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Devil Said Bang

(Sandman Slim #4)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  10,818 ratings  ·  436 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
Hardcover, 399 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Harper Voyager (first published January 1st 2012)
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Actual rating: 4.586 stars. More or less.

Question : How can you not fall head over pincers for a guy who says stuff like:

"I am bacon, hear me roar."

And also stuff like:

“So what’s this all about? You and your crew want a raise? How about two weeks’ vacation while I pull out your intestines with an oyster fork?”

Answer : you bloody shrimping cannot. I mean, seriously. My boyfriend Jimmy Stark is so devilishly (view spoiler)
Paul O'Neill
Apr 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
Life’s too short for rubbish books. There’s a good story in here somewhere. But the main character is far too annoying and stupid, and the whole book is just trying way too hard to be cool. No where near as good as Dresden series, in my view.
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, paranormal
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This one started really slow, but ended...

... (dare I say it?)...

...with a bang!

Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
“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
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2012
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
Kaustubh Dudhane
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Don’t fear God
Don’t worry about death
What is good is easy to get, and
What is terrible is easy to endure"

James Stark is turning into my favorite monster hero. This book is so good that it corrupts your professional mindset and makes you late on honest reviews requested by the budding authors. I feel no need to comment on the plot and characters. They are extremely crazy and awesome. The plot is mind blowing.

Stark becomes Lucifer and is stuck in Hell. (yeah! Again!) Additionally, the Hellions
Arun Divakar
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
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
Fangs for the Fantasy
Sep 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
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 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Maggie K
May 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
ok, although I still enjoyed the adventures of Stark, there was a lot of jumping the shark going on.....not a good sign
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5* My friend has advised me this is his favourite series of all time. I just cant get into since book 1. Stark has returned to LA but I feel like hes attempting to be cool rather than just being cool. Something about Stark annoys me. The action is cool but I feel like the characters journey is just repetetive. Will give it one more book.
Dan Altomare
Closer to 2.5 stars than 3. Least favorite of the series so far. Enthusiasm for sandman slim waning.
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
3.5 Stars

I may be generous for making it a 3.5 star rating because the actual developments that happened in this book could have been handled in two novellas and cut out the extra that made up the reasons to balk, grumble, kick things and basically stick Stark's head in a hole.

Towards the end of the book, my fear was that the book would be a filler novel. One of those that have minor developments but don't do anything else. Perhaps I set myself up with high expectations for the series and Kadr
Sep 26, 2015 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
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 06, 2015 rated it liked it
This installment in the series has some of the tightest, smoothest action I've ever read. The plot progresses forward with few digressions, information is imparted in such a manner that it doesn't stall the story or the action in anyway. The dreamers however, pushed my suspension of disbelief a little too much, I think that part coud have been left out.
Иван Величков
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: градско
Кедри се връща в правилната посока с тази книга. Въпреки че цялата идея е да се затвори арката от предишните три. Джимито Старк е обратно в играта. Тъп като бордюр, безкрайно саркастичен и сеещ обиди и смърт по целия си път.
В първата половина авторът затваря полуизлишната сюжетна линия с ада – Сандман Слим е набутан да играе ролята на Луцифер в един полуразрушен ад, където падналите ангели се давят в безпътица,отчаяние и селски интриги. Лишен от Ключа на тринадесетте врати, Джими няма как да се
Carl Alves
Jan 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
I picked up Devil Said Bang because of the concept of the character and the amazing blurbs by well-known authors. Unfortunately, the novel fell well short of my lofty expectations. Sandman Slim is the main character and has been made the new Lucifer, in charge of Hell after the last Lucifer no longer wanted the job. Sandman Slim wants nothing to do with the job and is only interested in going back to Los Angeles.

For me, this novel was all style and little substance. It felt like the high school
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 27, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it

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
Fantasy Literature
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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
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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.

Other books in the series

Sandman Slim (10 books)
  • Sandman Slim (Sandman Slim, #1)
  • Kill the Dead (Sandman Slim, #2)
  • Aloha from Hell (Sandman Slim, #3)
  • Kill City Blues (Sandman Slim, #5)
  • The Getaway God (Sandman Slim, #6)
  • Killing Pretty (Sandman Slim, #7)
  • The Perdition Score (Sandman Slim, #8)
  • The Kill Society (Sandman Slim, #9)
  • Hollywood Dead (Sandman Slim #10)
“Hell didn't make me a monster. It just confirmed all my worst fears about myself.” 19 likes
“If you ever need to confirm that a girl is worth coming back from Hell for, show her your monster arm and see what she says.” 13 likes
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