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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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    Shane Indianapolis, IN, United States 04-14-10
    Shane Indianapolis, IN, United States 04-14-10
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    "One Star Is Too High"

    I hung in with this book purely to see if there was a great ending (there was no ending). Blah blah blah what was the point in all this. What a waste of time. Boring, jumbled, disjointed, poor character interaction. Basically what the hell does this all mean. It left me not wanting anymore from Joe Hill, it will take some time before I try another. Stay away from this book. I have enjoyed his past work but this was horrible......did I mention it was horrible?

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph pueblo west, CO, USA 03-20-10
    Joseph pueblo west, CO, USA 03-20-10 Member Since 2007
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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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    Shawn Berwick, ME, United States 07-17-13
    Shawn Berwick, ME, United States 07-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Shout with the devil"
    Would you listen to Horns again? Why?

    I would listen to Horns again because it's a fantastic story!


    What other book might you compare Horns to and why?

    I don't know if I could compare this to any other books. Horns feels unique and fresh.


    Which character – as performed by Fred Berman – was your favorite?

    Ig was my favorite. Since we follow the character all the way throughout we get a strong connection with him.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I don't want to spoil anything with this book. Although, when you find more about what happened to Ig, it's heart-breaking.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Ceylon, SK, Canada 10-24-12
    Linda Ceylon, SK, Canada 10-24-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Not a favourite"

    This story turned out pointless for me. I understand the deeper meaning of it all but I really wanted to be able to enjoy the journey. The justice served in the end was so empty for me that I left the book glad it was over with and I could grab a new listen. Narrator fit the story and did a great job though.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paulo HOLLYWOOD, FL, United States 09-12-12
    Paulo HOLLYWOOD, FL, United States 09-12-12
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    "Boring and slow"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    When I bought this audio book I had just finished reading Heart-Shaped Box which I loved. I thought It would be a scary history but it’s more like a murder story with a devil in it. So this is not for horror lovers.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Joe Hill again?

    Yes, I still think he great author.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I didn't like the narrator at all and he just made the book worse.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Horns?

    There was a lot of parts in this book that was not necessary and also the way the story keeps going back in time annoyed me more than anything.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for scary book, this one is not for you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Dubrow Great Falls, VA 07-25-13
    R. Dubrow Great Falls, VA 07-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Unpleasant Story"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who likes dark stories


    Has Horns turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Did Fred Berman do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, no problelm with the that. He was a bit shrill at certain points, though


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    I much rather provide positive feedback, but this was a long unpleasant story with nearly no uplifting moments. Everyone hates the main character and he basically hates everyone else. Any story that has painful moments, also needs a break. Positive things need to happen to break up the hell that them main character goes through.. I disliked this story so much, I stopped reading it about half way through and just read the summary on wikipedia.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bambi Freeman Shrewsbury, PA, US 03-13-10
    Bambi Freeman Shrewsbury, PA, US 03-13-10 Listener Since 2008
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    "Good story line - HORRIBLE language!"

    The story line for Horns was interesting but I had a rough time sticking with it due to the offensive language. I know that in "reality" some people use this kind of language and I can handle it in small doses. I do not think that there is one character in this book the doesn't use the "F" word in every other sentence. Sorry but there should be some kind of warning with books like this.

    2 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    waffle lover 03-21-10 Member Since 2007
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    "made me feel dirty"

    I really enjoyed Heart Shaped Box and 20th Century Ghosts but was disappointed by Horns. I tried several times to get into it but haven't been able to listen to more than a few hours. None of the characters are likeable or sympathetic and hearing the meanness their inner most thoughts made me want to take a shower.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dana Knoxville, TN, United States 03-20-10
    Dana Knoxville, TN, United States 03-20-10 Member Since 2004
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    "disturbing"

    If you are a christian I don't think you will like this book. It is very offensive. I don't usually write reviews unless they complement the book, but I feel very strongly about warning others about this book.

    4 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    John Riverside, CA, USA 04-11-10
    John Riverside, CA, USA 04-11-10
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    "Sick"

    Sick

    1 of 16 people found this review helpful
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