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The Kill Society (Sandman Slim #9)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  1,968 Ratings  ·  187 Reviews
Sandman Slim returns in this stunning, high-octane ninth thriller in the series, filled with the intense, kick-ass action and inventive fantasy that are the hallmarks of New York Times bestselling author Richard Kadrey.

Sandman Slim has been to Heaven and Hell and many places in between, but now he finds himself in an unknown land: the far, far edge of the Tenebrae, the des
ebook, 368 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by Harper Voyager
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Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Over the last 3 weeks or so, I've listened to all 9 of the SandMan Slim Audiobooks (and the single novella that fits between books 3 and 4.)

I really don't know what I could say about these books that would be a stronger recommendation than that.

I think I'll talk more about the books later, but I might do it on my blog instead of here. I never know the best way is to discuss a whole series on Goodreads...

But yeah. If you're looking for some good, pulpy, action filled urban fantasy with non-standa
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Actual rating: 8 stars.

Yeah yeah yeah, I know you’re sick and tired of reading my crappy fascinating non-thingies reviews for this series, and that you’ve just about had it with my teenager on speed-like hysterical fangirling subdued enthusiasm for all lickable things Jimmy Stark. But that’s only because you’re jealous, because Jimmy is MY boyfriend and not yours. In my defense: 1/It’s not my fault if Richard Kadrey is moderately talented and never fails to awaken the groupie in me, 2/Maybe if m
Montzalee Wittmann
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Kill Society (Sandman Slim #9) by Richard Kadrey is a book I won with the Goodreads Giveaway, hippie!!! I have been reading Sandman Slim novels since they came out. This is before I started reviewing, sorry. I have been too broke to buy #8 and this one. Now I just need to see if I can get #8. These books need to be read in order.
This time, Sandman is in Hell, really dead this time. He has been there so many times but for a variety of reasons. Yep, he is that kinda guy! Fighting in the arenas
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Urban Fantasy is a favorite genre of mine and the Sandman Slim series felt like just the series for me. Now, this is book nine and perhaps it's not wise to start a series with a book so far along, but I have never been wise when it comes to books and I often read books out of order. And, for the most part, does it work. THE KILL SOCIETY is one of those series that did work. However, I will admit that it perhaps would have been easier to understand what was going on and especially know who is who ...more
Amy Braun
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I read the first line of this book, I remembered why I love this series so much. The dialogue is whip sharp, darkly funny, and impossibly clever. I loved it, and missed the grittiness of this urban fantasy story. There were some welcome similarities to MAD MAX, but the rest of the story was all SANDMAN SLIM awesomeness. Stark was back in all his snarky, back-talking glory, new and old characters returning for a fantastic story with lots of action and mystery. The ending was great and opened ...more
Jonathan Wilson
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars

Read it straight through.
I received this from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

I've really enjoyed this series, but I think this one has been the best by far. In this volume, Stark is outside of his "comfort zone", stuck in the Tenebrae, a sort of purgatory with all sorts of interesting, and dangerous, lost souls. He has no one to rely here, his friends all think he's dead, and he's forced to rely on his wits to get him through this trial.

Lots of surprises and twists that impact on the on-going plot lines tha
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it
OK, I was a little disappointed with this one. Sandman Slim/James Stark took some licks from the Wormwood folks, and finds himself adrift in Tenebrae again when he crosses path with a Messiah, and his goons. Happily, he is reunited with a few long lost friends, but the whole book has a kind of Mad Max feel to it. He falls in with the Messiah and his rabble on their quest for a magic sword that will power their weapon, and help bring down Heaven. Of course, more than one group of angels show up, ...more
Joe Jones
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe we are already up to book 9 in this series! We pick up immediately after that surprise ending in The Perdition Score. We all do know how that ended right? Stark has a whole new set of challenges now, but he also gets some help from old friends. Add in the usual amounts of sarcastic humor and random acts of violence gives us one wild ride to another twist at the end I didn't see coming. This is a series that never fails to deliver for me. Now I just have to try and be patient as I ...more
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I make no bones about being an unabashed fan of this series, it in my opinion is urban fantasy done as it should be, in its best possible form.

The Kill Society starts in a bit of jam after the WTF ending of the last book. But Stark as usual meets all problems as he usually does, with a smart remark and a knife or two to the neck. The action does not fail to impress as usual and it seems that the action pieces in the stories are getting bigger and bigger, maybe to go all out in the next installm
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

5 Stars

The Kill Society by Richard Kadrey is yet another annual guilty pleasure of mine. It is as always a really great summer read. 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 now the 9th book of the series and even being dead and downtown we are not done with the adventures of Sandman Slim. I really could read 88 more stories about James Starks and his Scooby gang.go

