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...more
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
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 ...more
This is one of the best Urban Fantasy series and always moves to the t ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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)
Author: Richard Kadrey
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Disposition: Irving Public Library - South Campus - Irving, TX
REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
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 ...more
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 ...more
As far as Sandman Slim novels go, this one is pretty angsty and introspective. Sure, ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
My initial thoughts…
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 ...more
_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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more