Devil Said Bang (Sandman Slim, #4)
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Devil Said Bang (Sandman Slim #4)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  4,175 ratings  ·  267 reviews
While ruling the denizens of darkness does have a few perks, James Stark isn’t exactly thrilled at the course his career (not to mention his soul) has taken. Breaking out of Hell once was a miraculous trick. But twice? If anyone can do it, it’s Sandman Slim. While he’s working out the details of his latest escape plan, Slim has to figure out how to run his new domain and h...more
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Harper Voyager (first published January 1st 2012)
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Otherwyrld
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...more
Jason
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...more
AH
“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...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...more
Crystal
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...more
Brainycat
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...more
Steven
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
Gabriel
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
Ellen
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
Yawar
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...more
Graham
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.

Devil...more
Steve
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
Karissa
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...more
David
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...more
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...more
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...more
Ty
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 book...it moved along th...more
Claire
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
Virginia
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. :)
Michael
I really enjoyed returning to this series after a hiatus of a year or two. Stark is as good of an anti-hero as ever. The drudgery of running hell is surprisingly fun to read about and while the later transition to L.A. is nice to get back to the old character gallery, I ended up missing the politics of Hell.

What keeps the book from a five star rating for me is that the ending feels way too rushed. I wouldn't have minded about it being 10% longer, though I read it in pretty much one sitting so m...more
Noarev
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
Jon
I'm starting to wonder about this series. It's still fun, don't get me wrong. But, where the Dresden Files were just really getting some steam built up, at this point Kadrey seems to be running out of Big Baddies to throw at Stark. Butcher dropped hints and plot points from the first novel that just now, over a dozen books later, are coming to fruition. Kadrey did that with the second Sandman, but wrapped up most of those threads in the next two novels.

The Dirk Pitt series by Clive Cussler is a...more
Gef
If you haven't read the first three Sandman Slim novels, chances are you are going to have a helluva time trying to keep track of what happens in this fourth installment. I half expected a reset of some kind with this fourth book, since the third book (Aloha from Hell) had put a nice cap on a major story arc and set up a new chapter in the life of Sandman Slim. Devil Said Bang offers nothing of the sort. If you've been following along with the series though, you're going to feel right at home.

So...more
Jacob
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Bernie Charbonneau
Alright, when we last left Slim, he was downtown, Hell for you new readers to the series, and had become the new Lucifer. With the novella that was introduced in between this novel and “Aloha from Hell”, we learn that it is not easy being Lord of the dark.
Sandman does indeed have his hands full with Hell politics and enemy factions wanting his job, which he himself would gladly give up if there was somebody that he could trust. Having stopped Mason’s war with heaven and leaving the Hellions to...more
Grimnir
Sandman Slim’s stuck in Hell. His angel side’s left him in Hell and returned to earth to do who knows what damage to Starks reputation up there. To make matter’s worse he’s become the new Lucifer, not a job he wants, and of course everyone still wants to kill him. Its just they’re all bigger scarier and nastier would be murderers in Hell. Oh and Hell’s a mess after Lucifer abandoned it and Mason ran it into the ground gearing up for his war on Heaven. So Stark’s got some rebuilding to do. In ord...more
Tizroc
Sep 12, 2012 Tizroc rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: To anyone who has read the previous books in the series.
Recommended to Tizroc by: My unbridled additicion to reading. I am a junkie and now have to wait till 2013 for my next fix.
THIS REVIEW IS FROM THE AUDIOBOOK from AUDIBLE.COM.
Another awesome addition to the sandman Slim series.

Recently Sandman Slim has been left in charge of "Downtown" as the new Satan. Being seen by the fallen Angels (now demons) as the Monkey in charge hasn't left him many friends. His Angelic half is off causing problems back in LA, The Demon hordes want to put the monkey in his place and if it wasn't for the final gift of the Previous Satan (The Magic Armour) he would be dead several times over.

T...more
Ratseal
Kadrey steps it back up after a mild slump in books two and three. Despite some pretty annoying problems with the Amazon e-book on the day of publication, it is none the less quite good, once the editors fixed the copy which omitted the middle third of the novel.

Sandman Slim is back, and on a journey to recover his humanity, quit his job as the Prince of Lies, maintain the jittery balance between the universal powers that be and slay a few bad guys, including the rat in his own pack.

The book d...more
Bryce
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Jesus Ibarra
James Stark returns in Devil Said Bang, picking up roughly three months after the events of Aloha From Hell. Stark has had his hands full trying to stay alive and trying to make his way back to LA after being stuck as the reigning Lucifer of Hell. But LA isn’t as Stark left it, his angelic half is running loose, something is eating all the ghosts, and some of the most powerful magic wielding people are planning something big.

With irreverent humor and an asskicking attitude Stark has his hands fu...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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“Hell didn't make me a monster. It just confirmed all my worst fears about myself.” 12 likes
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