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Aloha from Hell (Sandman Slim Novels) Hardcover – 18 Oct 2011

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  • Hardcover: 438 pages
  • Publisher: Voyager (18 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061714321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061714320
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.5 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,378,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dirty, disgusting, vulgar, violent, poisonously testosterone-driven, so politically incorrect it ought to be prosecuted, and generally all-round offensively in your face. ... I loved it. It's amazing."--Robin McKinley

"His best work yet. . . . Kadrey tells his story in a swirl of tight, darkly intense prose. . . . "Sandman Slim" is very, very good indeed."--SF Site

"Kadrey knows how to spin a story, his prose is crisp and effortless, and the entertainment value is high."--Charles de Lint, Fantasy & Science Fiction on Kill the Dead

."..endlessly inventive and high-octane...Kadrey's an excellent writer who's able to juggle all of it without dropping a single pin."--Locus

"Full of action, wit, and suspense, this grabbed a hold of me and wouldn't let go. Kadrey is a master storyteller (overused, I know, but very apt) and he will have you rooting for him in Hell and on Earth."--Suspense magazine

"Kadrey's prose is raw and gutter-tough, Raymond Chandler meets Lux Interior at the Whisky a Go Go at the end of days."--Austin Chronicle

"I hope Kadrey keeps putting out Sandman Slim books for the next 20 years. They're that much fun to read."--Wired

"A sharp-edged urban fantasy, drenched in blood and cynicism, tipping its hat to Sam Peckinpah, Raymond Chandler and the anti-heroes of Hong Kong cinema. Kadrey brings it off through the propulsive force of Stark's in-your-face, first-person, present-tense narration. It's a bravura performance."--San Francisco Chronicle

"Kadrey's stylized treatment of the ubiquitous urban fantasy genre makes it seem fresh"--Kirkus Reviews

"Think Get Shorty meets Hellraiser."--San Francisco Chronicle

"If authors were tarot cards, Richard Kadrey would unarguably be the Hierophant of Paranormal Fantasy."--Paul Goat Allen

"If Simon R. Green wrote an episode of Dog the Bounty Hunter, it would read much like "Sandman Slim" - violent, vivid, non-stop action of the supernatural kind. I couldn't put it down."--Charlaine Harris

"This bad-ass supernatural horror stuff is clearly the material he was born to write. Kadrey has an ungodly (literally) amount of fun with Stark's wryer-than-wry and violenter-than-violent observations and dialog."--Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

"Kadrey's tale lives on a tightrope, but the author nails the right balance of detective fiction and theological fantasy, seriousness and humor, pathos and absurdity."--Lincoln Star Journal

"Paced like greased lightning (watch out for friction burns on your turning finger), blend the movie-ish delights of tough guy noir and such smart-mouthgore-fests as "Reanimator" and "Army of Darkness," seasoned by soupcons of Gaimanian romanticism and Koontzian sentiment."--Booklist

"Richard Kadrey's 'Sandman Slim' series is one of my favorite sets of fantasy books from the last few years..."--John Scalzi

"The perfect escapist storyline ... side-splittingly funny. ... gruesome slapstick mixed with down-and-dirty Hammett-esque mayhem and double-dealing. ... If you've been hoping someone would bring the full-strength SoCal toxic waste to the urban fantasy game, then Sandman Slim is your poison."--io9.com

"Everything a sequel should be; that is, more. ... There's hardly a moment where you're not chewing your fingernails to the wrist wondering what happens next. ... Kadrey is a hell of a writer, versatile and seasoned, and these pulpy, dark, ultraviolent novels are his best work yet."--Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

"Compelling...brilliantly metaphoric...profane mixture of noir atmospherics, black humor, and nonstop action will please Kadrey's many fans."--Publishers Weekly

""Sandman Slim" is one of the best books I have read in a very, very long while. Richard Kadrey is a genius. I read it on the plane ride home and was totally blown away."--Holly Black

"Hilarious ... belongs up there with Dresden Files and Felix Castor novels. ... some of the best supernatural buddy comedy ever created. ... This is that rare sequel that's actually better than the first book (which was plenty great) and manages to take several leaps forward."--io9.com

