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Hollywood Dead

(Sandman Slim #10)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  1,631 ratings  ·  135 reviews

Life and death takes on an entirely new meaning for half-angel, half-human hero James Stark, aka, Sandman Slim, in this insanely inventive, high-intensity tenth supernatural noir thriller in the New York Times bestselling series.

James Stark is back from Hell, trailing more trouble in his wake. To return to LA, he had to make a deal with the evil power brokers, Wormwood – a

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Published August 23rd 2018 by HarperVoyager
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
💥 November 19, 2018: only $2.99 today!

Actual rating: 8.86487522927 stars.

“Anyone can give you chocolate and flowers, but when they’ll disembowel someone for you? That’s true love.”

Truer words were never spoken, methinks.

Okay. What can I tell you about this Slightly Scrumptious Instalment (SSI™), you ask? Besides the fact that it might or might not be one of the Bloody Shrimping Best (BSB™) in the series, you mean? Oh, I don’t know. Well, I guess I could start by repeating for the hundred mill
Jennifer Gaarder
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By Richard Kadrey

Harper Voyager, August 28, 2018

Richard Kadrey has done it again with the tenth installment of the Sandman Slim Series. He never disappoints, and Stark is better than ever!

For those of you who haven't read the series before: this could be a spoiler sorry.

Life and death take on a new meaning for half-angel, half-human hero James Stark, aka, Sandman Slim. James Stark is back from the dead, and from Hell(again) and in L.A.  He makes a dea
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sandman Slim/James Stark is reanimated by a Wormwood necromancer, with a tight timeline to find out who is killing its key members. Unless he delivers, Stark will die again so he is afraid to contact Candy and his other friends. He wanders into the Bamboo House of Dolls, and is recognized (despite his glamour) by bartender, Carlos, who takes him home to meet his roommate/lover, to help slow his deterioration. Stark begins to figure out there is a rival faction led by another psycho from his past ...more
Joe Jones
It is hard to believe this series has now hit double digits and the tenth entry is just as fun as the first. James is back from Hell, but at a price. He is only half alive and on a deadline to complete Wormwood's mission or else it is back to Hell. The thing is you don't want to threaten Sandman Slim. Even if it takes cling wrap and duct tape he is going to do things his way. With a little help from old friends and new faces.

This is one of the best Urban Fantasy series and always moves to the t
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018

5 Stars

Hollywood Dead by Richard Kadrey is yet another annual guilty pleasure of mine. It is as always a really great summer read. The Getaway God could have concluded the series but thankfully for us Richard Kadrey is not finished with James and neither are we. This is the now the 10th book of the series and even being dead and downtown we are not done with the adventures of Sandman Slim. I really could read 88 more stories about James Starks and his Scooby gang.

Hollywood Dead, like the last b
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, reviewed

Yes! It may have taken up to 10 books to finally get there but I think this time it will stick. Since book one, Stark has been trying to figure out who he is and what that means to him. I thought that topic was handled about five books ago but events went a little sideways and I was grinding my teeth in frustration.

This book was a wonderful collision of everything that I love about Kadrey's work. Stark, his LA family, violence, confusion, mega warfare on multiple fronts and the driv
Amy Braun
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gah, I'd missed this series so much! Number ten in this gritty, dark humoured urban fantasy was packed full of the things I've always loved about it, and other things that I didn't expect, but were definitely welcome!

While the story was packed with conspiracy, action, and betrayal, there was also a surprising amount of heart in it. Though I love nothing more than watching Stark bring the pain to the bad guys (and gals), I was surprised that many of my favourite parts came from Stark's emotional
Aug 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
There are plenty of things about the 21st century that I despise, what with its thousand-dollar smart phones and two-bit stupid presidents. One of the things I could do without is the overabundance of books with numbers in the titles. I realize that the “series-book” isn’t a new idea; authors in the genres of mystery, fantasy and sci-fi have long been the home of multiple entries that follow this private detective or that game of thrones. But ever since the Harry Potter series conquered the plan ...more
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series, I STOP OTHER BOOKS TO READ THEM. If you like urban fantasy and noir and YOU havent read these books.

you aren't a fan of those genres, go get them all, give Kadrey all your money.

