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Aloha from Hell: A Sandman Slim Novel (edition 2012)

by Richard Kadrey

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Title:Aloha from Hell: A Sandman Slim Novel
Authors:Richard Kadrey
Info:Harper Voyager (2012), Paperback, 464 pages

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Aloha from Hell by Richard Kadrey

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I don't know how I feel about the ending.
  FourOfFiveWits | Feb 23, 2015 |
I think overall the whole series is refreshing. I enjoy the take on Heaven and Hell. ( )
  jaddington | Feb 16, 2015 |
I think overall the whole series is refreshing. I enjoy the take on Heaven and Hell. ( )
  jaddington | Feb 16, 2015 |
I read the first two and enjoyed them, despite some editing issues.
But in this novel, there are construction issues, world building conflicts as well as editing problems.
Editing was the usual loose style that needs to be tightened. For example, reference is made in a conversation to something that was not actually part of the conversation. It probably probably referring to a line of dialog that was edited out, but it needed to be corrected in the entirety.

But those are issues that can be ignored. What dropped this novel to a 3 star was its general "throw the spaghetti at the wall and call it a plot" theme. The first half of the novel doesn't feel related in any way to the second. And frankly the first half is better. The second half takes place in hell, which is fine, but the amount of filler descriptiveness is truly dismally boring. And there does seem to be a sort of contrived meandering around, without any movement in the plot.

The fact that the hell he visits is now entirely different than the one we get glimpses of in his previous books, is explained in a rather contrived manner. And frankly, I think the choice of making hell a carnival mirror representation of LA was just silly. Beyond that, it has some glaring internal conflicts as well as logic conflicts.

The final twist at the end, was I suppose surprising. But it was hardly satisfying, and made the entire Metaphorical Hell even more unrealistic. It was also a bit of an internal conflict compared to previous book issues. ( )
  blatherlikeme | Sep 28, 2014 |
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 ended up being of no import to the story as well as the demon that attacks them outside the house. I felt like there was a bit of that throughout.

So we have the mystery portion in the first half the novel where they are trying to figure out what's going on with this 'possessed' boy. Did it really need to take up that much of the book? Or better yet did the trek through hell really require the second half. Yes, it probably did - but for me it was like plucking lint off of a pair of black pants...tedious.

Aelita was mentioned plenty of times but was never seen. These big things that happen, her kidnapping Alice, her at the end killing one of the 5 beings that make up "god". I feel like those were bigger things that just were under handled.

The trip to hell, I liked how he ended up getting in, meeting Mustang Sally and going through the garden of Eden - but this hell itself, and the trip through it - I found it boring. Oh I wish I had a writers skill to be able to describe and define all the reasons why I was so aggravated. I just don't articulate myself well... but lets see - I think it was because the whole second half of the book to me was just "more of the same" page before it.

Stark's humor didn't hit the high points for me that the previous two books did. Don't get me wrong I'm not giving a low rating just because it didn't stand up to the other two books in my mind but mostly just because I felt like the story in this one fell flat and just didn't do it for me. I'm sure it will rock the socks off of alot of other fans.

Were big things done? Yes! of course, he got laid by a new girl, decided he'd finally be emotionally moving on from Alice (thank freaking Hades), met Jack the Ripper, destroyed the Kissi again, got rid of the angel alter ego (which should provide some interesting fodder for the next book I'm sure), got Mason to kill himself, ended up being the ruler of Hell in the end *shoulder shrug*...was it too much? - or was it not enough. I don't know I'm just a debbie downer when I think about this reading experience.

Does someone need to bring me a sammich to get me to shutup? ( )
  Pabkins | Jun 24, 2014 |
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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 old stomping grounds in Hell to rescue his long lost love, stop an insane serial killer, prevent both Good and Evil from completely destroying each other, and stop the demonic Kissi from ruining the party for everyone.
Even for Sandman Slim, that’s a tall order. And it’s only the beginning.
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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 LA. Lucifer is back in Heaven, God 's on vacation, and an insane killer mounts a war against both Heaven and Hell.… (more)

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