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Summer of Night

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Dan Simmons, the most under-appreciated novelist alive!!

This book is incredible! After reading the best of King, Koontz, Barker and others of their stature I had become over-saturated with the horror genre & had moved on to other types of novels (sci-fi in particular). After devouring Simmons' Hyperion series (one of the bes...
This book is incredible! After reading the best of King, Koontz, Barker and others of their stature I had become over-saturated with the horror genre & had moved on to other types of novels (sci-fi in particular). After devouring Simmons' Hyperion series (one of the best sci-fi series I have ever read) I came across "Summer of Night". This book single-handedly rejuvenated my interest in (well written) horror. I carried this novel around with me everywhere I went for the 4-5 days it took me to read it. There are passages in this book that I will never forget! Simmons has the gift of taking the most ordinary things and scaring the absolute hell out of you with them! His verbal lyricism is beyond compare and he creates the most unbelievably vivid word pictures that at times you feel as if you're actually in the story with the characters! And unlike some horror authors Simmons pulls no punches - he willingly does whatever it takes to leave you breathless with fear. If you love great horror - READ THIS BOOK NOW!!

posted by Fearjunkie on September 11, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Fizzles

What a shame. This book started out so well. Then it went downhill fast. The writer should have cut this book in half at least. Awful.

posted by 15843678 on September 6, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    Fizzles

    What a shame. This book started out so well. Then it went downhill fast. The writer should have cut this book in half at least. Awful.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2010

    Must be read in conjunction with "Winter Haunting"

    A pale imitation of Stephen King's "It", but as per usual Simmons' writing is smooth and is a very "comfortable" read.

    The real value of this book is as lead into the much better "Winter Haunting" by Simmons. However "Winter Haunting" doesn't work unless one first reads this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

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    Disappointing

    Make no mistake, I am a BIG Dan Simmons fan from way back. For instance, I loved Hyperion and Children of the Night. But I really struggled and suffered through this book. Nostalgic? Oh, yes, way too much so. He spends 100's of pages continuing to remind us, in great boring detail, what life was like in a small Midwest town in 1960, and what it was like to be an 11 year old boy there. He should have established the setting at the beginning, then dipped in from time to time to make certain readers were still thinking in terms of the quiet 1960's Midwest and innocent, untested 11 year olds. Mr. Simmons also went into too much detail, for instance, about the bike ride routes through town and/or through the countryside, or pickup baseball games, or playing soldiers in the woods. AND THE BOOK DID NOT SCARE ME! It literally pains me to be so negative, because I have so much reverence for Mr. Simmons. And I will contiune to read him. But I cannot recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2008

    A reviewer

    I love to read and especially love thrillers and was excited to read this book based on all the raving reviews. While reading I kept asking myself, huh? I just don't get it. It took FOREVER to finally start getting good and just when I thought it would get good, it just didn't. Not at all scary or even chilling. Very disappointed.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 16, 2012

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