Carrion Comfort is a science fiction/horror novel by American writer Dan Simmons, published in in hard cover by Dark Harvest and in in paperback by Warner Books. Carrion Comfort book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. THE PAST Caught behind the lines of Hitler's Final Solution, Sa. Carrion Comfort book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. “CARRION COMFORT is one of the three greatest horror novels of the.
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CARRION COMFORT is one of the three greatest horror novels of the 20th century. Story time just got better with Prime Book Box, a subscription that delivers. Carrion Comfort is a library book. I checked it out purely because of the Stephen King quote on the front cover 'Carrion Comfort is one of the. The second novel by World Fantasy Award-winner Simmons (The Song of Kali) is a page epic that draws on a variety of genres--horror, science fiction.
But this reunion, something will go terribly wrong. Saul's quest is about to reach its elusive object, drawing hunter and hunted alike into a struggle that will plumb the depths of mankind's attraction to violence, and determine the future of the world itself…. Nina was going to take credit for the death of that Beatle, John. I thought that was in very bad taste. She had her scrapbook laid out on my mahogany coffee table, newspaper A satisfying story that delivers everything it promises. He lives in Colorado.
As in Full-Blown Epic-Length rambling and character-development-through-action for almost pages, with a nearly uncountable number of reversals, sad deaths, and improbable successes? Honestly, I never had any issues with anything in particular. This was a pretty epic horror novel filled with tons of mind-jumping, mind and body controlling, and history. The focus on the details is what made it pretty damn awesome, but that's what horror is all about.
If I were to put my issue into words, I'd still have a hard time, because its faults were also its strengths. It was unpredictable. I can't say I liked most of the characters, and it was really hard to actually enjoy being in the minds of the baddies, but Melanie was a real treat.
Hell, I've been judging all other novels with the trope by this gold standard ever since. I'm glad I re-read this, but my god it was long. There was so much, by my older and jaded eyes, that I think could have been cut right the hell out, but it was a horror novel first and foremost, and having a long build-up before the missiles come and destroy the island or whatever is still what we seek in the style.
Dec 26, Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror rated it really liked it. This book! I don't know how to feel about it. Dan Simmons is such a great writer and his imagination scares me, like really, really bad! I couldn't believe what I was reading. Sometimes I didn't even want to know where this story was going. But despite the horrific plot, one thing that Simmons does really well is character building and backstory.
Natalie and Saul are so fleshed out, they feel like real people and you are genuinely invest This book! Natalie and Saul are so fleshed out, they feel like real people and you are genuinely invested in their lives which makes what happens to them so hard. Especially Saul.
Saul might be one of my favorite protagonists in any story. A survivor against the most oppressive and terrifying odds. Honorable mention is Rob Gentry. I love Rob. A true hero. But this story would be nothing without the anti heroes-the enemies-the villains. No other villains in any other book are as merciless, self serving, cruel or disgusting than the soul sucking Users inCarrion Comfort.
I enjoyed most of it but sometimes, I admit, it went too far. So I docked it a whole star for just being too damn long I could have shaved off at least a couple hundred pages EASILY and for some unnecessary roughness.
Mainly I got tired of my sensitivities being offended which probably wouldn't have happened if this were a shorter book. Anyhow, four stars is still four stars and a worthy horror novel. I'm glad it's over. Sep 23, Sarah rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: People who like horror and suspense. Five words that I never thought I would say: Seriously, for someone who dreads a book that passes the page mark, I should have been absolutely dying over this page monster.
This is one of those rare horror books that manages to maintain the suspense and horror over the course of the book. Long books often make it difficult for the author to maintain suspense without the story dragging I'm totally looking at you Stephen King but I found that Simmon Five words that I never thought I would say: Long books often make it difficult for the author to maintain suspense without the story dragging I'm totally looking at you Stephen King but I found that Simmons managed to maintain a fairly consistent level of suspense.
In pages and Another truly impressive thing was that he created some of the most harrowing scenes I've ever read in a horror book but he never relied on gore to do it. Yes, I will never look at chess the same way again. Much of the suspense of the story is in how it develops so I don't want to give a synopsis.
