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.
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©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)
I like science fiction and fantasy. I get regular recommendations from a librarian. I have converted all my "reading" almost exclusively to audio-books because of my vision. I am very particular about the sound of the reader/actor's voice. My profession is quality analyst; make of that whatever you wish, but the fact remains, I know of that which I speak.
No Zombie Angels.
This book was the decider for continuation; I look forward to the rest of the series. I wanted to ensure both the writing and the performance were consistant - they are. There is the protagonist we know, and an insight into his inner workings in this book. The manner in which we learn these things is through interesting plot devices.
There were a few slow spots in the story, but I think the narration was consistent throughout. There may have been a few times when it was hard to tell who was speaking, but rewinding cleared that up easily enough.
When a story is good, you want to hear what happens next - not unique to this book. Although, there where a spot or two that offered a lull in the action to pause and consider what was just read, and digest the contents, I took those occasions to rewind the section and stop the audio. I would take the proffered break and return for more giving sufficient momentum [the rewind] to get right back into the action.
I may have liked the first book better, but that is no reflection on this one. Kadrey immerses the listener in his [Slim's] dystopic environment in such a way that you revel in the muck and mire, then pause to wash it off and return to reality. I don't always agree with the plot twists, but it is undeniable that they always work themselves out in the end.I will be reading more of the series if I wasn't clear on that point.
Dark, edgy, snarky.
Sandman Slim is a Harry Dresden meets John Constantine kind of character. Equal parts demon, angel, hero, asshole, alcoholic, punk, and zombie hunter.
Artist, humanist, lover of nature and escaping with audio books.
I certainly didn't struggle to finish this book but I wasn't nearly as into it as I was the first one. The story seemed quite a bit shorter and not quite as complex
Enjoyed this entry in the series, maybe not as good as the first but still good. I keep on comparing it to The Dresden Files while I listen.
I swear I read they are going to turn this series into a movie and its going to be a shame to not hear Macleod Andrews voice when it come to the characters I've grown to love and hate
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
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.
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