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Hollywood Dead

por Richard Kadrey

Series: Sandman Slim (10)

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"James Stark is back from Hell, trailing more trouble in his wake. To return to L.A., he had to make a deal with the evil power brokers, Wormwood--an arrangement that came with a catch. While he may be home, Stark isn't quite himself... because he's only partially alive. There's a time limit on his reanimated body, and unless Stark can find the people targeting Wormwood, he will die again--and this time there will be no coming back. Even though he's armed with the Room of Thirteen Doors, Stark knows he can't find Wormwood's enemies alone. To succeed he's got to enlist the help of new friends--plus a few unexpected old faces. Stark has been in dangerous situations before--you don't get named Sandman Slim for nothing. But with a mysterious enemy on the loose, a debt to pay, and a clock ticking down, this may truly be the beginning of his end..."--Amazon.com.… (más)
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Series Info/Source: This is the 10th book in the Sandman Slim series. I borrowed this as an ebook from my library.

Story (5/5): I honestly have no idea why I dropped reading the Sandman Slim series and now, with the impending release of the final book in the series, I am playing catch up. This was a wonderful addition to the series. Stark finds himself back alive...kind of...and caught up in the schemes of the questionable Wormwood group. The plot moved quickly and had some fun twists and turns and a ton of action and I enjoyed this immensely.

Characters (5/5): We get some new characters introduced from the Wormwood institute and also deal with a ton of old characters as well. I ended up on the Sandman Slim wiki to review all the numerous characters before I started reading this, because at this point there are A LOT of characters. However, I love them all and enjoyed how much Stark had to lean on the support of his friends in order to survive this time around.

Setting (5/5): Most of this book is set in LA, although we do get to visit the Room of Thirteen Doors again and go through a couple different planes of existence. I love this world, the grittiness to it and how weird it is. That hasn’t changed for me throughout this series.

Writing Style (5/5): Kadrey has a very unique writing style that works incredibly well for this series. I have read many other books by him but this series remains my favorite work by him by a long shot. There is a gritty noir feel to it all. Stark is incredibly crass and offensive but strangely comes across as heartfelt and heroic too...even if he does make everyone’s life a bit too exciting at times. The plot is well done, the characters are amazing, and the action is non-stop. I love this series!

My Summary (5/5): Overall I am so happy I picked this series back up to read, I love this world and these characters. This book takes us out of Hell and back to LA and it was one heck of a fun ride. I am so excited to read the last couple books in this series to see where it all ends up. I would recommend this to people who enjoy a noir flare to their urban fantasies and love gritty, fast-paced action with a heavy dose of the paranormal. ( )
  krau0098 | Apr 30, 2021 |
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
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REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Summary:
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 cheat both heaven and hell, might not work out so well. An old powerbroker in the occult world has split into factions and is warring over the assets. Stark is half-alive...a quarter alive...mostly dead. And he only gets fully resurected if he completes the assignment that Wormwood has set for him...destroy the other faction. Only, they’re his enemies, will they honor the bargain. What’s become of his life in the year that he’s been gone? Have his friends moved on? Has she? The clock is ticking. The race is on. The gun is fully loaded. The knife blade is sharp. Sandman Slim is back in town with a couple days to kill...before the days kill him, again.
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Genre:
Literature
Fiction
Action
Adventure
Fantasy
Mystery
Thriller
Suspense
Horror

Why this book:
I’ve been meaning to read Sandman Slim for a long time. This was on the New Release Shelf at the Irving Public Library. I’m really glad I picked it up.
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The Feel:
Die Hard and Lethal Weapon with an occult bent.

You can feel the Wormwood double cross coming. True Slim is planning on killing them all, after the deal is complete. Post-deal isn’t part of the deal.

Favorite Character:
James Stark, Sandman Slim is a great character.

Least Favorite Character:
By and large the characters here are awesome and well drawn. The Wormwood guys, at least the faction that brought Slim back, seem a bit cardboard in comparison with everyone else in the book.

Marshall Larson Wells makes me want to puke. His reappearing in the anti-climax/denouement was unnecessary.

Character I Most Identified With:

Plot Holes/Out of Character:
Kasabian and Alessa are a bit cardboard from midpoint through the beginning of the 3rd act. Kas recovers some, but Alessa doubles down. Considering that Alessa is on the hit list, they’re acting like Stark is to blame and he’s taking the blame is all horseshit. Without Stark, they’d have been dead from her being on the hit list whether he re-entered their lives or not.

