I am a big fan of the Sandman Slim series, especially the narration by MacLeod Andrews who just NAILS the character. Thus, I tried some of the author’s other books, The Grand Dark and Dead Set. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect and yet I feel that my expectations were met. Both books deal with grim worlds and the occult. I think I could identify them as Kadrey books even without knowing, but that might be some really strong hindsight bias. I read The Grand Dark first. It is a stand alone novel about a messenger/delivery man in a […]
Bingo 15 (Far and Away) What makes The Grand Dark so interesting is that there’s a lot of recognizable elements to it, but at the same time it’s so very much not reality. Overall, this is a creepy but intriguing world because bits are familiar, but then the rest is either too vague or too unnatural. That’s what makes the whole thing, the setting and the story, something you recognize and at the same time really different- the unfamiliar familiar. It’s also a world apart from Kadrey’s other stuff, namely the Sandman Slim and Another Coop Heist series, both of […]
I continue with my end of year promise to finish several started but unfinished books before beginning anything new. Next up: Devil Said Bang, Sandman Slim #4. Maybe it was the month or few between starting and picking it back up, but this one seemed to have a lot less action, and a lot more of Stark inside his own head or contemplating his situation or himself. I’m not complaining about this, it just seems a little different from the previous novels in the series. I had about two-thirds of the novel left, and I finished it in an evening. […]
Episode 1-33: We’re Here, We’re Queer, Get Used to It Wherein I review: 128. Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire 129. Crooked by Austin Grossman 130. The Steel Remains (A Land Fit For Heroes #1) by Richard K. Morgan 131. Hollywood Dead (Sandman Slim #10) by Richard Kadrey 132. Bloody Rose (The Band #2) by Nicholas Eames 133. The Invisible Library (Invisible Library #1) by Genevieve Cogman I wax ecstatic over the recent trend of inclusion of homosexuality in fantasy and fiction and how it makes all the neckbeards cry into their fedoras. Gregory Maguire brings his special breed of disappointing fairy tale […]
It’s so hard to talk about the 10th book in a series without getting into spoilers. The Sandman Slim series is my very very favorite book series. Of all time. It is currently unfolding, but I truly do love it more than any series I have ever read or am currently reading. It’s difficult for me to talk about because I want everybody to read it, so I go into too much detail and then start reading whole chapters out loud. But I want you to have to experience I’ve had of not knowing what’s going to happen next.
Given the intricacy and violence of the other two books in the series I’ve read, I was a little surprised at how tame Lucifer actually was in Kill the Dead. I was all ready for some kind of intricate, elaborate super-scheme when the devil hires Stark at the end of Sandman Slim for bodyguard duty. The only thing for most of the novel that Lucifer seemed to be up to was actually supervising his biopic and using that as an excuse to stay away from the potential political trouble in Hell. In terms of story, really all he seemed to […]
I annoyed myself when I realized that I’d skipped a novel. This is in fact the third, not the second. In itself, this isn’t a bad thing, except I now know major spoilers from that installment. Then I realized, that had I read some of those spoilers in their story, I might have had to quit the series since a character apparently dies of whom I was quite fond in the first novel. That would have been a bit of a shame (the giving up) since I actually liked Aloha from Hell, maybe a bit better than Sandman Slim, or […]
I liked Sandman Slim most of the time. It’s got an interesting premise of a not-fully dead human resident of Hell getting back to Earth, and trying to get revenge on the people who got him sent there. There’s also some interesting side-characters like Vidocq, Candy, and Dr. Kinski (in a very different version than the Coop stories). The various denizens of Hell who show up occasionally are pretty interesting, as is the gradually revealed backstory behind Stark’s trip to Hell in the first place. What gets disappointing is that there’s a lot of little problems that on their own […]