Sandman Slim (Sandman Slim Series #1)

Sandman Slim (Sandman Slim Series #1)

by Richard Kadrey

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“An addictively satisfying, deeply amusing, dirty-ass masterpiece.”
—William Gibson

“A sharp-edged urban fantasy, drenched in blood and cynicism, tipping its hat to Sam Peckinpah, Raymond Chandler, and the anti-heroes of Hong Kong cinema….A bravura performance.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“I couldn’t put it down.”
—Charlaine Harris

Sandman Slim has arrived—a wild and weird, edge-of-your-seat supernatural roller-coaster rider that propels author Richard Kadrey to the forefront of the fantasy, thriller, and a host of other literary genres. This spellbinding, utterly remarkable tale of a vengeful magician/hitman’s return from hell is part H.P. Lovecraft, part Christopher Moore, part Jim Butcher, and totally, unabashedly dark, twisted, and hilarious.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061999444
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/26/2010
Series: Sandman Slim Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 36,694
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Richard Kadrey is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sandman Slim supernatural noir books. Sandman Slim was included in Amazon’s “100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books to Read in a Lifetime,” and is in development as a feature film. Some of his other books include The Wrong Dead Guy, The Everything Box, Metrophage, and Butcher Bird. He also writes the Vertigo comic Lucifer.

What People are Saying About This

Kim Harrison

“Nicotine and octane in equal parts might come close to the high-energy buzz from Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim. Crisp world building, recognizable and fully-realized characters, and a refreshingly unique storytelling style make for an absorbing read.Sandman Slim is my kind of hero.”

Charlaine Harris

“If Simon R. Green wrote an episode of Dog the Bounty Hunter, it would read much like Sandman Slim – violent, vivid, non-stop action of the supernatural kind. I couldn’t put it down.”

William Gibson

“The best B movie I’ve read in at least twenty years. An addictively satisfying, deeply amusing, dirty-ass masterpiece, Sandman Slim swerves hell-bent through our culture’s impacted gridlock of genres…it’s like watching Sergio Leone and Clive Barker co-direct from a script by Jim Thompson and S. Clay Wilson.”

Cory Doctorow

“The most hard-boiled piece of supernatural fiction I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. … all confident and energetic and fresh and angry. I loved this book and all its screwed-up people.”

