Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Short Story Review - Devil in the Dollhouse (Sandman Slim, Book 3.5) by Richard Kadrey (4/5 stars)

Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Size: 259 KB
Publisher: Voyager
Release Date: July 31, 2012
ASIN: B00851M4SC
Stand Alone or Series: 3.5 in the Sandman Slim series
Source: Free for Kindle
Rating: 4/5 stars

I got this story free for Kindle. This is a story that takes place between books 3 and 4 of the Sandman Slim series. It was an interesting addition to the series and full of the all that bad-assness that is Sandman Slim.

Sandman Slim is trying to adjust to life as Lucifer and searching for a way back home. Then he is informed by his minions that he has to travel through the circles of Hell to confront a particularly naughty Hellion.

This was a very short read (took maybe half an hour to read) but it was entertaining. It’s full of the all the dark humor and fast-paced action that we’ve all grown to love from this series.

It’s gory, gritty, and absolutely twisted and disgusting at times...but at the same time oh so very engaging and wonderful.

It fills in a bit of the story about what Sandman Slim did while he was in Hell. It’s not necessary to read (I actually read book 4, Devil Said Bang before this book) to know what’s going on in the series. But it’s free and it’s a fun diversion.

Overall a fun read. It’s fast-paced, action-packed, and full of the all the dark gritty humor that is Sandman Slim. Ultra-violent, at times a bit stomach turning....but tons of fun all the same. If you are a fan of the series give it a read, you’ll enjoy it. I wouldn’t recommend reading if you haven’t read the series, unless you just want to get a feel for Kadrey’s writing style.

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