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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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people are funny

I just popped by to rate...wasn't even gonna write and then I saw some of the reviews and just had to laugh.....

The one up top with all the seething vitriol just makes me wonder if the writer has some kind of personal grudge against Hill - could not take that seriously at all - and neither should you. Obvious some odd bias thing happening there...there is just nothing in this book to waranty such heat (lol - yeah yeah...devilish - couldn't help myself) and those offended by the take on religion - why would you read a book called Horns by Joe Hill with a pitchfork on the front? Were you expecting tales of the life and times of Jesus and his pet bunnies and kittens? Lol...unbelievable.

Honestly, this book is good. I had just finished the latest Stephen King, which I really enjoyed, and was in that awful limbo where you have to pick your next book and you just know it won't be as good as the last and since I had exhausted the King library it struck me - Hey - like father like son, right? And I was not disappointed - genetic greatness. Hill definitely has his own voice, though, not just copying pops - he really is a good, solid horror writer (something there are just way too few of these days). Inventive, funny, made me cry, laugh - kept me interested and Damnit! another hellish reference) I'm back in limbo again! Maybe I'll just go for the ghost stories....after all I really enjoyed 'Heartshaped Box' too.

and please...if you don't like horror - stop reading and then giving bad reviews to things you should have stayed away from in the first place. It's unfair to the author. Horror is a tricky thing, you either like it or you don't - like country music or...opera!

208 of 233 people found this review helpful

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It had promise, but it left me underwhelmed

The narrator was great. I don't know why I didn't like this book more except to say I just didn't enjoy the feelings I had while listening. I felt depressed and sometimes guilty, but rarely ever thrilled or interested. The author takes a very cynical view of people and especially faith. I found it frustrating and unbelievable that when people were talking to Ig they were all bad and all had negative feelings about him. As the book went on, I never saw any reason people would not have liked Ig, yet to hear his entire family, friends, and church members talk, not one had anything positive to say about him. It was unbelievable that a"perfect" girl like Merrin would love someone everyone else thought so unloveable....and what was his biggest flaw? Asthma? Really?

Later in the book Glenna and Terry had a bit more depth to their characters and I appreciated that, but the rest were just one dimensional. For some reason, this book made me just feel sad and glad it was over.

I loved Nos4a2, so I know j like Joe Hill sometimes. This one was just one I hope to forget soon.

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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.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Paulo
  • HOLLYWOOD, FL, United States
  • 09-12-12

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.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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curse of his father

Joe Hill (son of King) is on his way to being a great supernatural writer as long as he can conquer the curse handed down from his father. The novel itself contains a little supernatural thriller, a little romance, and a lot of mystery. Unfortunately, he can't hold the tensions together which blends the three together like a bad cocktail.
In this regard he follows his father's curse of having a, great beginning, decent middle, and a lackluster ending.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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I like Joe Hill, but maybe not this book.

This book's concept had more potential what the finished product was. Felt the main point of the story, Ig turning into a demon/devil, was never explained well enough which was disappointing.

Overall wasn't dissatisfied but I wouldn't recommend someone go out of their way to read this. I'm excited to see the movie though. Maybe that will change my opinion.

Love the Judas Coyne reference.

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  • Ms. Lucy
  • Fairfield, California
  • 07-05-16

violent, twisted story

I wanted to like this book but it was IMPOSSIBLE. Too much pointless, repetitive horror.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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A disappointment

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, but only carefully selected ones.

If you’ve listened to books by Joe Hill before, how does this one compare?

N/A

Which scene was your favorite?

The ending scene with his brother

Do you think Horns needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. There is nowhere to go with a followup. It's all happened.

Any additional comments?

I bought this book thinking it would be a skilfully crafted story. Instead, it degenerated into a humdrum, poorly told, directionless pit. The prose is well done, and the sentences organized, but it seems like the storyline was not well thought out and the author took the first opportunity to just jump off.
There was some real possibility that this could have been a good story, but the author let us all down.

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Started out good, BUT...

This is my second listening of this book and just like the first time, it started out okay, but then the story spiraled downhill. Joe Hill, adds more profanity and vulgarity than is necessary. He seems to be trying to compensate for his general lack of .... There are plenty of excellent writers out there that don't need such a large amount of objectionable material in their stories. His father Stephen King is just one example of that. He writes interesting stories without the crutch of relying or overdoing the trash language.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Don't Waste Your Time!

This book draws you in from the beginning . Seems like a great story for the first few hours - then the disappointment hits you. Hours and hours of never ending filler leading to a ridiculous long winded ending. That being said, the narration was perfect.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful