Interesting. It was good. And I liked the trip to Hell – it reminded me of Milton. Language doesn’t bother me – but if you have misgivings about reading things that might make a sailor blush, you might want to reconsider this one. Fu*# is in every third sentence (ok, that’s an exaggeration, but there were times when it felt like it). I had 2 small problems with this book – first, the smoking is so in your face – I mean, I know people smoke and so do book characters. But every time I put the book down, I felt the urge to sniff my clothes to make sure none of the stench of cigarette smoke rubbed off on me. Second, the way I pictured the blind swordswoman (her name escapes me at the moment) originally, from Kadrey’s description, was of this little old lady. So when she and Spider get intimate, well, I had trouble with that mental picture. But I assume that was just me. It was good enough that I am on the hunt for more of Kadrey’s stuff. And I love the artwork on the cover – for me, that was well worth the $[…] bucks.
NOTE: As of July 2011, you can read this entire book on goodreads – and it looks like you can download it too! Check it out!