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)
As the second of the series, you could probably read this as a stand alone novel, but having the background given in the first book will certainly help understand the silliness that goes on here.
And silly it is. Talking severed heads, Satan at Hollywood parties, etc. It is also very dark; much darker than the first novel. Whereas the first book could be recommended to a mature YA audience, this book sits right in the mature zone.
If anything, Kadrey's humour and one liners are even better here, and I was always amused by his quirky dialogues. Elite prose it is not, but it is damned entertaining.
Highly recommended if you like comic books, the horror genre, and comedy.
Not for the easily offended.
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.
I liked the first book in this series, but LOVED the second book and am downloading the third. The first book was action packed and fun, but no real character development. This book was much better and I am really excited for this series. Funny, witty, never boring and clearly moving into new stories - not just the same story told over and over with slightly different flavors. Definitely try this series.
It's been a long time since I've had a book series that could tickle me so. I've read so many books in my life and to get something so surprisingly creative and unexpectedly funny at the same time is miraculous. And the joy of it is there are FIVE books in this series. I have them all and I've even listened to them again. I think Richard. Kadrey has found his perfect milieu. I can't say I like his others books so much but this series stands in a place of honor. The same for MacLeod Andrews as the narrator. His kaleidoscope of voices is just wonderful PLUS he can do women's voices without sounding like a transgender. I only wish there were more books. I remember when I discovered Patrick O'Brian and found he had 22 books... if only Sandman Slim had that many...
Herr Wölfe F.S.:
It's great from beginning to end
The manifestation of the Gladius.
I laughed some
The top two: second only to Sandman Slim (read/listen to that one first).
Introduction of new and exciting characters, and more twists and turns than Lombard Street.
Tough question. Stark in the abandoned theater trying to navigate through the zombie multitude. There were others, I'll have to listen to it again...
The folks on the commuter train think I'm an idiot, the way I frequently laugh listening to Kadrey's books.
Movie, movie, movie.... (or miniseries?)
The story is is original and the characters bring the strange story to life
When Stark finially got his angel vision and then things really turned wacky even stranger
Mr Andrews is a great reader he brings the right attitude and voice to the characters Yes he is in the right business keep up the good work
Who won't feel sad when some die and yet others prove to be real heros It made us have both reactions
Already bought book 3, looking forward to the action and story line
Start with Sandman Slim, but then keep going, listen to Kill the Dead. And then Aloha From Hell, and then Devil Said Bang, and then... on and on as long as Kadrey will keep up the good work!!
Kadrey's writing is both fast paced and entertaining, full of analogies and bizarre imagery. He doesn't hit any joke to hard, he just makes it and moves right along.
I really enjoy the narrator, MacLeod Andrews, as well. He is right on pitch!
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