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The Perdition Score

(Sandman Slim #8)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  4,087 ratings  ·  245 reviews
The request from Thomas Abbot, the Augur of the Sub Rosa council, couldn’t come at a better time for James Stark, aka Sandman Slim. For a man who’s most recently met Death — and death’s killer — a few months of normal life is more than he can handle. He needs a little action, and now Abbott wants Stark and Candy to investigate the disappearance of a young boy — and help un ...more
Kindle Edition, 389 pages
Published June 28th 2016 by Harper Voyager
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
The more totally fucked you are, the funnier everything gets. Right now the world is hilarious.

Right now only? Please give yourself some credit, My Yummy One (MYO™), your world is all hilarity, merriment and gleeful chuckles ALL the time. I mean, you were pretty much born totally fucked fished, which kinda sorta implies your life is just one long succession of most amusing moments. Like inventing immortal bacon and “disposing of zombie thrash pork” for example. Or melting away like the Wicked
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016, e-books
5 Stars

The Perdition Score is a good summer read. Sure it is lesser Sandman Slim but I still love James and enjoy every moment spent with him. The Getaway God could have concluded the series but thankfully for us Richard Kadrey is not finished with James and neither are we. This is the 8th book of the series and I could easily read 88 more.

"Life is a bucket of shit with a barbed-wire handle."

All of my favorite characters are back again; James Stark, Candy(Chihiro), Kasabian, Vidocq, Mustang Sal
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Stark is having a bad time. He's abusing himself because he can't kill things, demons, angels, or ANYONE.

You know how it is. PTSD takes so many different forms. Some ppl withdraw, and others attack. He's one of the latter. He's going nuts without it. Of course, what is he supposed to expect after having helped Death kill a new Death, instigate a war in heaven, open up the gates of hell, and getting fired from every paid gig he's ever had because he's just *a tad* too violent?

Ah, well, OTT proble
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, horror
Upfront admission: I'm a Sandman Slim fan. Did not really care for Stark's whining, but his position on the Sub Rosa council, and the special role given him by Augur Abbot to see what the Wormwood sect is doing sets the stage for this 8th book in the series. A dying angel shows up to give Stark a mysterious black liquid, and he immediately contacts Vidocq to help analyze it. We are treated to some backstory on his centuries-old friend Vidocq, as well as further developments in several love lives ...more
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh Man back to hell already ... good i was starting to freak out : stark's good boy act was buming me out.... ...more
Sonia Almeida Dias
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am a Sandman Slim fan all along, and was happy to discover I had not one but two more books to dive into, after thinking the series was done with Killing Pretty.
I obviously really liked this come back, the dialogues, the sarcastic and violent take on life and everything around it that James Stark has but his existential angst was a bit too much for me.

Also, I really, really missed the Room of 13 Doors. I mean, it is bad enough that I have to go around a big (although not as big as LA) city e
Joe Jones
This is book 8 in the Sandman Slim series. If you have got this far you know what to expect. The author does throw in enough background that catches you up on what you might have forgotten or for new people you could jump in here, but I would strongly recommend starting at the beginning of the series.

James is one of those great flawed characters that is trying his best to do the right thing and get a somewhat normal life. The problem is nothing is normal where he is concerned. As usual he just
Kaustubh Dudhane
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
What can I say? I feel that James and I are on friendly terms. I accept him for the monster that he is. This one had a little less of Sandman Slim and a little more of James Stark. It was an enjoyable, fast paced, journey from LA to Hell and back. But then, James is always going to Hell. Not for the reasons one would think either. This is book 8 folks. Read Sandman Slim, you have to start from the beginning. If you have read this far, well you are just as sucked in as me. See you on the other si ...more
Aug 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The lachrymose-intolerant
Recommended to Alan by: Previous work
And the Devil makes eight. Eight novels, that is, in Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim series. I've gotten to the point where I pick these up on sight (and kudos to HarperCollins for making that easy by giving these books a consistent and eye-catching design, credited in this volume to one Paula Russell Szafranski—they're a little shorter and wider than most books, with vivid colors and bold lettering on their spines to make them stand out).

The Perdition Score shows us James Stark enmired in what ma
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
More kick-ass fight scenes that have kept me coming back to this series again and again. A fun, summer-time, kill-em-all-and-let-God-sort-em-out kind of read. Good times! Love the great imagery and catchy quotes from Richard Kadrey, always makes me wish I was listening with a pencil and paper handy. Then it would be super-easy to decide on the name of my next blog, or what to name my kiss-ass ukulele.
John Mclain
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to a Goodreads Giveaway I had an opportunity to read this book before it was released.

