Sandman Slim is a supernatural thriller by Richard Kadrey. It is about a person who has returned from Hell to exact painful revenge upon those who killed his lover. It is also a series.
WHY I PICKED IT UP
It was featured in a post by Books on The Knob (an excellent blog I recommend every reader follow). Its title and summary intrigued me, and for the price, it can’t be beat. It’s $1.99 on Amazon and Nook.
WHERE/WHY I STOPPED
I read the entire sample–which stops just before our main character confronts the first of his hit list–and then bought the book. I’m going to keep up with this one.
WHAT COULD BE BETTER, IF ANYTHING
Not so much criticism for this book so far, apart from a single typo I’ve noticed. The novel opens with the main character awakening on a pile of burning garbage in Hollywood and trying to peice together what to do, since he’s been in hell for the last 11 years. It’s a great hook, and he keeps the intrigue up by making the protagonist a fish-out-of-water in his own former hometown.
He also pauses to address the trauma our main character has been through adn how its affected him–something which gives his character more dimension. Another big positive, Kadrey keeps the exposition small and simple–yes, there are magical artifacts and objects at the main character’s disposal, but they’re introduced slowly.
This is one supernatural fans should pick up, and definitely one from which authors in the genre could learn.