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Devil Said Bang by Richard Kadrey
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Sep 03, 2012

really liked it
Read in September, 2012

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 doesn't really move from minor crescendo to minor crescendo to a major finish - it lurches from major catastrophe and resolution three times, almost as though it were written for a triptych novella release and then glued together at the last moment.

The action is excellent, the plot twists entertaining and the laconic Sandman'isms frequent and pithy. It definitely is an improvement on the preceding two novels, but really merits a 3.5 star rating, which is not an available grade on the 5 star scale.

If you enjoyed the first book, and were fence sitting after #2 or #3, pick this one up, you won't be sorry.
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