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Sandman Slim (Sandman Slim, book 1)

By Richard Kadrey

Sandman Slim (Sandman Slim, book 1)

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Tags: angels, dark fantasy, demons, devil, fantasy, horror, Los Angeles, nephilim, noir, paranormal, revenge, supernatural, urban fantasy

Started reading:
2009-10-21 21:33:33
Finished reading:
2009-10-23 08:33:05


Rating: 7

I enjoy Kadrey’s work and, following a recommendation from BoingBoing’s Cory Doctorow, I’m particularly looking forward to this novel. If anyone can write hardboiled paranormal fiction, it would be Kadrey. Other authors write material like this, given it a veneer of toughness like a schtick, but this is the real deal. Much like when John Shirley writes about rock-and-roll, Kadrey hits the right notes and, despite his protestations of having, “…no qualifications for anything he does”, he definitely knows where the shadows are on the darker side of the street. The mythology sticks together nicely and I didn’t quite see all the plot twists coming. If the TV show Supernatural is rock-and-roll paranormal, then this is the punk rock version and references to the Germs and G.G. Allin won’t be lost on the discerning reader.

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