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
human being in progress
I'm solidly on team Joe. The second half of this two act story bored and confused me. The first half is worth the price of admission, but the let down factor is real.
The story pulled me in right away but as the plot developed I began not to care about the ending. Finished it because it is my book club read this month. Otherwise I may have not read it all the way through
The story takes place over about 3 days with flashbacks which moves the story along. Joe Hill nails the teenageissues, first love issues, family issues, etc. The whole idea of the book, waking up with horns growing out of your head, is funny and unique and makes the story interesting.
I listened to the book over 2 days on a flight home from Hawaii and it made the long trip go by quickly and enjoyably. An easy and enjoyable listen for sure.
First time I have had Fred as a narrator...he did a great job with all the characters. He made them distinct w/o going over board on the voices.
It takes you back to first loves, teen years, etc. Kind of makes you wonder what people are REALLY thinking - and we would all know that if we had horns!
I am a big Stephen King fan, and Joe Hill (King's son) is doing great on his own and in his own rite. this is the second book I have listened to of his and they were both great.
Yes - it was an interesting read with original concepts and likable character perspectives.
Unsure. It was like a supernatural murder mystery.
No - this was the first. He did a good job voicing the main character and the others were pretty good.
No...too long for one sitting.
"Horns" started off great, with the right kind of pace and character development that kept the reader engaged and the plot moving forward. As a whole, the story was well organized and made interesting by being told through other character perspectives.
I liked that the back story and history of the characters was revealed in the form of flashbacks; however some went on a bit too long which would sometime leave the reader wondering where the main story had left off. The supernatural element of the horns is still something I didn't fully understand after finishing the book and the main character's full transformation near the end still left me a bit confused.
Altogether is was entertaining and worth the read as being something different, which can be appreciated. There were clues scattered throughout the story which would make it fun to read again. I haven't watched the movie version yet, but I can't imagine it topping the book.
There was a neat reference to Hill's previous work "Heart-Shaped Box" and "Horns" only verified that Hill's writing is becoming very distinctive to be scattered with various music and pop-culture references. I only hope that this doesn't end up dating his work, or become lost on another generation over the next decade.
Pros: neat idea and good execution.
Cons: a bit blasphemous at times when it didn't need to be and the explanation for the supernatural elements were not conveyed very well.
Bottom line: overall good and worth the read, length wasn't too bad and the characters were enjoyable.
The story is very good much as you would expect from the King family. But I write this review for the narrator. He is absolutely outstanding. In my opinion one of the 2 top narrators I have listened to in more than 100 books. He could probably make one cry at the reading of the declaration of independence. His inflections are spot on every time. Love him.
William R, Dempster
Fred Berman has a speech pattern that has always grated on my nerves. He cannot say contractions, so the performance is filled with didit, wouldit, couldit, rather than the correct didn't wouldn't and couldn't, etc. It is so distracting that I had to ditch the audiobook and go to the print version of this excellent Joe Hill story.
From Wilm., De. Love reading and audiobooks. Other interests include cooking, attending cultural events, my dogs, birding, music and movies.
A good storyline, plenty of interesting characters, but a little long winded and drawn out. Many shifts in time from present, past and future -, made it difficult to follow. Still a worthwhile read for all Hill fans.
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