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)
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.
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
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.
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!
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.
122 titles and counting i really should review more!
i am enjoying this series but this book wasnt the best. nothing really to point out without a spoiler alert. i am just not thrilled with how this story is unfolding. i am going to take a break from this series for a few months with a new dresden book coming out and then an iron druid book after that. then i will revisit the world of sandman slim! the narrator as always was spot on he really brings the characters to live or death!!! i will be back but i went through the first 3 books within weeks and i just need a break from this world!
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 read too much, like most genre, & am picky about narrators. I like strong characters, great dialogue, & quirky bits!
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'...
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!
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