Carrion Comfort

Carrion Comfort THE PAST Caught behind the lines of Hitler s Final Solution Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp Until he rises to meet his fate and finds h

  • Title: Carrion Comfort
  • Author: Dan Simmons
  • ISBN: 9780446359207
  • Page: 213
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Carrion Comfort

    THE PAST Caught behind the lines of Hitler s Final Solution, Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp Until he rises to meet his fate and finds himself face to face with an evil far older, and far greater, than the Nazi s themselvesTHE PRESENT Compelled by the encounter to survive at all costs, so begins a joTHE PAST Caught behind the lines of Hitler s Final Solution, Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp Until he rises to meet his fate and finds himself face to face with an evil far older, and far greater, than the Nazi s themselvesTHE PRESENT Compelled by the encounter to survive at all costs, so begins a journey that for Saul will span decades and cross continents, plunging into the darkest corners of 20th century history to reveal a secret society of beings who may often exist behind the world s most horrible and violent events Killing from a distance, and by darkly manipulative proxy, they are people with the psychic ability to use humans read their minds, subjugate them to their wills, experience through their senses, feed off their emotions, force them to acts of unspeakable aggression Each year, three of the most powerful of this hidden order meet to discuss their ongoing campaign of induced bloodshed and deliberate destruction But this reunion, something will go terribly wrong Saul s quest is about to reach its elusive object, drawing hunter and hunted alike into a struggle that will plumb the depths of mankind s attraction to violence, and determine the future of the world itself

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    1. Maciek

      Carrion Comfort is a beast of a book. My copy clocks in at 800 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 [...]

    2. Marvin

      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 m [...]

    3. Bradley

      So I'm changing my final score on this novel from a solid 3 to a generous 4 stars, because the book was JUST THAT UNPREDICTABLE.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, [...]

    4. mark monday

      this is a briskly-paced supernatural thriller about mind control and controlling the world around us. it is also about as one-dimensional as they come, despite the potential of the multi-leveled subject matter and the breadth of the narrative (from World War 2 Germany to present-day Hollywood, and dozens of locales in between). the novel and several of the characters are obsessed with chess, which makes for some intriguing action. although it includes several wonderfully creepy set-pieces, overa [...]

    5. Beatriz

      Como ya he comentado en otras reseñas, los libros que me gustan, independiente del género literario, son aquellos que envuelven, emocionan, que nos hacen vibrar y estremecernos con sus descripciones. Esos libros que no te puedes quitar de la cabeza y no ves la hora de tener un tiempo para continuar la lectura. Esos libros que, a pesar de su tamaño, quisieras que no terminaran nunca, porque cada vez que lo retomas es un placer culpable. Los vampiros de la mente cumple a cabalidad con estas con [...]

    6. Sarah Anne

      Five words that I never thought I would say: "Couldn't it have been longer?". Seriously, for someone who dreads a book that passes the 600 page mark, I should have been absolutely dying over this 900 page monster. ButThis 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 Simmons m [...]

    7. Horace Derwent

      my list of 3 best vampire novels of 20 century:richard matheson's I AM LEGEND is the first, of coursesk's 'salem's lot and this bookperhaps i can add "interview with the vampire" onto it as well, but it's not horror to me :)

    8. Sadie | sadie_reads_them_all

      This book! *covers eyes* oh my god! 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! The stuff in this book was CRAZY! 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 [...]

    9. Bill

      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 900 pages, and dates back from Nazi Germany to present day. In a nutshell, it's about a small group of people with t [...]

    10. Edward Lorn

      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: a reader only notices page count when the writing and/or story sucks. I find myself questioning whether or not I think a book is going on too long, I ask: Was I ever bored for [...]

    11. Adam Light

      I like long books, and Carrion Comfort is very long. Clocking in at 886 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 [...]

    12. Lena

      "Saul shivered. Behind the calm voice and the human puppet was a man who had directly murdered scores - perhaps thousands - of human beings." The epic scope of The Eight.The gut clenching agony of Schindler’s List.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 shudder. "Winter is coming. And I am very, very hungry."

    13. Kathryn

      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 [...]

    14. Stephen

      4.5 stars. Dan Simmons can write a great book no matter what genre he is writing in. His Hyperion Cantos is on my list of "All Time Favorite" science fiction series and now he has written one of the best Vampire novels ever. Original, scary and brilliantd LOOOOONG Winner: Bram Stoker Award for Best Horror Novel (1990)Winner: Locus Award for Best Horror Novel (1990)Winner: British Fantasy Award for Best Novel (1990)Nominee: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (1990)

    15. Alondra

      5 Stars clearly, Ja?I must say; after reading this book, I am completely disheveled in appearance and spent. This book wore me out to say the least. This was a thrill ride of the highest order, and creeped me out the entire time. I don't want to give away anything and provide spoilers; for fear that 'someone' may find this out and complete a mind-game on me. This book is about mind-control; vampirism that not only takes your life essence, but your very soul. It is about having complete power ove [...]

    16. Apatt

      Hyperion gets a lot of love but I seldom see any mention of this amazing book. It is very different from Hyperion but that is not unusual for Simmons as he is a very versatile writer. Carrion Comfort is sf/horror of the highest calibre, something Stephen King may write when he is on top form (but with better prose). This book is about people with mind control abilities of different strengths. A lot of riveting plot is generated from this simple premise. I won't go onto any details, I'll just rec [...]

