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Devil Said Bang: A Sandman Slim Novel (Sandman Slim #4)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  8,553 Ratings  ·  355 Reviews
Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim—aka James Stark—is, quite simply, one of the most outrageous uber-anti-heroes ever to kick serious butt on this or any other world or dimension.

In his previous three adventures—Sandman Slim, Kill the Dead, and Aloha from Hell—Stark has fled Hell for California, taken on angels, demons, outlaw bikers, zombies, covert government operatives, and
ebook, 399 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Harper Voyager (first published January 1st 2012)
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“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
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. :)
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
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
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
Oct 10, 2012 Shara marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
The premise: ganked from Getting out of hell is just the beginning...

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 the universe, and the best way to do so is to ta
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 08, 2014 Otherwyrld rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, paranormal
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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
Dec 06, 2013 Alan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Happy worker bees
Recommended to Alan by: Previous work
James Stark—Jim—Sandman Slim
Escaped from Hell, then went back in.
And what shall be his punishment?
He gets to be the management!


That little bit of doggerel is probably all you really need to know about Devil Said Bang, the fourth installment in Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim series. You've already read the first three, of course—and if not, don't waste your time starting with this one; you won't get nearly enough of the jokes. Start with Sandman Slim, and work your way up from there.

That is, a
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
Lucian Poll
Aug 25, 2014 Lucian Poll rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 31, 2014 Kitty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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!
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
I'm still trying to make my way through this one.
The first one kept me interested, but just barely more towards the end. A friend of mine recommended the series and the way she described it made it sound like a series of books about this guy being sent to Hell, coming back and then hunting down the ones responsible.
I was pretty much let down, but I still carried on. Sadly with each passing book I've found it more and more difficult to get through.
The writing style can be grating, there's no reas
Jun 16, 2016 Brandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
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
James Webber
Oct 02, 2016 James Webber rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The one rating is not fair and I admit it. I liked the series up to this point -- but could not get past the first five pages or so without really wanting to read something else. Maybe the third try will be the charm.
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
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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)
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“Hell didn't make me a monster. It just confirmed all my worst fears about myself.” 15 likes
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