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)
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i found ktd (kill the dead) entertaining but not as entertaining as sandman slim. stark is more of a gumshoe this time around. he works for the golden vigil, collecting a gov't check. stark's brought in for his opinion of the death of an old sub rosa. as the story progresses, we learn more about the sub rosa and their factions.
uriel and candy are on the run and stark comes across a new partner, bridgette bardow, a porn star gypsy who hunts revenants (zombies). she teaches him the proper way to subdue a revenant by tearing out its spinal cord.
in ktd, you never get the sense that stark is evenly matched or outmatched like in sandman slim.
i found lucifer scarier and more terrifying in sandman slim. even though he had a few minor parts, he oozed power. the narrator's calm, easy tone conveyed lucifer's confidence and power. you hung on every word. stark even seemed to bbe afraid of him, not wanting to speak out of turn nor dare be disrespectful. now, stark talks back and throws wise a$$ remarks lucifer's way. i don't get the abrupt change. in ktd, lucifer is portrayed as a celebrity with people fawning over him instead of fearing him and putting their arm around him instead of cowering in fear. this was my biggest disappointment.
macleod andrew's performance was great again. he even pulls off an eastern european porn star. lol
overall, a pretty good follow-up. i grade it a sohmore slump after being blown away by the first book. don't get me wrong, i've already downloaded the 3rd book.
eep looking for a series that will keep it interesting the whole way through. Thought I had found what I had been searching for but......!!!!
The first half was good and parts of the middle BUT the ending was a let down. The title character "Sandman Slim" had lots of issues. Wanted to slap him in the mouth and say grow up you punk. To much sappy memories talk about a girl that he only knew for a brief time and was willing to watch the world burn in order to find revenge.
MacLeod did an excellent job in keeping the story rolling BUT at times "Sandman Slim" sounded more like a whinny baby than a stoned faced killer.
With all that being said I'm going to attempt the 3nd book in the series and see where it leads.
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
Yes, it is a fast paced interesting book with lots of punk attitude.
The zombie havoc in LA was well done. Also, the little girl ghost was really creepy.
he just has the attitude of this series down pat. He also has a great range of voices and makes the whole greater han the sum of its parts.
Two things I generally don't like are stories about time travel or zombies. In this case the author made a zombie story that was actually interesting and fun. You can't go wrong with this book or the series as a whole.
Now I regret all of those other fine audiobooks I gave 555 ratings. The originality of this writer and the pacing of this voice actor's delivery are a match made in ... Well, downtown. I'd sorta like to give it a 666.
I can't believe how good this series gets, by just the second book. I liked the first one fine, but I really didn't expect this level of excellence by the second. The writing, the story, the characters, the pacing, the plot -- Kadrey is hitting on all eight cylinders here, maybe even twelve.
He gets beyond the sensationalism of exploding demons and crass displays of power, and goes to places I did not expect, exploring the character of Stark in ways that felt almost literary. What impresses me the most is that he didn't have to. The more superficial aspects of the Sandman Slim story are great fun, and didn't have to be tinkered with. But Kadrey shows he's not afraid to do the unexpected, and in doing so, takes the series to a completely new level.
The only drawback -- somewhat in the writing, but more so in the performance -- was the character of Lucifer. Lucifer is the ruler of hell, he is the First of the Fallen. He should be majestic, he should radiate power in all his actions and words. He comes off as sort of ordinary here, and the interpretation by the reader MacLeod Andrews -- otherwise excellent in all aspects -- left me with no real impression of what the character is like.
This series is now a must-read for me. I'm really happy there are many more Sandman Slim books to enjoy. I can't wait to go back to hell!
Nonstop one-liners that kept me laughing out loud from start to finish. e.g. "What kind of kid would want Lucifer for a father? He'd give the shittiest christmas presents, on the other hand, he'd throw great Halloween parties.'"
Not on the edge of my seat to solve any mystery, but definitely wanting more.
I didn't have a particular favorite scene, but I did like the narration for Lucifer. Overall the narration was very good.
Several that moved me to stop my mp3 player because I was laughing.
Not for the squeamish. Not for someone who doesn't like non-stop wise ass remarks. Not for someone who only roots for the good guys.
Listened to this hoping for a fix something like "A Dirty Job", did not compare. A bit too much of the glib, wise cracking, noir detective for me.
Reread books by Christoper Moore"
Kadrey's writing at its best. Such a fantastic roller coaster ride filled with gritty no nonsense, back talking, loveable monsters you can't help but root and cheer for. This is pure brilliance. Macleod Andrews's performance is top notch, bringing Kadrey's cast of wicked do gooders jumping off the page.
I wish it had an equal, because I'd be gobbling that one up to. This is a truly unique take on heaven & hell, God and Lucifer, Angels, Hellions, Demons, and Zombies. What Harry Potter did for Fantasy, Sandman Slim does for Noir Gritty Macabre Pulp Fiction.
Macleod Andrews brings everything to the table in the Sandman Slim series. He gives every character a nuance and unique voice, his versatility and acting is pure brilliance.
Too many moving moments to list without spoiling this fantastic story.
I would be utterly shocked and amazed if one of the big networks or studios doesn't pick up this series for the long haul.
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