"The most hard-boiled piece of supernatural fiction I've ever had the pleasure of reading. ... all confident and energetic and fresh and angry. I loved this book and all its screwed-up people."--Cory Doctorow

"James Stark, antihero of 2009's Sandman Slim, returns in this gritty, over-the-top tale of supernatural mayhem...Profane, intensely metaphoric language somehow makes self-tortured monster Stark sympathetic and turns a simple story into a powerful noir thriller."--Publishers Weekly on KILL THE DEAD

"Witty, gritty, over-the-top mayhem to care. If you mixed Jim Butcher with Christopher Moore, forced a kicking and screaming Warren Ellis in after them, and shook well, you'd get . . . well, I'd be careful opening the mixer. But the result wouldn't be too far away from this."--Daytona Beach News

"Kadrey really is the anti-Twilight. Raw, real, funny, furious, all full of piss and hemoglobin. His third Sandman Slim novel, in which the supernatural anti-hero must go back to Hell to stop a war with Heaven, may be his finest."--Fearnet

..".endlessly inventive and high-octane...Kadrey's an excellent writer who's able to juggle all of it without dropping a single pin."--Locus

"Nicotine and octane in equal parts might come close to the high-energy buzz from Richard Kadrey's "Sandman Slim." Crisp world building, recognizable and fully-realized characters, and a refreshingly unique storytelling style make for an absorbing read."Sandman Slim" is my kind of hero."--Kim Harrison

"Kadrey combines humor and horror to create a lively, scary tale of urban warfare with plenty of gory action in "Kill The Dead."'--Deseret News

Richard Kadrey s Sandman Slim series is one of my favorite sets of fantasy books from the last few years --John Scalzi"

I hope Kadrey keeps putting out Sandman Slim books for the next 20 years. They re that much fun to read. --Wired"

Kadrey s prose is raw and gutter-tough, Raymond Chandler meets Lux Interior at the Whisky a Go Go at the end of days. --Austin Chronicle"

This bad-ass supernatural horror stuff is clearly the material he was born to write. Kadrey has an ungodly (literally) amount of fun with Stark s wryer-than-wry and violenter-than-violent observations and dialog. --Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing"

Full of action, wit, and suspense, this grabbed a hold of me and wouldn t let go. Kadrey is a master storyteller (overused, I know, but very apt) and he will have you rooting for him in Hell and on Earth. --Suspense magazine"

Kadrey knows how to spin a story, his prose is crisp and effortless, and the entertainment value is high. --Charles de Lint, Fantasy & Science Fiction on Kill the Dead"

Compelling...brilliantly metaphoric...profane mixture of noir atmospherics, black humor, and nonstop action will please Kadrey s many fans. --Publishers Weekly"

Kadrey s stylized treatment of the ubiquitous urban fantasy genre makes it seem fresh --Kirkus Reviews"

The perfect escapist storyline side-splittingly funny. gruesome slapstick mixed with down-and-dirty Hammett-esque mayhem and double-dealing. If you ve been hoping someone would bring the full-strength SoCal toxic waste to the urban fantasy game, then Sandman Slim is your poison. --io9.com"

If authors were tarot cards, Richard Kadrey would unarguably be the Hierophant of Paranormal Fantasy. --Paul Goat Allen"

endlessly inventive and high-octane Kadrey s an excellent writer who s able to juggle all of it without dropping a single pin. --Locus"

Everything a sequel should be; that is, more. There s hardly a moment where you re not chewing your fingernails to the wrist wondering what happens next. Kadrey is a hell of a writer, versatile and seasoned, and these pulpy, dark, ultraviolent novels are his best work yet. --Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing"

James Stark, antihero of 2009 s Sandman Slim, returns in this gritty, over-the-top tale of supernatural mayhem Profane, intensely metaphoric language somehow makes self-tortured monster Stark sympathetic and turns a simple story into a powerful noir thriller. --Publishers Weekly on KILL THE DEAD"

Witty, gritty, over-the-top mayhem to care. If you mixed Jim Butcher with Christopher Moore, forced a kicking and screaming Warren Ellis in after them, and shook well, you d get . . . well, I d be careful opening the mixer. But the result wouldn t be too far away from this. --Daytona Beach News"

