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Horns: A Novel (edition 2010)

by Joe Hill

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Title:Horns: A Novel
Authors:Joe Hill
Info:William Morrow (2010), Edition: 1ST, Hardcover, 370 pages
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Horns by Joe Hill

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    Come Closer by Sara Gran (sparemethecensor)
    sparemethecensor: Similar plotlines and styles, though the narrative in Come Closer is more personal and Horns more distant.
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    level250geek: Hill was obviously inspired by this work, which frames Satan as a tragic hero, much like the way Ig is characterized in Horns.
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Good story, interesting characters, and the plot was a good supernatural crime thriller. ( )
  adam.d.woodard | Feb 23, 2015 |
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  Saretta.L | Feb 21, 2015 |
One of the most original books I have read in recent memory. When I thought there was nothing new under the sun, Joe Hill surprised me. One warning: If you didn't like his debut, Heart Shaped Box, you may not like this one. ( )
  Edward.Lorn | Feb 13, 2015 |
Wow. So much more then I expected! Complex, heartbreaking and yet satisfying. I can't wait for this movie adaptation (starring Daniel Radcliffe no less) to come out now! ( )
  luminescent_bookworm | Jan 27, 2015 |
It would've made a really, really excellent short story. It was good writing, it was just overly padded to make it novel-length. Or that's what it felt like. Although, it did make me tear up for a minute. ( )
  dukedukegoose | Jan 26, 2015 |
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Thoroughly enjoyable and often original... a richly nuanced story... fire and brimstone have rarely looked this good.
 
Mr. Hill, whose outstandingly inventive first novel was “Heart-Shaped Box” (2007), is able to combine intrigue, editorializing, impassioned romance and even fiery theological debate in one well-told story.
 
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Epigraph
Satan is one of us; so much more so than Adam or Eve."
--Michael Chabon, "On Daemons & Dust"
Dedication
To Lenora--love, always
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Ignatius Martin Perrish spent the night drunk doing terrible things.
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The best way to get even with anyone is to put them in the rearview mirror on your way to something better.
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At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private pergatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances. A mental breakdown would have been the most natural thing in the world. But there was nothing natural about the horns, which were all too real.

Once the righteous Ig had enjoyed the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned musician and younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, he had security, wealthy, and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more - he had Merrin and a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring and unlikely midsummer magic.

But Merrin's death damned all that. The only suspect in the crime, Ig was never charged or tried. And he was never cleared. In the court of public opinion in Gideon, New Hampshire, Ig is and always will be guilty because his rich and connected parents pulled strings to make the investigation go away. Nothing Ig can do, nothing he can say, matters. Everyone, it seems, including God has abandoned him. Everyone, that is, but the devil inside...

Now Ig is possessed of a terrible new power to go with his terrible new look - a macabre talent he intends to use to find the monster who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. It's time for a little revenge...it's time the devil had his due.


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After his childhood sweetheart is brutally killed and suspicion falls on him, Ig Parrish goes on a drinking binge and wakes up with horns on his head, hate in his heart, and an incredible new power which he uses in the name of vengeance.

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