Devil Said Bang (Sandman Slim Series #4)
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Devil Said Bang (Sandman Slim Series #4)

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by Richard Kadrey
     
 

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Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim—aka James Stark—is, quite simply, one of the most outrageous uber-anti-heroes ever to kick serious butt on this or any other world or dimension.

In his previous three adventures—Sandman Slim, Kill the Dead, and Aloha from Hell—Stark has fled Hell for California, taken on angels

Overview

Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim—aka James Stark—is, quite simply, one of the most outrageous uber-anti-heroes ever to kick serious butt on this or any other world or dimension.

In his previous three adventures—Sandman Slim, Kill the Dead, and Aloha from Hell—Stark has fled Hell for California, taken on angels, demons, outlaw bikers, zombies, covert government operatives, and all manner of monsters, while saving humankind from total annihilation on numerous occasions. But in Devil Said Bang, he finally assumes the role he was destined for: as the new Lucifer, ruler of the Underworld.

Combining outrageously edgy humor with a dark and truly twisted vision, Richard Kadrey has once again delivered a masterful amalgam of action novel, urban fantasy, and in-your-face horror that will delight a wide range of readers—from Christopher Moore and Warren Ellis fans to the devoted adherents of Jim Butcher, Charlaine Harris, Kim Harrison, and Simon Green.

Editorial Reviews

You're not supposed to return from Hell, but that seems to be the specialty of magician/hitman James Stark. Not content to pull the ultimate just once, he's intent on performing it twice. To complete his mission, however, he will have to outrun one serial killer ghost and a whole hoard of miscreants aiming to rewrite reality. Brace yourself, Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim is loose again! Now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

Bookgasm
“Allow me to both love this series for its feel of crossing hard-boiled crime pulp with H.P. Lovecraftian fantasy, and hate the author for being so damn good at it.”
Cory Doctorow
“Richard Kadrey continues to knock them way the hell out of the park.”
John Scalzi
“Richard Kadrey’s ‘Sandman Slim’ series is one of my favorite sets of fantasy books from the last few years.”
Publishers Weekly
The fourth volume (after Aloha from Hell) in Kadrey’s saga featuring sarcastic antihero James Stark (aka Sandman Slim) is the most irreverent, darkly comedic, and downright cool installment to date. Stark, a hard-drinking, foul-mouthed “monster who kills monsters,” isn’t exactly enjoying his new gig as Lucifer. Although the role has some perks, like a bad-ass motorcycle and tough satanic armor, it also makes him the prime target for power-hungry denizens of Hell. After managing to get back to L.A. and the girl he left behind, Stark must somehow stop a ghost from unraveling reality while figuring out who he really is. Powered by Kadrey’s twisted wit and distinctive narrative voice, this novel is replete with memorable lines, images, and pop culture references. While the existential and spiritual speculation isn’t quite as strong as in earlier books, the action-packed and bombshell-laden blend of dark fantasy, crime fiction, and Hellish sitcom is utterly readable. Agent: Ginger Clark, Curtis Brown. (Sept.)
io9.com
“A hell of a good time”
Suspense magazine
“Full of action, wit, and suspense, this grabbed a hold of me and wouldn’t let go. Kadrey is a master storyteller (overused, I know, but very apt) and he will have you rooting for him in Hell and on Earth.”
Austin Chronicle on Aloha From Hell
“Kadrey’s prose is raw and gutter-tough, Raymond Chandler meets Lux Interior at the Whisky a Go Go at the end of days.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“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. Kadrey brings it off through the propulsive force of Stark’s in-your-face, first-person, present-tense narration. It’s a bravura performance.”
Locus
“…endlessly inventive and high-octane…Kadrey’s an excellent writer who’s able to juggle all of it without dropping a single pin.”
SF Site
“His best work yet. . . . Kadrey tells his story in a swirl of tight, darkly intense prose. . . . Sandman Slim is very, very good indeed.”
Booklist
“Paced like greased lightning (watch out for friction burns on your turning finger), blend the movie-ish delights of tough guy noir and such smart-mouthgore-fests as “Reanimator” and “Army of Darkness”, seasoned by soupcons of Gaimanian romanticism and Koontzian sentiment.”
Lincoln Star Journal
“Kadrey’s tale lives on a tightrope, but the author nails the right balance of detective fiction and theological fantasy, seriousness and humor, pathos and absurdity.”
Miami Herald
“Dark, sarcastic and irreverent.”
Miami Herald on Sandman Slim
“Sarcastic, irreverent and ridiculously enjoyable riff on the Urban Fantasy genre. … a lot like a mosh pit -- rough, exuberant, unpredictable -- and a heck of a lot of fun.”
Library Journal
James Stark, also known as Sandman Slim, is trying to break out of Hell—for the second time. This go-round, however, no one wants Stark to leave because he has become Hell's leader after killing Lucifer. Not everybody, however, is happy with the new regime, and Stark faces assassins and traitors wherever he goes. When he manages to return to Los Angeles, a place not too different from Hell, he realizes that a ghostly serial killer is threatening those he cares about. VERDICT The fourth outing for Kadrey's antihero (Sandman Slim; Kill the Dead; Aloha from Hell) provides a never-ending supply of violence, mayhem, romance, and macabre humor that should please series fans. [Previewed in Kristi Chadwick's Genre Spotlight feature "Hungry for SF," LJ 8/12.—Ed.]