Hilarious belongs up there with Dresden Files and Felix Castor novels. some of the best supernatural buddy comedy ever created. ... This is that rare sequel that s actually better than the first book (which was plenty great) and manages to take several leaps forward. --io9.com"

Think Get Shorty meets Hellraiser. --San Francisco Chronicle"

Dirty, disgusting, vulgar, violent, poisonously testosterone-driven, so politically incorrect it ought to be prosecuted, and generally all-round offensively in your face. I loved it. It s amazing. --Robin McKinley"

A sharp-edged urban fantasy, drenched in blood and cynicism, tipping its hat to Sam Peckinpah, Raymond Chandler and the anti-heroes of Hong Kong cinema. Kadrey brings it off through the propulsive force of Stark s in-your-face, first-person, present-tense narration. It s a bravura performance. --San Francisco Chronicle"

The most hard-boiled piece of supernatural fiction I ve ever had the pleasure of reading. all confident and energetic and fresh and angry. I loved this book and all its screwed-up people. --Cory Doctorow"

"Sandman Slim" is one of the best books I have read in a very, very long while. Richard Kadrey is a genius. I read it on the plane ride home and was totally blown away. --Holly Black"

Paced like greased lightning (watch out for friction burns on your turning finger), blend the movie-ish delights of tough guy noir and such smart-mouthgore-fests as Reanimator and Army of Darkness, seasoned by soupcons of Gaimanian romanticism and Koontzian sentiment. --Booklist"

Kadrey s tale lives on a tightrope, but the author nails the right balance of detective fiction and theological fantasy, seriousness and humor, pathos and absurdity. --Lincoln Star Journal"

Kadrey really is the anti-Twilight. Raw, real, funny, furious, all full of piss and hemoglobin. His third Sandman Slim novel, in which the supernatural anti-hero must go back to Hell to stop a war with Heaven, may be his finest. --Fearnet"

If you like your horror stories with a little camp, a little quirkiness and a whole lot of blood and gore then Kill The Dead: A Sandman Slim Novel by Richard Kadrey will be right up your alley.--Las Vegas Review Journal

If Simon R. Green wrote an episode of Dog the Bounty Hunter, it would read much like Sandman Slim violent, vivid, non-stop action of the supernatural kind. I couldn t put it down. --Charlaine Harris"

Nicotine and octane in equal parts might come close to the high-energy buzz from Richard Kadrey s Sandman Slim. Crisp world building, recognizable and fully-realized characters, and a refreshingly unique storytelling style make for an absorbing read.Sandman Slim is my kind of hero. --Kim Harrison"

Kadrey combines humor and horror to create a lively, scary tale of urban warfare with plenty of gory action in Kill The Dead. --Deseret News"

His best work yet. . . . Kadrey tells his story in a swirl of tight, darkly intense prose. . . . Sandman Slim is very, very good indeed. --SF Site"

Sandman Slim is one of the best books I have read in a very, very long while. Richard Kadrey is a genius. I read it on the plane ride home and was totally blown away. --Holly Black" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

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.

And once again all is not right in L.A. Lucifer is back in Heaven, God's on vacation, and an insane killer mounts a war against both Heaven and Hell.

Stark must head back down to his old stomping grounds 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.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Aloha From Hell is the third Sandman Slim Novel and once again Kadrey doesn't disappoint his fans. The book picks up after Stark embraces his nephalim heritage and discovers that Archangel Uriel is his father. His assistance is sought in a botched exorcism and during the investigation he learns that Mason is amassing troops to invade heaven which would mean the end of the world. In the meantime Lucifer is back in heaven and having abdicated his role, Mason has stepped in to lead the troops. Aelita tries to draw Stark into the war by plucking Alice from heaven and hiding her in an asylum in hell. The only thing Stark can do is save Alice and stop the war by using one of the Hellion Generals that's been killed and is stuck in Tartarus (a sub-hell where murdered hellions and double damned souls are sent). No one has ever escaped Tartarus and Stark's plans seem hopeless. Along the way he meets God (or rather part of God) and he gets to save the girl, the General and the universe. There's a final showdown between Stark and Mason and Stark's human form dies. His angel half separates from him and decides to go back to earth as Stark. Stark's other half is left in hell and is now the new Lucifer.
I love the Sandman Slim series purely because of its great story line, the humorous dialogue and über gory scenes. If like me you have a great imagination, it's very easy to immerse yourself neck deep in the Hellion life. The pace is quite reasonable but really picks up towards the last 20 % of the book. I was starting to worry that the author may have lost his edge and that I needed to shelf the series, but the ending really got its talons hooked into me. I'm off to read the next book in the series, Devil Said Bang.
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In this one, almost all the action is in Hell. And it is Kadrey's vision of Hell, so it has a few twists.