My guess is if you're reading The Perdition Score you're already well-acquainted with Jim Stark (AKA Sandman Slim) and his world. If not, set Perdition Score aside and begin this wonderful, unique series with Kadrey's 2009 Sandman Slim. At this point in the series there's a lot of back story, and you'll be lost without all of that under your belt.

But if you are familiar, then you know what to expect, mo
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

This was an excellent continuation of the Sandman Slim series. I felt like this book was more in keeping with earlier books in the series. It does start a bit slow, but once it finds its stride the book was very hard to put down.

This book did a great job of starting a newish storyline for Stark. I feel like the last few books have kind of been a bit wandering and transitional. Stark does spend some time whining and bitching in the beginning of this book, but he does hit his stride again as the
Oct 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
hmmmmmmmm pretty much all of the other reviews are super positive. (is that because the people who are reading #8 are the hardcore fans?) the more the story is about Stark's domestic life, his relationship with Candy (one of those manic pixie types who continues to just bug me), him dealing with his problems... the story just keeps slowing down. there's less quippy banter, less action. a lot of things happen Just Because. I feel like the world and the characters have already been established eno ...more
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love this series, I ainttttttttt going to lie, I put things down to read a new Sandman Slim book. It's like old school noir books crossed with Dresden files tossed into a bag with Iron Maiden albums and old Thrasher magazines and shook up till everybody smells like old beer, apple fritters and sweat.

That glowing review aside, this isn't my favorite of the series...even not being the fav still beats the brakes off most urban fantasy out today. It's fun from front to back and I want po
Feb 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Sandman Slim doing what he does best. Nice addition to the series, just not enough. It seemed like the ending was somewhat abrupt.
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
The Sandman Slim series are an urban fantasy series that I continue to follow. Kadrey continues to amuse me with his mashup of: hipsterism, hardboiled, noir narrative and fantasy. I picked this up shortly after finishing Killing Pretty (Sandman Slim, #7) (my review). This story is the second (middle) book of the third Slim Trilogy, which is: Sandman Slim vs. the Wormwood organization while the War-in-Heaven Wages. Middle books are hard. (All the action is in the first and third books.) This one ...more
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started this series in middle school, left it for a while, and recently came back to it. It is still so good, I loved this one. It's still full of humor, action, and surprisingly this overall theme of friendship. Sandman Slim goes through some major changes as he tries to figure out the type of person he should be. Then, Richard Kadrey hits you with a big does of heartbreak with the ending. Don't want to spoil it, but it comes out of nowhere and makes you want to know what is going to happen n ...more
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love Kadrey's books and I love this series. I've listened to most of this series (narrated by the awesome Mcloud Andrews). Sandman Slim kicks so much ass. Sure, I can't listen to it when the kid is in the car but that just makes it better.
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was a little slow but the story kept me hooked and the ending was crazy good.
Shawnie Nicole
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stark can’t ever catch a break... Sheesh.
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
"I walk down the mountain, straight into the storm." ...more
Shawn MacDonald
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Sandman Slim books never disappoint.
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
One of the best and most mature (both in themes and storytelling) books in the series.
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best one yet

Action packed, great story line and interesting characters. I was absorbed throughout. You should read it. Can't wait for the next book.
Sarah Jean
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not quite the thrill ride as the previous book in the series but still a good read.
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this before a few of the others in the series, but that was OK. Sandman and girlfriend Candy try to find out what "black milk" is all about and why some seems to be messing with Sandman. A fun, action filled adventure. ...more
Beau North
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A real testament to Kadrey's talent, The Perdition Score has more moving parts than The Big Sleep, yet they all tie together beautifully in the last 10 or so pages. I've loved seeing Stark grow and change since his eventful return to the LA, never moreso than in this book. In fact, everyone (perhaps with the exception of Vidocq) has done some growing up. From Carlos' unwillingness to cover for Stark, to Candy's honesty about what she wants, everyone has to deal with their truths, no matter how d ...more
Lucas Ellison
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I keep thinking that I am gonna get tired of sandman slim stories. I keep thinking that at this point with all of creation thoroughly broken that to go any further with his story can only be totally jumping the shark.

I just can't believe that each time I still love every bit of each story and when it ends I find myself wanting to hear more. I think that The Perdition Score is the weakest sandman novels yet but I still loved it. I will just have to look forward to the next book in the series if
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Publisher is still putting on book cover shoots, like: action packed, explosive, strong language, etc. It is kinda a not a trueth. Starting with 5th, series slowly degrading to mild soap opera action with some protruding language. At that 'last' in series, Sandman's role went down to observing: no magic, no action, no good and strong enemy, a lot of blah about saving the world one more time. Sandman is still opening cars with black knife, which he gave up to grey people three books ago.

Boring .
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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. ...more

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