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It's an interesting exercise on emotions; jealousy, anger, lust, love, evil, sadness, happiness, imagination. Joe Hill brings it together well.
The author creates and bring his characters to life in a believable fashion. He weaves the characters together well through the twists in the story. The ending comes together in a complex blend of the characters and their emotions; some sad, some bittersweet, and some with a hopeful future.
I found it a page turner and is well worth your time. Though It has its touch of the supernatural, its roots are very much based in the human emotions of love and lust; along with one's twisted imagination.
This guy has demonic powers and keeps getting his butt kicked?! C'mon that's as bad as superman vs batman. Even a lesser demon would have no problem with a mere mortal no matter how psychotic that person may be. The other reason I deducted a star was the setup of the book was all flashbacks which I don't mind but I thought he was going to try and figure out how he got the horns and with clues figure out what really happened to his girlfriend. Everything was solved through chance meetings and accidental physical contact. The concept for the novel was great the execution was good not great. I think this would have been better written as a short story or novella. I will continue reading his novels but for anyone expecting Stephen King quality he isn't there...yet.
And to be honest, I was a little confused. Because "Guy does bad stuff, wakes up with horns, makes people admit bad things" sound like the kinda thing I would've come across in my elementary school's library. But all the good reviews alongside a Bram Stoker Award had to mean something, right? So I bought it, anyway. And God, am I glad I did.
Within the first few pages, Hill creates a delicious sense of creeping unease--one which only builds as Ig is forced to play confessor and judge to his neighbors, friends, and family. And while identifying a killer becomes the main character's ultimate goal, what makes these moments great is just how real they are. People aren't confessing to off-the-wall desires. They're admitting to wanting and feeling and believing things many people might and likely would want or feel or believe in a similar situation without ever admitting to it. Beyond the creepiness and the darkness, thought, there's also a hilarity to many of the scenes in this book. Hill deflty blends comedy and discomfort over and over, again, as receptionists threaten children and doctors admit to addictions.
But while all these things are great--while all of them will pull you in and keep you reading--what really sets this book apart, and makes it one of my favorites is the beauty and the heartbreak of it all. There are moments in this book where I had to stop reading, where I had to sit back and give myself a chance to just reset. The depth of some scenes is astonishing, and those for whom I've bought the book or to whom I've recommended it have told me they've finished it in tears or were lucky no one was around as they began to sob. I felt chills while reading some scenes, and marvelled at how well Hill seems to tie it all together.
Now, I won't pretend I understand everything about this book. Some things still elude me. But what I do understand is this--Hill created something special with Horns, something the movie never stood a chance at doing justice. And if you're looking for a rollercoaster ride of feeling, you need to give this book a shot.
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