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Summer of Night: A Novel Paperback – July 5, 2011
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This masterfully crafted horror classic, featuring a brand-new introduction by Dan Simmons, will bring you to the edge of your seat, hair standing on end and blood freezing in your veins
It’s the summer of 1960 and in the small town of Elm Haven, Illinois, five twelve-year-old boys are forging the powerful bonds that a lifetime of change will not break. From sunset bike rides to shaded hiding places in the woods, the boys’ days are marked by all of the secrets and silences of an idyllic middle-childhood. But amid the sundrenched cornfields their loyalty will be pitilessly tested. When a long-silent bell peals in the middle of the night, the townsfolk know it marks the end of their carefree days. From the depths of the Old Central School, a hulking fortress tinged with the mahogany scent of coffins, an invisible evil is rising. Strange and horrifying events begin to overtake everyday life, spreading terror through the once idyllic town. Determined to exorcize this ancient plague, Mike, Duane, Dale, Harlen, and Kevin must wage a war of blood—against an arcane abomination who owns the night...
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Do yourself a favor and skip Simmons' introduction, as it is full of spoilers and best enjoyed when you've already finished the novel.
In a sleepy little Midwestern town, five 12-year-old boys are growing into devoted friendships. Their easygoing days and nights are about to come to an end when an ancient evil makes its return to old stomping grounds. Determined to fight against it, the boys, along with a lonely girl and a tag-along younger brother will find themselves tested beyond their endurance.
At times sweet, nostalgic and humorous, the book truly delivers on its promise of a worthwhile horror tale. Simmons has done us a great favor with his delivery of_Summer Of Night_. I always know when I've read a wonderfully memorable tale: as I reach the end, my stomach sinks a bit and I experience a touch of loss, knowing I'm about to leave behind characters I've come to care about. This one had me feeling that way for hours after closing my Kindle after the last page. Do not miss this one. Five-plus stars.
There are so many things that I love about this book, but I don't want to give out spoilers so I will do the best I can...
School has just let out and a kid goes missing in the school. The family of the kid believe he is trapped inside, but the faculty insist that he is not. Our protagonists, calling themselves the Bike Patrol, take it upon themselves to investigate, and in doing so put then in the sights of the evil taking over the town.
This novel is a beautiful blend of the magic of youth and friendship and chilling horror. The scary parts are really intense and it seems like any of our protagonists are fair game. how isolated the children feel because they just KNOW they cannot bring it up to their parents because they wouldn't understand or believe them is handled really well. It's a theme I'm familiar with, having read R.L. Stein's Goosebumps books as a kid, but here Simmons handles it in a far more realistic way.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants a truly unique horror book.
I had actually read the sequel first and LOVED it so much I didn't think this could be as good. Guess what? It is! This novel is part coming of age, part mysteries of childhood meets night of the walking dead. Just absolutely flawless in character development. This is the novel all wannabe' s want to write! Pry as close to perfection as I've read. Going to reread the sequel now. Don't hesitate any longer, rude , don't walk to read this book!
No regrets ordering this. I found myself thinking of the kids long after I finished the book. I find this style of writing beautiful. Some authors remember the angst of childhood well and take you back in time to they days when you were young.
And of course the horror was delivered with a slam-dunk. I read with the light on and one eye glancing at the bedroom door to make sure nothing was waiting for me to fall asleep :)
This book was very exciting. VERY scary. The kids' attitudes and mouthy-ness with each other was believable. The only thing I had a hard time accepting was the ages of the kids. These kids are all 11 and 12 years old, in 1960. The things he had them doing would've been more believable if they'd been 14- 15 years old because, in 1960, teenagers were pretty naive so you could accept their innocent perception of how things are in their world, however, the physical things Mr. Simmons have these kids doing, made it really hard for me to accept that they were 11 and 12 years old.
Anyway- just my opinion- and really, not a hindrance to the story line at all.
Mr. Simmons' writing has you caring about the people in this story to the point of being emotionally upset when bad things happen.
I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good, scary, fast- paced read.