100000000 stars out of 5 (do the math)
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hollywood Dead
Author: Richard Kadrey
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publishing Date:2018
Edition/Volume: 1st
Pgs: 351
Dewey: F-KAD
Disposition: Irving Public Library - South Campus - Irving, TX

Life...death...hell...half angel, anti-hero Sandman Slim aka James Stark has been brought back to the world of the living by old enemies. He was living in hell with Devil, so his making a deal with pricks who think they’re going to ch
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Started slowly, at least compared to the pace typical for this series. It still had everything that has made me love this series: cutting dialogue and a contemporary noir vibe. I rarely laugh while reading, but Kadrey is one of the few who can make me do so. Especially liked learning more about one of my favourite secondary characters and that the protagonist himself is actually experiencing character development. Double digit sci fi and fantasy series often feel like nothing ever changes in the ...more
Beau North
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This moved along at such a fast clip, with all the neck-breaking momentum you expect from Sandman Slim. The callbacks to the first two books peppered throughout this book shows us just how far Stark has come as a character, from the literal garbage fire hell-bent on revenge to the man who loves his people so much he’d rather die (AGAIN) than let them down. A dazzling race against the clock that is, when it’s all boiled down, a story about the family you choose, and how they know you even better ...more
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
10 books down and this never gets old.
Had to remember few details from last books but thats just stupid me.

The ending was kind of ... well ... Hollywood-ish ... but its all good and ok. Hope this series continues to grow.
This feels like it could be the end of the series, although when interviewed, Kadrey says there are still more books.
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. Fast paced, dirty, gross, snarky, and WONDERFUL. This is the 10th book in the Sandman Slim series and I highly recommend them all. Great reads.
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic Sandman Slim book. I can't get enough of this series. Write more! Great characters and stories.
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a bittersweet symphony of destruction this was. James Stark is back from hell (again), returned to a state of half-life by a necromancer, and finds himself in the not entirely voluntary employment of Wormwood. What follows is as much an action packed race against time and his own decaying body as it is a journey of redemption and self-reflection.
While betrayal and sinister plots lurk around every corner, Stark also has to deal with the fact that life has gone on for his friends in the year
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After spending a year dead and in hell, James Stark is pulled out and given the chance to live again. The catch? He needs to work with Wormwood to earn back his life; until he completes a job for them, he's doomed to a slowly decomposing half-life. And, of course, being Wormwood, they're full of betrayals and renegotiated deals. Stark teams up with familiar characters and new ones. Kasabian is an utter dickhead.

As far as Sandman Slim novels go, this one is pretty angsty and introspective. Sure,
Ben Truong
Hollywood Dead is the tenth book in the Sandman Slim series written by Richard Kadrey and centered on James Stark, whose one of many nicknames is Sandman Slim. A nephilim, who was betrayed and sent to Hell for eleven years, only to survive and to return to Earth to get revenge.

James Stark has returned to Earth from Hell – again. However, this time he is partially back from the dead and hoping to earn his way all the way back to life in his terrifically over-the-top slugfest. Eva Sandoval, the L.
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every time a new Sandman Slim novels comes out, it is a highlight of the year. Hollywood Dead is no exception.

Stark has had a harsh life, death, and now, partial undeath. He is back to the world of the living, brought back by Wormwood on a short leash. He has to do their bidding and then he will be given full life.

But of course we know, as well as Stark, that this won't work out well.

