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Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey

Sandman Slim (edition 2010)

by Richard Kadrey

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Title:Sandman Slim
Authors:Richard Kadrey
Info:Harper Voyager (2010), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Tags:santathing 2012, read 2013

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Sandman Slim: A Novel by Richard Kadrey

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I listened to the audiobook at work and it surely did make the day pass easily. This was just fun.

I hope Kadrey does it again. ( )
  Kitty.Cunningham | Jul 19, 2017 |
A fun read. Gritty urban fantasy with anti hero Sandman Slim. Like reading a grindhouse movie. Many fun B grade cliches. highly recommended. ( )
  Berardo.Ioannoni | Jun 23, 2017 |
A fun read. Gritty urban fantasy with anti hero Sandman Slim. Like reading a grindhouse movie. Many fun B grade cliches. highly recommended. ( )
  Berardo.Ioannoni | Jun 23, 2017 |
Stark was sent to Hell by a fellow magician who didn’t like him. In Hell, he became a demon general’s pet human and assassin, and it enabled him to crawl up to Earth seeking revenge. And that’s just the first few pages—heavy on the hard-boiled LA vibe, plus angels and demons and some other things that were created when God screwed up. Enjoyably over the top. ( )
  rivkat | Jan 11, 2017 |
I am totally in love with Sandman Slim (although sometimes I just want to pinch his oversized head right off). This tale of a man trapped in Hell for eleven years who makes his escape to get revenge on the guys who killed his girlfriend grabs you by the throat and never lets go. Funny, profane, sardonic, and altogether awesome. ( )
  Mrs_McGreevy | Nov 17, 2016 |
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It's the kind of book where suffering and slim hopes are the reality for almost all the characters, and where goals are not achieved without the kind of sacrifice and revelation that change people's lives forever. And by the standards of that kind of book, Sandman Slim is very, very good indeed.
added by lampbane | editSF Site, Greg L. Johnson (Oct 15, 2009)
This is a tightly plotted revenge story that grabbed me by the throat and didn't let go.
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Just judge of vengeance, grant the gift of forgiveness, before the day of reckoning. - Dies Irae, Requiem Mass
The dumber people think you are, the more surprised they're going to be when you kill them. - William Clayton
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I wake up in a pile of smoldering garbage and leaves in the Old Hollywood Forever cemetery behind the Paramount Studio lot on Melrose, though these last details don't come to me until later.
Nothing nice happens to murdered women, except that maybe someone cares about how they got that way.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Metatron's Cube. One of the holiest of holy glyphs. The soul of the angel Metatron, the voice of God. Good for keeping away imps, flesh-eating zombies, and ants at a picnic. It slices. It dices. It has a thousand and one uses. A thousand and two if you draw it on a brick and throw it through the windshield of your ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend's car.
While it's giving me a migraine right now, I think the fact that I'm not an expert on corpse disposal says a lot of good things about me and my life choices.
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When he was 19, James Stark was considered to be one of the greatest natural magicians, a reputation that got him demon-snatched and sent downtown - to Hell - where he survived as a gladiator, a sideshow freak entertaining Satan's fallen angels.

That was 11 years ago. Now, the hitman who goes only by Stark has escaped and is back in L.A. Armed with a fortune-telling coin, a black bone knife, and an infernal key, Stark is determined to destroy the magic circle - led by the conniving and powerful Mason Faim - that stole his life.

Though nearly everything has changed, one constant remains: his friend Vidocq, a 200-year-old Frenchman who has been keeping vigil for the young magician's return. But when Stark's first stop saddles him with an abusive talking head that belongs to the first of the circle, a sleazy video store owner named Kasabian, Stark discovers that the road to absolution and revenge is much longer than he counted on, and both Heaven and Hell have their own ideas for his future.

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Stark ends up in hell. 
Girlfriend dead, breaks out, revenge. 
Heaven and Hell, Scared.

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Working as a sideshow gladiator in Hell after being snatched by demons at the age of nineteen, James Stark escapes and returns to Los Angeles, where he plots to destroy the magic circle that stole his life.

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