Carrion Comfort: A Novel [Dan Simmons] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. CARRION COMFORT is one of the three greatest horror novels . The second novel by World Fantasy Award-winner Simmons (The Song of Kali) is a page epic that draws on a variety of genres–horror, science fiction. 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.

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I want to see what he does with some historical fiction.

This book did, however, make me pick up a book comforg 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. It’s almost like they give evil a new name.

He was so well written, I never doubted his authenticity one bit. In Nazi Germany, Saul was one of many Jews who were used by a comforf Nazi known as The Oberst to play a sinister game of human chess.

But this story would be nothing without the anti heroes-the enemies-the villains. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [With the way this book was left His character is defined so brilliantly, that it makes you feel that he really did survive the holocaust. Dan received a B. Notes [1] But it’s not a vampire book, a trap I fell into before realising I didn’t mind.

They control their victims in The Hunt and have fun making them slaughter each other. Melanie manages to destroy the helicopter and Colbern through use of the old woman who appears dead but can be pushed beyond human limits by her Ability, and escapes to a park where she meets and takes over a family.


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.


Saul cartion be one of my favorite protagonists in any story. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

Willi counters that the modern state of Israel perpetrates similar acts of racial violence against Arabs not unlike the early days cagrion Nazi Germanymentioning that both the United States military and the Mossad commit deplorable acts of violence in the name of national self-defense, and that the Wehrmacht literally means “to defend with force. That’s an odd thing to say as a re-read, no? Horror lovers, read it, but I reiterate, not for the fainthearted!

But this reunion, something will go terribly wrong. A great bit of my enjoyment factor was hindered by the repetition of the word “Negress”.

Dr Laski mentions a “climate of violence,”. Melanie escapes, controlling one old woman in a car. 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”. The word just sounds ugly, and I don’t want to listen to it. Every word was perfect. He then worked in elementary education for 18 years—2 years in Missouri, 2 years in Buffalo, New York—one year as a specially trained BOCES “resource teacher” and another as a sixth-grade teacher—and 14 years in Colorado.

A lot of riveting plot is generated from this simple premise. Saul becomes a willing pawn in the “game,” having trained himself with self-hypnosis for months to memorize as many details as possible of the lives of death camp victims and survivors of the holocaust so that when Willi attempts to control him, the memories of others will confuse Willi in a way that will gain Saul a few seconds to attack and kill the old man.

His prose is elegant and Dickensian. I loved this book, as sick as it is. This is the equivalent of naming Dracula the “Neck Sucker! Not sure, but there are similarities. Should you involve others in what you know is a deadly conflict? Want to Read saving…. Yet after I’ve said all that, it still remains one of the best horror novels of the second half of the 2oth century. I felt as though I struggled with them, and tried to give them hope.


I loved the little links between everything. Would you have done what ever it took to survive as a Jew in the camps, including tacit collaboration, by working for the Nazis? First of all, this book is absolutely mammoth. The most chilling scenes for me were of Willi’s younger years as a Nazi, and his dabbles into the lives of concentration camp prisoners. Is inaction morally justified?

And no, that’s no exaggeration. Everyone’s character was perfect for Carrion Comfort. 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.


There are thousands of studies that have been done on chapter and comfot length, but the truth of the matter is: Harod believes this interrogation about the Island Club is the work of Willi, using Saul and Natalie, and he is released, being told to follow Willi’s instructions, upon penalty of death, through his supposed pawns Saul and Natalie.

Both Reagan’s attempted assassination and John Lennon’s actual killing are accounted for, and the fictional characters mix with people from the likes of George Lucas to Jim and Tammy Baker. I found myself looking for some redeeming qualities in these monsters.

He has written and created the worst evil ever seen when he wrote comfirt novel. He is offered membership of the club if he hunts down Melanie and The Oberst. Horror books Novels by Dan Simmons Science fiction horror novels science fiction novels.

Dan’s first published story appeared on Feb. The violence is creative. I simply do not like the sound of the word “Negress”.