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Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Carrion Comfort , please sign up. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Why did Nina try and kill Willi and Melanie in the first place? Kathy Downes C Arnold Barent convinced her to.
With the way this book was left Nugs This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ It could happen! I wondered the same thing after reading that epilogue! But I think the reason the author left Melanie alive was to remind the reader …more It could happen! But I think the reason the author left Melanie alive was to remind the reader that there's still monsters out there in the real world, and they still hold all the cards, existing for the sole purpose of causing humanity tremendous suffering.
Melanie would have been extremely old since the epilogue was 7 years after Natalie burned her house down at the end of the book so hopefully she dies before she decides to use that submarine with the nukes she's controlling lol.
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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. I just love Dan Simmons!! View 2 comments. People with time. Recommended to Maciek by: Carrion Comfort is a beast of a book.
My copy clocks in at pages, and to be fair to mr. Simmons he kept the pace burning throughout the whole text. There's much to enjoy in Carrion Comfort , and not the least of its good aspects is the premise.
In this particular work Simmons tackles on one of the most famous horror creatures - the vampire. What makes it different from almost all other vampire ficton is his approach to the subject. Carrion Comfort is concerned with mind vampires, people who ca Carrion Comfort is a beast of a book. Carrion Comfort is concerned with mind vampires, people who can enter the consciousness of any person and control their actions completely, like a puppeteer.
Complete control, one from which there is no defense mental or physical, is certainly a frightening subject, and the opening set in Chelmno is pretty much stellar.
The WW2 pieces are seen in retrospect, and are certainly the best part of the novel; the obsession with chess that some characters have couldn't have been used in a better way. Simmons presents a scene that truly is horrifying and memorable in its intensity and eeriness. However, aside from the general premise and the few WW2 portions, Carrion Comfort is surprisingly short on the horror factor; most of the novel reads like a 80's thriller, complete with black helicopters, secret agents, explosives and multiple shoot outs, which occupy most of its pages.
The characters are interesting especially the elderly Melanie Fuller but never fascinating, as they ought to be in a novel of such scope and ambition.
The allusions to real people are certainly a nice touch, giving the novel some realism amidst all these bullets. Overall, the books is compulsively readable, but rarely leaves anything unseen, and throughout its enormous lenght the reader will be exposed to as much action as he or she can take.
The frenetic, Hollywood-like action can get a bit boring at times, and the true potential of the novel never really surfaces. Still, for such a huge tome it's a breezingly fast read, much more enjoyable that the plodding Summer of Night , although the book certainly did not need to be pages long.
View all 49 comments. Exhibit C in "Authors Who Doodle" In case you're interested, here's exhibit A and exhibit B. Carrion Comfort , Dan Simmons second novel, can be faulted for being overly long, needlessly complex and in dire need of a talented editor. Yet after I've said all that, it still remains one of the best horror novels of the second half of the 2oth century. The author has created a tense tale of mind control and the extremes of human corruption and power. While Simmons uses the term "Mind Vampires" for his monsters, they are nothing like vampires and, at least in my mind, a hundred times more horrifying.
The author's other strength in this page novel is the development of strong protagonists and villains. These are not comic book characters but fully fleshed personalities with strong believable motivations.
Simmons sets a stage of believability by referencing a number of horrific events such as the Kennedy and Lennon assassinations and weaves a network of conspiracies and chess moves, the latter being a tantalizing motif throughout, that pulls this story way beyond the normal horror novel. If you must keep the vampire analogy, think of this as a cross between a vampire novel and "24" and you will get a hint of its themes.
Any one who calls themselves a horror aficionado needs to read this. View all 12 comments. Oct 03, J. A thrilling plot and intriguing locales keep the reader guessing until the end. View all 8 comments. Mar 26, Bradley rated it really liked it Shelves: That's an odd thing to say as a re-read, no?
There's lots of places where the novel easily deserves a 5 star, just on reflection, alone, and since this came out nearly 30 years ago I'm not going to fuss too much over spoilers. Do You Like Chess? Then this novel is for you. Do you like mind-vampires that look, feel, and act like Donald Trump, Conservative Religious Nutsos, Concentration Camp Masters, or quiet, unassuming matrons who take on entire inner-city gangs? Do you also like long and rambling adventures populated by normal folk caught up in the nightmare of marionettes, either trying to escape the nightmare or get revenge for the things that had been done to them?
