Sunday 2 March 2014


Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey
Book 1 of the Sandman Slim series
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: hardback

About Sandman Slim:
Supernatural fantasy has a new antihero.

Life sucks, and then you die. Or, if you're James Stark, you spend eleven years in Hell as a hitman before finally escaping, only to land back in the hell-on-earth that is Los Angeles.

Now Stark's back, and ready for revenge. And absolution, and maybe even love. But when his first stop saddles him with an abusive talking head, Stark discovers that the road to absolution and revenge is much longer than you'd expect, and both Heaven and Hell have their own ideas for his future.

Resurrection sucks. Saving the world is worse.

Darkly twisted, irreverent, and completely hilarious, Sandman Slim is the breakthrough novel by an acclaimed author.
Source: Info in the About Sandman Slim was taken from GoodReads at on 12/09/2013.

Lucrezia Borgia
My Thoughts:
This is another War In Heaven story of angels versus demons plus other supernatural beings included. Originality-wise, it does not score very high marks. However, it manages to be entertaining despite playing in an overcrowded field. That alone, at the very least, warrants some merit.

I didn't like, Stark, the hero's stupid moves but it is in-line with his character so can't really blame the character development for that. Annoying though! I also didn't like the frequent references to pop culture which I'm not savvy with. I had to look up who the f**k Lucrezia Borgia was. This constant need to look things up dragged the pace of the book down a bit. Another thing I noticed in this book is that the characters not only has a very unstable sense of right and wrong but totally screwed! So the fight of good versus evil is dodgy because people can't even tell something as basic as what's right and what's wrong! WTF?!! Maybe this is part of the charm of the book, but I find it just slightly exasperating.

In the end I still enjoyed this book, but it didn't rate a very high score with me. But then again this is just the first book of the series which is looking like a good one. So I say that this is a promising start to a new-to-me series.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 4
Story itself = 4
Ending = 4
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 1
Pace = 3.5
Plot = 4

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 cherries

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