Published by Harper Voyager on April 19th 2016
Source: AudioBook Reviewer
2000 B.C. A beautiful, ambitious angel stands on a mountaintop, surveying the world and its little inhabitants below. He smiles because soon, the last of humanity who survived the great flood will meet its end, too. And he should know. He’s going to play a big part in it. Our angel usually doesn’t get to do field work, and if he does well, he’s certain he’ll be get a big promotion. And now it’s time . . .The angel reaches into his pocket for the instrument of humanity’s doom. Must be in the other pocket. Then he frantically begins to pat himself down. Dejected, he realizes he has lost the object. Looking over the Earth at all that could have been, the majestic angel utters a single word.“Crap.”
2015 A thief named Coop-a specialist in purloining magic objects-steals and delivers a small box to the mysterious client who engaged his services. Coop doesn’t know that his latest job could be the end of him-and the rest of the world. Suddenly he finds himself in the company of the Department of Peculiar Science, a fearsome enforcement agency that polices the odd and strange. The box isn’t just a supernatural heirloom with quaint powers, they tell him.
It’s a doomsday device. They think. . .And suddenly, everyone is out to get it.
I had no idea the author that wrote this wrote Sandman Slim. Sadly, reading a lot can make you forget the good authors, even the really good authors if you do not read them enough. I have also only read a few Sandman Slims but they did have a special quality to them so I am so glad that I picked this up without the prior knowledge of who the author was. I feel like I may have expected more from the story and that expectation would have done it a disservice.
This story is hilarious in its own way. I’ve seen a few people throw around names such as Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett and the truth of it is, making Science Fiction have a satirical feel to it is extremely difficult. Being able to do that while keeping your audience’s attention is not done often or well enough. That is why I only mention two authors, both of whom I absolutely adore.
Somehow Richard Kadrey is able to pull this off. So much so that I am going to get this book for my husband to listen to as well. I am sure he will love it as he is the one that brought me over to the Terry Pratchett band wagon! The beginning is subtle but I could feel that there was going to be a build up, right from the start.
This starts out with a bang. Right from the beginning there is hilarity and an angel loosing the one weapon that would have finished off mankind. Talk about sucking the reader into the story!
In this world there is all kinds of magic and magical creatures. Coop is my favorite character. Definitely the anti-hero and I just love him from the minute he’s introduced. The things he has to go through to get a break, and just recently out of jail, so he’s desperate but wanting a change in his life. He takes what seemingly is a simple job and it turns into a complete mess.
Where I was a little lost was with all the characters and side characters. There is a lot going on in this! There are everything from angels and demons, which is totally expected, to vampire girl scouts! The hilarity of it all keeps the plot moving nicely even when it start seeming like a myriad of characters may start bringing it down.
This could end, all the plot lines are neatly tied up, but I think fans will want a book two. I’m glad I took the time to listen being new to Richard Kadrey and to Urban Fantasy all together. It’s a fun book that will keep you laughing and entertained.
The narration and audible was great. I don’t think I’ve listened to Oliver Wyman before. He is so good that this could be thought to have multiple narrators! The accents and voices are very distinct and easy to distinguish. The audio itself did not have a hiccup. It was smooth and easy to listen to.
|Overall:||3.2 / 5|