James Stark, a.k.a. Sandman Slim, crawled out of Hell, took bloody revenge for his girlfriend’s murder, and saved the world along the way. After that, what do you do for an encore? You take a lousy job tracking down monsters for money. It’s a depressing gig, but it pays for your beer and cigarettes. But in L.A., things can always get worse.
Like when Lucifer comes to town to supervise his movie biography and drafts Stark as his bodyguard. Sandman Slim has to swim with the human and inhuman sharks of L.A.’s underground power elite. That’s before the murders start. And before he runs into the Czech porn star who isn’t quite what she seems. Even before all those murdered people start coming back from the dead and join a zombie army that will change our world and Stark’s forever.
Death bites. Life is worse. All things considered, Hell’s not looking so bad.
More mayhem? Try another eerie earful of Sandman Slim.
©2010 Richard Kadrey (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Profane, intensely metaphoric language somehow makes self-tortured monster Stark sympathetic and turns a simple story into a powerful noir thriller." (Publishers Weekly)
If you liked the first Sandman Slim book, here's more of it!
This by-the-numbers detective-noir story based in a Los Angeles overrun with supernatural elements also extends and deepens the character and Hell of Sandman Slim, while also throwing a bunch of zombies at us.
I hear tell that the subsequent books increase the punch of the stories themselves, and I look forward to that.
The real star of this audiobook is MacLeod Andrews, who is given plenty of scenery to chew, and obviously has a grand time chewing it.
I loved the character development of this book! It wasn't as much about the events as letting you get to know the characters, and it was a great time.
I think this is a terrific series so far. I love the voice of Sandman Slim from MacLeod Andrews. He makes him come alive with that throaty Jack Nicholson voice. He also does the other characters very well, as I can easily tell them apart even when not identified in the writing.
And speaking of the writing... for this genre, the writing is superior to most.
I'm also totally enjoying all the Los Angeles locales. They're authentic!
On to the next book.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
MINUTES, THEN THEY FIND OUT THEY CAN'T EAT CHILI DOGS.
I would not recommend reading this before book one. This makes more sense if you read book one and this is not as good as book one. It is still a good book, I mean how can you not like a book, which has a CZECH, GYPSIE, PORN STAR, ZOMBIE KILLER as a main character. James ,Sandman Slim, is still a sarcastic potty mouth with a constant string of one-liners that will have you rolling in the aisles. His sidekick head, now has a way of moving around on his own and he is even funnier in this book then book one.
THE NICEST DEAD GUY, I'VE EVER KNOWN
This book is a four star, unlike book one, which is a five star. Just like many other authors who write character driven series, such as Maberry with Joe Ledger, there seems to be an attempt to make the character more likeable and more down to earth then the first book. In the first book James is Sandman Slim not James Stark so much. In the first book he is out for revenge and all he cares about is himself. In this book, we are encouraged to feel more empathy for him. This results in him being a little whinny at times. He is striving to be liked and to be nicer. He is nicer to his bodiless sidekick and there are these moral issues about family, that we get hit over the head with. BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO RESCUE FAMILY, EVEN ASSHOLE FAMILY. FAMILIES ARE DIFFICULT, BUT HAVING NONE IS WORSE.
To me there are plenty of books out there with high morals and feel good endings. Occasionally I want something that is dark and funny and that is why I liked book one. I would not want all my books to be dark and mean, but it is a release sometimes to indulge in such books. Making James, cute and cuddly, is not what I want or why I would read a Richard Kadry book. MAYBE WHAT YOU NEED IS AN ENGLISH TO ASSHOLE HANDBOOK?
HE WAS GANGBANGED BY A THESAURUS
The narrator is pretty good, but I do think Ray Porter would be better.
I would not normally continue a series once it drops below a five star, but due to the strength of book one, I will go one more to see if he regains his nastiness.
Kill the Dead is not quite as strong as Sandman Slim, but Kadrey does a solid job here and continues to build the folklore and mythology of his Los Angeles. Stark become even more remote this time around and it unfortunately pulls some of the sting out of his mounting losses. There is enough here to keep me on board for a third installment, but when the closest thematic link is to Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden, the (perhaps unfair) expectation is for some strong character development. His growing band of allies elevates that expectation.
122 titles and counting i really should review more!
this is a great series, but you have to have a dark sense of humor. the narrator is excellent he really gives stark his voice.
The narration is awesome. Macleod does a great job with all of the different characters voices. You have everything from normal people to Satin himself to angels, demons, and everything in-between. Great narration.
Let me get something out of the way, I don't like zombie stories. I really like this book though. The zombies are used in a great way as to carry the story forward without spending a ton of time on killing or drama about having to run away from them. The main characters get futher depth in this book as the added characters bring their own to the overall story.
A real shiny part of this story is the protrayal of Lucifier. There is a joker-like quality to this Lucifier. I won't spoil anymore, go read for yourself.
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