Does it work? Yes.
Did it progress the story arc? Definitely!
Did I enjoy it as much as previous books? Strangely no.

I think one of the things I have most enjoyed in earlier books in the series, is Kadrey's ability to combine Theology, LA culture and cynicism. This book dumps a lot of those, and takes us on a tour of Hell and Purgatory. Of course, they are surreal, but without LA, it feels like something is missing.

I wonder what is coming next?
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The series is now picking up speed
Great stuff going on in Hell and the plot is tightening up - playful stuff with the denizens of all domains with anarchic and snotty behaviour from the Sandman.
Thoroughly engaging read and just got the latest book, so will be motoring through the next two in the hope that Aelita gets eviscerated and shredded twice on the way down to her abominable end.
Got to like where this series is going : )
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Great idea and I liked all the initial books but Im getting a bored with the one dimensional character. The violence is beginning to pall a bit because its just repetitive and the main characters are becoming superhero untouchables while everyone else is just a dweeb.
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Purchased this on a chance, and I was not disappointed. Interesting concept, very gritty and real. Great book, great series. Highly recommended.
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Started with the first book in the series and now I'm hooked on the Sandman Slim stories. This is not at all my usual kind of thing, but these books are really well written. They fly along. There isn't an ounce of spare fat in the dialogue. It's sharp,cool and witty. The plot is imaginative. All in all, I'd recommend that anyone give it a go, but make sure you start with the first in the series to get the best out of it.
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This book continues the amazing Sandman Slim series and Richard Kadrey doesn't disappoint. I love Stark as a character, it's like he tries so hard to be an anti-hero but comes out as a hero everytime. The first half of the book was great! Good character building going on, an interesting mystery with Hunter, however I felt that the 3rd quarter of the book dragged a bit for me, I won't go into too much detail, but the book becomes dare I say it, a bit boring through this brief period of the book. It does come back strong though in the last quarter of the book, and wraps up what I'm going to call the first trilogy very well. One little thing that bugs is me is that Mason didn't appear more, for someone who is meant to be the main villain, he's strangely absent throughout most of the book. I'm looking forward to the next book and where Richard Kadrey takes the story next.
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Sandman Slim is back for a third outing. However if you haven't already read the first two books in the series do so before you read this one. You will get confused if you don't

Stark is as ever the extremely violent, darkly humorous hero of epic proportions. The book starts with a lull in his violent life after the events in book two that's making him feel "stabby", and looking for violence. Which all too soon he finds in spades. A botched exorcism by an excommunicated priest leads him to the revelation that his arch nemesis Mason, who he finally killed condemning him to hell, is now leading hell in a preparation for war against heaven. Lucifer's apparently gone off back to heaven leaving a power vacuum Mason's been quick to fill. But Mason wants Stark and more importantly his key to the room in the centre of the universe so he's kidnapped Alice, Starks old true love and is holding her for ransom in Hell and if Stark wants her back he'll have to go to hell to fetch her.

So Stark has to sneak into Hell, a Human amongst demons, trigger an obvious trap, and save the girl. To start off with. Then all he's got to try and stop a war between heaven and hell that would mean the end of the world. To do that he has to rescue the only Hell's general who stood against Mason, however he was Killed in Hell and therefore sent to Tartarus, which is kind of a Hell below Hell where those already dead, who are then killed again go. Oh and of course no one has ever escaped from Tartarus, so its just another day in the life of Sandman Slim.

Along the way he meets God, well parts of him, apparently he had a mental break down and splintered into many parts, and some deites from the older religions as well.
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