Stark does what he does best, go on bloody rampages with glorious glee. I loved reading how, now that he has acce
Adam Coe
For the final installment of Sandman Slim, I was a bit disappointed. It was a good book, not a great book or end to this 10 book series. I still enjoy the wit of the characters, and the humor included in this story. Slim is back to work with/finish off Wormwood, and he's only half dead or as Stark says "Hollywood Dead". His body is rotting away and he has to accomplish some tasks to get his life back and he has a short time to do it. Ok, the half dead thing was fine, but.....My biggest problem i ...more
Love N. Books
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pet’s $0.02

My initial thoughts…

Fuck Candy

Fuck Kasabian

Fuck Wormwood

Pretty much, fuck everything but Stark.

Carlos? He’s the fucking man! He’s now my favorite friend of Stark’s.

Is there a name for what you’re doing when you’re yelling at your book and the characters? There should be, because that’s exactly what happened to me with this one. Yelling at the characters and they’re not listening? Those motherfuckers…

I tried to make excuses for Stark’s friends. I did. I hated the way they made me feel
George Goodall
I love this series. Kadrey maintains an incredible writing pace and publishes a book every summer. My main complaint is that this one is a bit late. For the last decade, Sandman Slim has been my summer vacation reading!

_Hollywood Dead_ continues the saga of James Stark, Sandman Slim, the monster that kills monsters, etc. The book is consistent with its forebears: snappy dialog, supernatural hard-boiled goodness, and plenty of gruesome action. Think Anne Rice + Raymond Chandler + Mack Bolan.

I tho
Andy Coleman

He's back! Sandman Slim is alive (sort of) and up to his usual carnage. I missed the messed-up the guy! But...

The good: The story has plenty of violence and many of the characters we've fallen for over the years. We also get to learn more about Wormwood and the "big picture" happening behind the scenes.

The bad: Stark is not fully himself, both physically and emotionally. I can't tell you more about his physical symptoms, but emotionally, he is a whiny mess. It's nothing bu
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
A única coisa que posso dizer sobre essa série é que ela nunca me decepcionou. Cada livro sentia aquele frio na barriga sobre o futuro da estória, dos personagens, melancolia em pensar que talvez fosse o último livro, surpresa (eufemismo ao extremo aqui) com alguns finais bombásticos, outros finais com um "ufa! apenas mais um dia na vida James Stark" - mas sempre, SEMPRE, ao final de cada livro batia aquela sensação MARAVILHOSA de "nossa que bom que eu descobri essa série! que tempo maravilhoso ...more
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good story for the Sandman Slim series. James Stark is dead, but that really hasn't slowed him down much. If anything, the pace of his life is careening forward with breakneck speed as he races to resolve who is killing the duplicitous bunch of bastards that resurrected Stark into the rapidly rotting body he has to use while working on this case. More important than resolving his undeath to a fully resurrected body, is resolving the friendships and his relationship with Chihiro. A lot ha ...more
Robert Hudder
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book starts out and you think, not this again. But each book eventually finds its way and you find yourself in your underwear, tired and really needing to go to sleep. You finish the book. You sigh. You wonder when the next one will be out.

This series will end. Each book has Stark becoming more in touch with himself. I can't tell whether it was intentional that Stark would represent a decline in machismo and how to feel but it sure feels that way. This time, in the background is what it mea
Mason Jones
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ten books into this series, and I will admit that around 6/7 I was thinking that it was probably time to bring it to an end. But "The Kill Society" was pretty fun, and thankfully I can say that this one's even better. It helps that Stark has a clear objective in mind during this whole book, and it's a focused romp through a lot of collateral damage to get to the end. What really makes it work is the growing collection of friends (and nearly-friends) surrounding Stark. Whether he's a hero, a frie ...more
Chris Bauer
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Huge fan of this series and this one exceeds expectations in all the good ways.

Sandman Slim is dead. Loving live Sandman Slim.

Filled with double-crosses, lost love and revenge, this novel has an incredible pace which had me flipping pages with abandon.

Kadrey perfectly merges rough and tumble LA with appropriate characters. The plot is devilishly simple yet complex in the best manner possible. This novel, more so than prior works, really digs deep into the interplay of conflicting motives and age
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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.

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