Horns

Horns

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2010
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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. 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: he had security, wealth, and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more, he had Merrin. 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.
Publisher: Westminster, MD : Books On Tape, p2010.
ISBN: 9780307707468
0307707466
Branch Call Number: AUD FIC HIL
Characteristics: 12 sound discs (CD) (ca. 14 hr.) : digital, stereo ; 4 3/4 in. ; in container.
Additional Contributors: Berman, Fred

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goddessbeth
Jun 03, 2017

I admit- I didn't know about this book until I saw a trailer for the movie. And although it's listed as horror, and I'm not a huge horror fan, the premise intrigued me.

Personally, I'd call this more fiction than horror. Yes, there is violence and horrific things and supernatural elements (and magical realism), but at its heart this is a human story. It's about justice and perspective and...well, ok, a bit about revenge, too. It's one of those narratives where the MC just can't win, and that makes you pull even harder for him.

Also, this book has some things to say about the nature of evil, and good, and faith. Staunch Christians may find it offensive in that it challenges the 'easy' answers about good and evil, but I loved the juxtapositions. Statements aside, this is also a really compelling narrative, a murder mystery, a psychopath, and the story of one guy trying to catch a break.

It's hard to say much about this without ruining the beautiful unfolding of mysteries that is part of the book's charm. I can say that the audiobook was well done- good narrator, good quality, great editing, and no distracting musical interludes. The plot has an excellent, fast pace, and nearly every single named character is developed. I was on the edge of my seat until the bitter end, never feeling that comfortable assurance that the everyone will get what they deserve (and I LOVE that). After reading this, I can't wait to read Joe Hill's other two books!

AL_DANIEL Nov 21, 2016

In this novel, Hill definitely creates a world and a situation that prove to be pretty uncomfortable for the reader. This setting paves the way for the reader to consider the events of the novel and debate right from wrong, and good from evil. While some of the situations are pretty intense, the descriptive qualities of the writing make it worth the read.

jdneochi Jul 29, 2015

Very repetitive themes. Seriously, very repetitive. I think the word "horns" is comes up about every 10 words. Possibly in every sentence. Almost all of the characters in the book act in an unrealistic manner, so it was very hard to immerse oneself in the story , as the second anyone said or did anything one would think what the character is doing or saying is completely irrational. Also, 99% of this book would have been avoided if Ig had simply moved to a different state. Not to mention, Miriam could have simply waited like 1 day until Ig left for London to do what she did, and or she could have acted like a adult from the get-go and everything that happened would have been avoided, including the fact that this story took a whole 12 discs to tell.

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c210flyer
Apr 17, 2013

This is one weird book. 5 of 10 for me.

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Streetcat
Apr 21, 2010

Disturbing look at human nature, inner thoughts, evil, family and relations.

BTW, Hill is the son of Stephen King.

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nitetraino
Apr 14, 2010

Quite an interesting story. I like what the author did with this more than I expected. My only criticism is that I wish the ending were better. 8 of 10 stars

7/24/2012:
Quite an interesting story. I like what the author did with this more than I expected. My only criticism is that I wish the ending were better. 8 of 10 stars

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jdneochi thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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