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Devil Said Bang by Richard Kadrey
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May 29, 2012

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Read from February 19 to 25, 2016

** spoiler alert ** Reread February 2016

Plot-wise, Devil Said Bang is a big ol’ mess. It’s as if Richard Kadrey had two book ideas, neither of them fleshed out enough to stand on their own, so he mushed them together. The first 2/3rds of the book takes place in Hell, with Stark as the new Lucifer. He oversees the rebuilding of Hell’s infrastructure, tries to figure out which of his many enemies are out to kill him, and pines away for the real LA.

The second part of the book, Stark suddenly returns to LA and battles a murderous ghost girl, MORE enemies out to hill him and wonders if the real LA might be just a big pain in the ass.

But as much as the plot itself left me scratching my head and saying “Huh?,” the characters and violence and metaphors are still as good as ever. And MacLeod Andrew is the perfect narrator for the series.

Original Review, 2012

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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