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Song of Kali Paperback – January 15, 1998
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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Pre-order today
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"O terrible wife of Siva / Your tongue is drinking the blood, / O dark Mother! O unclad Mother." It is remarkable that prior to writing this first novel, Dan Simmons had spent only two and a half days in Calcutta, a city "too wicked to be suffered," his narrator says. Fortunately back in print after several years during which it was hard to obtain, this rich, bizarre novel practically reeks with atmosphere. The story concerns an American poet who travels with his Indian wife and their baby to Calcutta to pick up an epic poem cycle about the goddess Kali. The Bengali poet who wrote the poem cycle has disappeared under mysterious circumstances.
Horror critic Edward Bryant calls Song of Kali "an exactingly constructed, brutal, and uncompromising study of the degree to which an evil place may permeate and steep all that makes us human" and writes that it embodies "the stance of a psychologically violent novel about a violent society as a defensible and indisputably moral work of art." Song of Kali won a World Fantasy Award. --Fiona Webster
“The best novel in the genre I can remember. Dan Simmons is brilliant!” ―Dean R. Koontz
“Song of Kali is as harrowing and ghoulish as anyone could wish. Simmons makes the stuff of nightmares very real indeed.” ―Locus
“Dan Simmons understands terror and what it does to readers. Where Stephen King flinches, Simmons doesn't.” ―Edward Byrant, Mile High Futures
“Shock treatments abound!” ―The Chattanooga Times, Tennessee
“An absolutely harrowing experience.” ―F. Paul Wilson
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Reading this, his first book, is totally unexpected. Dan Simmons captures the very real horrors of the Indian city, as well as the horrors people are capable of.
You won't want to put this book down, even though you can't imagine the horrors real and imagined.