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)
Each book in this series just got better and better. Always action packed and many twists and turns. Richard Kadrey knows how to spin a story and keep his reader entertained from the very start. MacLeod Andrews is the perfect narrator for this series. His voices and attitude were perfect. There were moments in this series that were really funny, if it weren't so brutal. This is a true trilogy If you like urban fantasy this is for you. True cutting edge. I hope Richard Kadrey will be writing more novels.
Stark isn't a nice guy. He isn't polite, he isn't considerate, he doesn't play by the rules. He is continually pissed off, he goes through a LOT of destroyed clothing, he hates almost everyone, and he loves to steal cars.
What's not to love?
The Sandman Slim books aren't perfect, but author Richard Kadrey has managed to create a great character in James Stark. Stark repeatedly refers to himself as a monster, and he is an efficient killing machine -- yet he is also intensely loyal to folks like his murdered lover and the few living people he trusts, and somehow he ends up saving the general populace (and the world) from various true monsters whether he really wants to or not. Kadrey can write surprisingly poetic prose -- a rough hewn sort of poetry, but still effective -- and that in combination with Stark's obnoxious attitude and frequently outrageous violence make for an engaging, humorous, and sometimes breath-taking good time.
Now, these books are not perfect. A lot of the fantasy elements are pretty off the wall to start with, and sometimes Kadrey really strains my ability to suspend disbelief. In particular in this book, at the climax he did something with the angel half of Stark that really had me waving the BS penalty flag (I won't spoil it here). Even so, the way he set up the climax and its aftermath promises to provide a lot of interesting conflict for the next book, so some good reading may come of it. And even given that this sort of believability problem does occur occasionally throughout the Sandman Slim books, they are still a lot of fun to read.
As to the narrator -- I was not all that fond of MacLeod Andrews when I listened to the first Sandman Slim book, but he has grown on me as the series progressed (and, probably, as he got more used to the role). In Aloha From Hell I think he does a fine job of voicing both the rough-edged Stark and most of the secondary characters. Occasionally some of the side characters sound too much alike, but that's a minor complaint.
Too many toys
Sandman Slim, very funny
Gone to hell for cigarettes
Very enjoyable, save for a favorite hike or car ride.
Filled with great one-liners and the ultra-violence we've all come to love from our favorite antihero, Sandman Slim, this one packs a wallop and take you back to where it all began. I'll f***ing miss this guy, though I hope I'll never meet him in the hereafter 'cause he would totally kick my ass!
Likes to listen while doing chores; likes to write reviews while he should be doing chores.
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.
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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OK, I love this series BUT this book didn't go where I expected. I was left with a distinct "Is this all there is to the fire?" feeling. Hoping Book four answers some questions, this one cut some corners. Just sayin'...
If you're a fan of the Sandman Slim series, then Book #3 will not disappoint you. I'd read about four or five other audiobooks between Books #2 and #3, but it didn't take long for me to become enthralled again by the Sandman. If you're familiar with the Joe Ledger series, then you'll know what I mean when I say that just as Ray Porter is the one and only Joe Ledger, so is MacLeod Andrews the one and only Sandman Slim!
Each book flows one to the other and some of the plot twists have actually caused me to rewind by 30 seconds or more just to be sure I heard what I heard because it had taken me by surprise. The characterizations and narration is always spot-on. Casabian is a real hoot. Lucifer, who we met more fully in Book #2, sounds exactly like I would expect the Devil to sound, so silky smooth-like, he'd have you happily signing over your childrens' trust funds, handing him the keys to your house and your car, and thinking it was all your own idea.
All in all, I think everyone should have a little Sandman Slim in their lives. Do right by him and he'll do right by you.
Well, I'm off to Book #4 now.
In this book, Sandman Slim basically pukes on god and tells us what an idiot he is...if you are sensitive to this, go read someone else, but if you enjoy a no holds barred, uncensored, very creative and action packed story this is it.
I loved this book and the series so far.
I've been a fan of fantasy and science fiction since childhhood. I kind burned out on sci-fi and now stick mainly to fantasy.
Funny, action, attitude.
The plot and characters are interesting and well considered. This series is unique and you won't find anything else quite like it.
Casabian. He is a blast and steals almost every scene he is in.
This is a great book. Go ahead.. You won't be disappointed.
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