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Aloha from Hell (Sandman Slim #3)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  11,876 Ratings  ·  556 Reviews
All hail Sandman Slim, author Richard Kadrey’s ultra-extreme anti-hero and recent escapee from Lucifer’s overheated Underworld playground. In number three, Aloha from Hell, the ruthless avenger, a.k.a. Stark, finds himself trapped in the middle of a war between Heaven and Hell. With God on vacation, the Devil nosing around in Paradise, and an insane serial killer doing ser ...more
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 438 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Harper Voyager (first published January 1st 2011)
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Bryce Yes. None of the books in the series are stand-alone, they all have continuing characters and plot elements.

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Jeffrey Keeten
May 04, 2016 Jeffrey Keeten rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
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
Oct 25, 2011 Jason rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, read-2011
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
Dec 21, 2013 Carol. rated it liked it
Shelves: to-re-read
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)
Jul 05, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing
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
Edward Lorn
Sep 20, 2014 Edward Lorn rated it liked it  ·  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
David Brooke
Jan 19, 2012 David Brooke rated it liked it
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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
Sep 09, 2016 Krazykiwi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another one that worked even better as an audiobook than in print. Although, I seem to be a little alone in really liking this instalment in the series anyway.

Richard Kadrey ist mein Lieblings-Urban-Fantasy-Autor. Er ist einfach der Beste, wenn es darum geht, harte, witzige, makabre Geschichten zu schreiben, die Magie und Übernatürliches in unsere Welt katapultieren. Bei ihm gibt es keine glitzernden Vampire, keine schmusigen Werwölfe und erst recht keine jungen Frauen, die sich in all ihrem Herzschmerz mit Wonne suhlen. Seine Welt ist die Welt von James Stark aka Sandman Slim, mäßig begabter Hexer, Nephilim und Ex-Höllengladiator. Er ist nicht net
Arun Divakar
Jul 03, 2016 Arun Divakar rated it liked it
While it is set in Hell, the overarching mood that Michael Kadrey brings out in his book is not one of hope but neither is it of hopelessness. It is about something much more uplifting and enriching : kicking some serious demon ass ! Kadrey’s James Stark does not have the time nor inclination for a lot of introspection or deeply rooted observations into the pointless rat race of human existence. His objectives are fairly simple : find out someone, anyone and everyone who piss him off and wipe ou ...more
Feb 10, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it
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
Jan 09, 2014 Maggie K rated it really liked it
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
Oct 16, 2011 J Edward Tremlett rated it really liked it
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
Nicholas Karpuk
Can I not get readable urban fantasy where the protagonist isn't an eye-rolling jackass? I'm dead serious here, I'll take recommendations.

I've made this comparison in previous reviews, but it's still on my mind how often I compare this series to the Dresden books. Both series contain fast paced stories that use a lot of my favorite fictional elements and have fairly quality plotting. Both also make me wish they existed in a third person structure, because I don't want to be in either character's
Feb 06, 2012 Michael rated it liked it
Shelves: e-reader
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
Jan 18, 2016 Suz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
In fairness it took me a while to get into this one, but I suspect that had more to do with what was going on in my life than it did the book.

Once the story got going, however, it really grabbed me. Kadrey's wry, gritty humor is really hanging out there in this one, as is his deeply macabre imagination. Things changed for our anti-hero quite a lot by the end of this book and I'm looking forward to, eventually, seeing what Kadrey does with the changes.

Ian Hall
Oct 28, 2015 Ian Hall rated it really liked it
A very good book, nearly a great book that's why i gave it 4*. Exciting and brutal and really enjoyable to read. This series keeps improving with every book. The ending was a nice suprise. And i look forward to reading the next one. A solid 4* im trying to be more strict with giving 5* to books so 4 it is.
Apr 02, 2012 Chompa rated it liked it
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.
Nov 27, 2016 Arnaud rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Actually turned out not half bad :-) Good ending
Jeremiah Boydstun
Dec 10, 2014 Jeremiah Boydstun rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Richard Kadrey's got some serious swagger. If you're going to have a protagonist as bad-ass as Sandman Slim---someone who can drive a Ferrari through hell, peel his own face off, bifurcate into an angel and a human, and fill in for Lucifer in the underworld---you better have a pair of equally big writing cajones because this is the sort of stuff that's either going to end up as slaphappy tommyrot or as sterling craftsmanship. This third installment in the Sandman Slim series obviously falls in t ...more
Sep 03, 2013 Otherwyrld rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, paranormal
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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
Mar 07, 2013 GrimNir rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 20, 2011 Contrarius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
May 28, 2016 Rage rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
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
Jan 03, 2012 David rated it really liked it
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
Kevin Farrell
Jan 18, 2012 Kevin Farrell rated it really liked it
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
Tim Hicks
Jun 22, 2013 Tim Hicks rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Dec 17, 2015 Bryce rated it liked it
Shelves: reread
Reread, December 2015

For a book entitled Aloha From Hell, Stark doesn't actually get to hell until pretty late in the book. I didn't remember my original read very well and I kept asking myself, "He DOES go Downtown, right? Right?"

He does. Eventually. And eventually he (view spoiler)
Fantasy Literature
Oct 18, 2014 Fantasy Literature rated it really liked it
“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
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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?” 28 likes
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