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That's simple enough, an amusing premise for something of a supernatural thriller, but Joe Hill does more than just exploit that - a lot more.
First of all, the book is just crazy funny. Hill has a great ear for dialogue, his scenes are often completely absurd and yet somehow believeable, and the situations are, after all, ridiculous on their face, but he makes it all work.
Second, his plotting (for such a strange book) is tight. The heart of the book is something of a murder mystery, and Hill uses flashbacks from various characters to good effect, putting the pieces of the puzzle in place in a pretty clever way.
Third, there is something more than just a wild ride for his characters here - there is actually a touching love story, and the revelations behind various motivations and actions are really well done. The last 50 pages or so, and especially the last 20, are in fact just downright intimate - and all without seeming mawkish or losing the flavor of the very strange ending.
It's a crime story, a horror story, a love story - frankly, it's a lot like something Steven King would have written 20 years ago. It's excellent.
It is with these initial interactions, with his girlfriend, the folks in the doctor's office, and most disturbingly with his family, that Ig makes several unpleasant discoveries. No one reacts to the horns. Rather, they're compelled to share their deepest, darkest, sickest secrets. Trust me; you don't want to hear the most vile thoughts of a stranger on the street--much less those of your grandma!
Just when this grotesque show-and-tell is beginning to feel a bit old, Hill moves on and dives into the meat of his story, Ig's story. One year prior, Ig's childhood sweetheart, the love of his life, was violently murdered. The crime was never solved, and Ig is widely believed to be the murderer. Very widely believed, he is to learn. Hill's novel ultimately spans several literary genres. It's a supernatural thriller, a murder mystery, a coming of age story, and a dark comedy all rolled into one. And the novel succeeds quite well on all counts.
As the story drew to its conclusion, the thing that was very noticeable to me was how elegantly constructed the novel was. It was like a perfect puzzle, with different clues and unanswered questions salted throughout. But by the end, everything came together in a way that wasn't so much neat as inevitable. It was elegant.Read more ›
The story is told in a clever, anachronistic series of revelations, flashbacks, and varying perspectives on the same hellish, downright heartbreaking series of events. Hill's talent for weaving a yarn from dreamlike scenes, sudden remembrances, and epiphanies is something I've scarcely seen done so masterfully before. He manages to direct the reader's every thought, not misguiding through deception -- such acts are the sort of devilry that only Ig Perrish would condone -- but rather leading his audience through darkness (as well as some truly beautiful, almost divine imagery both heartwarming and obscene) toward the inevitable conclusion.
Without spoiling too much, I'll simply say that Horns was everything I wasn't expecting, in addition to that which I was. For every sinister act of the devil, there eventually shines the light of God (saith the Atheist in Theology 101). It's a fascinating, brilliant, saddening, glimmer-of-hope examination of all humanity's faults and what it means to truly achieve redemption.
Theology, though, is far from the real focus of the novel -- although it is certainly a heavy thread throughout. In fact, the devil Hill portrays is a purely modern conception: powers of deception, influence over the sinful mind, rock n' roll, and rusty pitchforks.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love it. It was an awesome book I really like the book by Joe Hill. He really writes good booksPublished 4 days ago by Mandy B. Corona
I'd been holding off reading this novel for a while now. I had seen the movie when it first came out and usually am hesitate to read the book after the movie. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Katie
A different take on horror that is a very interesting read. I think that Joe Hill writes as good as his father, Stephen King. Highly recommended.Published 15 days ago by Grammy Karyn
I read this book without any expectations- and it blew me away. It is a great read, and afterwards I went and purchased it as a gift for a friend, and additional books by Joe Hill... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Ealanbrock
The flashbacks were too much. I really wanted the novel to keep moving forward and I found myself skipping pages whenever Hill would flash back. Read morePublished 23 days ago by L.K. Scott
This book has everything. A love story, crime, horror, demons, snakes, comedy, friendship, sex and more. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Danielle Martin
I had a hard time reading this book. It just made no sense at times. Maybe it was the length of the book or maybe it was just me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by CAT LOVER
Very good read, didn't want to put it down. Looking forward to reading his other works.Published 1 month ago by Cora Sandifer
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|Horns (Film) (2013/2014) | Starring Daniel Radcliffe as "Ig"||
I'm glad I read the book first, but in watching the preview I believe it most likely will do the book justice. I love it when I watch a book-based movie and find that it looks exactly as I pictured it while reading, this is the case with the "horns" teaser, I can't wait to watch the... Read More
Jul 16, 2014 by Kare bear | See all 2 posts
|Will this be out on Kindle?||
Kindle books are sometimes released up to two months after the hardcover release. This, they say, is to preserve hardcover sales. That seems a little silly to me. By my calculations, the publishers make significantly higher profits on Kindle books. No marteials. No postage. No handling.
Mar 21, 2010 by Russell G. Moore | See all 2 posts
|Wow, Paperback of Horns Cheaper Than Kindle Edition?||
I was also surprised to see that. Why, when there is no paper, printing, shipping and the labor is already completed in the text version?
Jul 31, 2014 by Beth R. Schwartz | See all 3 posts
Shadow S. - Posters are sometimes snarky...just ignore it!
I was excited to find out the Joe Hill was SK's son. I didn't know when I read 20th Century Ghosts...and I really loved it.
Feb 27, 2010 by Donna Cravey | See all 8 posts
|Anyone know what this book is about?||
I haven't read Joe Hill's other books. I haven't been a big fan of what they call horror these days since James Herbert began writing thrillers. This was, of course, a while ago. I've also never been a Stephen King fan. Ever. I do anything I can to stay away from anything remotely connected to... Read More
Dec 6, 2009 by Lucas Thorn | See all 5 posts
|Why didnt Merrin tell Ig she had cancer||Be the first to reply|
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