Horns [ HORNS ] By Hill, Joe ( Author )Feb-16-2010 Compact Disc
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I should stress that it's not all doom and gloom though. There is some welcome dark humour particularly when Ig tries to master his new powers. He takes some amusing, if slightly petty, revenge against those that have slighted him in the past. I couldn't help but feel that all the various characters got exactly what they deserved in this regard. Almost without exception, everyone wants to see Ig just disappear, so it seems only fair that they get what is coming to them.
This is the first novel by Joe Hill that I have read and I was heartily impressed. The main protagonist is placed in a terrible situation and I was compelled to follow his journey. The novel is very dark but also surprisingly life affirming. There are some flashbacks that cover Ig's first meeting with Merrin and the beginning of their relationship. These add additional depth to the characters and made it easy to empathise with Ig's predicament.Read more ›
It's a wonderful book from the very stylish and cool cover to the unpredictable and bonkers plot.
I will give nothing away other than to say pretty much anything can happen, the easily offended and possibly Daily Mail readers should steer a path round it! And it has :-
A Great story, lots of twists and turns, it's sad, funny, gripping and has a cast of great fully realised characters. It's not really a horror or ghost story...I don't quite know how to catagorise it in fact, and I'm not sure I need to. Just read it and see what you think.
I have read a few great books this year, The Brother's Grossbart and Killer of men to name two but this is right up with them. Joe Hill is an author to be watched and has a real gift for story. Enjoy the ride!
The story is a great idea and the sprinklings of humour are very well done. However, where it loses me is when it suddenly diverges to flashback and stays there for chapter after chapter with no warning. There is no segue, leaving the jump feel out of place. There is also a fair amount of what seems like filler. I feel the book could have been a hundred pages shorter without really losing anything. There is excessive description of people and events that aren't actually relevant to the tale. I found myself skimming quite a lot.
This isn't a mystery as we know whodunnit fairly early on. I suppose it could be a coming of age tale, but the flashbacks feel too disjointed for that to be fully realised. It seems like a book that could have used a firm hand from an editor. The sudden changes in setting, time, place and tone don't really work for me and made it difficult for me to settle in to the story and properly care about the characters.
The ending felt rushed and didn't offer anything that felt like a resolution for me.Read more ›
On the surface the premise sounds preposterous; man grows horns and appears to be turning into the devil. I wish I was in that pitch session - I could have learned enough to make my career. Anyway however it sounds, it reads pitch perfect. If you've seen the film, this is worth a read as it fills in some blanks and expands on things the film could not cover - the treehouse was an especially nice touch. If you haven't seen the film or read the book and you like your humour pitch black with some highly quotable lines and few really deep thinks to kick the grey matter into gear, then give this a whirl. It's a bit of a slow starter but utterly addictive when you get going.
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After watching the film version of this novel twice and enjoying it both times, I decided to buy the book to see what it was like. Read morePublished 10 hours ago by Amazon Customer
This was a great idea for a story with spot on execution from Joe Hill. The author builds up an adversary that you really will hate after little things are revealed bit by bit,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr. R. Stanton
I’ll admit, bar Darren Shan, I haven’t stretched out of what you could call my horror comfort zone.
So decidedly, after seeing the film with Daniel Radcliffe at the helm... Read more
INCREDIBLE BOOK...stayed up all night and read it in 1 day, amazing story, could not put it down till i read it allPublished 1 month ago by Stylianos S.
Ig Perrish awakens from a drunken night and finds he has grown horns. Not only that strange things start to happen. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tinalouise1969
One of my all-time favourite novels. Truly horrifying in parts but also beautiful, smart and moving; I don't think I've ever shed more tears over a book. Highly recommended.Published 3 months ago by Ja think
The first book I've read by Joe Hill, and I was expecting it to sound like a King novel. It did and it didn't. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kayleigh Marie Edwards