The Kill Society is a smaller
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Sandman Slim books are arguably some of the most entertaining books I read, which is a real paradox considering the premise: James Stark is condemned to Hell while still alive. He survives and eventually claws his way back to the mortal world for revenge. Holy crap. And that is just the first book in the series. After the...dilemma Stark found himself in at the end of The Perdition Score I was not sure how the series could continue but author Richard Kadrey has great fun pulling it off. You ...more
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I always love the snarky dialogue in these books, and the devil-may-care attitude about good old fashioned ass-whuppings. However, this book was not set in L.A. like most of the others in this series. That odd road trip through the desolate dessert of limbo wasn't quite as fun to read about, but of course the book ends on quite a cliff hanger and I can't wait to read the next in the series. Call me a Sandman Slim Fool!
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sandman slim is the best urban fantasy series out there, and I'll fight anyone who disagrees in the arena! This is another excellent installment.
Bring on book 10and soon!
The audio book is superbly narrated by MacLeod Andrews as always.
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Kill Society by author Richard Kadrey is the ninth in the Sandman Slim series and takes up where the last book, The Perdition Score, left off. James Stark aka Sandman Slim is now dead and in Hell but Hell just ain’t what it used to be. He has not only landed in the Tenebrae, a part of Hell he remembers not so fondly from when he was Lucifer for a while, he finds himself confronted by a caravan of the dead with a charismatic leader called the Magistrate on a mission to get a mysterious object ...more
Sonia Almeida Dias
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
So, if you came all the way to this book, you must know how the previous one ended, right? If you don't, turn around and go read it first. Start with whichever book you left of, as this series really benefits from being read in sequence.

So, disclaimer made, I was glad this book picked up where the previous one left us, as it was one hell of a cliffhanger. Better still, the story does a complete 180 and follows a different path, taking us through Tenebrae with the Havoc and their leader, the Magi
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the 9th book in the Sandman Slim series and was a well done continuation of this series. I enjoyed this book, as with all the Sandman Slim books, it has a unique voice, gritty tone, and wry wit.

Sandman Slim is finally dead...and for real this time. He finds himself in the far reaches of Tenebrae, uncertain of which of his nephilim abilities he retains. While he’s trying to come to terms with this he finds himself set upon by a caravan of other residents of Tenebrae led by a creepy dude
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sandman Slim has some great adventures in hell with some interesting characters. Fantastic as usual. Looks like some of his old enemies are offering him a deal to get out of Hell, but it might also keep him there forever.
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm convinced that all of the people that gave this 5 stars and gush about how good it was, how there was so much action and how it's the best in the series, read a different book than I did.

Let me sum up the book: 30% traveling through a barren wasteland, 65% talking, 4% action/fighting. What about the last 1%? I dunno, I must have dozed off plodding through this.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Another serving of brain candy! Snappy dialogue & action galore for Slim. Kadrey writes as if his hair is on fire spouting forth non - stop visions of brilliance .... ( I received this through a goodreads giveaway.)
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank you, sir! May I have another?

Seriously, I need Sandman Slim #10. Now.

Further thoughts:

Max Max meets Jim Jones meets Alice in Wonderland meets Fight Club meets Beneath the Planet of the Apes. Yeah, I'm goin' with that.
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, fantasy
Sandman Slim is back, and this time he's apparently participating in some sort of Mad Max re-enactment. In Hell.

It's exactly as awesome as it sounds.
Julie S
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hard to believe that this is book 9 in this series, and Kadrey is still going places and making the story of Sandman Slim exciting! I did this on audiobook and really enjoyed it!
Stig Edvartsen
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, male-author

Sandman Slim is comfort food.

Violent and fairly sweary comfort food. Served on a bed of Paradise Lost that's less about rhyming and more about grit, gore and the occasional nerdy reference.

Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another epic story in the Sandman Slim series. I'm also excited to hear that there is a movie in the works.

Mr. Kadrey, keep the stories coming please!
Another fun, quick read. Thoroughly enjoy this series and looking forward to the next book.
Beau North
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The biggest departure for the series thus far, but probably the most FUN to date. I love seeing Stark at his wiliest and sneakiest. The big Angelic reveal halfway through was a surprise but far from unwelcome, and Stark's private "prayer" to Candy brought a tear to my eye. I can't wait for book 10 to see what ever happened with Samael, Travern, and the rest of the gang, but mostly I really just want to see Candy kick Starks ass good and proper once more.
Cathy Ryan
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I never get tired of this series or MacLeod Andrews’ brilliant narration. After the surprise ending of the last book, Stark finds himself in the desolation of the Tenebrae, not sure whether he still has any of his abilities. It’s not long before trouble finds him in the shape of The Magistrate and his band of dangerous misfits, on a secret mission. Stark is surprised to find Father Traven, the sin eating priest, is part of the group along with another, less welcome blast from his past. All Stark ...more
Sandman Slim is a goner. Seriously, for-real-this-time, no take-backsies dead. Sure, he's been dead before, but mostly on purpose, and this time feels different. For one thing, instead of heading right to Hell (oh, come on, like he'd go to Heaven) he ends up on the far edge of the Tenebrae, the grim, bleak land of the lost dead. Within about 3 pages, he ends up in conflict with – and then, in true James Stark style, being recruited by – the Havoc, a tribe of crusaders traveling the desert lands, ...more
Grant Howard
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
An improvement on some of the recent Sandman Slim novels that got perhaps a little unwieldy with characters.
Picking up exactly where the last book left off. Kadrey here uses a Fleming-esque narritive wherin Stark immediately sfinds himself in a situation and has to play it out undercover, not showing his actual hand until the end.
You could read this book without it, but reading the "Devil in The Dollhouse" short story (set during Stark's time as Lucifer) before this one will enrich it a little.
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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.
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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)
  • Devil Said Bang (Sandman Slim, #4)
  • Kill City Blues (Sandman Slim, #5)
  • The Getaway God (Sandman Slim, #6)
  • Killing Pretty (Sandman Slim, #7)
  • The Perdition Score (Sandman Slim, #8)
  • Hollywood Dead (Sandman Slim #10)

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