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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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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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    Matthew Clayton Mendota Heights, MN United States 04-16-10
    Matthew Clayton Mendota Heights, MN United States 04-16-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Krusty?"

    Seriously, Fred Berman sounds just like Krusty the Klown and that's not a good thing. Joe Hill's book is OK, but that's about it. The idea is good and he did a nice job of handling the story from multiple perspectives and slowly revealing the important details, allowing the story to come to light piece by piece and not all at once. The problem (besides the narrator that sounds like Krusty) is that the whole thing feels very superficial and unpolished. A previous reviewer wrote that it was like a short story that got stretched and I think that's reasonably close to my interpretation. It isn't a bad book, so I disagree with those who give it one star. Go back and try to slog through Mary Shelly's Frankenstien for a truly awful read. As for the "Christian" reviewers who worry that "Christians" won't like the book; well, it's a book about a devil. That should be reasonably apparent from the title and cover art.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Hyattsville, MD, United States 04-12-10
    Tracy Hyattsville, MD, United States 04-12-10 Member Since 2009

    I love this book!!! The performance, writing and story were great. Keeps you there and makes you want to not stop listening. It takes alot for me to get into a book but this one was intense. I would love to be a narrator!

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    "Wow What a read"

    Couldn't stop listening. I would recommend it to all types of readers. Worth listening to again.

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    Shannon Clark 04-08-10 Member Since 2006
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    "deserves multiple ratings for its multiple stories"

    This book felt a lot like "Stand by Me" telling stories of betrayals instead of growing loyalties. I thought the concept of the horns was fantastic, his wry humor made me laugh out loud, and then we divergered from a great storyline to fragments that wear you down. The ending was so disappointing, that I will recommend you just skip the last section. Too bad, it had merit.

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    Victoria Morgan Hill, CA, United States 03-19-10
    Victoria Morgan Hill, CA, United States 03-19-10 Member Since 2006
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    "A Devil of a Good Time"

    Sometimes horrible, sometimes funny, the story weaves in upon itself to provide a good ride. Certainly not a book where the ending is expected.

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    Victoria 09-20-10
    Victoria 09-20-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Don't bother..."

    I want a refund! Completely disconnected and down right silly. So sorry I wasted my hard earned cash on this bomb. Too bad too, since I did enjoy his other book. Joe Hill, what happened???

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Dottie B. Washington DC 03-16-12
    Dottie B. Washington DC 03-16-12 Member Since 2006

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    "I really wanted to be scared....."

    I was so excited about hearing a good scary story. I was not scared. And there were parts that went on so long that the effectiveness of the story was diminished. I thought it started out great, and slowly went down hill.
    The narrator was fine, but could still not truly redeem the plot that failed to consistently hold up.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    annette houston, TX, United States 12-01-10
    annette houston, TX, United States 12-01-10 Member Since 2010
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    "WAY TOO LONG"

    I'll be honest - I didn't "get" this book. I ploughed my way through it with the expectation that I would hear a lot more about the "horns" and the Devil that Ig became. I was disappointed. There were long interludes of what seemed to me to be needless rambling by the other characters. These passages could have been skipped totally. I had really looked forward to listening to this and quite honestly, I cannot believe this guy is Stephen King's son - and for those people who ranked him up there with his father - ARE YOU CRAZY!!!!!! A total waste of money.

    5 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Linda San Luis Obispo, CA, USA 03-28-10
    Linda San Luis Obispo, CA, USA 03-28-10 Member Since 2006
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    "EH"

    I really liked Joe Hill's first book, Heart Shaped Box - found it entertaining, clever and engaging. Horns has one element, it is clever, but it reads like a high school short story that was developed into a novel, without the character substance to support a novel. It either should have stayed a short story or offered a more complex story line or characters. The book has moments and the concept was interesting, but some of it was just boring, really boring.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Venice, CA, United States 01-29-12
    Julia Venice, CA, United States 01-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Joe wishes he had horns."

    But he doesn't.
    I'm a huge Stephen King fan and bought this book in the hopes that the apple had not fallen far from the tree and had high hopes that S.K. had spawned my next literary obsession. Not to be.
    There is no drama in this book, no depth, no spice, no soul...and at times I felt I was being lectured, spoken TOO and not WITH.
    I can't finish the book. It's SO empty, not to mention poorly written. I'll give Joe Hill a miss. A BIG miss.
    Didn't like the narrator either.

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    Joseph 03-20-10
    Joseph 03-20-10
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    "Horns"

    Sucks bigtime. I've seen more wasted words in The U.S.Congress. (And was less depressed)

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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