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Carrion Comfort Paperback – November 24, 2009
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“...a compelling thriller.” ―Publishers Weekly
“...very good fun. A satisfying story that delivers everything it promises.” ―Kirkus Reviews
Top Customer Reviews
The story revolves around Sal Laski, a Jew who survived the Nazi death camps of WWII. He came into contact with one of these Mind Vampires (as we come to know them) that he nick-names 'The Oberst.' Having his mind touched and his body controlled is worse than being 'raped.' And Mr. Simmons shows us exactly how that would feel. Chillingly! Mr. Laski becomes fanatical about finding his Oberst and giving him back what Sal had felt all those many years ago during the War.
Mrs. Melanie Fuller is a Mind Vampire also, and she and a few of the others with the Ability meet every year to discuss their scores (i.e. how many people they controlled and killed and how much publicity it got). They are so nonchalant about their controls and killings that it is almost maddening to the reader. They have absolutely no empathy for anyone or anything which makes them all the more horrific. Amazingly, the reader eventually becomes comfortable with these characters and wants to know if they will survive their own failings in humanity. Terrific stuff!
Mr. Harod is a slime-bag producer of B-movies Hollywood who also has the Ability. He uses it to control women specifically and solely (because he feels that touching a man's mind would be to homophobic for him).
Mr. C. Barent is a billionaire with the Ability who owns a mythical Island off the coast of Florida. Once a year 'The Island Club' meets and plays a game: they bring lost souls to the island and Use them to kill one another. The last Mind Vampire with a player still alive at the end of the week wins.Read more ›
It's hard to wrap your mind around this book, but Simmons paints wonderful settings, complex characters and a great plot that weaves in supernatural theories on violence and control.
Another reason the book stands out among other hulking, 800+ page novels is Simmons' narrative style, which switches between the first-person observations of Melanie Fuller, a key player in the book, to a dozen third-person perspectives from equally interesting characters.
The book is exceptional because Melanie Fuller is a classic naiive narrator. That is, she is so self-deluded that her perspective cannot be taken at face value. Rather, they must be interpreted by the reader with analysis and reading on to see how the third-person accounts decode those same events.
In short, this book is wonderfully imaginative. In dusting off this book, you'll also be dusting some cobwebs out of your head and getting those rusty cogs turning again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book causes one to think about ones own experiences with mind vampires. Thought provoking! I loved all of it.Published 6 days ago by truesdal
Highly recommended by a friend, I was intrigued by the concept. Unfortunately, the execution is flawed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Bahles
There was great potential and the writing is quite good. However the potential I felt was squandered, and the characters eventually ran dry to me to a point I wasn't really too... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I have bought this masterpiece several times over since '91. Worth the time to read, and enjoy.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Easily one of the best books I have ever read. I read it again and again over the years and love it everytime!Published 2 months ago by DTH
one of the best incarnations of the vampire mythology. Great prose and story line. Satisfying ending. Room for future instalment.Published 3 months ago by Patrick Dipietro
I got hooked on Simmons by reading Hyperion and its sequels, and other sci-fi/fantasy works like Ilium. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mark A. Williams