawn", where I was ambushed by the cast: Keitel, Clooney, Tarantino, Lewis---who would have guessed from the front of the VCR tape?
Thus upon the advice of one of my favorite booksellers I bought "Devil Said Bang". For the first fifty pages it was a struggle. Dante meets
Richard Kadrey's 4th book in the Sandman Slim series, Devil Said Bang, has a plot that's a little on the busy side, but the story is a lot of fun nonetheless.

Stark/Sandman, the monster who kills monsters, is in Hell and the new Lucifer at the beginning of the book but by the middle, or thereabouts, he is back in the world and fighting off a new apocalypse. God shows up, the old Lucifer is referenced, Sandman's angelic side has hit the road, and the old gods [the actual creators of the universe]
Stuart Reid
Nov 25, 2014 Stuart Reid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fantasy, adventure
Again, Spoilers, but if you've got this far you know what to expect.


So Sandman Slim, aka James Stark, aka a Nephilim (half-angel) is now Lucifer after being tricked by Samael, the "old" Lucifer, into taking on the role. And Hell is a mess.

So Stark is dragging the reconstruction out while discovering his new more limited powers now that his angel half has left, taking with him his key to the thirteen rooms. He's trapped here for now, stuck as an overseer and relying on his reputation to surviv
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Richard Kadrey is a writer and freelance photographer living in San Francisco, best known for his Sandman Slim novels. His newest novels are The Everything Box, released April 19, 2016 and The Perdition Score (Sandman Slim, #8), released on June 28, 2016.
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Other Books in the Series

Sandman Slim (8 books)
  • Sandman Slim (Sandman Slim, #1)
  • Kill the Dead (Sandman Slim, #2)
  • Aloha from Hell (Sandman Slim, #3)
  • Kill City Blues (Sandman Slim, #5)
  • The Getaway God (Sandman Slim, #6)
  • Killing Pretty (Sandman Slim, #7)
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“Hell didn't make me a monster. It just confirmed all my worst fears about myself.” 15 likes
“If you ever need to confirm that a girl is worth coming back from Hell for, show her your monster arm and see what she says.” 11 likes
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