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 […]
One of the fun things about the Everything Box was that all of the various threads come together pretty neatly at the end, and there was snark and mayhem and thievery and adventure in between. The Wrong Dead Guy has a lot of the same stuff, but it’s missing the coherent ending. The stuff with Nelson overall never comes in to the main storyline, and neither do the Auditors. They just seem to be there for some extra scheming and possible threat to Coop and friends, but mostly Coop. The basic premise isn’t that creative but it’s got the potential […]
The Everything Box got a lot of attention when it first came out, but I’ve only just now gotten to it. I don’t quite understand what all the hype was about. Yes this is an entertaining adventure story with amusing characters, but I didn’t love it. I enjoyed it, but it just wasn’t as awesome as I was hoping. 3.5 stars. First, it’s so strongly reminiscent of Good Omens (by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman) in terms of characters and plot that it comes off a little unoriginal to me. Coop is the Warlock/Adam character with a tough of Shadow […]
When I read The Everything Box, it never occured to me that it was the first in a series!! HUZZAH AND HURRAY, more Coop! I love these books. I’m going to get to more Richard Kadrey eventually (see also: I’m working through the “Dark Tower” series AND the “Rivers of London” series concurrently, currently), because I absolutely howl with laughter when I read his books, and I cannot put them down unless absolutely compelled to. He is my new Douglas Adams. I’m on board for all of it. How can the stakes be so high, but the characters’ perspectives somehow […]