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Books With Friends: SANDMAN SLIM

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.

sandman slimHere’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

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Books With Friends Challenge

Fall is almost upon us, and though it’s a stressful time of year for many, it’s important to take the time to relax and read. And what better way to do that than picking up a book friend’s favorite read??

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The ladies at Live Love Read YA have put together a reading challenge for the September and October. All you need to do to join the challenge is grab a friend, recommend books, read, and repeat. Check it out by following the link here, and remember to tweet about it with the hashtag: #BooksWithFriends!

Back? Okay. So for this challenge, I’ve asked my incredible critique partner and friend Aryn Youngless to recommend some books of awesomitude. (She once recommended READY PLAYER ONE to me, guys–so I trust her taste completely.)

This will be a cross-continental exchange of recommendations as Aryn lives on the west coast, and I’m on the east coast. We’ve had a lot of fun conversations about regional differences. And weather. Her’s is better. 🙂

Check our Aryn’s blog here.

Though our taste in books differs, there’s a lot of intersection. And since part of this challenge is about getting out of our comfort zone, we are recommending any book that just stuck with us for one reason or another.

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My first pick for Aryn is hands down the best book I’ve read this year: SIX OF CROWS. I plan on doing a review of it soon, so for now, all I’ll say is: This baby reads like an RPG!

 

sandman slim

Aryn’s first pick for me is SANDMAN SLIM a gritty fantasy which sounds totally dark and completely  up my alley–can’t wait to start!

 

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Will you take up the challenge?

Michelle Joyce Bond