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Devil Said Bang by Richard Kadrey
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Sep 24, 12

Read from September 20 to 24, 2012

** spoiler alert ** The fourth Sandman Slim novel, a series which is notable for its senseless violence, snappy dialogue and hard-hearted love notes to the city of Los Angeles.

As plots go, this one is pretty disjointed. James Stark - aka Sandman Slim and most recently Lucifer - is given the task of whipping hell back into shape. Which is pretty difficulty given all the treachery and politicking that goes on Downstairs. There are a million and one hellions that want Stark dead, including a new goddess-worshipping religion and all of Hell's suicidal generals. But forget all that anyway, because halfway through the book, Stark leaves hell, hooks up with an old girlfriend, needs to save the world from a murderous ghost girl and the unravelling of all reality, and find a replacement Lucifer.

But anyone who reads Sandman Slim for plot is missing the point completely. That's like eating ice cream be ause you like the cold. I enjoy Sandman Slim for the brutal dialogue, snappy writing style and some truly far out metaphors. The journey is definitely the thing, here. Enjoy the scenery. It may be on fire, but it's beautiful.

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