I'll just say that there are these really bad dudes and dudettes that are able to control the actions of other people. Over the course of the book they're eventually called "mind vampires". One of the bad guys does use this for sexual violence so there are definitely triggers in this, but it did only happen at the beginning and then the story became much larger and more complex and he wasn't in the book enough for it to be a consistent issue.
A horror book with only one disemboweling and characters that redefine sadism. It was a very solid 4 stars and easily pushing 4.
A truly fantastic book and now I want to read anything Simmons has written. I'm increasing the rating to 5 stars.
I'm comparing it to all of my monthly reads and I have several 5 star reads, yet this was my favorite read of all of them. View all 14 comments. Apr 15, mark monday rated it liked it Shelves: Esos libros que no te puedes quitar de la cabeza y no ves la hora de tener un tiempo para continuar la lectura. Los vampiros de la mente cumple a cabalidad con estas condiciones. Creo que pocas veces me he topado con libros que logren estremecer y perturbar de esta forma.
Un trabajo de esta envergadura no puede calificarse con menos de 5 estrellas.
View all 4 comments. Jun 05, Edward Lorn rated it it was ok Recommends it for: I always hesitate to say a book is overlong. I read because I like knowing the deepest thoughts and motivations of the characters who populate my fiction. Books are meant to be longer, more in-depth experiences. There are thousands of studies that have been done on chapter and novel length, but the truth of the matter is: I find myself questioning whether or not I think a book is going on too long, I ask: Was I ever bored for I always hesitate to say a book is overlong.
Was I ever bored for extended periods of time? You can have a long book with lulls, but the action should kick back in right around the time your average reader will start skimming. In a perfect world, a reader will never feel like skimming, but we all know that even the best novels can have unneeded information This, in the realm of fiction, is called pacing. It is my opinion mind you this opinion is based solely on this book, as I have not read anything else by Dan Simmons, but Carrion Comfort is the novel that put him on the map, so I'm judging it as a good example of his work that Dan Simmons is crap at pacing, and he is absolutely in love with his own voice.
For a novel of pages and teensy-tiny type to boot, at least in my paperback copy , I found only three memorable scenes. The opening, the final fight with the "Honky Monster", who we will discuss more in a minute and the final fight with Justin.
Everything else was either meh or downright boring. I feel comfortable saying this book is way too long based on the content received. And no, that's no exaggeration. A great bit of my enjoyment factor was hindered by the repetition of the word "Negress". Listen, I understand that Negroe used to be an acceptable word. Likewise, I get that Black was once a racial slur.
I get it. I'm not talking about that. I simply do not like the sound of the word "Negress". I feel about this word the same way some people feel about "cunt" or "twat". The word just sounds ugly, and I don't want to listen to it.
Doesn't matter what it means or if it was ever acceptable. If the word was a person, it would have a punchable face. Unfortunately, I switched to the audiobook at around the halfway mark so I literally had to listen to this woman say the word dozens of times.
And no, that is no exaggeration either. Yes, this book is dated, but even if I went back in time to when this book was released in , I still can't imagine the necessity for such word repetition.
Seems like lazy writing to me. I mean, at one point, the word is used as much as "she" and "her". Another huge letdown was the lack of horror. There were horror tropes, sure, but there was very little that was horrifying. Carrion Comfort is the same kind of horror experience you'd receive if you watched a marathon of the Underworld films.
This is action-horror, and I don't like action-horror. Yeah, there are monsters, but they aren't scary. They are rapey and over-the-top, but they aren't frightening.
The one truly terrifying monster in the book is figuratively castrated by the fact that the author thought it would be a sound idea to call him the "Honky Monster".
Sweet baby Tom Cruise, I wish to fuck I was kidding. This scythe-wielding baddie is turned into a joke shortly after his introduction, and he never reclaims his rightful spot as scary. Every time he was named, I laughed. Out loud. I literally barked laughter. Such a well-designed monster should not garner guffaws based on his moniker alone.
