Kill City Blues

Kill City Blues James Stark aka Sandman Slim has managed to get out of Hell renounce his title as the new Lucifer and settle back into life in LA But he s not out of trouble yet Somewhere along the way he misplac

James Stark, aka Sandman Slim, has managed to get out of Hell, renounce his title as the new Lucifer, and settle back into life in LA But he s not out of trouble yet Somewhere along the way he misplaced the Qomrama Om Ya, a weapon from the banished older gods who are also searching for their lost power.The hunt leads Stark to an abandoned shopping mall a multi story copyJames Stark, aka Sandman Slim, has managed to get out of Hell, renounce his title as the new Lucifer, and settle back into life in LA But he s not out of trouble yet Somewhere along the way he misplaced the Qomrama Om Ya, a weapon from the banished older gods who are also searching for their lost power.The hunt leads Stark to an abandoned shopping mall a multi story copy of LA infested with Lurkers and wretched bottomfeeding Sub Rosa families, squatters who have formed tight tribes to guard their tiny patches of this fake LA Somewhere in the kill zone of the former mall is a dead man with the answers Stark needs All Stark has to do is find the dead man, get back out alive, and outrun some angry old gods and a few killers on his tail.

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  1. Richard Kadrey is a writer and freelance photographer living in San Francisco, best known for his Sandman Slim novels His newest novels are The Everything Box, released April 19, 2016 and The Perdition Score Sandman Slim, 8 , released on June 28, 2016.

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  1. Actual rating 3.5 stars Such a pathetically low rating I should be ashamed of myself and stuff.Okay I can do this Of course I can This is the weakest instalment in the series so far and most certainly my leastest favoritest and I would have given it 3 stars if it wasn t for my boyfriend Jimmy Stark and my being slightly full of fish but let s pretend that I never said this and that you didn t read it and that all is well is the world so yay and stuff.Just a little something to distract you from [...]


  2. Now that was awesome A book full of eccentric characters with attitude Badass attitude Speaking of Badass, Christal and I do a joint review of this book on Badass Book Reviews Check it out I must admit that I had a goofy smile on my face while reading Kill City Blues, the fifth book in Richard Kadrey s Sandman Slim series Kadrey s wit and dark sense of humor makes this series a favorite of mine No one writes dark urban fantasy like Richard Kadrey The world of Sandman Slim is so intricately const [...]


  3. 3 StarsI love Sandman Slim and Richard Kadrey These books are a very guilty pleasure of mine that makes me a very biased reviewer James Stark aka Sandman Slim, as well as many other names is one of my all time favorite monsters I mean hero Kill City Blues is unfortunately the weakest book in the whole series Not only is the story thin, the plot line weak, our heroes also feel washed out and grey That being said, I still loved every minute of this book and ate up every word I cannot spend enough [...]


  4. Note I finished this last night before crashing I was not a happy camper when I realized the book was over I m going to let the story sit and write my review later It started out so promising and then it backpedaled sideways Grrr Worst transition piece and perhaps my least favorite of the series.


  5. Being afraid is one of the realities of existence Some of my favorite monsters heroes are Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath from Prince of Thorns and Darrow from Red Rising These guys have some serious competition from Sandman Slim.I am accepting the fact that I am aspiring to be Sandman Slim and possessing his colorful vocabulary Read this The Beverly Wilshere Hotel is so posh it gives the Taj Mahal a hard on As usual, no need to comment on plot and characters In this book, Sandman Slim is very keen [...]


  6. Whilst I enjoyed the book I would say it s like a high 3 stars and that 4 stars is a bit generous The reason for this was this book was just not as good as the other books in this series The story just took too long to get to the meat it meandered around for about half the page count Once we get to the actual story a trip through a hellish abandoned shopping mall is there any other kind to find a weapon that is supposed to be able to kill gods , things really picked up There are some genuinely [...]


  7. Jimmy Stark is back again in Kill City Blues for another round of saving the world Those of you that recently read Devil Said Bang might agree with me when I say I felt it was like two mini books in one With the first half being escape from Hell and the second being save the world Aloha from hell felt partitioned in a similar fashion But in Kill City Blues there was follow through for one main story.As always I love all of the pop culture references to everything in the entertainment industry [...]


  8. This whole series, to date, has been fabulous Can t wait to read the next one I like how the author sneaks in previous events in case you ve forgotten how Sandman Slim s adventures all started and how far they have progressed in his current effort to save a dysfunctional world with dysfunctional deities.


