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Horns: A Novel (edition 2011)

by Joe Hill

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Title:Horns: A Novel
Authors:Joe Hill
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 416 pages
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Horns by Joe Hill

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    Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill (sturlington)
    sturlington: Better Joe Hill, in my opinion.
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    The Shining by Stephen King (level250geek)
    level250geek: Stephen King's seminal work of horror, this book also confronts evil and humanity, putting in the reader's face things they'd rather not see.
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    Mike Careys One Sided Bargains by Mike Carey (level250geek)
    level250geek: Adapting the story of Faust in three unique ways, Carey examines humanity's relationship with sin, temptation, and evil.
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    Ghost Story by Peter Straub (ktoonen)
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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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    Ghost Road Blues by Jonathan Maberry (ktoonen)
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    Paradise Lost by John Milton (level250geek)
    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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    The Mailman by Bentley Little (ktoonen)
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Dear Reader,

I've been devouring Joe Hill's work ever since I discovered him. He fills a void that I've been missing within the horror genre. Maybe I need to take a break from him for a year because he is so distinctly like his father (Stephen King) in many regards, the main one being that it's very easy to overdose on his work. I used to do the same thing with King when I was younger and over the years as I aged, I knew that King is much better in small doses. The problem is... both him and his father pump out books like a crazed teen screams for their idol. I can't keep up, and nor should I. So which to read? I guess that might be the reason people review books right? To help others determine where to go next with their reading endeavors. If someone were to ask me about Horns, I might suggest this book... but only if they've stayed clear of Hill AND King for awhile.

Getting to business, the plot follows Ig (short for Ignatius) after he wakes up from a black out drunken stupor and finds horns growing from his temple. We shortly learn that he has experienced a very recent tragedy involving his girlfriends murder and to take things to the next level, Ig is secretly blamed by almost everyone in town... including his loved ones. The great thing about Hill is his imagination and he doesn't fall short with this book. Ig starts to gain powers that seem to originate from his horns, and he utilizes these to come to terms and learn the truth over his girlfriends death. The story is quite plot driven but also very lengthy (another one of the characteristics of a King/Hill book). A few parts of the book started straying away from the interesting and went a little too far into the bizarre, and I usually LOVE bizarre. I guess sometimes if the strange isn't done well, it doesn't give the story much strength.

Overall, I would say this is a solid book with a very compelling and exciting plot. Hill produces many interesting aspects to the theme of doom and death that had me thinking. He missed the mark on a few parts that had me wandering, which in the end hurt the rating. I might have liked this more if I didn't overkill the genre recently, this needs to be said for those who enjoy horror and might enjoy this more than a three star book. The last thing I want to do is dissuade someone from Horns because of my three star rating, I would actually recommend this as a good place to start with Hill.

Happy Reading,
AmberBug ( )
  yougotamber | Aug 22, 2014 |
On the TBR for September 2014.
  HiroProtagonist | Aug 22, 2014 |
root for the devil he might be the good guy ( )
  selinalynn69 | Aug 19, 2014 |
Effectively mixing humor and brutal honesty, "Horns" is a diabolically good read from the son of the King himself, Joe Hill. ( )
  Birdo82 | Jul 26, 2014 |
Two things prompted me to read this book:
1. The synopsis: Guy wakes up one day with a terrrrrible hangover, can't remember what happened last night, and...woah! Are those HORNS growing out of the top of his head??
With a plot set up like that, I'm thinking this is going to be the most hilarious 'horror' book evah...(not quite)

2. Joe Hill is Stephen King's SON. And he's writing horror novels too? Is he as good as his dad? Is he any good? (def not as good as dad, but there is potential for him to get better!)


As mentioned earlier, the plot REALLY drew me in. But then, there were many a times while reading that I felt it was really contrived/too cheesy at times. (Trying to make too many symbols, yes, symbolism rocks, but going overboard reminds me of my students trying to write them...)

I don't feel I ever got a good answer about WHY the horns started growing (which is disappointing)...and the ending was....not what I felt it could have been.

This was a great summer read (as in, it is not a textbook for class), but I do feel a bit disappointed in how the book played out. I think it could have been SO much more...

I might be interested in Hill in a few years, after he's had more time to develop himself. ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
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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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Satan is one of us; so much more so than Adam or Eve."
--Michael Chabon, "On Daemons & Dust"
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To Lenora--love, always
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Ignatius Martin Perrish spent the night drunk doing terrible things.
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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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