    17. J.K. Grice

      CARRION COMFORT is just an incredible concept for a story (mind vampires) and how these characters interact and evolve throughout the book. A thrilling plot and intriguing locales keep the reader guessing until the end. BRAVO once again, Dan Simmons!!

    18. Tressa

      The print of this large paperback is so small, I imagine that if it were in hardback, I wouldn't be able to pick it up and read it. I think this book, while a good read with some fantastic, scary parts in it, could have used a tad more editing. I must say that some of the characters are truly monstrous. Tony, the producer, is a vile human being. The arrogant movers and shakers in the secret society couldn't have less empathy for their fellow human beings. But no one, not even Willi IMO, comes cl [...]

    19. Scott Sigler

      The first 400 pages really captivated me, then I lost focus in the next 200. This is a wonderful book that may have been a victim of my ADD. After a year without picking it up again, I'm getting this one off my "currently reading" list.

    20. Kane

      Carrion Comfort is a run-away helicopter bolted precariously to a run-away train heading for a narrow cliff that stands above a valley of molten lava. This thing is fast-paced.I enjoyed the mix of, and choice of, perspectives. They were meaningful. 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. I'm a sucker for evil in that indifference-to-human-life kind of way so I was already hooked pretty ear [...]

    21. Shari

      Imagine having the power to know people's thoughts, weaknesses, and secrets, and at the same time be able to make them do what you want them to do - without limit. Imagine also being used and manipulated physically and mentally - and not be able to do anything about it all.This is the horror of Carrion Comfort.An old novel published in 1980, Carrion Comfort is one of Simmons' few horror novels. It is a long and gripping story that offers a different kind of vampirism. Instead of the usual blood [...]

    22. Janie Johnson

      Dan Simmons has the ability to construct a great novel! This I know for sure after diving into this read. There is so much depth and richness to this tale of evil. One of the things that I loved the most was the mystery/suspense aspect of the book. I am a huge mystery fan, and Simmons certainly sated that need as far as I am concerned. He has written and created the worst evil ever seen when he wrote this novel. I found myself cheering on those who aimed to rid the world of evil. I felt as thoug [...]

    23. Johann (jobis89)

      "If everyone could understand the working of a psychopath's mind, we undoubtedly would be closer to insanity ourselves."Carrion Comfort focuses on a small group of the population who possess what they call the "Ability", which is the power to take over someone's mind and completely control them, and even prompt them to commit murder. It is proposed that this Ability has been present for years, with reference to the Holocaust as well as random murders of individuals. A small group come together w [...]

    24. Димитър Цолов

      Осем дни (от миналия понеделник) бях на вълна "мозъчни вампири". "Лешояди" на Дан Симънс е поредният ми сблъсък за последните две години (след "Илион", "Олимп" и "Петата купа") с многоликия автор. С ръка на сърцето си признавам, че от всички разновидности на фантастиката (общо каз [...]

    25. Anthony

      Seventeen days to complete this giant brick of a novel. Was it worth it? Hell yes!! I don't have much more to say now, that I haven't written during my progress-updates, other than this was a great fast-paced suspense thriller. I love being taken to different places all over the world. We've seen Poland, Germany, Israel, and many spots in the US. In fact, there was one day last weekend where I visited the Grumblethorpe house in historic Germantown, PA, north and west of Philadelphia. And it was [...]

    26. Robert

      This was the second novel Dan Simmons wrote, immediately after Song of Kali. It was not his second published novel, however. Read the introduction to this edition to find out why; it makes a good story on its own, except for the really abrupt ending.Simmons' genre-hopping tendencies start showing up right here - supposedly a horror story, this reads more like his take on a Robert Ludlum thriller - but with psychic, mind-controlling bad guys. It certainly is a page-turner, which is a good thing g [...]

    27. Kathryn

      There is no doubt that Simmons is a great storyteller, able to write in a variety of genres, most notably horror, historical, and science fiction, and all with a skill for creating incredibly human characters in realistic situations. His words flow very well and his pacing is to my liking. My main problem with this book is the length. I'm willing to bet money that most people have said the same. There were too many perspectives, too many attempts to endear the reader to characters who may or may [...]

    28. Jennifer

      I am so glad to be done with this one. It was a relief turning that last page. This is the third novel by Dan Simmons I have read , it is my least favorite. I read a bit of the forward of this one, it seems it was a struggle to get it published and he did not appreciate the editing (or attempted editing). For me, it could have lost about 250 pages. But that's me. While reading I was engaged in the story, I am not sure if I ever really came to care for any of the characters no, didn't care to muc [...]

    29. Kimberly

      This one was a tough one to decide on a rating for--we're not just talking a novel, this was almost 900 pages! The writing, locations, and characterizations (at least for what i considered to be the "main characters"), were beautifully written. The story itself, took the idea of a "vampire" into a whole different realm that I felt gave it an element of "uniqueness", not found too often lately. 4 stars, I have to admit taking the last one off because there were some repetitive places where I was [...]

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