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.
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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 Amazing how this story grew from that. I can't recommend this highly enough. Read it!! Horror Fans. Behind the calm voice and the human puppet was a man who had directly murdered scores - perhaps thousands - of human beings. The paranormal malevolence of Stephen King. Oh my friends, this was something special. An absolute Must Read for the Horror Fan. I will remember it always And I am very, very hungry.
View all 6 comments. Jun 17, Kathryn rated it really liked it Shelves: Carrion Comfort is a mess of a book. Not only are there evil, mind-controlling vampires, the things they do are just so ripe with evil. It's almost like they give evil a new name. Carrion Comfort 's story is complex, and involves several parties. Not only are these parties involved in a bigger picture, but they also have their own stories and action.
There really isn't a main character, but several main characters, and several minor characters.
As far as main characters go, Saul was my definite f Carrion Comfort is a mess of a book. As far as main characters go, Saul was my definite favorite. His story from the past to the present was so intriguing, and his time in WWII in the concentration camps was probably my favorite part of the entire novel. His cat and mouse relationship with the one and only Oberst was interesting, and I found myself cheering for him to succeed and avenge what and who the Oberst had done and is.
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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. Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.
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I read the twentieth anniversary edition. Saul Laski is a renowned psychiatrist and a concentration camp survivor. His story as recounted by him in this book is heartbreaking and realistic. Nina Drayton is a wealthy woman living in New York. Her best childhood and lifelong friend Melanie Fuller and movie producer William Borden are three acquaintances who meet on a yearly basis.
They have one huge thing in common. They can bend people to their will; they can make people do things they would never have dreamed possible. They murder by proxy. When Saul learns of some horrific murders in Charleston, he flies down there to learn what he can. He believes because of the senselessness of it and the timing of the killings, that it is the work of these mind control people.
He also reads in the paper about the death of William Borden in a plane crash. Along with Natalie Preston who is the daughter of one of the horribly used people at the Charleston massacre and Sheriff Bobby Joe Gentry, a particularly insightful and well-read sheriff, Saul embarks on a dangerous plan. Some of them are their own kind, afraid that their powers do not reach the astounding levels of Melanie, Willi and Nina.
Many more murders are committed and atrocities abound. Saul, Natalie and Sheriff Bobby Joe each undergo personal nightmares as part of their journey to find the vampires. This book has it all: It is a remarkable novel and easily one of the best books of its original publishing date of I want to call it a tour de force, but that is such an overused and hackneyed phrase nowadays.
Drugs used in the book, machinery available and the stark reality of inner-city Philadelphia are just some of the topics he covers. This is a remarkable novel. If it were possible, I would give it more than five stars.
Hardcover Verified download. Evil over a Apocalyptic landscape. If you like one, you'll love all three. Highly recommended. A Novel , he is the best of a new generation of horror writers.
One of the best horror book I have ever read. I have read it two time already and think this will be a read every 5 years for me. Its that good! If you like a well written, horrific, partially historical and insanely wild read then this is the book for you.
So slow and overlong. It is advertised as a horror novel but I wasn't scared during a single page of this doorstopper of a novel. There are some interesting aspects; the historical events, psychology of violence and the use of chess both literally and metaphorically. However, Simmons is simply too verbose and the story is filled with too many forgettable characters for it all to work.
His character development is top-notch here justAs Natalie and Gentry investigate, the Island Club uses a bus full of people to attack them—and they flee to the safety of the gang since no authorities arrive to help. It was during those last years of his life that he wrote "Carrion Comfort," along with five other poems that have come to be known collectively as his "terrible sonnets.
Books are meant to be longer, more in-depth experiences. Within that faint praise for Coleridge lay an admission of the malaise afflicting Victorian literary study. My opinion of at least one character shifted rather dramatically at some point and it was only a function of the chosen perspective, which is nice.
Saul, Natalie and Rob Gentry were all solid protagonists, and likeable! Enabled site Best Sellers Rank: People who like horror and suspense. This was a pretty epic horror novel filled with tons of mind-jumping, mind and body controlling, and history.
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