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Devil Said Bang (Sandman Slim #4)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  6,841 ratings  ·  322 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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Book 4 of this series finds James Stark AKA Sandman Slim, in charge of Hell as the new Lucifer. He finds its even worse than he thought - he has to attend endless planning meetings to rebuild Hell after it was pretty much destroyed in the last book.

It takes him almost exactly half the book before he's back to where he wants to be, which is Los Angeles (which strangely enough doesn't seem that different from Hell). The rest of the book finding him doing his speciality, which is blundering into b
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I'm pretty sure someone held a gun to Mr. Kadrey's head while he was punching this work out. He was either on an extremely tight deadline, dealing with personal issues, or he had to leave the writing to a ghostwriter while on sick leave. There had to have been some external force at work while he was writing this book, as the writing, story, pacing - the whole McGillicuddy - is completely uncharacteristic of what we've come to expect from the taut, funny, and suspenseful first three books.

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
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
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
Sally Lake

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
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
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
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
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
Lucian Poll
Note: This review contains spoilers for Sandman Slim and Aloha From Hell.

James Stark is back in Hell. During his first stint “Downtown” he was the only living soul there and served eleven years in the fighting arenas for his troubles. But the curious thing about being a nephilim (half-human/half-angel) is that you’re damned hard to kill. Indeed after each crushing defeat Stark came back stronger and more battle-hardened. By the time he escaped from Hell Stark had become as deadly a killer as he
This is book #4 in the "Sandman Slim" series, and probably the weakest of the series. James Stark has taken over Hell as the new Lucifer and is not happy about it. not surprisingly, no one else in Hell or on Earth is happy about it either, so he spends a lot of time avoiding assassination attempts. Eventually Stark makes it back to Earth and has to save LA from Armageddon once again. i still enjoy the characters in this series, but this entry seemed kind of like a filler moved along th ...more
James Stark is gathering a lot of new identities. First, he's Jim. Then, he became Sandman Slim. Now? He's Lucifer. That's something new. Suddenly Stark is responsible for an entire kingdom with a murderously restless populace and budgets that never seem to balance. It's a big departure from the head-stomping antihero we've gotten used to. Not to say that being Lucifer doesn't involve a lot of violence, but now Stark has to strategize. He put a stop to a lot of people's plans and it has some pow ...more
Another solid entry in the Sandman Slim series. My favorite part: Finally understanding the reasoning behind his "Sandman Slim" name! Hard-boiled and fun to read. I'm a little annoyed that there is yet another sequel in the making, but I suppose Kadrey has to milk this cash cow. :)
I love this series. I love these characters. I will probably read all the books ever written about James Stark.

They are light reading.

Continuing with food metaphors, these are a tomato sandwich in the summer time. Absolutely delicious at the moment.
Bryan Glosemeyer
Though I still enjoyed it, this was my least favorite book of the series so far.

This review will be a tad spoilery from here on in. Though if you read the book description it will be just as much of a spoiler. So, just saying.

Loved the first 3rd of the book where Stark is now Lucifer and has to run Hell and keep it from imploding. This should have been the whole book. He should not have gotten out till the very end. Even though this was my favorite part of the book, maybe of the whole series, it
Brandon Sharp
This has to be one of least relatable characters I've ever read. I imagine he's a hero to men who like tough, hard-boiled fiction. As a gay man who tends to relate more to female characters than to macho, rough guys who react with violence more than intellect, I have to read this story with an open mind. I see Sandman Slim as a supernatural version of someone like my Dad. Motorcycle riding, girl loving, kick-ass now & ask questions later type of man & because I know the type from someone ...more
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Richard Kadrey is a freelance photographer and writer living in San Francisco. He photographs under the name Kaos Beauty Klinik. His new novel is Sandman Slim (Eos, 2009).
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Other Books in the Series

Sandman Slim (7 books)
  • Sandman Slim (Sandman Slim, #1)
  • Kill the Dead (Sandman Slim, #2)
  • Aloha from Hell (Sandman Slim, #3)
  • Kill City Blues (Sandman Slim, #5)
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  • 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.” 13 likes
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