I don't know what I would have called him, but it sure as shit wouldn't have been "Honky Monster". This is the equivalent of naming Dracula the "Neck Sucker! Oh, and I'm not a chess player. I feel that I missed a great deal of subtext because I do not play the game. And that sucks. This book did, however, make me pick up a book about chess, and I'm enjoying learning how to play, but I know I have many miles to go and I wasn't about to put off finishing this book while I boned up on my middle game.
A final note on the writing. Dan Simmons doesn't write like a modern author. His prose is elegant and Dickensian. I was not expecting that. While it shouldn't have been so jarring, it most certainly was. I can dig good writing no matter the style, but I don't think it fit this subject matter.
It was horribly awkward in places. That would be weird, right? Now imagine Charles Dickens wrote a horror-thriller in the vein of early Dean Koontz. I think you see my issue. In summation: I'm not giving up on Simmons.
I want to see what he does with some historical fiction. I have Drood and The Terror queued up in the next few months. Both novels are equally long , so if I don't like them I'll probably quit Simmons after that.
I love the concept of Drood and probably should have started there. Final Judgment: Needs Jazzercize! May 21, Horace Derwent rated it it was amazing.
View all 5 comments. Nov 20, Adam Light rated it it was amazing Shelves: I like long books, and Carrion Comfort is very long. Clocking in at pages, it isn't the longest I have read, either. The tiny typeface may have shortened the page count, though. I would love to find out the word count of this book. I say all this not to criticize the book as you can see, I rated it 5 stars but to explain why it took forever to read it. I almost dropped a star because there is some extraneous material here that could have been excised and the mind-blowing story would not hav I like long books, and Carrion Comfort is very long.
I almost dropped a star because there is some extraneous material here that could have been excised and the mind-blowing story would not have suffered, but I savored every one of the words, so I feel that would be wrong. This was my first Dan Simmons book and I had no real idea what to expect. I did know from friends warning me, to ignore the cover blurb comparing this to King's The Stand, so I was not disappointed to find the two are worlds apart, but both are epic in scope and flawlessly executed.
I don't remember who first recommended this book to me, but thanks a lot whoever you are. I was lost in this story as soon as I opened it. The horror is not in your face here, but takes a backseat to more action and suspense than I expected. You get monsters, but they are not what you expect at all, at least that is how I feel.
The antagonists, and there are too many to count, are some of the most sadistic, vile and racist bunch I have encountered. I can' t help but compare the True Knot from Doctor Sleep to this group, only severely watered down and nowhere near as creepy.
Maybe it is due to having read King's newest while I read this one.
Not sure, but there are similarities. I could go on forever but I finished this at 3 am and I have to stop. I don't want to spoil anything but I will say that Saul was my favorite character. He was so well written, I never doubted his authenticity one bit. Rob Gentry and Natalie Preston were equally good. As I mentioned, the bad guys are EVIL, and we even get a first person account from one of them, while the rest is told in third.
That was interesting, and Melanie's scenes damn near steal the book. This one gets a big well deseved 5 from me. I will be reading more Simmons for sure. Jan 24, Bill rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: One glance of the wear on the spine of my copy of Carrion Comfort would be enough to tell this is a must read.
In fact, I would upload a picture of it but yet another of my friends is currently reading it. One of my friends read it three times and another wants it back again.
It's a toss-up between this novel and Silence of the Lambs as my favorite novel of all time. It's huge, over pages, and dates back from Nazi Germany to present day.
In a nutshell, it's about a small group of people with t One glance of the wear on the spine of my copy of Carrion Comfort would be enough to tell this is a must read. In a nutshell, it's about a small group of people with the ability to completely control the actions of people using telekinesis. For those who have read the novel, this little tidbit will interest you: I saw an interview with Dan Simmons I read both of these stories in my teens and loved them.
I have no recollection of Simmons as the author. If I had been pushed to give an author I would have attributed the stories to Clive Barker if anyone. Weird, huh? I must have read them in a collection with other authors and thought Barker wrote them because he edited the collection or had featured stories as well.
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