October 17, 2013 Leave a comment
James Stark, better known as Sandman Slim, is no longer Satan and ruling hell. He’s given up the title and retired to LA. But, in the process he’s lost a very powerful weapon. The Qomrama Om Ya belongs to the banished older gods, you know, the ones that God, in his singular form, stole the universe from. They want the weapon, and the universe, back. Stark needs to find it before them. And if you think God might help him think again. The old dude’s had a bit of a breakdown, fracturing into multiple copies each a bit more batty than the last.. All Stark has to do is visit the old burned out mall in Santa Monica, fight his way in, talk to a really old dead guy and then fight his way out. All in a day’s work for Stark and those who hang around him.
This is the fifth book in this series; the Sandman Slim series, and it’s as good as the previous ones which is to say it’s great. Sandman Slim is an irreverent son of a bitch with plenty of attitude and the know how to back it up. He’s got a conscience and plenty of interesting friends. He’s almost always working his way out of trouble, sometimes because of his own actions, and he goes through more clothes than you would ever imagine.
This is one of those series where, when a new book arrives, I put aside whatever I am reading at the moment to dive in. Kadrey writes this stuff well. And, unlike a lot of other series, the supporting characters give as good as they get. This is fun stuff. This is read from first page to last page in one sitting. This is must have kind of material. I can not recommend it highly enough. It’s fun, it’s quirky, and it’s philosophical (in an off hand kind of way). If I have one complaint it’s that the time between books is too long.
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- ALOHA FROM HELL By Richard Kadrey – Reviewed (stanleyriiks.wordpress.com)
- Sandman Slim, Richard Kadrey (2009) (teepee12.com)
- Richard Kadrey on Sandman Slim’s Return in “Kill City Blues” (kindlepost.com)