  9. See this review and others like it at BadassBookReviews Christal and AH s Review 5 Skulls A Kill City Blues was a definite high point in a consistently entertaining and slightly disturbing series AH and I both loved this book and gave it 5 stars James Sandman Slim Stark AH I think Stark has got to be one of the most badass characters I ve encountered in urban fantasy I love his devil may care attitude pun definitely intended.Christal Lol, nice one I agree, Stark is hardcore and doesn t seem to b [...]


  10. Kill City Blues is the fifth entry in the Sandman Slim series and I am happy to say that the author has really gone back to the real roots of the series Stark s back, having dumped the devil job on someone a little qualified, he and the gang have been doing alright They are still trying to track down the Qomrama Om Ya, or as Stark refers to it as the Eight Ball, which happens to be the only thing that can stop the old gods from destroying the universe You could say it s pretty important Unfortu [...]


  11. 2.5 stars.The last 180 pages of Kill City Blues were excellent The sort of gritty, violent fun I ve come to expect from Kadrey.I almost didn t make it to those last 180 pages, though, because the first 200 were SOOOOOOOO BOORRRINNNGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG.So boring.


  12. Richard Stark might be back from Hell again but he just can t help doing the Devil s work Since getting out of his job as the new Lucifer, and passing it off to one of five pieces of God himself, Mr Munnin, Stark is trying to settle back into life in Los Angeles He s rejoined with his angel half, has the key to the Thirteen Doors once again, he s back with his main squeeze Candy, and he still has the run of Lucifer s penthouse Compared to board meetings and other forms of infernal bureaucracy, l [...]


  13. Everybody s looking for the Qomrama Om Ya, the ultimate weapon Some of them think James Stark has it He doesn t, but he doesn t want anyone else to get it so he s searching for it Typical of James, he s searching in all the most dirty, foul, dangerous, terrifying places But what do you expect from Sandman Slim, killer of monsters, and former Lucifer In this book, than ever before, James isn t alone He s been evolving since the first book in this series, transitioning from the Sandman Slim who e [...]


  14. Sandman Slim is pretty badass and I think series like this are contributing quite a bit to the genre But after having read Kill City Blues last night I couldn t help feel that the author is running out of ideas Sandman Slim is still kicking ass, make no mistake, but he isn t going anywhere Upon completing this book I felt like had seen an episode of Sandman Slim The Series, everything is back to normal and now hurry up and wait for the next episode Nothing happened other than drinking, kicking a [...]



  15. This is the 5th book in the Sandman Slim series and it was an excellent one I love these characters, the strange cultural references, the gritty surroundings, the crazy action scenes, and of course the hilarious banter between characters I got a copy of this to review through Edelweiss thanks to Harper Voyager and Edelweiss for the chance to read this book.Stark Sandman Slim has finally gotten rid of his job as Lucifer and he is trying set up a life for him and Candy in LA Of course somewhere al [...]


  16. I have a penchant for loving books that are impossible to assign to a genre.This one, for instance.Is it horror Well, sort of Some horrible things happen There s plenty of fear and terror and monsters and devils three of them, actually or, technically, two ex Lucifers and the current one But it s not built on the urge to scare like horror really is Is it fantasy Kind of not really There s ghosts and spiritual items and a quest, but it s not in the epic fantasy wheelhouse A mystery Yeah, but not [...]


  17. A great opening chapter has Stark, Candy and Samael in Donut Universe while Candy updates Stark and Samael s pages Stark and his angel half have reunited, he is back to being a nephilim and again has the Key to the Room of Thirteen Doors Stark is in a race to find the Qomrama Om Ya, a weapon greater than any other, before the old gods, namely the Angra Om Ya who existed before anything else, can take back and destroy the universe Aleita has hidden it somewhere and Stark needs to find it before s [...]


  18. Before this, my favorite book in the Sandman Slim series was definitely Kill the Dead, in terms of pacing, characterization, and overall plot But Kill City Blues has kind of blown it out of the water This is going to be a pretty short review simply because I have absolutely nothing negative to say.I ve loved watching Stark grow and change in small, subtle but still clear ways throughout the series, and I think having recently reread Sandman Slim and Kill the Dead, Kill City Blues just made those [...]


