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.
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
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
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