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Aloha from Hell (Sandman Slim #3)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  8,916 ratings  ·  464 reviews
Supernatural fantasy’s greatest anti-hero goes back to hell!

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
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 438 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Harper Voyager (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Bung, bung, bung, bung, bung
Bung, bung, bung, bung, bung
Bung, bung, bung, bung, bung
Bung, bung, bung, bung, bung
Bung, bung, bung, bung, bung

Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream
(Bung, bung, bung, bung)

Make him the cutest that I've ever seen
(Bung, bung, bung, bung)

Give him two lips like roses and clover
(Bung, bung, bung, bung)

Then tell him that his lonesome nights are over

Sandman, I'm so alone
Don't have nobody to call my own
Please turn on your magic beam
Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream
Bung, bung, bung, bung
4.5 Stars

“When you're born in a burning house, you think the whole world is on fire. But it's not."

This has been one of the most enjoyable series to read for me, and I really was looking forward to reading this one. I love the small horror subgenre of Christian horror. Kadrey does a fabulous job at trying to bring as much real Christian religion into these fiction horror novels.

James Stark, also known as Sandman Slim is the ultimate antihero. He is after all, Lucifers private body guard. If yo
*Warning: May contain spoilers!*
This one was by far the best in the series. Unlike the other two books, there was not a single moment where I questioned my picking up the book.
So here we go again with James Stark and a new chapter of his story. There isn't much 'stage' time for his sort-of sidekicks Kasabian, Vidocq and Candy, though. They are present predominantly till mid-novel and then they are only mentioned here and there, while the plot mainly focuses on Stark, who, by the way, gets sent t
Sandman Slim is the man Mike Hammer wishes he could be. Slim is so hard-boiled he's practically stone at this point, and the baddest shut-your-mouth since Shaft graced the screen.

"Aloha From Hell" is the book you go to when you want a non-stop ride of snappy dialogue, gruesome characters, and L.A. the way we always knew it was deep down. Fresh from saving the Earth from High Plains Drifters (that's zombies to you uninitiated folks - and if you ARE uninitiated, go pick up the first book in this
Love the beginning, caught me up in the action very quickly. His past is coming back to haunt him in a big way... this is one UF series that really requires starting from the beginning. I liked the characterization quite a bit. By the end of the book, I felt Kadrey had almost captured (view spoiler)
Edward Lorn
Sep 20, 2014 Edward Lorn rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Not sure yet
Recommended to Edward by: Linton Bowers
I started reading Aloha From Hell on February 15th of this year. Here it is, September 20th, and I've just now finished it. What began as a read on my Kindle changed to the hardcover edition in July when I found it at the library. I made it to about page 100 before I had to take the book back so someone else could tear their fucking hair out. Finally, I downloaded the audio book, because MacLeod Andrews can make Cannibal Corpse lyrics sound like Catholic hymns. And whataya know? I actually finis ...more
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Aloha from Hell is the third book in the Sandman Slim series, but above all accounts it can be read stand alone. There are many references to the previous books, but important details are explained so you won’t be lost. The book follows Sandman Slim, a man built with a bad attitude stuck between heaven and hell,who acts as a sort of detec
I really love this series. If you are looking for a great UF; look no further than Sandman Slim...I love the characters. I love Kas, Lucifer, Mustang Sally, Jack the Ripper, and especially Candy. I like that the story is angsty and full of action. Plus, all kinds of great quotes! "I'd bet the Pope's red shoes," is my favorite of this book. This installment has Sandman Slim going back to Hell to try and stop a war that will destroy both Heaven and Hell.... After all the dust is settled, Aelita is ...more
Maggie K
This series is actually really fun-I was worried I would find it too violent, and while it is violent, it doesn't really seem gratuitous under the circumstances, more action-packed. And Sandman has certainly learned the hard way that showing mercy to demons just never ever works...
In this addition, Stark finally gets his chance to go after Mason--but what will be the cost? Will it change the whole balance of heaven and hell? Will Stark lose everything he has fought for? and will it really even h
J Edward Tremlett
After the hellish events of Kill the Dead, it’s understandable that Stark — also known as Sandman Slim — just wants to take it easy.

