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Summer of Night | [Dan Simmons]

Summer of Night

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    "For fans of Stephen King"

    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.

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    meredith 07-30-15
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    "Ruined by interminable length"

    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.

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    gary 07-28-15
    gary 07-28-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Thought it was a coming of age book"

    I loved the beginning of this book, a bit too long, but stuck with it, the last 2 hours I hated! I do not like Zombie books & this one was a waste of a credit! Wish other reviewers would have warned about this Zombie nonsense! If you like people coming alive after death, this will be a good book, if not, its just a Zombie story.

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    Amazon Customer 07-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "a wonderful coming of age horror story!"

    if you enjoy reading about the camaraderie of childhood such as found in the Stephen King book , It, you will certainly enjoy summer of night.

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    Baird 07-27-15
    Baird 07-27-15

    Tell us about yourself! I love urban fantasy,paranormal as well as classic fiction .Would greatly appreciate suggestions.

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    "couldn't stop listening"

    Very Nice surprise,after quite a few disappointments it was nice not to feel like I wasted a credit or my time.

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    Cyndi Canada 07-21-15
    Cyndi Canada 07-21-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Summer of Night"

    Very entertaining all the way through, kept me engaged, great char reds and storyline. I wish it was longer. Does remind me of Stand By Me.

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    James E Stellmon 07-21-15 Member Since 2011
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    "couldnt finish it"

    I couldn't finish it. Author got too weird for me! It started very slowly but was good til near the end.

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    Gerald Andreasen 07-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A longer Fright Night with much more Fright."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Summer of Night to be better than the print version?

    Yes and No. Print has a way of taking you there and you arrange a time to engage yourself and be immersed by the story. Audio book's can be listened to even while doing some mundane task. Best if you are setting aside time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dwayne, without him the rest would not have been able to figure out the mystery as effectively.


    What does Dan John Miller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good characterization and emulation of waves of mood that are on a spectrum of pleasant, playful, exciting, humorous, eerie, foreboding, alarming, frightening, to terrifying if you can lose yourself in the harmony of Dan Miller and the feeling of being a kid again.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Shadowspawn. (All one word) Spawn and Pawn intentionally together.


    Any additional comments?

    I would suggest looking up pictures of the lamprey if you do not know what they are. It would help the horrific intensify.

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    Nicholas A. Lovier Peoria, IL USA 07-10-15
    Nicholas A. Lovier Peoria, IL USA 07-10-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Takes me back..."

    A refreshing and nail-biting book, this reminds me of Stand By Me, with some of Stephen King's more supernatural entities involved. A great listen, and a story that I didn't want to end.

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    robyn MISSION VIEJO, CA, US 07-10-15
    robyn MISSION VIEJO, CA, US 07-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent story. "

    If you enjoy Stephen King's novels, you will love this book. It reminded me of Stand By Me or The Body by King. I'm not sure why I haven't read Mr. Simmons books before.

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