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Sandman Slim 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 317 reviews.
NJMetal More than 1 year ago
I found strong recommendations for this book from Barnes & Nobles resident paranormal guide. Paul Goat Allen named this his best paranormal title of 2009 and I do concur! The book is fast paced, smooth talking, heaven and hell of a thriller. From the first sentence foreword this book is in high gear. A page turner through and through. Part horror. Part mystery. Part comic (sans all the pictures). Sandman Slim is something like Men in Black meets Sin City. Without all the graphics. Read this first then check out the follow up, Kill The Dead.
begonia03 More than 1 year ago
Richard Kadrey writes like Simon Green or Jim Butcher on speed with a bad hangover and a 3 day beard. Sandman is a unique anti-hero. He's still getting used to the idea of being alive. It's well written, surprising, not formulaic and although the story definitely ends, there's plenty of room for the next chapter in Sandman's adventures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Laser sharp. Plot moves and explodes like a Roman candle screaming. I think I'm in love.....
Robholts More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, but I wasn't hooked on it or going crazy about it. I liked the urban fantasy elements of the world, the magic system and the story of Stark stalking his killers. The sexual references to Bondage and S&M were a little annoying at times, but they were something you could get passed and move on; nothing to make someone stop reading. The book is written in first person present tense, which is a little weird to me since most novels I read are third person, past tense. It took a while to get used to it. Some flashback scenes are written first person, past tense, but the majority is the other. Overall I enjoyed the book; I'd give it 3 1/2 stars if BN allowed it. I did buy the second book. I recommend this book if you enjoy Urban Fantasy, but if you don't really enjoy UF, then I suggest you pass.
Brandy_Hunt More than 1 year ago
This is a ride through LA subculture unlike anything I've ever read. Long story short -- I loved it. Stark is my new literary crush.
NocturneWraith More than 1 year ago
While this is not my genre, I decided to take a chance reading this book. The main character is sarcastic, angry and not bright when it comes to figuring out what's going on. Sometimes he's over the top. To be honest, most of the characters written have the same personalities, i.e. sharp acid tongues, bitter outlooks on the world and no social interaction other than among themselves. The plot is revenge. Stark has been in hell for over eleven years and is out looking to get even with the people who put him there. For the most part, this book is fast paced but the characters aren't the type you'd feel warm and fuzzy about, or give an 'awww shucks' moment to. Stark is haunted by the death of Alice, his girlfriend killed by Mason's flunky but after eleven years, one would think he'd have closure. All in all, I gave it three stars only because some characters grated the nerves, as in the head in the closet...reminded me too much of the Bob character in the Dresden series.
alexia561 More than 1 year ago
It may have been the cover or it may have been the description of the main character Stark, but while reading this book I felt a little film noir vibe going on. Was a nice touch and gave the story some flavor. Stark was a cocky young magician who was betrayed and sent to hell by jealous fellow magicians. After managing to survive eleven long years, first as a sideshow attraction and then as a hitman, he manages to escape and returns to LA with revenge on his mind. After surviving the demons of hell, LA should be a cakewalk. He wants revenge not just for sending him to hell, but also for the murder of his girlfriend. With a little help from new friends and old, Stark tracks down his old magician "friends" and gets to work. But no matter how much of a bad guy he believes he is, Stark can't seem to help doing a good deed every now and then. He's one of those heroes who does the right thing for maybe the wrong reasons, but still saves the day. Read this book in one day, which is unbelievably fast for me. But it was so good that I couldn't wait to see what happened next! It's got dark humor, which I love, and is a little gritty. Be warned that Stark doesn't think much of angels or demons and lets them know it, so if you're easily offended, then this book isn't for you. Would love to see this turned into a series, as I'd like to see Stark again. Gave this book 4 stars as it was well written, fast paced, and darkly humorous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who needs a hero when you can have Stark?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you loved this book as much as me you'd also love The Iron Druid and The Dresden Files. Still this is a great and unique urban fantasy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a little iffy about starting this series but I'm glad I gave it a chance. Kadrey, injects enough humor into the story to make it not seem like a horror movie gone wrong. I loved it. Stark AkA Sandman Slim has a rough start, middle, and end basically but I expected nothing less from an anti hero who plans for absolutely nothing. There was an overload of information, but this being the first book, I understand why Kadrey had to write it this way. In order to help the readers understand what was going on, her had to give us "background music" or a back story if that's a better word. He also had to make us see what was specifically driving Stark to do what he was doing with dog like determination and that reason was Alice. I enjoyed this, would definitely read it again. Starks like the Underdog, everyone doesn't want to root for and surely doesn't want to win, but he's needed because nobody else will do the job.
immhu More than 1 year ago
What can one say about a monster that has it all, I am jealous. Sandman is my lunchtime bud;witty,nasty,killerfunny and goes great With any food group. Went right for "Kill The Dead". Thanx Mr. Kadrey, keep emcomin. Regards...immhu
Doc_Redbat More than 1 year ago
Being a fan of both the Dresden &Nightside series I loved this. Can't wait for the next one.
The_Alternative More than 1 year ago
"Sandman Slim" is by no means a literary masterpiece and thank the demons below and the angels above that it isn't. It is, however, an extremely dark urban fantasy littered with the dead bodies of angels, demons, humans, magicians, civilians, Kissi, and Hellions, to name just a few. And one Hell of a good read! The main character, Jimmy "Sandman Slim" Stark is forced by an evil cadre of magicians into Hell where he lives for eleven years fighting demons, monsters and worse in Lucifer's battle-arena of the macabre. Returning to earth, with the help of a magic amulet, he finds that during his absence the magicians who sent him to the Inferno have also murdered his girlfriend. Bent on revenge and with a little help of his own magic Stark begins an epic search for the men who sent him to Hell and killed the love of his life. Along the way he is befriended by arch-angels, alchemists and monsters and hunted by demons, magicians and police. Kadrey definitely knows how to spin a dark tale. His language, while offensive to some, fits the character of the story perfectly. Gritty, dark, angst-ridden and graphic the dialogue and fight scenes are coarse, bloody and down-right mean spirited. And to me that's exactly what made this book spark. How could you not write noir razor-blades about a character this flawed and angry? Besides, if you had to deal with half the bad-asses Stark had to you'd be pissed off too! Beheadings, ritual sacrifice, demon weapons, magic, monsters and gore. just the way I like my back-alley fantasy! 4 out of 5 stars The Alternative Southeast Wisconsin
