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Song of Kali | [Dan Simmons]

Song of Kali

Blood will curdle in Calcutta. In the most crime-ridden city, nightmares become real and evil is defined by frightening occurrences. When an American family finds themselves encircled by the terrors of this land, lurid events befall them and life takes on a new meaning - death. Winner of the World Fantasy Award, Song of Kali will chill the blood and frighten even the most jaded of horror fans.
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Publisher's Summary

Blood will curdle in Calcutta. In the most crime-ridden city, nightmares become real and evil is defined by frightening occurrences. When an American family finds themselves encircled by the terrors of this land, lurid events befall them and life takes on a new meaning - death. Winner of the World Fantasy Award, Song of Kali will chill the blood and frighten even the most jaded of horror fans.

©1985 Dan Simmons (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    Christopher Moss 07-31-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Not what I was hoping for"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    More gross than scary. If you are looking for a good ghost story, this is not it.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-21-14 Member Since 2015

    Namaste

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    "Creepy but great!"

    It was much creepier than a lot of Simmon's work, but I personally thought it was excellent. Not for the faint of heart, however.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 01-14-15
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 01-14-15

    "... there are times when silence is a poem." - John Fowles, the Magus ^(;,;)^

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    "All Violence is an Exercise in Power"

    Horror is not my normal territory. It isn't my alternate either. As far as genre fiction goes I probably reach for a horror novel as often as I reach for a fantasy novel. But this is Dan Simmons we are talking about. After reading Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion, I was intrigued. How poetic could Simmons make horror? How literate?

    I liked the 'Song of Kali'. It was a good story. I'm just not sure I'd count it as great horror. It wasn't that scary. It was definitely more psychological and mental than most. It seemed like a strange mixture of H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen King, all with a big glob of Calcutta madness and poetic mysticism.

    Anyway, I liked it. I'll keep reading Simmons when I want a vacation from the classics or an escape into literary genre fiction, but I don't think I will need to steel my nerves with any tonics or leave the lights on to go to sleep after I close the book at night. I might, however, rethink vacation plans to Kolkata and West Bengal. Screw THAT.

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    M.S. Valdez FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 06-01-14
    M.S. Valdez FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 06-01-14 Member Since 2012

    Avid reader all of my life! Favorite author is Stephen King! Favorite book is Hyperion-read/listen to it!

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    "Truly immersive horror!"

    Excellent listen! Dan Simmons captures the essence and atmosphere of Calcutta expertly. A truly horrific story that seems more truth than fiction. The fate of a particular character seems pre-ordained simply that that character's inclusion into the story which is my only criticism of the plot.
    The narrator is absolutely superb going from American Mid-West, American-New York, to Indian accents with ease.
    A definite recommended listen.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Venatries 03-05-14 Member Since 2013

    There are few things better than a good story well told!

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    "Dated, but still good fiction"

    This is an early work of talented author Dan Simmons set for the most part in Calcutta, India. And it is definitely a horror story. The setting and suspense are very entertaining if you can overcome the voice in the back of your mind wondering why you would ever take a seven month old baby on a trip to Calcutta to find a may be dead poet. That voice will also wonder about some of the other choices the main characters make. Choices that I’m pretty sure I would not have made even back in the 80s. But if you can get over those blocks you have a terrifying good listen.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan montreal, QC, Canada 05-01-15
    Jonathan montreal, QC, Canada 05-01-15 Member Since 2012

    There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on treasure island.(Walt Disney)

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    "A hell of of trip in iNDIA !"

    i REALLY HERE FOUND WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR A WHILE,A GOOD HORROR STORY AND ADVENTURE IN INDIA,WICH ONLY AUTHORS IN THE EIGHTIES SEEM ABLE TO REALLY MAKE IT GREAT! MAKE ME WANT TO VISIT INDIA TOO IF I DARE,MARK BOYETT IS TRULLY A GREAT PERFORMER,AS IF IN IN A SCARY HORROR STORY,REALLY WORTH THE CREDIT,ONE OF THE BEST AUTHORS AND NARATORS!

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    Jim N Chicago, IL 11-11-14
    Jim N Chicago, IL 11-11-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent, atmospheric horror"

    Simmons practically makes his setting into a major character in this subtle, unsettling novel set in Calcutta, India. Song of Kali is mysterious and though-provoking and like some of the best horror, a bit ambiguous. Simmons doesn't spell everything out for the reader and that works to the novel's benefit. This book is definitely worth a credit and the reading by Mark Boyett is superb.

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    Rudolph 04-07-15
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    "Grim."

    One of the grimmest books I've ever read. The narrator did an excellent job with all the accents. I especially enjoyed the one moment of Punjab/cockney English.

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    melanie United States 03-28-15
    melanie United States 03-28-15 Member Since 2012
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    "not his best, but still good"

    The narrators voice was a little too subdued and mono-toned, but maybe that was the desired effect to compliment this dark story.

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    ubergoober Columbus 03-11-15
    ubergoober Columbus 03-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    Unique story but didn't like the narrators and had a hard time getting into it. Also, there was no big climax and long winded.

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    What a fantastic story I really enjoyed this booked, when it starts you just know that this story is going to be very dark, and indeed it was, this is a very dark story and I must admit I did not expect the out come a little disturbing but well worth a listen.

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