Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey is a fast-moving, attitude-filled roller-coaster! There are no chapters just some breaks here and there keeping you propelled forward. The character James Stark is a hitman come back from Hell. Doing magic ended him up there but not the way some of you might think. His buddies swapped him for power. One in particular is trying to rule the world. James escapes from hell when he finds out his girl is murdered. Out for vengeance he finds there is more to the story. An anti-hero, he’s out for himself and his own it’s just that good deeds seem to keep getting in his way.
I give this book a 9 out of 10 rating. I did not want to put it down. There being little to no breaks helped with that but the narrative was fun and amusing so I didn’t notice for a long time. The only thing that felt awkward was when the name “Sandman Slim” was introduced. I understood why the author waited to introduce the nickname. A nickname is always better introduced when it’s shown earned by actions and attitude. Especially when it was given and spread by demons. A nickname that strikes fear into the heartless pit of demons would be cliche if it was thrown around carelessly. I also didn’t know how to feel about Stark’s non-chalant “vampires are real, too” comment to the reader. I loved the book so much at that point, I was afraid vampires (being a very popular subject to write about) would ruin the kick-ass story. I like vampires, it just…eh…their everywhere and sparkly? I hope that Kadrey holds off on vampires for a while– like as a last resort. The next installment is called “Kill the Dead” so we’ll just have to see.
Also I recommend his site: www.richardkadrey.com He has tons of content. Short stories, bio, and photography (much for adults only).