Anonymous 5 months ago
This is my favorite writer /series. It's got amazing humour and banter not to mention one hell of a story line. The series is addictive, it leaves you wanting more!
Anonymous 11 months ago
It's good enough for me to read the whole series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An old favorite. Sandman is an epic antihero/hero. A saga of heaven and hell. Magic and mayhem. LA at it’s finest full of monsters, millionaires and bottom feeders.
hanque on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This entertaining book takes place in Los Angles a unusual world filled with monsters and bizarre creatures. They come from earth, Hell, Heaven and elsewhere. All trying to take over control. One angle is a big shot in Home Land Security. Sandman Slim is a human who survived eleven years in Hell without first dying. He has been returned to Hell. He believes Satan sent him back to do something, but he doesn't know what it is but he's sure it involves killing someone or something. Meanwhile, he plans to get revenge on the magician who sent him to Hell.Definitely worth reading. Four out of five stars
Jthierer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It started a little slow for me, but I tore through the last 200 or so pages as the various plot threads started to come together. The ending had some cliche elements to it, but Kadrey made them work for his story rather than against it with humor and limited emotional cheese.
eeio on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
entertaining very fast read. not bad. it reminds me of the comic book series Preacher of Texas. it's full of action and it's hard to put the book down once you start. i'm curious about the next in the series, perhaps the characters will be more fully developed and complex, or perhaps that's not what you ask from such a read.
Lexi2008 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of Sandman Slim from LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program. Of course, by now I'm officially a Late Reviewer, as I think I was supposed to review this a couple of YEARS ago. But anyway!The book is about Stark, a magician whose friends banished him to Hell eleven years ago, then killed his girlfriend. He's returned from Hell to seek out and kill Mason, the leader of the magical group responsible for Alice's death. While in Hell, Stark perfected his killing abilities, returning to Earth stronger, faster, and more lethal than when he left. So killing Mason should be relatively easy...right?Wrong. A host of demons, angels, and anti-angels stand between Stark and his quarry. The book details Stark's attempts to seek out and kill Mason and how he overcomes the hurdles that stand in the way.The novel definitely falls into the urban fantasy category. I'm going to be sexist here and say it's a very MALE book. While reading, I kept thinking that the voice was similar to what would exist if Stephen King and Anthony Bourdain had a baby. Teenage boys would probably love this book, but I enjoyed it as well. If you're not into blood and gore, cursing, or anti-religious themes, this would not be the book for you. As none of those things particularly bother me, I didn't have any issues with the content. My copy was an Advance Readers' Edition and, as such, was riddled with typos. I hope those were corrected before the final edition was published. They were a bit distracting for me, but I'm a grammar stickler like that. The story, however, kept my interest fairly well.I'd give the book three and a half out of five Whatevers. If there were a sequel, and it feels like there might be, I'd probably check it out. I enjoyed the character of Stark, and I would like to get to know some of the secondary characters better (Doc Kinski, Candy, Allegra, Vidocq). Recommended for those with strong stomachs who enjoy hard-core urban fantasy.
earthwindwalker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my second go round for reading this book and I found things that I missed the first time around.This book is a titillating romp through the streets of Hell and LA. I loved this book and Kadrey is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. I like the idea of a Hitman from Hell who does have a conscience despite how he tries to avoid it. The ideas of Heaven and Hell made me think and I found myself agreeing to a lot of what was said about them. I would recommend this for urban fantasy lovers and once you start reading the series, it becomes a like junkie craving a fix and you have to have more. I'm working on book two, Kill the Dead right now.5 stars for this visually stunning landscape that stays in your head long after the last page is turned and the book is put down.
agingcow2345 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The opening is to die for and the pace never slows up thereafter. The plot is pure comic book but the characters are wonderful and the author obviously knows the LA demimonde.
jlparent on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dresden Files-esque urban fantasy; this is the first in a series. Sandman Slim survived 11 years in Hell's Arena and comes back to take revenge on the fellow magician who killed his love. He's got a temper, a penchant for ruining clothes, and pissing off both the Hellions and the Angels. I liked it enough that I will pick up the second and see how it goes...
crazybatcow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It is the same kind of story as the Dresden Files, though missing the light humor, so if you like Butcher's work, you'll probably like this one too. It's a bit cruder/gorier than Butcher's though. By same kind of story I mean that it has magic and fantastical creatures and/or abilities and is based on a 'special' guy returning alive from Hell to get even with the world. And the story flows exactly like you'd expect given this "plot". For me it's just too silly, and if I'm going to read a silly dark book, I'd like it to have a bit of humor in it - this doesn't have any, or if it does, it just wasn't funny. Of course, I didn't like Dresden Files either. I like books to have some realism and a point to the plot - a point other than shock value or to introduce another way to kill/maim someone.It's a fast read, but...
paulco on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Right from the start this is a totally wild, on the verge of going off the tracks rollercoaster of a book. When I first received it I thought it was going to be a little violent. That was an understatement, and the book was great. Just as another reviewer said, there's a little of The Addams Family in this, but nothing that would ever show up on TV. The violence starts on the first page, as does the running dark humor commentary by our "hero", and goes through the last page. You'll learn a little about Heaven, a lot about Hell, magic, and bad attitudes, and have a blast doing it. I'll probably reread this one to pick up the nuances of some scenes even though I know the ending. Well put together, and there's nothing like magic to make for smooth transitions.The book does end with the hint of more to come, and if it does, I'll be there to pick up the next installment.