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Aloha from Hell

(Sandman Slim #3)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  15,993 ratings  ·  689 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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Jeffrey Keeten
May 23, 2015 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
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Actual rating: 4.45 stars. Such a ridiculously low rating. Shame on me and stuff.

So. Embarrassing Confession Time (ECT™): there was a point when I reading my boyfriend's latest adventures this book when I actually considered going for a 3.5-star rating.

I know, dear boyfriend #4572 Cary, I know. I should probably go hide in an undersea cave or something. To atone for this most ignominious behavior and stuff. Yeah, I have to admit this wasn't one of my mostest gloriousest moments. In my defense,
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*** 4.44 ***

"..."Well, welcome to the Grindhouse Rodeo, Father, where it’s monster triple features all the time. The popcorn’s stale and the drinks are watered down, but we’re open all night and deities have to sit in the balcony with the winos and rubber-raincoat types.” ..."

If you feel like reading something that is like listening to AC/DC and Metallica rolled in one but in book form; if you are tired of everything around you and don't want to tolerate anything in bright colors and pinks p
Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
This third instalment of the Sandman Slim series was a fairly weak one. Perhaps I've just burnt out on the series after reading the first three instalments back to back? It had some of the elements that made the first couple of books OK reads but we are already hitting the stage where James seems to have become too overpowered as a character. His constant whining is also driving me crazy!

On the surface the plot sounded OK for this one. Lucifer is bored of Hell so has ditched it in favour of som
Apr 06, 2011 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
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Since I'm basically reading these Sandman Slim books in grand marathon-style, I can't help but tear through them like they're pure crack cocaine. I can't help but compare it to a methed-up version of a true-neutral Harry Dresden mixed with a Cass from Supernatural who had had a love-child with Dean... and turn him into a murderous psychopath that thinks he's one of the good ones.

In other words, I'm chortling up a storm.

Just to think... we left off on the LA apocalypse in the previous novel only
Jun 30, 2011 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
Jun 12, 2013 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) ...more
Edward Lorn
Mar 27, 2014 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
*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
David Brooke
Oct 21, 2011 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
Kaustubh Dudhane
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Karma is just loaded dice on a crooked table. Celestial pricks with wings and halos make the rules and the house always win. Always."

As I graduate from book two to book three of Sandman Slim, the author keeps on amazing and delighting me with awesome metaphors and out of the world insults. One of the funniest ones, I could understand was about his bodyless buddy named Kasabian (who is just a head because he was chopped off from the below the neck with a knife from Hell and kept alive with t
Feb 04, 2012 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
Sep 05, 2016 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.
Maggie K
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an improvement on the 2nd novel. I havent begun to like Stark as much as the diehard fans yet. The action is cool but the plotting is too simple. The first 3rd has a cool noir vibe to it, but then quickly becomes too bogged down into a simplistic plot with an old foe which ends relatively easily. This series has some dedicated fans so I'll give the next book a go. ...more
J Edward Tremlett
Oct 16, 2011 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
Arun Divakar
Jun 05, 2016 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
Jan 04, 2016 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.

3.5 stars. Review to come.
David Andrew
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Sandman Slim novels are a joy to read!
Jun 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Warning: Contains language. Also this covers Stark as a character so far in the series rather than the plot of Aloha from Hell specifically.

Stark in a few nutshells:

- Boohoohoo, woe is me, I was dragged to Hell (while alive) and stayed there for 10 years until I managed to escape. Granted, I wasn't being tortured like all the other poor souls down there but instead fought demons in the arena, but still. Never mind that I can heal from pretty much anything. I didn't know that before I got there.
Jeremiah Boydstun
Jul 14, 2013 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
Nov 07, 2012 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
Feb 06, 2012 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 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This series gets better and better and that's always a good sign.
I like a lot the evolution of the series and the characters, everything seems to make sence for some reason.

The story was really good, even though it got slower at parts, everything picked up for the "hell" arc.
You get to meet new characters and to spend time with two characters that didn't get a lot of exposition in the previous books, and it was very satisfying. The only problem i had was that in a couple of moments in the story
Jul 13, 2011 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.
Ian Hall
Mar 08, 2015 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. ...more
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Another magnificent installment in the Sandman Slim series. Colorful imagery, exciting battles and escapes. A motley cast of Hellions, damned souls, and double-deads, and twists and turns all along the way. Hell is under new management!
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Richard Kadrey is a writer and freelance photographer living in San Francisco, best known for his Sandman Slim novels. His newest novels are The Everything Box, released April 19, 2016 and The Perdition Score (Sandman Slim, #8), released on June 28, 2016. ...more

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