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Horns | Hardback

Released on 16 March 2010

Author: Joe Hill | Format: Hardback

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Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with one hell of a hangover, a raging headache ...and a pair of horns growing from his temples. Once, Ig lived the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned American musician, and the younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, Ig had security and wealth and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more - he had the love of Merrin Williams, a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic. Then beautiful, vivacious Merrin was gone - raped and murdered, under inexplicable circumstances - with Ig the only suspect. He was never tried for the crime, but in the court of public opinion, Ig was and always would be guilty. Now Ig is possessed with a terrible new power to go with his terrible new look, and he means to use it to find the man who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. It's time for a little revenge; it's time the devil had his due. HORNS: It's moving, sad, often funny, redemptive, and filled with hope.

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 Amazing surprise

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When i first started reading Horn I was intrigued more than expectant, where could such a ludicrous idea go? But before long I was lost in the story and engrossed by the characters. This is a beautiful story with the characters woven expertly into the narrative. What seems like a straight forward tale twists and turns keeping you engrossed and surprised right up to the end. This was simply a fantastic read I didn't want to end.

 Like father like son.

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One of the most disturbing, moving and ultimately rewarding books I've ever read. First class.

 Fun twist on a thriller

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I found this to be well paced and interesting throughout. The initial chapters will grip you and get you to dive into the intrigues of Ig, Merrin, Lee, and Terry. A well-written and thought out thriller from a new-comer breaking out from the shadow of his father, Stephen King. Highly Recommended.

 Hill Rocks

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If anyone were to ask me who I would be reading in twenty years time the answer would come easily and without hesitation. Joe Hill.

Horns is a very different beast from Heart-Shaped Box. Effectively a story about a man possessed with the powers of Satan, the forefront of the narrative is about the character's motivations and what led them to decisions that ultimately ruined the lives of the four key players. It's compelling stuff and one trump card that Hill has managed, with H-SB also, is his ability to tell enough back-story without bogging the reader down, something his father (Stephen King) has failed to do on numerous occasions.

I loved it. Having read 90 pages, I sat down on Sunday for a quiet hour to read and ended up finishing it. Both Horns and H-SB have their good and bad moments and whilst I would honestly say that it's difficult to differentiate between the two in terms of quality, Hill's sophomore effort is step up in terms of maturity and writing prose. I just hope that it isn't another three years before his next one.

I would really like to see him try something epic next time. Maybe a zombie apocalypse?

 Very interesting concept

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i read this a few months ago and found myself talking about it with a friend a few minutes ago which reminded me to leave a quick review. Joe Hill is actually Stephen King's son (and looks remarkably like him). It has definite echoes of some of Stephen King's earlier work. About a man who wakes up one day with horns and some powers that go with them. The main power is that people are simply compelled to tell the brutal truth around him and this hook provides the basis for it tells both a horrific and humourous story while exploring the conflict between the facade people put up and the truth in their actual thoughts. Although there are some silly elements to the book I found it quite original and also a page turner in the main (there are some wallowy bits). If you are a fan of Stephen King (whatever era) you will enjoy this book. I will definately be buying more of Joe Hill.

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AuthorJoe Hill
PublisherOrion Publishing Co (United Kingdom)
Year2010
ISBN9780575079168
FormatHardback - 448 Pages