It’s the summer of 1960 and in the small town of Elm Haven, Illinois, five twelve-year-old boys are forging the powerful bonds that a lifetime of change will not break. From sunset bike rides to shaded hiding places in the woods, the boys’ days are marked by all of the secrets and silences of an idyllic childhood. But amid the sun-drenched cornfields, their loyalty will be pitilessly tested. When a long-silent bell peals in the middle of the night, the townsfolk know it marks the end of their carefree days. From the depths of the Old Central School, a hulking fortress tinged with the mahogany scent of coffins, an invisible evil is rising. Strange and horrifying events begin to overtake everyday life, spreading terror through the once-peaceful town. Determined to exorcize this ancient plague, Mike, Duane, Dale, Harlen, and Kevin must wage a war of blood against an arcane abomination who owns the night....
©2011 Dan Simmons (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“Impressive...combines beautiful writing and suspense into a book for which Dan Simmons deserves the bestseller status of King and Koontz.” (The Denver Post)
“One can only wonder what Simmons will do next, now that he’s shown us he can do everything the best writers in horror and science fiction can do.” (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
“It stands with the best of King and Straub in the traditional modern horror genre.” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
if you are like me you quickly burn through your favorite authors on audible and then have to mine for a nugget , this isnt one but it is flecked , alot of other reviews compare it to stand by me , but that is not right it is closer to IT than SBM and closer to the goonies than Salems lot I like alot about this book except I cannot for the life of me think why Dan simmons spent so much time describing how brilliant the fat kids father was, together the son and father invented everything except the ipod 50 years ago , but it is still worth alisten if you have the credits and hours to burn.
My interests include good books of any sort but I specialize in theology and classical religious apologist works
Simmons does a great job for the first few hours. His characters are believable and he does an excellent job setting up the suspense with an in depth setting that is quite believable in it's attention to detail and small nuances of everyday life. The struggle for me began when he starts to explain who and what the antagonists are. It's kind of a huge let down to know that the ancient evil is just a .....no spoilers but still. even the pretence of tying it to renaissance era and ancient Egyptian occult doesn't do much to revitalize the creepiness that the early fog of not knowing what was going on instilled. it doesn't make the book unreadable per se just....disappointing, and by that time I invested so much time I just finished it.
I like history and biography, novels too. I do have a thing for zombie books as well. I need crappy thrillers now and then.
I like the era, and the world Dan Simmons creates. While there is still mystery--i.e. you don't know what is happening exactly--it's a good read. After that, when we start to understand the evil, it's much less interesting, and the evil seems to act unsystematically. Well, they're not smart. And the town people don't seem very concerned over disappearances or deaths or big red trucks full of dead things. But most of all what bothered me is that all the characters nod. They nod all the time. Every page. Their must be a couple of hundred "He nodded" in this book. Dear Dan, every time I read that it I'm yanked back into reality. So after some time, I just couldn't lose myself in the story. For a new edition, please fix. Thanks.
That's why Story gets a 3 rating and Performance a 3, but Overall is a 2. Understand? He nodded.
This is a great horror tale with something of the flavour of Stephen King's "It".
The kids in the story are very likeable and the flavour of the 1960's very well done.
The 11-year-olds did not act like recent graduates of 5th grade. They acted like teenagers. Granted, the book took place in the 60s, but I don't think that 11-year-olds were more mature 50 years ago. These kids were unrealistically acting beyond their years, and it detracted from the story. Not that the plot was all that good.
A Man Called Ove
I didn't have a favorite scene.
Disappointment. I really expected it to pick up. Even when the big mystery was revealed about what was causing the strange events, it was unremarkable. And I got really sick of all of the horror cliches. Cemetery. Ooze. Rotting corpses. Tendrils. Gaping maws. Holy water.
Although it was completely unnecessary, the author decides to throw in a small part about a black man being hung for a crime he didn't commit. It didn't fit with the tone of the book. All of the sudden, there was this part about racism and the mistreatment of black people. I think the whole book would have been good if that were the main plot, but that was only thrown in for shock value, which really detracted from the book.
I like to read many different genres, but I favor horror for my Audible choices.
I enjoyed the story although I've heard its type before, reminding me of "IT" but different enough to stand on its own. It took me a long time to care about the characters, but I think that was because of the narrator. He was a bit monotone - not a bad narrator, but not to my taste. Overall, glad I tried Dan Simmons and I've already downloaded the next book in the series!
I felt like I was reading s Stephen King novel. Interesting but unbelievable if you like this genre it is a good listen.
This is an excellent horror/thriller centered on the activities of a bunch of boys in Illinois in the summer of 1960. It's very much in the tradition of a Stephen King novel, and the only reason I didn't give it five stars is because the first half kind of dragged a little bit. The second half, though, more than made up for that, and the writing was good enough to keep me engaged.
There was a LOT of unnecessary drivel in this book. At least a third could have been edited out with no harm done to the story. Because of this I won't read another book by this author and can't recommend this book.
The good part is that the descriptions of interactions between children in the story were well written and enjoyable.
"Stand By Me with zombies"
The school holidays are just starting and the boys are delighted that the school is being demolished. Days of bike riding and baseball are interrupted when a school child goes missing and the boys take it upon themselves to police their town. Their sleuthing puts them in danger, but it's not a physical threat, something otherworldly is going on..... does the recently closed down school house more than desks and blackboards?
"Spellbinding horror in a sleepy town"
Remember all those movies that came out when we were kids, about other kids getting into trouble and solving smuggling mysteries or uncovering old buried treasure all the while their parents had no idea and just wanted them back for dinner on time? This is that movie, cranked up to max! I thoroughly enjoyed it!
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