  19. Kill City Blues is a tough, in your face thrill ride through crime ridden L.A and Hell Wait did I repeat myself Not really Kadrey manages to create in Slim the kind of character I love to read about edgy, full of snide quips, protective of his loved ones, and willing to destroy anyone that endangers them It s apparent in Kill City that Slim has been through his own literal and figurative Hell already And during the read I was given just enough information won what occurred in the previous books [...]


  20. Audio Book VersionI love this series Stark is one of my all time favorite characters He s snarky and cynical and has a filthy, irreverent mouth on him He s also bad assed I also love how much the author throws into every book There s always the main plot but all the little side moments add up and they re priceless imo For example this book starts off with Stark and Samael who was recently The Devil having donuts at Donut Universe while Candy updates their pages That kind of stuff just makes me l [...]


  21. I think I m starting to suffer from Sandman Slim burnout, which is too bad since I enjoy the character and the world he inhabits Aloha From Hell was okay and this one was about the same Nothing felt like it had any weight even though the subject matter is the end of the universe as we know it I actually didn t even realize I d reached the end of the book until I looked down and saw my progress counter at 98% It just didn t feel like it was a fully fleshed out story.A couple of things outright pi [...]


  22. There are a few authors whom I think I d read as much for the dialogue as anything else Wendig, Simon R Green, and Richard Kadrey are at the very top of that list I d love to read one of their books with just dialogue I bet it would be a cool experiment.Kill City Blues is the latest installment of Sandman Slim and it does not disappoint Characters with unique perspectives and flaws pulse pounding action intricate kickass plots All the bases are covered One of the most interesting aspects of Kill [...]


  23. this one seemed to get off to a weak start, since the first 60 or so pages are spent recapping and explaining the series extensive mythology this just doesn t feel like a series you could pick up halfway through, so that s an odd audience to try to accommodate meanwhile, Stark, the main character and narrator, is feeling a bit reflective throughout the book, and he s still sassy, but there s a lot less explosive action and internal monologues about his own nature, humanity, morality, mortality [...]


  24. this is about the entire series, not just this one book I have to admit it took me a while to get into the first book It might have the most ridiculously over the top first chapter I ve ever read Every word of dialogue, and even the description of the main character came across as a bad stereotype of what a geeky teenage boy fantasizes that a tough guy would be like In fact, I put it down and it took me a few months to really get going Basically, I didn t have anything else to read A couple of c [...]


  25. While Kadrey s style has always been brief and to the point, this book was an odd mix of too much shorthand and a little too much navel gazing Nothing really happens for a lot of the book, in terms of the plot moving forward, or character development Sure, Stark beats people up and tries to do the detective thing, but mostly he doesn t do anything interesting or worth the read.I think this book is a set up I think this was the story Kadrey thought he had to tell to set up for the next book where [...]


  26. How about a nice haunted house book You ve read dozens, you say Okay, well how about a haunted hotel Been there, done that Well, have you read about a haunted luxury mall, one with abandoned levels all the way down to a faux Roman bath that holds a shrine to a god from another universe, and contains, somewhere, a God killing weapon No I thought not.Kill City Blues is the fifth SANDMAN SLIM book from Richard Kadrey James Stark has turned the ruling of Hell over to someone else, and is back in L.A [...]


  27. I love the cast of characters in this series Everyone from the fragmented God to whomever is playing the devil at the moment, to sandman Slim himself In this rendition sandman must retrieve the 8ball that could save or destroy everything Now unfortunately for Stark he must travel to Kill City in order to retrieve it He will encounter the usual suspects and lose a close friend in the process Whether he likes it or not he is stronger with his team Once again this book is full of dark humor and a t [...]


  28. I love the Sandman Slim series, sometimes you want dirt, violent, black as pitch fun Kill City Blues is one of the strongest of the series and probably my favorite so far, and yes damnit, if you are a urban fantasy fan and you haven t picked up Mr Kadrey s series by now, why the hell haven t you Great characters, perfect dialogue, over the top violence, yes, we all love badassery and terrific settings Do yourself a favor, dig into the dirty world Richard Kadrey has created with the Sandman Slim [...]


  29. I loved the first Sandman Slim book, and have been progressively disappointed with each additional outing Kill City Blues may be the last one I read Nothing happened in this book Nothing I almost gave up on it about halfway through, but I kept hoping it would get better That something would happen That someone would grow or change I still love the Kadrey zingers and some of the dialogue rocks, but this novel was sloppy, repetitive and poorly edited And it hurts my heart to type that, because I m [...]


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