The Getaway God

Harper Voyager. (Sandman Slim, Bk. 6). Aug. 2014. 400p. ISBN 9780062094612. $24.99. FANTASY
Trying to live a quiet life in L.A. was always probably a losing proposition for James Stark, the man formerly known as Sandman Slim (and for a brief period of time acting Lucifer in Hell), especially since the City of Angels is fraying at the seams. The old gods, known collectively as Angra Om Ya, are more determined than ever to break through to our realm, and our God is too fractured to stop them. It's up to Stark to save the city, as he's the only man who can control the Qomrama Om Ya, the only weapon effective against the invading deities.
VERDICT This series has kept its energy well, even six volumes in, partially owing to the stubborn character of Stark. He doesn't evolve, per se; he's still a rude and violent walking weapon, but he never makes the same mistake twice. Using humor to leaven the tumult, Kadrey (Kill City Blues; Dead Set) shows that there are plenty of stories left to tell in Stark's world.
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