In Sandman Slim Stark came back from hell for revenge. In Kill the Dead he tackled both a zombie plague and being Lucifer’s bodyguard.
Once again all is not right in L.A. Lucifer is back in Heaven, God is on vacation, and an insane killer mounts a war against both Heaven and Hell. Stark’s got to head back down to his old stomping grounds in Hell to rescue his long lost love, stop an insane serial killer, prevent both Good and Evil from completely destroying each other, and stop the demonic Kissi from ruining the party for everyone. Even for Sandman Slim, that’s a tall order. And it’s only the beginning.
©2011 Richard Kadrey (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“Don’t compare Kadrey’s prose with Stephenie Meyer’s, or even Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Those works are mere fluffy soap operas next to Kadrey’s writing.” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
unfortunately, not everyone who strings together magic and PI is able to hold a candle to Harry Dresden. Please correct me if I am injustly prejudiced, in as far as I started on "Aloha from Hell", which is the third(?) of the series, and maybe I just lack the immersion that the first story captures you in. But really, I find it quite tedious. The narrator does his best, and he is very good. But for the rest, well, let me say, it seems to be something for the initiated only. If you like that kind of genre, as I do, you're far better off with Simon R.Green`s "Nightside", or you might like to check out Benjamin Jacka (don`t know if he`s on audibe yet). Have fun!
I can't say I dislike anything about this book. It's full on Kadrey at its best. Smart, witty, sarcastic, cynical. Makes me appreciate the art of a good metaphor once again. Macleod Andrews, as always, gave his all in the performance. He gave depth to every character in the book and let me just say, I can't imagine where he went in his mind to come up with that perfect voice for Jack.
Im some guy in Oshkosh, WI that walks to work and has found the joy of listening to good books and values good narrators :).
Ive listened to this book twice. The second time I listen to it is because I actually forgot anything about it. Im wasn't sure why. I mean I can look at the 200+ books in my library and tell you, maybe not the details, but certainly a brief overview of just about any of them. This one was blank to me, I think I have an idea why having finished the second read. First, The book is filled with self loathing and complaining, two things that I find annoying. The second is the storyline allows the characters to travel between life/earth, heaven & hell. When you do this you create an environment where theres no consequence to dying. You have to find something else to drive the story to make the characters story have meaning. There are entire chapters where all the characters are gathered together for a going away.. well.. death, with our hero who’s still alive. I keep wondering why? Why all the consternation. Why the angst? He’s going off to maybe die but probably not and even if he did its not like he’s gone for good. During this chapter theres lots of remembering old times and lost loves and… well I think you get the idea. Most of the book is like this. I think I forgot it because nothing that happens in it really changes anything. Its a forgettable book in the series. Id go so far to say if you were to read all the books in the series and miss this one Im not sure you’d really notice. The narration is well performed so its not that. I guess that in general I was just disappointed with the book. My guess is that if you read the previous books you will read this one because its simply the next book. Just be aware you might not find yourself all that engaged… and thats ok, its not you, its the story.
This is the 3rd book in the series and I wouldn't recommend it as as stand alone novel. You need the background of the first two books or you will be left scratching your head. Even with that background, you really must have an open mind, expansive imagination, and a background in catholic icons and myths. This isn't a book for the faithful.
That being said, it very entertaining and definitely weird. I didn't find the story as good as the first 2 books, but I still loved the twisted characters and one liners. MacLeod Andrews put in another solid performance that greatly augmented the story.
If you finished the first 2 books, you'll want to read this one, as it closes out a trilogy. There are follow on books in the series, but I'm satisfied now with how the story has finished up. I may give the other books a try, but only after I finish up others on my wish list
I was trying to come up with some clever headline for my review, but the overall picture is that I just love this series!
As in the two previous books, the writing is so good with all the wonderful ruminations of the lead character, done in first person perspective. I loved his inner turmoil, his wrestling with his good/bad self, his take on the world, people, monsters, the devil and god. And the story still moved along at a fast pace and I never lost interest in this extraordinary character.
I cannot say enough about MacLeod Andrew's performance. His narration makes the character absolutely come alive. I wonder if reading it would have the same impact, but I think the experience would be quite different. His smokey, growling voice conjures up vivid images and that perfect sarcastic humor just swept me away.
I would love this series to be made into a movie. It is so visual and such rich material, it would make a terrific film.
And if only MacLeod Andrews looks anything like his voice, he could play Sandman Slim!
This is the third of the series, and Sandman is back in Hell trying to rescue his old girlfriend and be done with Mason. The full cast is there from the previous books, so read these in order to get the full effect. I really enjoy all the anti-hero, hero stuff, with the gruff attitude and colorful characters. MacLeod Andrews seems to grow on you from book to book. The harsh edgy voice seems to suit Sandman along with the rest of the cast.
and that one is MacLeod Andrews! This fourth outing is getting sort of same ole, same ole but Mr. Andrews keeps me listening even when I want to stop.
This one moved a little slowly for me and it didn't feel like much happened until the very end. I'm actually quite intrigued by where the series is headed. The reader of the audiobook is great (as usual). He does a wonderful job portraying Stark's sarcasm and twisted sense of humor.
I enjoy these books, but mostly because of attitude and audacity than for writing or character development. The universe of Sandman Slim is a unique and creative take on the mythologies we know and have grown up with. I enjoy the world building here as he reveals the framework of reality and politics of the greater realms. Plot-wise it feels like we are hanging on by our fingernails, and it feels like Richard Kadrey is white knuckled right beside us. It is hard to blame him for all the deus ex machina when gods are literally active participants in the plot lines. There are other head scratching moments...
such as when Sandman Slim is separated into his mortal and angel selves, the mortal version manifests a gladius in front of the legions of hell.
...but, this isn't the type of series that you chart and map, and debate minutia. It is meant to be a fun ride, and in that regard it succeeds.
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