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The Getaway God

(Sandman Slim #6)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  7,014 ratings  ·  368 reviews
'The Getaway God' is the sixth book in the fantastic Sandman Slim series. Sandman Slim must save himself - and the entire world - from the wrath of some enraged and vengeful ancient gods. Being a half-human, half-angel nephilim with a bad rep and a worse attitude - not to mention temporarily playing Lucifer - James Stark aka Sandman Slim has made a few enemies. None, thoug ...more
Paperback, 386 pages
Published October 23rd 2014 by Harper Voyager (first published August 26th 2014)
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Charles This book would be incomprehensible unless you've been following the series. The author is very stingy about filling in backstory. In addition, this i…moreThis book would be incomprehensible unless you've been following the series. The author is very stingy about filling in backstory. In addition, this is a wrap-up of plot lines that have been developing for the last three books.(less)
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Christian Jensen In the Perdition Score, which happens after Kill City Blues, Stark states the following:

"Candy dipped her black blade in [Spiritus Dei], so I dipped m…more
In the Perdition Score, which happens after Kill City Blues, Stark states the following:

"Candy dipped her black blade in [Spiritus Dei], so I dipped mine in for good luck."

This seems like a plot hole. He uses the black blade alot in this book and the preceding one under the pretence he was still borrowing Candy's, which is actually his originally. At this point though, this pretence breaks down and it can only be explained away as a very unclear statement or by Stark having reobtained Mason's knife from the Grays.(less)
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Actual rating: 8 stars. Because this is kinda sorta the best instalment in this series so far and stuff.

Okay, people, we need to talk. Why the bloody fish are you still NOT reading this series (view spoiler)? I know this is only the best freaking UF series with a male lead ever (with my boyfriend Daniel Faust, of course), but still. I do not give a flying shrimp if you have too many books t
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Jason
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2014
5 Stars

The Getaway God, book 6 in the Sandman Slim series is still fresh and exciting to me. This series is tailor made for me. It has an amazing, bad ass, natural born killer, that is loyal down to his core for a hero. It has Gods, Demons, Ghosts, Vamps, Zombies, and much more. It is extremely violent, with no holds back, heads a rolling on the floor writing. Kadrey uses clever dialog, sarcastic humor, and relevant references to make things fun and fresh.

In this book we are treated to an ever d
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Kaustubh Dudhane
"Death, like birth, is a secret of nature."
Only with birth you get a blanket and a bottle. You get a blanket with death too, but they call it a shroud and everyone else gets the bottle. How am I supposed to be okay with that?


What an experience it was! By far, it is the best book in the series with Sandman Slim running a close second. The book is a like a galvanizing baithak with a bottle of Aqua Regia and a pack of Maledictions. The one-fifth of the book builds up serenely to the last titill
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Bradley
I think we've settled into a nice, humorous, extremely bloody routine. Not all routines are bad, of course. Some just grab you by the throat, spill all your secrets upon the ground, and then dance in a river of entrails while they laugh about gods, devils, and outsiders.

This happens to be one of those routines.

I do note one little detail, however. Our favorite Nephilim seems to be losing all his most powerful toys. Pretty soon he's going to be one DE-powered freak.

Well, to be fair, it seems like
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Stephanie Medeiros
I received a digital advance copy of this book for personal blogging and review.

Once again I had a nice four hour long chat over drinks with my favorite anti-hero, James Stark. Oh my god, this book! AMAZING. Kadrey does it again (no surprises there) with more exploits of the hero we all love to hate, and hate to love. Stark deals with the less than appreciative Golden Vigil bossing him around about a serial killer investigation, all while facing the looming threat of the Angra Om Ya in the lates
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Matthew
3.5 stars rounded up to 4

I've been a big fan of this series since book one but this definitely fell short for me. Stark spends a lot of his time running from place to place, worrying about the destruction of earth. While that's a huge thing to worry about, I miss the books where Stark was tearing stuff up all of the time. He does get back to his nature around 80% through the book when he brings back some hellhounds to assist him. The rest of the book goes on the be a bit anti-climatic with how e
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Jon
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, legalese: I received this eARC as part of the Harper Voyager Super Reader program in return for an honest review. (i know, it sucks but someone has to do it...) ;)

Spoilers, spoilers, spoilers (and coarse language)....