The Devil’s back in Heaven, his inner Angel’s behaving (mostly), and things are finally coming around with Candy the bloodthirsty monster (on the wagon, we hope). He’s not having to bust his ass as much anymore. It’s been so long since he killed someone he can’t even remember when it was, or why. Heck, even his dead girlfriend’s ghost is telling him to quit mooning
A good addition to the series, although the depiction of God may cause some qualms. Hey- - -it's fiction. [Hopefully that caveat will keep me from being sent to Tartarus] But it furthers the story and I enjoy the character. Much of the action is Sandman solo, as he continues his quest to right the wrongs thrust upon him by his nemesis and to rescue a beloved, and some stretches are without any gore and bloodletting, but it is still good fun and rolls along nicely. I suspect Kadrey will have to a ...more
Loved the first book. Enjoyed the second book and then got very bogged down in this one.

After taking a break from it for a while, I returned to it and enjoyed the second half a fair amount more. In the end, I didn't like where the story went or the ultimate resolution. It's not a bad read, but I'm not going to recommend it like I would the first in the series.
Tracy Rowan
Sep 02, 2011 Tracy Rowan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Tracy by: Amazon Vine
I love the Sandman Slim books, I purely do. Richard Kadrey knows how to tell a story; his prose is as smooth as a 35 year old single malt, full of violence, cheerful vulgarity and extreme smart-assery. "Aloha from Hell" is no exception. It's a rough, funny novel with an awesome body count just like the first two.

In this third book of the series which picks up fairly soon after the end of the second book, Stark figures that killing all the zombies on earth should earn him a little bit of a rest.
Tabitha (Pabkins)
WARNING - There are SPOILERS in this review! Don't read it unless you really feel like reading a rant of poopy pants-ness.

I have to start out that I really enjoyed the first two books in this series, so this being book three I was expecting great things. I know some people will probably be shocked that I have such a low opinion of it.

The entire reading experience to me this time around was completely lackluster. The entry action scene of Stark and Vidoqc robbing a house for an item that really e
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 re
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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 like?

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 hi
Kevin Farrell
OH man, I wanted this to be a 5 star book. I really did. This one is third in a series by Richard Kadrey. If you don't know about the Sandman then you must start with Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey. Like most series, the first is the best and the rest are trying to keep up with that first book.

I loved this book because it is filled with what Stephen Sullivan would call kickassitude. The humorous dialogue is perfectly on the edge of being over the top. The book is funny in a very dark way. Our ma
What can I say, I was on a Kadrey kick.

I did not enjoy Aloha from Hell as much as I hoped I would. Part of this comes from my own expectations. I was looking forward to more interaction with the earthly (read: alive) characters, especially the relationship between Stark and Candy. While there is a little of this, a good deal of the book takes place after Stark return Downtown to once again exact revenge upon Mason, the current ruler of Hell.

All right, I get that Stark is still pissed that Maso
there are several interesting pop cultural tidbits, little details about LA, brief moments of really sharp dialogue or a striking description of some scenery or something. some of it's very creative, and I'm sticking with this series because I appreciate that.

having said that though this is a book about a dude who doesn't care what you think so he's going to remind you every five minutes that he doesn't care what you think. he's got a bad attitude! he's a monster, and so's his girlfriend! he's
I loved Sandman Slim and was a little disappointed in Kill the Dead because it lacked that je nais se quoi that made the first book so very much fun to read. The good news is that Kadrey reclaimed that certain something in this book, the third in the trilogy.

Aloha from Hell starts off with Stark still in LA, sharing a hotel room with Kasabian while the video store is rebuilt. When he's goaded into taking a job against his will, it starts him down the path to finally kill the man who sent him to
Tim Hicks
Maybe not a pure 4 in its own right, but as #3 in a very interesting series, sure.

I am too old to be part of the video game culture, but still I reckon this would make a very interesting movie if made with videogame techniques.

