After listening to Heart Shaped Box, I decided to find out more about the author and listened to Horns. It was really a unique story with well-developed characters. It starts off with the hero waking up with a pair of horns and describes what happens when he starts interacting with people around him, then moves on to detail how he wound up in that predicament for much of the book. I like the way it is laid out, since it keeps you guessing and also becomes a bit of a romance as well as a mystery, fantasy, and horror book. Joe Hill writes very well, and the book kept me involved all the way through. I can see why more conservative Christians might be uncomfortable with it, since it questions a lot of orthodox thought, but really don't understand why someone who might be uncomfortable with a "devil" as a protagonist would purchase a book called Horns with a pitchfork on the front. Before reading this, I'd been making my way back through old Stephen King favorites, and although I didn't realize Hill was his son until listening to Horns, their writing styles are somewhat similar, and it was a good transition. Like much of King's work, the ending left me craving more. It was a decent ending, just missed it when it was gone and am looking forward to Hill's next work. The narrator was perfect for it, and most of the time I didn't notice him in a good way, though yes, one voice was a little "crusty" for a female...overall excellent.
I liked the beginning and the premise, but got bored very quickly with the whiny characters and redundant plot...tired of the main character(s) running around in a cave and getting beaten up repeatedly with sappy dialog over a romantic interest without any real motivation given for that interest. It would have been better as a short story.
This is one of my favorite books...I wish the authors would collaborate again. They created really fun and interesting characters, a very interesting plot, and really witty dialog. The narrator was ideal for it.
This story was really beautifully narrated and a sweet family story. It would be great to listen to around the fire at Christmas with family or on a road trip, and although it's great for kids, it's well written and original and will draw in adults as well. Having read, and listened to, everything by Moore, I can say that the G rated nature is unlike his normal, but the excellent depth of story and characters are what I expect from him. I'm interested to see what else Pamela Johnson has written.
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