Time to chat about the #BooksWithFriends challenge! I recently finished SANDMAN SLIM, a gritty fantasy recommended to me by my critique partner and friend, Aryn Youngless.
Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:
Supernatural fantasy has a new antihero in Sandman Slim, star of this gripping, gritty new series by Richard Kadrey.
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.
One of the goals of the #BooksWithFriends challenge is to get readers out of their comfort zones, and lately, I’ve been reading a ton of–you guessed it–romance. I’m usually pretty good and will mix in literary works, but I don’t usually reach for books like SANDMAN SLIM unless I’m in the mood for a graphic novel. This book is packed with dark humor, magic, mayhem, and action, action, action.
There are several well-choreographed fight scenes punctuated by humorous dialogue. Stark’s temperament, history, and unique collection of artifacts make him a fun character to picture.
Stark is also prone to long interior monologues that perform noir-like deconstructions of LA…and I love them. These pockets are some of the best parts of the book.
Overall, I’m really pleased and am happy to have taken this challenge. It’s important for writers to read wide and read often. I’m thankful to have had this experience because Kadrey is an incredible author whose voice and tone is contagious.
Read more about Kadrey and his books by clicking here.
Michelle Joyce Bond