Trusting Howard isn’t a smart move. I knew it. Howard is a slimeball. Slim is/was much too trusting of Howard. I’m calling that OOC. But, Slim’s brain was turning to rotting cottage cheese at that point.

Favorite Scene / Quote/Concept:
Target practice in a private bowling alley, blowing away the pins...and the homeowner not being pleased. Bonus.

“No sympathy zone. They don’t give it, so they shouldn't expect it. Islands of privilege in a sea of shit and bad karma.” That’s a powerful almost political commentary.

Paragraph of the Year Nominee:
“What’s really getting to me is that as much as I missed her in Hell, it’s a hundred times worse begin back. My perfect, beautiful monster. During my last look at her, she was in her Jade form and tearing Audsley Ishii apart. That’s how you know someone really likes you. Anyone can give you chocolate and flowers, but when they’ll disembowel someone for you? That’s true love.”

Hmm Moments:
Gun Fu with magic, mystical beings, and the apocalypse.

The Na’at blade and the Room of Thirteen Doors are both awesome ideas.

The mystic safe houses that are entered through odd portals, but are actually in another time are pretty damned cool.

WTF Moments:
The shootout in Eva’s foyer is giving me deja vu...or whatever the feeling is when you feel like you’ve read something before. Based on pub date, there’s no way that I’ve read Hollywood Dead before. But I’m damned if it doesn’t all seem like I’ve read that scene, not something similar, but that scene before.

Meh / PFFT Moments:
Was hoping for Alyx to hunt him down rather than UFO alien lady find him...whatever her deal is.

The Unexpected:
A laughing, giant, bone golem made of many bones and mutliple skulls...and each skull laughs as it moves. Helluva description.

Missed Opportunity:
The Na’at Blade needs to be in a D20, RPG.

Dreamcasting:
Sandman Slim is like Constantine mixed with Wick. Keanu should be playing him in movies.

If this were made into a movie in the 70s, Clint Eastwood as Slim.

Eva Sandoval...Charlize Theron.

Sinclair...Sandoval’s 2nd in command/partner in Wormwood, Steve Buscemi.

The guy that plays Cisco on The Flash, Carlos Valdes as the bartender at Bamboo House of Dolls.

Movies and Television:
This would lend itself well to a Netflix/Amazon series...or big budget, multi-film franchise Hollywood vehicle.

Soundtrack:
Sympathy for the Devil, either Rolling Stones or Guns and Roses, should be playing while reading this book.
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Pacing:
The flow and pace of this is electric. The first 20 pages are expo heavy but flow really well. And with all the backstory to get to, well worth the primer. But that pace doesn’t let up all the way through. The only slow down was the denouement. But considering that you were about to crash headlong into the last page, a few pages of slowdown and cool off were probably warranted. Still might ruin you for slower paced books.

When it kicks off, it kicks hard.

Last Page Sound:
Mustang Sally is a bit deus ex machina. But it works for me.

I really liked this book.

Author Assessment:
The characters are well imagined and talk in real speak, not book speak. The scenes are crisp like a well directed movie.

Editorial Assessment:
Well put together.
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  texascheeseman | Feb 14, 2019 |
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 top of my tbr pile whenever a new one comes out. It has everything you could want starting with a great main character in James "Sandman Slim" Stark. Add in a strong supporting cast and a gritty locale in Los Angeles makes this a must read. ( )
  JJbooklvr | Mar 16, 2018 |
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"James Stark is back from Hell, trailing more trouble in his wake. To return to L.A., he had to make a deal with the evil power brokers, Wormwood--an arrangement that came with a catch. While he may be home, Stark isn't quite himself... because he's only partially alive. There's a time limit on his reanimated body, and unless Stark can find the people targeting Wormwood, he will die again--and this time there will be no coming back. Even though he's armed with the Room of Thirteen Doors, Stark knows he can't find Wormwood's enemies alone. To succeed he's got to enlist the help of new friends--plus a few unexpected old faces. Stark has been in dangerous situations before--you don't get named Sandman Slim for nothing. But with a mysterious enemy on the loose, a debt to pay, and a clock ticking down, this may truly be the beginning of his end..."--Amazon.com.

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