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)
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As an individual episode, this book is just OK. Sandman Slim spends another novel being a tough guy, treating his friends like garbage, referencing movies, beating up monsters and cracking one-liners. That leitmotiv remains strong. Unfortunately, there is no deepening of the narrative or development of the characters. Throughout the previous book I'd thought it was going somewhere. Jim was learning about his dual nature and hinting at a growing maturity in solving his complex problems. Kadrey appears to have scrapped that sort of character development. It makes this book feel like empty calories. It has some good fight scenes and it has a well described Los Angeles qua Hell setting that will probably appeal to people from that area, but the characters are just meh.
I understand the whole "root for the bad guy," anti-hero protagonist narrative. These novels are missing two important elements of this. The anti-hero is usually rebelling against a system or a prevailing authority of some sort. For that protagonist to be an anti-hero instead of merely a villain, that system has to be corrupt somehow justifying his or her antithesis. In this series, there is no such system or authority. There are lots of powerful individuals, but there is really no "man" to stick it to. Also the anti-hero has to have some redeeming quality for the audience to admire. Jim is mean, dishonorable, selfish, sociopathic and not particularly smart. He has a lot of power, but he uses it to harm innocents for his own convenience and rebukes those that show him kindness all while failing to grow up.
He's a thug. There is little to redeem him. I am back to rooting for him to lose. I think this will be the last book of this series for me unless I get really bored.
Get the first two books before you start this one: Sandman Slim is book1 and Kill the Dead book 2 and then also get Devil Said Bang - book 4 as you will want to dive right in after this one which is book 3. BTW: Kill City Blues - book 5 - is due out on 7-30-13. If you have ANY doubts about these, go over to amazon and read the reviews. Fantastic series and really well read too.
I love the Sandman Slim series - he's anything but PC and I love his sarcasism, wit and bloody response to the antagonists. MacLeod Andrews is the perfect voice for this book! He makes a some what laking story still very enjoyable again and again.
I waslooking for a new author, so based on the reviews of the book, i got Aloha from Hell.
I was pleasantly surprised and vastly entertained!
I particularly liked the "kick-ass" attitude of the characters, as well as the blurring of lines between good and evil (definitely refreshing!) and the moderate-to-fast pace of the dialogue.
Can't wait to get my hand on the next one in the series!
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!
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Insanely Hell-acious dudes!...this ain't your preacher writin' this Shiite. And this definitely is positively Not your mama's version of Lucifer's digs.
Every town has a Mustang Sally, and for Sandman Slim all it takes is a trip to one of the countless mini-marts where he stocks up on greasy burgers, chips, candy, donuts and smokes, of course...for Sally is not only the queen of the roadways, she is also Slim's ticket into hell...cost?...the road marts treats, and Slim bitin it on a messy James Dean head on...ouch!
With a name like Sandman Slim, and burdened with an angel inside him, a roommate he has decapitated and a monster as a lover,hmmm...yeah it is definitely Mr. Slim.
Hey! Go to Hell...you just might like it.
I loved the first two books in this series, however this one dosent measure up. Characters are two dimensional and what was sharp cynical wit in the first two books, comes off as belligerent ranting in this book.
The narration and performance is very good making this disappointment more tolerable.
Oh, woe unto us who suffer through jumped sharks and nuclear fridges...
All the careful setup and delicately stacked cards that Richard Kadrey has placed went to hell with Sandman Slim in this last installment. Contradictions (I thought the Fallen were disarmed when the were cast down?), poor direction and editing errors make this almost as much of a disaster as the lazy depiction of Hell itself.
I wish I could get my Credit back...but I don't think there's a "Sucker" option in the Reason pulldown.
At least the narrator makes this all worth while.
That and one of the funniest one-liners I've heard in some long while.
Very disjoint. Characters were so changing I was lead to believe that the author didn't know where he was going with this story so the words spilled out onto the page without direction. I know it was fantasy, but come on.
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