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 de..Show More »stroyed 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.
NOT BEING KILLED IS PRETTY HIGH ON MY AGENDA You don't pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger and you don't mess around with Slim. Slim is still th..Show More »e bad A as in all the other books and he is still sarcastically witty. If you have not read Sandman, I would suggest you start at the beginning, that was by far the best book. The rest of the books have less story and are pretty much all about the sarcasm. I love this type of dry humor, but plot lines and lack of new interesting characters keeps me from being too interested. I might venture into some of Kadry's other universes, but I think I am done messy around with Slim.
HIGH PLAINS DRIFTERS OR ZOMBIES MacLeod Andrews does great work and is a positive factor in deciding on what books to read.
I am still a huge fan of this well-written, engaging, fast-paced series, but this book is a little bit weaker than the previous installments. Some..Show More » other reviewers said it best, but there are some plot developments that have too many loopholes and some characters such as the Dreamers, that really stretched any believability. Especially since I live in Los Angeles, I love all the locations and happenings in this city. And I adore all the wonderful references to movies, books and social media. But no review is worth anything without a standing ovation to the narrator, MacLeod Andrews, who makes the character come alive.
The stories are good and the narrartor is excellent. The best thing about the book and the series as a whole is how well the author captured the whole..Show More » "punk" vibe. This is definitely cyberpunk, but with a supernatural angle instead. maybe I should call it "Superunk" or something. This book and series is just one of those times when you hit the perfect combination of book and narrator. I actually enjoyed listening to the book more than reading it.
What other compliments, accolades or glowing tributes can I bestow upon this author and the narrator? I love these books! Okay, this review is not ..Show More »fancy, but straight to the point. I love the terrific writing, everything from the film and literary references to the deep and deliciously dark internal musings of Sandman Slim about the world and the universe. And the wonderful sarcastic humor! I love the side characters, all the gods, demons, angels and especially his group of friends---all so inventive and unique. I love the wonderful twist ending to this book. I love, love MacLeod Andrews! Others have said it here perfectly---he IS Sandman Slim. His performance has made the character come alive. I am so heartened to hear that there will be another book. YEAH!
Richard Kadrey and MacLeod Andrews are a perfect match. There is NO better narrator for Stark's adventures. The latest Sandman Slim novel is every..Show More »thing I'd hoped it would be, and I'm a Stark groupie from way back. The only complaint I have about this series is that the books aren't 500 pages longer! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
I have listened to all the books in this series and always look forward to the latest installment. This one started slow and stayed there most of the ..Show More »book. There are action moments reminiscent of the previous books but they are fewer than in the past. The regulars in the series are there but the interaction is predictable and uninspired. The ending leaves a question if this was the final installment. I hope not, I would hate to see Stark go out with a whimper instead of a bang. I will look forward to the next book and hopefully we will be treated to the Sandman Slim we enjoy instead of the Stark we saw in this novel.