No, really, if you haven't read the series you should stop now.






Okay, don't say I didn't warn you!





So I'm still mixed about this series. Sandman Slim started off rocking and rolling hardcore. I would tell people that Stark was a no-holds-barred Harry Dresden, while being no
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Jennifer
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
STOP. If you have not read any of the other books why are you reading this review? In all fairness I never offered a review for Sandman Slim, But I did give it 5 stars. I suggest that a person start by looking at the first book in this awesome series. This is book #6. And Yes I own them all. In hardback. I suppose one can loosely compare them to the "Harry Dresden" series. Only in that there is magic, and each book is a stand alone story. Beginning, middle, end. But that is all. I assure you San ...more
Tim Hicks
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, horror
Mixed feelings here.

You have to like, "I don't want wisdom. I want a bazooka" or "we could have been playing badminton with a baked ham for all he cared."

You have to admire the constantly increasing scope of Stark's adventures, and that despite being almost a cartoon character he is still showing a tiny bit of emotional development.

You have to recognize the challenge for Kadrey to bring the series to a major turning point, if not an end. There are a lot of things to wrap up, a lot of charact
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Scott
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Typical Sandman Slim story, but lacking a bit in innovation and with more shallowly drawn characters. Also, the last third of the book, and in particular the final big climax, were lacking in detail and were perfunctory at best, leaving the novel unsatisfying overall.
Alisa
3.5 stars Audio Version

I don't know exactly what it was but this one just didn't hold my attention. Not bad but I didn't enjoy it as much as I usually do. It picked up towards the end and I'm looking forward to the next one.

As usual with this series the narrator was fantastic.
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Craig
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good book. Extremely happy that 98% of the loose ends were finally tied up allowing for a new arc of Jimmy Stark.
Farhad
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A satisfying conclusion and a good wrap up of the cosmic stories of Sandman slim so far.
Karissa
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got an eGalley of this book from Edelweiss for review. I have been a huge fan of all of the Sandman Slim books, although I will say the last couple had slowed down a bit in pace. This book did not disappoint, it picked up pace and resolved a major storyline that had been dragging on for some time.

This book mainly deals with Stark aka Sandman Slim as he works to prevent the Angra Om Ya (the Old Gods) from entering this realm and destroying Earth. In addition to that there is a new serial kille
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Roger
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
James Stark has had it tough. He is thrown into Hell, not as a damned soul, but while he is still alive-some people have enemies. Stark survives and eleven years later he manages to claw his way back from the underworld seeking revenge. And then things start to get interesting. None of the preceding are spoilers this is the set up to the first book in the Sandman Slim series-you could read most of that on the book's back cover. The Getaway God is the sixth novel in the series, and as always thes ...more
Shelley
*Recvd 04/29/2014 via Edelweiss* Expected publication: August 26th 2014 by Harper Voyager
RG
Not rating this. Got 64 pages in and not going to finish it..just wasnt doing anything. Stark was really getting on my nerves.
Brainycat
Brainycat's 5 "B"s:
blood: 5
boobs: 1
bombs: 5
bondage: 0
blasphemy: 5
Bechdel Test: FAIL
Deggan's Rule: FAIL
Gay Bechdel Test: FAIL

Please note: I don't review to provide synopses, I review to share a purely visceral reaction to books and perhaps answer some of the questions I ask when I'm contemplating investing time and money into a book.


