The io9 Book Club is in session! Let's talk about Sandman Slim

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Welcome to the monthly meeting of the io9 Book Club. This month we read Richard Kadrey's novel Sandman Slim. Jump into comments to get started talking about them!

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For those unfamiliar with the io9 book club, here's how it works: You read the book. We create a special book club post on io9 when the meeting is in session. That would be the post you're reading right now. Then everybody talks about the book in comments for a few days, starting right now.

We're hoping that Richard Kadrey can drop by and speak to us about the novel (and sequel), early next week.

So, what did you think of the book?

Want to get a headstart on next month's book? Next month's pick is God's War, by Kameron Hurley (Night Shade Books). It's available in paperback and as an e-book. We'll meet to talk about it on March 29.

DISCUSSION

Dr Emilio Lizardo

I'm struggling for something to say about this one, good or bad.

I enjoyed it. It was a good popcorn book and probably good enough that I'll read the second one.

There wasn't anything really original here, tons of cliches.

-The protagonist who turns out is half {not human}. What the other half is doesn't really matter but it explains why he's "the best."

-The protagonist who could have been the best if he applied himself, but didn't till someone pissed him off.

-The antagonist that could have won if he didn't (completely unnecessarily) piss off the one guy who could beat him.

-The protagonist who isn't on anybody's side but his own, but who's goals just happen to coincide with the good guys.

-The good guys who aren't completely good, but still clearly not as evil as the bad guys.

-The weapon that only the protogonist can wield but has all kinds of surprises in it.

-The bartender friend who feeds him.

-Friends who care for him and help him even though the antagonist is too tough to show he cares about them.

-The healer who helps out scum because he has been brought down from his high perch.

-The black girl trying to better herself.

That's just the ones that spring to mind.

Like I said, I liked it despite all of this. It was kind of a quintessential beach book. I just can't really pull any deep meaning out of it to spark a lengthy discussion or debate.