Sandman Slim is back in Los Angeles and kicking more supernatural ass in this inventive, high-octane page-turner—the next to last volume in the popular and acclaimed fantasy adventure series from New York Times bestselling author Richard Kadrey.
As the battle between warring angels continues, James Stark is focused on seemingly simpler matters now that he’s resurfaced o...more
Shocking as fish, isn't it? Don't let it worry you too much, though. Jimmy's still as much of a homicidal maniac as he ever was, so things are not as bad as they seem. Hahahaha, just kidding. Of course they are. I mean, this is Sandman Slim, after all😬.
➽ Full review to come and stuff.
· Book 1: Sandman Slim ★★★★★
· Book 2: Kill the Dead ★★★★★
· Book 3: Aloha from Hell ★★★★
· Book 3.5: Devil in the Dollhouse ★★★★★
· Book 4: De ...more
Maybe it's me and I have forgotten the structure of the earliest Sandman Slim novels. Or maybe its the fact that Sandman Slim might have outstayed his welcome. Or that there is yet another setup for a universe-shattering calamity.
It just feels like the charm is no longer there. Sandman Slim and his coterie of friends seem like paper-thin characters, the plot seems insipid and the resolution boring.
-0.5 stars for Stark on anti-anxiety/PTSD drugs
-0.5 stars for the absurd Zero Lodge that Stark just rolls with.
-0.5 stars for coincidences (e.g. Allegra asks to go the zoo where there just so happens to be a Zero Lodge outing at that exact same moment).
-0.5 stars for the frustrating, irritatingly stupid Janet character. Kadrey is great at writ ...more
- 4.5 Stars for Narration by MacLeod Andrews - I think this is my fav one by him for Sandman Slim.
- 4 Stars for Plot
Classic Sandman. Though, I wasn't ready for how upset he was in the story. I should have been because of the last book, but I wasn't.
- I can see this book becoming a 5 Star on a re-read. It's full of sharp edges, crazy people, couple of great events for the overall plot arc, warm fuzzies of friendship and Stark's very odd idea of relationship. He needs to work on ...more
Even if I don't like it as much as previous books in the series.
The plot follows the tried and true pattern for Sandman Slim... people don't survive long. But I like the shift in the story: Slim becomes more and more human, leaving the stress and pacing of previous books to become a person I can imagine existing. From PTSD to respecting office politics, I really like how this book shifts the story.
But... Janet. Why? I understand why he n ...more
I mean, this isn't even a good sandwich. A good meatball sub should be hard to hold"
Bought that masterpiece yesterday for $29 at B&N three days before it's official release, read half of it yesterday night. Very slow beginning, not very well connected to previous part, the same characters Candy, Alesse, Janet, Allegra ... all women characters ... lol A ...more
All of Stark's Sub Rosa and mundane friends are back, with the addition of Janet, a gender-fluid donut shop worker whose life Stark had saved during the invasion of the High Plains Drifters. Between Janet and his old girlfriend Candy, ...more
Starks PTSD problems also are very clumsily worked into this book.
Don't get me freaking started on Janet, the entitled, whiny brat. Th ...more
Stark seems to be gaining a conscience. I liked him better as a complete hard-ass (with an emphasis on the word ASS), but I guess he's evolving...and the story amused me. So 4 it is!
I did not expect a Sandman Slim novel to make me cry. And yet, it did.
All of that aside, it's a Sandman Slim book... What's not to like? A tad predictable at this point, but no more so than other series. Overall, I like the direction it is heading.
Stark is quite an unconventional character. Being half-angel is only the start of it. He spent years in Hell, battling demons in gladiator pits. He's also a movie junkie, owning his own ...more
Ballistic Kiss starts out slow, and Kadrey keeps ratcheting up the stakes and the tension until all hell breaks loose (which, in this series, tends to be taken literally).
One thing that is clear from the beginning: the events of the previous years have not been kind to Stark's mental state. He is maladjusted, disassociated, and having a hard time coping. Toss some hellbeasts or insane angels, and St ...more
So, if you're a fan of the Sandman Slim series, then you're going to be very satisfied with this book. If you're unfamiliar with this series, I would highly recommend starting at the beginning and ma ...more