I loved Saul. He was endearing, kind and courageous.
I don't believe I have heard either before, but they were amazing.
The title is a little off putting, but it fits.
Although there is a great deal of violence in this book, it’s required to make the story work. The connection made to the characters keeps you coming back for more. Dan Simmons really knows how to craft believable characters and create story lines that are out there, but so believable.
I really enjoyed Carrion Comfort, as it was a perfect example of the early 80s horror-boom, and it should be a perfect fit for fans of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Robert McCammon.
However, it took me a while to get into the narration, and while I eventually ended up thinking it was fine, at first I got really weirded out by the narrator's interpretation of the young black heroine - I read the paper-back concurrently with listening on audio (audio during the day while doing chores, paper-back in the evenings), and she was much stronger and more confident in my head. The narrator gives her this nasal whine, and also a southern dialect that borders on parody. I DID get over this after a few hours, just thought I'd mention it - other than that the narration was fine.
On the whole though, well worth your credit - a solid horror novel, with a classically silly premise that is elevated by the quality of the storytelling!
The story is outdated, predictable and the characters are incredibly stereotypic; big snore factor. Maybe the story picks up after the first 8 hours, but unfortunately I'll never know... When I realized that I dreaded putting on my headphones halfway through part one, I knew this story wasn't making it. Don't get me wrong, I am a big fan of Dan Simmons' incredible Hyperion trilogy. Read the entire trilogy twice and am considering adding it to my Audible library, but he just seems to fall flat in other genres. I did read the reviews before purchasing the book and was warned that it was an early work...with slightly 'racial' undertones, but I needed a long read while I did yard work. I just can't do one more 'she had deep brown eyes and skin the color of coffee with cream'. Of course she talks like she came from a city in the south, despite the fact that she is super educated... The Jewish protagonist is a psychologist with a thick accent (of course), who takes us through gruesome strolls into the German death camps. How novel! Guess what? They team up to fight the bad guys who have special powers and a have caused the death of the female protagonist's father, etc., etc. The story is told through a series of circuitous routes that go on and on and on seeming to end in a death camp every few chapters. I had to keep checking to make sure I hadn't somehow gone back to a previous chapter .... Wow, I was ready for a juicy thirty plus hour read but must abandon the story while I am still awake. Sorry Dan.
Cool new idea
Neat idea for a type of superhuman and the corruption that power creates within their souls.
My previous experience with Dan Simmons was his remarkable "The Terror", which stands head and shoulders above anything else I read last year. CARRION COMFORT is a much earlier work, more than 20 years ago, and both the writing and the story reflect badly on the 1980s. The story is fine - nothing totally weird in the realm of horror fiction - good versus evil, absolute power corrupting absolutely, etc., etc., and the storytelling is mundane and acceptable. The characters are many and fleshed out well by the two (male and female) readers, making a 40 hour long audiobook fairly easy to follow. There is a great deal of dated racism in the book, making for some very squirmy moments for me, and I don't believe it would find a publisher today without some heavy rewrites. The non-white characters are very cardboard, very thinly balanced between "Whatchoo Talkin' Bout Willis?" and "Gonna Cut Me Some Whitey Bro". The young black woman who is a sort of love interest is typical of lame-ass females in most of these types of novels - if we start discussing sexism in horror fiction we'll never be finished! Anyway, there is no excuse for this book being so amazingly LONG, because the language isn't particularly florid or memorable, and the actions scenes are many, but could well have been edited down to a few. I don't mind devoting 40 hours to an audiobook, but I know that once I reach the end (on Pt 4 of 5 now) I'll forget this one as soon as I begin another.
I am about a 1/3 of the way through Carrion Comfort and I'm enjoying it quite a bit. It's well read(especially the parts read by Laural Merlington) and interestingly detailed with some excellent character development. WARNING: This book contains descriptions of sexual situations
Writer, Reader, Former Bookseller (RIP Borders)
It's not terrible. It's not great. Mostly, it wasn't engaging. I didn't care about the characters-- they lacked depth and believability. The concept had potential, but the scary aspects weren't promoted. More thriller than horror, but even in that, not very effective at suspense. Mostly, it was overwritten and could be twice as good at half its length. Prose was borderline amateur. Quit listening two chapters from the end because the path was obvious and I didn't care if any of the characters lived or died anyway. Disappointed-- I expected more from Simmons. Read like Koontz.... but reeallllyyy long.
Narration was good.
Spreadhead and Biblioholic.
This is a great read about a small group of malevolent friends who use their psychic abilities to control others in an annual contest to see who can create the most spectacular murders. The combination of blue-blood gentility and sociopathic vigor make "Miss Melanie" a great villain.
The narrators also did a great job, especially the first-person narrative of Melanie.
I could not put this book down!!! I really liked this story. The plot twist really had me thinking about what was going to happen next.
Right wingers who are not too picky.
The part when I turned it off and deleted it
Read this guy's blog... I have always had a vague sense that his stories were dissatisfying and weak - even though they should have been great based upon the subject matter. This book was no exception. It turns out that Simmons has strange and adolescent right wing political and social ideas. He is not for me. I think even a discriminating Republican would find this guy boring. He is a half baked Tom Clancy with ghosts and ghouls.