Monday, February 21, 2011

Review: Horns by Joe Hill

Exciting, trippy, and funny as hell - I couldn't put it down!

As wacky as this book was, Horns was one of the best books I've read this year.  What starts out as something which may be nothing more than a hallucination, Horns turns into a complex story that surprises its readers with what evil really looks like.

Ig wakes up with a wicked hangover - the result of the depression of being the only suspect in the murder of the love of his life, Merrin.  Ig also wakes up with horns.  The horns make him look like the devil, but the powers that come with them open up a whole host of opportunities for Ig to exact some revenge on a the person who killed Merrin.   Only, he has to figure out who the person is, and what the appropriate revenge would be.  What happens in between is pure genius.

This book is part murder-mystery, part supernatural intrigue, and part existential realization.  Its all tightly wrapped up with witty dialogue, smart plot points, and a fast pace. 

As wonderfully weird and hilarious as it is, Horns has a soft side.  The devil himself might possibly be motivated by love.  As crazy as it sounds, the devil is not the scariest thing Joe Hill could think of.

I carried this book with me everywhere for three days, and whenever someone asked me what it was about, I had a very hard time explaining Horns to them in 30 seconds or less. I did say was it was devilishly terrific.

*Horns by Joe Hill will be available in paperback on March 1, 2011.  To celebrate the release, Alison's Book Marks will host a giveaway!!  Come back tomorrow for details.


Book Extras:
Joe Hill's website
Joe Hill on Twitter

About the Book:
Hardcover: 370 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (February 16, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061147958
ISBN-13: 978-0061147951

About the Author:
Joe Hill is the author of a novel, Heart-Shaped Box, a collection of short stories, 20th Century Ghosts, and an occasional comic book series, Locke & Key. His second novel, Horns, will be available from William Morrow, in February of 2010. He lives in a small stone cell at the bottom of a chasm; there is only one steep, treacherous trail leading down to it, and the way is protected by fierce goats.

You can get nearly daily doses of his pithy one-liners and mind-numbing insights over on Twitter, where he goes by the inspired handle of joe_hill. Now and then he even updates his blog.

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*Disclosure: A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.


bermudaonion said...

Wow, you've made this one sound really good!

Alison's Book Marks said...

Kathy, I loved this book, but I'm cringing at how choppy my review is. I edited it down when I found myself gushing and giving too much of the plot away, and by cutting it down, it lost some of the flow. The bottom line came across - that's all that matters!

Nikki-ann said...

I read a review for this book a while back and remember thinking then that this is one to read. I still haven't read it yet, but your review has spurred me on to! Great review :)

Marce said...

I am so glad you liked it, very different wasn't it :-) I hear his Heartshaped Box is also brilliant, I definitely will be reading that this year.

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