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Friday, 30 May 2014

Review: ALOHA FROM HELL

Aloha From Hell by Richard Kadrey
Book 3 of the Sandman Slim series
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: hardback

About Aloha From Hell:
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.
Source: Info in the About Aloha From Hell was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10439703-aloha-from-hell on 12/10/2013.

My Thoughts:
Here is a nice artist's illustration of Sandman Slim by John McKenna. Although I think his left hand has more fingers in it than that crab-like pincers. He was pretty battered by the end of this book and he most likely kinda looked like that drawing. Speaking of which, maybe it is the violence. Or how the story is told. For whatever reason, I needed frequent breaks from this book. And that is why it took so long for me to read Aloha From Hell despite it being action after action all the way through. I don't think it is the use of pop culture slang which slowed down the pace anymore because this being Book 3, I kind of gotten used to this author's frequent use of pop culture slang even though I still don't understand some of them, I just let it pass... On the bright side, this book, like all the books I've read in this series thus far, has a believable and wonderful world building which makes it very easy to suspend disbelief. That brought the rating of this book up a notch. It also has a solid plot with a well-structured story which I like in a book! By the end of Aloha From Hell, I became a Sandman Slim well-entrenched fan!

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 5
Story itself = 5
Ending = 4.5
World building = 5
Cover art = 1
Pace = 3
Plot = 4.5

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries


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