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Horns: A Novel | [Joe Hill]

Horns: A Novel

Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache, and a pair of horns growing from his temples. 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 purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances.
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Publisher's Summary

Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache, and a pair of horns growing from his temples. 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 purgatory, 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, wealth, 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.

©2010 Joe Hill (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Mary 10-11-13
    Mary 10-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good, solid story"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If they like Steven King, I would


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was leading in one direction and felt that the ending was satisfying and true to the story.


    What aspect of Fred Berman’s performance would you have changed?

    He did a nice job.


    Do you think Horns needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Pretty complete story unto itself.


    Any additional comments?

    Nice, solid audiobook experience.

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    Danica DAVIS, CA, United States 09-15-13
    Danica DAVIS, CA, United States 09-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Couldn't Stop Listening"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Horns to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version, but I really love listening to books and thought this recording was top notch.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ig Perrish is fascinating. At first I was engrossed in the mystery, trying to solve it along with Ig. Then I became even more engaged by Ig's transformation and found myself unable to stop listening until the book finished. It was terrible, wonderful, and darkly funny at times.


    Have you listened to any of Fred Berman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any of Fred Berman's other performances, but I found him to be a capable narrator. He injected life into the characters and really let me immerse myself in the world of the book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I probably gasped out loud a couple times as the story took surprising twists. I know I was inwardly cheering for Ig the entire time! He's the kind of anti-hero you can really get behind.


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    Moriel United States 07-08-13
    Moriel United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2010

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    "A great, smart story that makes you think"

    I got the idea to read this book from a list of "upcoming movies" (this book seems to be planned as a movie for next year) and I thought it sounded interesting. The fact the author is Stephen King's son didn't escape me either, and I wondered if the apply falls close to the tree.

    I was not disappointed. Hill has a distinctly different style than his father, which is great. The story starts with a bang, sucks you into it and gets you going. At some point, there are a couple of regressions to the past, and at first I found them a little bit annoying ("get on with what happens!") but I have to admit, they are not only essential to the story, they're essential to the point. You get sucked into the world, get to know the characters well, their inner world, their motivations -- and along the way, you get into a bit of an interesting discussion about the meaning of morality, ethics, and 'good and evil'.

    I thought it would be a simple story, it ended up being a satisfying work with philosophical undertones. Great book, highly recommended.

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    Orlando I. Baig MD, USA 02-04-13
    Orlando I. Baig MD, USA 02-04-13

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    "Joe Hill is Great!!!"

    The story just got hold of me from the first pages, and it never let go!
    I read "Heart Shaped Box", and was anxious for Hill's next novel. Not disappointed!!

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    James Sandy, UT, United States 01-16-13
    James Sandy, UT, United States 01-16-13
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    "Longwinded at times but worth the listen"
    What did you love best about Horns?

    Horns contains several Christian cliches but manages to make them exciting instead of corny. I also loved the nods to Stephen King's novels and Joe Hill's Heart-shaped Box (SPOILER: listen for Derry, Maine and Judas Coyne)


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    At times the plot slows to a crawl and I had to exercise some patience to keep listening. There are several overly detailed flashbacks that had me rolling my eyes but I cared enough about the characters and the story that I was willing to ride it out.


    What does Fred Berman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Fred's voice is slightly raspy. Definitely not suited for something like Tess of the d'Urbervilles but perfect for the tone of Horns.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I related very strongly to Ig's loss and his superficial relationship with Glenna.


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    Glenn spokane, wa, United States 09-26-12
    Glenn spokane, wa, United States 09-26-12 Member Since 2011

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    "awesome"

    Never knew of Joe Hill before but obviously he has good writing genes. This little book is so tightly crafted it shines … and that’s even before the story and characters suck you in! Great read/listen, don’t miss it.

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    Jeri United States 05-09-12
    Jeri United States 05-09-12 Member Since 2014
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    "May not be for everyone."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definately recommend this audiobook. There is a lot of humor, a lot of horror and a lot that can make you think. I thought the ending tied things up nicely. However, in my own opinion there were a few parts that were very difficult to listen to, I almost wanted to fast forward past them. This is one of those books that point out that the true monsters are people. And sometimes circumstances can change you drastically.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character was my favorite. I liked him and felt his pain.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Foundry scene near the end.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. The story horrified me. At times I was totally disgusted by the thoughts the characters were having, and events that were occurring. But there were also scenes that were very funny also. I think I experienced just about every emotion with this audiobook.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill and really enjoyed it. It was the kind of spooky horror I expected. This book was not what I expected, and showed me a different kind of horror. Based on my comments above it may not appear that I enjoyed the book, but I did enjoy it so much. I became invested in the story and the characters. The book was very good at pointing out the evil that people do, and I didn't expect it to affect me the way it did. I kept thinking you never know the real person inside, you never know what people are hiding behind the lovely mask. In a way it is a very powerful book. I couldn't stop listening, even when I wanted to.

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    Shanti 01-18-12
    Shanti 01-18-12

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    "Not my genre."
    What did you love best about Horns?

    Hill is very creative in descriptions/analogies.


    What other book might you compare Horns to and why?

    None. I dont read this type of book normally.


    What does Fred Berman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Sound effects.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was ok, not great. The different characters would start out sounding different then sounding the same or switching voice and character. This made it hard to knows who is talking sometimes as the listener is expecting the different voices to be consistent with the character. Otherwise the narrator did a good job.

    I am a classic, epic, period piece, bio, genre reader. This story was way off beat of my usual preference but a friend recommended I give it a try.

    The story was very good for its type. Hill has a humorous, and unusual flair to his writing that makes his story stand out. It flows well, has the right amount of information and carries the read smoothly.
    He manages to bring you on all the various emotional aspects of the ride.

    I feel Hill wrote well since he kept me interested even though it wasnt my cup of tea. If he could do that, anyone that likes this genre of a book should love Horns.

    This isnt a hard read nor a complex story to follow. I would call it a simply fun read.

    So 5 stars to Hill for keeping a non fan of this type of story interested and pleased with the writing style.

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    Stephenie 12-12-11
    Stephenie 12-12-11

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    "Fun and well-read"

    The performer was excellent and the story kept me coming back for more. I would recommend this audiobook.

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    Liz C. 11-12-11
    Liz C. 11-12-11 Member Since 2014
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    "My #1 Book Of 2011"

    I loved this book. The characters were interesting and fleshed out, and I was surprised at how emotionally attached I got to each of them, whether it was love or hate. The story unfolds over the course of the whole book, so all the pieces don't fall into place until the very end, which is something I absolutely love in a story, it hangs onto your interest like it was super-glued there. The story hits the ground running, but there is an hour or so where it gets a little slow, but then it takes off running again, and sprints to the finish.

    The narrator was a little shaky at first, there was a bit of a New Jersey-ish accent in all his speech at first, but he got warmed up by Chapter 3, and it was very good reading after that. His characters were well defined, even though one character kept that odd New Jersey accent.

    Overall, this is the best audiobook I've listened to this year. Joe Hill is becoming my new favorite author, and fast! I can't wait for his next book, and I'll certainly be listening to this one again. And again.

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