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Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey
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Mar 19, 2012

really liked it
Read in June, 2012

This was way fun. Hard-boiled urban supernatural noir with razor-keen prose and some surprisingly deft turns of phrase. I enjoy how Kadrey writes with plenty of humor, but also keeps the overall tone very dark and introspective. Stark is always just a breath away from total despair, and that's how I like my supernatural fiction. I don't like "comedic" fiction. But having said that, Stark is really funny, and I would totally wanna hang out with him. This first book of the "Sandman Slim" series reminded me of some of the best episodes of "Supernatural." After all, the book does begin with Stark escaping from Hell. Then he's on the run from demons, and eventually angels, too. There are some nifty surprises and betrayals and new types of unnatural beings along the way. And of course a dire threat to all humanity. Recommended if you like Jim Butcher's "Dresden Files," and Mike Carey's "Felix Castor" books. (I'm a Felix Castor fan, myself.)

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