Fantastic is piled on fantastic here, and the special effects/CGI budget would be way over the top. Not to mention the R rating - which if violence was considered as alarming as sex would be an XX, no parents allowed without teenagers.

Stark/Slim regresses in some ways h
This jumps right back to action after Kill the Dead ends, which is both terrific and a little confusing. I didn't (and still don't) remember why Stark has an angel in his head -- and how he can let it in and out of control, so I was kinda lost with one of the major threads of the book. Still, momentum dragged me along too fast to worry about the backstory.

I loved the new characters in this book, especially Mustang Sally, goddess of roads. I hope she comes back. I loved LA as Hell, literally. I l
Richard Guion
3 1/2 stars. I enjoyed the heck out of the first 2 Sandman Slim books because of the crazy LA vibe mixed with monsters, cocktails, & old movie references. I picture Stark as a David Duchovny type on steroids. This one goes off track with a trip to Hell which I didn't find that great, although it is kind of neat how it resembles LA. Some plot elements dangling from the earlier books are resolved by the end. I just read that Kadrey has signed on for three more books in this series--I hope he g ...more
Stark is an anti-hero in all the best possible ways. He’s capable of caring about or looking after others in his own odd way, but when people call him a monster, they aren’t exaggerating. Everyone seems to have plans for him, but his own actions tend to be extreme enough to throw most people off. If he needs to go back to Hell to accomplish his goals, then by God he’ll find a way in. He has a highly distinct voice and style.

I love Kadrey’s characters. They’re irreverent. They’re insane. They hav
Feb 05, 2015 Crossmage rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Dark Urban Fantasy Lovers
I remember when my father read Dune, he summed it up for me as, "Great story; bad theology." What I love about Urban Fantasy is how much it could be this world - there might be a secret world to which we are not privy. This isn't close to the same universe as the one in which I spend my days, this is set in a grittier, more littered, tougher, meaner and less caring universe and that's before the hero goes to hell to rescue his lifelong love and finds new career opportunities there.

And yet it is
Stuart Reid
As usual, Spoilers, so don't read if you don't want to know what happens!


Richard Kadrey's rich use of language and the "don't give a damn" attitude of James Stark / aka Sandman Slim is what keeps me reading these books. We delve far more in the mythology of Heaven and Hell in this title - as you might guess.

So, Stark starts of by looking for a missing boy. So he has to return to Hell, since he still has a score to settle with his arch enemy Mason. Mason is raising the armies of Hell to attack
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“I have to laugh. There isn’t much else to do. Go down into the deepest darkest parts of Hell, and you’ll see what I mean. They laugh all the time down there.”
Aloha From Hell is Richard Kadrey’s third SANDMAN SLIM novel. Jim Stark was betrayed by a fellow magician and dragged alive into Hell. Eleven years as an arena fighter for audiences of Hellions and fallen angels did not improve Stark’s attitude, and when he clawed his way out of Hell, he had some unfinished business with Mason, his betraye
Sarah Kate
I think I'm addicted to antiheroes.
Sonia Almeida
This book didn’t do it for me. I mean, for some reason, most of the time I just wanted it to end fast. And when it did, I really disliked the end, which I’m sure the book did on purpose just to annoy me. I’m a freak for details, so explain me please, how was Stark able to manifest a Gladius after he had been split from his Angel part? You see, those kind of details ruin it for me.

And for all of us that are not from LA, and never been to LA, the city descriptions came across a little boring afte
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Richard Kadrey is a freelance photographer and writer living in San Francisco. He photographs under the name Kaos Beauty Klinik. His new novel is Sandman Slim (Eos, 2009).
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Sandman Slim (7 books)
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“This is where you first failed us. You gave us minds and told us not to think. You gave us curiosity and put a booby-trapped tree right in front of us. You gave us sex and told us not to do it. You played three-card monte with our souls from day one, and when we couldn't find the queen, you sent us to Hell to be tortured for eternity. That was your great plan for humanity? All you gave us here was daisies and fairy tales and you acted like that was enough. How were we supposed to resist evil when you didn't even tell us about it?” 22 likes
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