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Staff Pick

James Stark was a promising magician when he got sent to hell 11 years ago. Now, after surviving all sorts of torment, he's back to kill the "friends" who betrayed him. This is a dark, angry book, but don't get me wrong: I mean it in the best way possible. Kadrey has crafted a fine tale of betrayal and revenge, with a cast of barely redeemable rogues and despicable villains. Read it!
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Publisher Comments:

When he was 19, James Stark was considered to be one of the greatest natural magicians, a reputation that got him demon-snatched and sent downtown — to Hell — where he survived as a gladiator, a sideshow freak entertaining Satan's fallen angels. That was 11 years ago.

Now, the hitman who goes only by Stark has escaped and is back in L.A. Armed with a fortune-telling coin, a black bone knife, and an infernal key, Stark is determined to destroy the magic circle — led by the conniving and powerful Mason Faim — that stole his life.

Though nearly everything has changed, one constant remains: his friend Vidocq, a 200-year-old Frenchman who has been keeping vigil for the young magician's return. But when Stark's first stop saddles him with an abusive talking head that belongs to the first of the circle, a sleazy video store owner named Kasabian, Stark discovers that the road to absolution and revenge is much longer than he counted on, and both Heaven and Hell have their own ideas for his future....

Review:

"Kadrey (Butcher Bird) provides biting humor, an over-the-top antihero and a rich stew of metaphoric language in this testosterone- and adrenaline-charged noir thriller. James Stark spent 11 years killing monsters in Lucifer's arena for the entertainment of fallen angels, but now he's back in seedy, magic-riddled L.A., trying to avenge his girlfriend's murder and hunt down Mason Faim, the black magician responsible for getting him sent 'downtown.' He meets with some initial success, beheading second-rate magician Kasabian (whose head becomes Stark's smart-mouthed sidekick), but he can't find Faim. Instead he encounters Homeland Security agents, a near-psychotic angel and some odd nonhuman, nonangelic beings called the kissi. Darkly atmospheric settings, such as a posh gentlemen's club where angels are tortured in an attempt to bring about Armageddon, bring this violent fantasy into sharp, compelling focus." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"The subsequent 300-plus pages, paced like greased lightning...blend the movie-ish delights of tough guy noir and such smart-mouth gore-fests as Reanimator and Army of Darkness, seasoned by soupons of Gaimanian romanticism and Koontzian sentiment. Delish, and sequels are heavily implied." Booklist

Review:

"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." Charlaine Harris, bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels

Review:

"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." William Gibson

Review:

"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." Kim Harrison

Review:

"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." Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

“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 couldnt 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/hitmans return from hell is part H.P. Lovecraft, part Christopher Moore, part Jim Butcher, and totally, unabashedly dark, twisted, and hilarious.

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About the Author

Richard Kadrey has published four novels, including Butcher Bird and Metrophage, and more than fifty stories. He has been immortalized as an action figure, and his short story "Goodbye Houston Street, Goodbye" was nominated for a British Science Fiction Association Award. A freelance writer and photographer, he lives in San Francisco. His dramatic, primarily fetishistic photography can be found at www.kaosbeautyklinik.com.

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Shannon Prickett, October 11, 2009 (view all comments by Shannon Prickett)
A story of revenge set in a darkly magical Los Angeles, this story will appeal to fans of Tim Powers, Roger Zelazny or Greg Stolze. The protagonist isn't much of a hero, and has escaped Hell after 11 years of captivity. He pursues a noir-ish strategy of threatening people until someone tells him something, which culminates in a series of showdowns with the people who sent him to Hell in the first place.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061714306
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Kadrey, Richard
Publisher:
Harper Voyager
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Los angeles (calif.)
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Sandman Slim
Publication Date:
20090721
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
7.46x5.50x1.25 in. .83 lbs.

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Product details 400 pages Eos - English 9780061714306 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

James Stark was a promising magician when he got sent to hell 11 years ago. Now, after surviving all sorts of torment, he's back to kill the "friends" who betrayed him. This is a dark, angry book, but don't get me wrong: I mean it in the best way possible. Kadrey has crafted a fine tale of betrayal and revenge, with a cast of barely redeemable rogues and despicable villains. Read it!

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Kadrey (Butcher Bird) provides biting humor, an over-the-top antihero and a rich stew of metaphoric language in this testosterone- and adrenaline-charged noir thriller. James Stark spent 11 years killing monsters in Lucifer's arena for the entertainment of fallen angels, but now he's back in seedy, magic-riddled L.A., trying to avenge his girlfriend's murder and hunt down Mason Faim, the black magician responsible for getting him sent 'downtown.' He meets with some initial success, beheading second-rate magician Kasabian (whose head becomes Stark's smart-mouthed sidekick), but he can't find Faim. Instead he encounters Homeland Security agents, a near-psychotic angel and some odd nonhuman, nonangelic beings called the kissi. Darkly atmospheric settings, such as a posh gentlemen's club where angels are tortured in an attempt to bring about Armageddon, bring this violent fantasy into sharp, compelling focus." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The subsequent 300-plus pages, paced like greased lightning...blend the movie-ish delights of tough guy noir and such smart-mouth gore-fests as Reanimator and Army of Darkness, seasoned by soupons of Gaimanian romanticism and Koontzian sentiment. Delish, and sequels are heavily implied."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , 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.

"Synopsis" by , “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 couldnt 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/hitmans return from hell is part H.P. Lovecraft, part Christopher Moore, part Jim Butcher, and totally, unabashedly dark, twisted, and hilarious.

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