A satisfying story that delivers everything it promises. Horrormeister Simmons Drood , , etc. Can good prevail? The many, many chapters leading up to it are full of slaughter, philosophical discussion, bureaucratic bumbling and spy-versus-spy stuff Gordon Liddy with fangs and Mossad meets Mephistopheles with German accents —all of it improbable in the extreme, but in very good fun.
|Published (Last):||3 April 2008|
|PDF File Size:||19.30 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||6.66 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
Carrion Comfort is a library book. But he will soon fall into the clutches of an evil far older and greater than the Nazis themselves. A rare few individuals have the Ability — the psychic power to influence the mind of others. Each year they meet to discuss their ongoing campaign of debauchery and slaughter. But this year things are not going according to plan…. Saul Laski lay among the soon-to-die in a camp of death and thought about life.
Carrion Comfort blew me away. I loved every word of every page. Carrion Comfort is a huge, epic novel. Carrion Comfort is a huge, ambitious novel. His characters are realistic and great. Simmons is a talented, competent writer. I loved his concept for Carrion Comfort and the way he executed this on the page. I need to read more by this author and buy a copy of Carrion Comfort to add to my collection. I love the title of the novel. I loved the characters in Carrion Comfort.
The cast is quite large and includes Saul and the people who join him to bring down the mind vampires, Melanie and her two Ability using companions who meet every year to discuss The Game , the various crimes and murders they have had a hand in and The Island Club, a group of wealthy people who also use the Ability and meet every week to make a group of hapless victims kill each other.
Each character, even the most minor ones such as various people the villains conditioned as slaves was very well written. Simmons made his characters believable. The villains like Melanie and others with the Ability were truly sinister and the good guys including Saul were wonderfully flawed.
Simmons pulls this off. I was impressed. Melanie and others who use the Ability are mind vampires. This surge of power is particularly high when they use others to commit acts of violence. They get off on the terrible things they can make people do to themselves and others. I thought this idea was much creepier and more sinister than drinking human blood. Some with the Ability, such as Nina, the Oberst and Melanie towards the end have a terrifying range of dominance.
Their potential for destruction was very unsettling. Simmons offers us the idea that these mind vampires are behind pretty much every terrible atrocity in history including Nazi Germany. They have had a hand in terrible acts of violence throughout history. I loved all the little sub plots running through Carrion Comfort. In Nazi Germany, Saul was one of many Jews who were used by a sinister Nazi known as The Oberst to play a sinister game of human chess.
The Jews were the chess pieces and their moves controlled by The Oberst using his Ability. The yearly reunion by Nina, Melanie and Willi The Oberst to discuss The Game ends in terror when a spat between both women results in nine bizarre murders.
This sets Saul, Natalie, the daughter of a victim and Sheriff Gantry on the trail of Melanie and her sinister friends. Saul believes the people they are hunting have the same powers he witnessed in Nazi Germany. They meet once a year with a group of people they have kidnapped. They control their victims in The Hunt and have fun making them slaughter each other. I loved the way Simmons was able to connect all the threads together. I loved the little links between everything.
I was impressed by the way Simmons handled this. I loved the way Carrion Comfort is structured. Despite the length of this huge novel I raced through the pages. Simmons is a very good writer. I found Carrion Comfort very well written. The language was simple but powerful and effective. There was no flowery prose or long winded sentences. Every word was perfect. I got caught up in this great novel and wept along. I loved the ending of Carrion Comfort. He has the Ability.
He mainly uses his Ability to sexually dominate women in a sort of mind and body rape. He was a creepy bastard. Saul kills The Oberst. He is offered membership of the club if he hunts down Melanie and The Oberst. Saul is able to kill The Oberst. Natalie goes on a suicide mission to kill Melanie.
The ending blew me away. Simmons discussed his early career, his inspiration for Carrion Comfort and the long path to publication. Carrion Comfort is a brilliant example of just how good horror fiction can be. Simmons offers us a huge, ambitious monster of a novel. I loved it. Simmons has been added to my list of authors I need to read. 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. Wonderful blog! I found it while browsing on Yahoo News. Do you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo News? I look forward to new updates and will talk about this blog with my Facebook group. Chat soon! You are commenting using your WordPress.
You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
Skip to content. Like this: Like Loading August 4, at pm. August 31, at am. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:. Email required Address never made public. Name required. Post to Cancel. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.
Added by 16 of our members. Carrion Comfort A novel by Dan Simmons. Publisher's Weekly 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, political thriller, Hollywood roman a clef. It centers around a small number of ''mind vampires'' who can subjugate other people to their wills, read their minds, experience through their senses. The immensely powerful vampires use others, often bloodily, and often in frivolous ''games'' hunting human prey, chess games with human pieces, and so on. Opposing them are Saul Laski, a psychologist and concentration-camp survivor, who is devoted to tracking down the Nazi vampire von Borchert; Natalie Preston, whose father inadvertently and fatally crossed the path of a pawn of the ancient, dotty vampire Melanie Fuller; Sheriff Bobby Joe Gentry, dragged in while investigating the multiple murders that marked the departure of Melanie Fuller from Charleston; and a host of other normals and vampires whose lives impinge on those of the principals. While he could profitably have trimmed the novel by a third, Simmons has produced, overall, a compelling thriller.
BOOK REVIEW: CARRION COMFORT BY DAN SIMMONS
Carrion Comfort is a library book. But he will soon fall into the clutches of an evil far older and greater than the Nazis themselves. A rare few individuals have the Ability — the psychic power to influence the mind of others. Each year they meet to discuss their ongoing campaign of debauchery and slaughter. But this year things are not going according to plan…. Saul Laski lay among the soon-to-die in a camp of death and thought about life. Carrion Comfort blew me away.