Friday, November 25, 2011

Just couldn't get into it..."Horns" by Joe Hill

(from Goodreads)

Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a pair of horns growing from his temples.
At first, Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who had been raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances. A mental breakdown would have been the most natural thing in the world. But there was nothing natural about the horns, which were all too real.
Once, the righteous Ig had enjoyed the life of the blessed. But Merrin's death damned all that. The only suspect in the crime, Ig was never charged or tried. And he was never cleared. Nothing Ig can do or say matters. Everyone it seems, including God, has abandoned him. Everyone that is, but the devil inside. . . .
Now Ig is possessed of a terrible new power—a macabre talent he intends to use to find the monster who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. It's time for a little revenge . . . it's time the devil had his due . . .
I first heard about "Horns" by Joe Hill last year when I was watching one of Critic Nicks videos on You Tube. He was saying how he really liked the book and then after that I kept hearing more about it. I never picked it up though because honestly, I forgot about it.

Then last week when I was at the library I seen it and thought I would grab it and give it a try. "Horns" is an adult fiction book and I haven't read an adult fiction book in some time so I was a little apprehensive about starting it.

Well, the first chapter pulled me right in, as did the next few, and despite the amount of pages (368-which normally isn't too bad in YA books because the books tend to me smaller and the words bigger) and the small words in this book, it didn't bother me because the story was interesting, to say the least.

From what I read, the main character, Ig, wakes up one morning after a drunken night to discover that he has horns growing from his head. Of course he freaks, and then he thinks that he must be hallucinating. But as he encounters people through out the day weird stuff happens. This is when Ig starts to think that maybe he isn't hallucinating after all.

But when I get to page 57, a new section begins. This new section starts when Ig is only 15, and basically follows him around in his daily life. Well, maybe not daily exactly, but to me it was so boring-it reminded of the way "Stand by me" the movie played out. So with all these words on this big pages I just couldn't stay focused anymore. Next thing I know, this book turns into a daunting task and I just can't do that. So I quit, yes, I quit the book at page 78. Yes, I know I should've given it more then that, but there are just too many books out there to be read, and I just wasn't feeling it anymore.

Please don't go by what I say though only. This book has had so many rave reviews and is being turned into a movie, but if there is not action, intrigue, suspense then the book will lose my attention.

If this book sounded any bit interesting to you I hope that you still check it out.

Take Care-

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