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062197603
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/04/2013
Series:
Sandman Slim Series, #4
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
399
Sales rank:
79,883
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.20(d)

What People are saying about this

John Scalzi
“Richard Kadrey’s ‘Sandman Slim’ series is one of my favorite sets of fantasy books from the last few years.”
Cory Doctorow
“Richard Kadrey continues to knock them way the hell out of the park.”

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Richard Kadrey has published nine novels, including Sandman Slim, Kill the Dead, Aloha from Hell, Devil Said Bang, Kill City Blues, The Getaway God, Killing Pretty, Butcher Bird, and Metrophage, and more than fifty stories. He has been immortalized as an action figure, his short story “Goodbye Houston Street, Goodbye,” was nominated for a British Science Fiction Association Award, and Butcher Bird was nominated for the Prix Elbakin in France. A freelance writer and photographer, he lives in San Francisco, California.

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Devil Said Bang 4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 53 reviews.
Starve2act More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy these books, but the publisher seems to have made an ugly mistake. There is a section of the book missing which makes the story nearly unreadable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Missing pages and repeating the last few bits of the book, that is just sloppy, until this gets fixed I don't believe it would be smart to purchase eanything else by this publisher.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i got to the middle of the book i felt like i had missed something. So i went to the book store and found the hard copy and discovered that 137 pages were missing, pages 148 to 285. I was dissappointed to say the least. Im not sure if this is a nook issue or the ebook publisher, but im going back to BandN tomorrow and hope they can remedy this. I love the Sandman Slim series and this ebook snafu is making me rethink if buying an ereader was such a good idea.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even after the archive unarchive trick this book is still broken. I have really enjoyed it up until this point but what the hell? How does a publisher screw this up?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Missing about 70 pages in the middle. I didnt understand until almost finished with book though. Talk about ruining it... I waited 2 weeks for this to come out.
Turnofpage More than 1 year ago
This book is fun, gritty, darkly witty, and sac religious. A must read for the misanthrope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you archive and unarchive your book it will be all fixed. The BOOK IS FIXED. :) Just wanted to make sure that was posted so readers know. It's COMPLETELY worth the read. Awesome.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Sandman Slim and I absolutely cannot get enough of him, his friends, aquantences, enemies, and mischief. Oh only if there were an unlimited number of books. I swear I read a book every coiple of days. It is rare I am lucky enough to find such fabulously fun works of fiction. Enough of this review, I am off to read the next in the series. See you all in a few days!
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Go4Jugular More than 1 year ago
Continues the saga of James Stark started in "Sandman Slim". This novel is effectively two novellas - the first part takes place in Hell, where Sandman Slim is the new Satan, and has to not only figure out how Hell functions but then make the system serve his needs. The second part transpires when he returns to LA, where he confronts more supernatural challenges, with familiar companions from the earlier books. You'll want to read the series in order, to be able to follow the various plots and subplots, but the creativity and non-stop action that were present in the prior books continue in this one. Aside from the original and creative ideas, and flawed but engaging characters, if I could have a superpower, it would be to craft metaphors like Richard Kadrey does in this outstanding (and continuing) series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite series when I just want a quick and entertaining story.
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Falls asleep
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Entertaining, addictive, & fun! Not great like the first three books in the series but still very good! Was hard to put down! Felt like two great books rushed & put together to make one book that still turned out good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it less than 24hrs. Loved it!
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Sandman Slim makes being bad so cool.
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