I'm going to share an uncomfortable truth with you here. This is not the best book in the series, and in fact it's not even a very good final episode. One of the
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Rhonda
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have loved the Sandman Slim series from the first. Outrageously violent and enormously clever and thoughtful in mythology and world-building -- a rare combination. This most recent entry feels like the end of an era for the series, and while Stark has undergone transformation before (for instance, he served in place of Lucifer), he's left in the employ of private detective and has been stripped of his most extreme power - the ability to Shadow-walk. Increasingly, as the story has gone on over ...more
AH
Initial Thoughts Fans of James Stark will love this latest installment of the Sandman Slim series. It's raining in LA and the population is leaving the city in droves. All that's left are the Lurkers, the Golden Vigil, and a demented serial killer. This was an amazing romp through a water-logged LA and its parallel world "Downtown." Full of sarcastic wit and attitude, this book rocks!

Christal and I review this book on Badass Book Reviews. Check it out!

Thank you to Edelweiss and Harper Voyager f
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Kevin
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say, I love me some Sandman Slim. These stories flow like a shot of Aqua Regia on a humid summer night in hell.
Soo
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, reviewed
Mini-Review:

I'm a total fan of Sandman Slim. However the last few books felt like filler books with very little plot progression or changes in Stark. Sure there were loads of cool things revealed about some of the characters, world and new elements but the overall input did not do a ton to make the main plot move. The first half of this book made me feel disgruntled because I thought Stark had come to terms with certain things in his life and here he goes into the same junk again.

One step forwar
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FTLOReading
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Title: The Getaway God
Author: Richard Kadrey
Series: Sandman Slim Book 6
Pages: 386
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Rating Out Of 5 Stars: 5

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“To the dead. Let’s think of them always, but not join them too soon"

Goodreads/General Synopsis:

In this installment of the Sandman Slim Series Stark aka Sandman Slim finally faces off against the fearsome Angra Om Ya. But their imminent invasion is only one of Stark's problems ri
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Rage
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
(maybe more like 3.5 stars)

there's a lot going on in this book, a lot of little subplots and characters coming and going, but most of what we get as the reader is Stark's thoughts about this and that, his little witticisms and cynical musings. some of the characters are starting to feel a bit tired, doing nothing more than showing up in the same places they always are with nothing new going on. I think the end of this book is meant to shake some of that up a bit, stripping Stark of some of his a
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Paul Preston
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this one. Lots of carnage but in fun new ways. I was afraid that the series was going to get stale by now and it is quite the opposite. With the way The Getaway God ended, I am very eager to start Killing Pretty
Will R
Oct 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The end of another 3 book arc. There's been some great progression with Stark in these last three books, and the prose has picked up and become more readable as well—it may help that the locales are a little bit more down to earth. ...more
Kenneth Geary
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
solid story, if somewhat rushed feeling
Alan
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Angelenos and Hellions, if that's not redundant
Recommended to Alan by: Previous visits to Downtown and its environs
This is the sixth novel in Richard Kadrey's rapidly-growing Sandman Slim series—and as long as he wants to keep cranking out books like The Getaway God, man, I'm down with that. You'll want to read the earlier ones before diving into this installment, though, if you haven't already. A lot went on in those first five books, and although Kadrey does salt a few reminders into the text here and there, he doesn't waste a lot of time recapitulating ancient history.

He does get off a few good quotes, th
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VampireNovelFan
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I'll share one of my favorites:
"I throw back the cup of tea. It tastes like hot swamp water filtered through a baboon's ass."

This was my first time reading a Sandman Slim novel as well as anything by Richard Kadrey despite hearing this series and his name pop up from time to time. Yeah, I'm starting a little late in the game, but I'll take what I can get! Color me impressed! I really enjoyed this world and characters. Kadrey has quite the i
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Gordon Sleigh
This series is getting too big for its britches, though I'm still enjoying reading them. Like so many long running series with no end in sight the stakes keep getting bigger and the stories further away from what made them great in the first place. While the first couple of SS books focused on Stark and his relationship with himself after what was done with him we've now got a story with multiple hells, multiple heavens, multiple forces from essentially multi-dimensional space, and multi-layered ...more
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