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Ordinary vampires possess the body. But only those who use the living can violate the soul.
They gather their strength through the years. They plot their unholy games. They war among themselves. And the victor will stand alone against a world without defenses.
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 h...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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)
The book is far from perfect. At a whopping 884 pages, and packing a list of characters that would make a phone book jealous, it is possible to get lost in Carrion Comfort. Often times, entire groups of characters are introduced in the same scene with only minimal description devoted to...more
Dan Simmons's story is an epic tale of the most infamous monster of all time, The Vampire. However, FINALLY in this story, The Vampire, is depicted as the violent, self cent...more
As several low reviewers have commented on, Carrion Comfort is grossly in need of editing. It got to the point where I just wanted to take out a red pen and start X-ing out whole pages. Mr. Simmo...more
Two themes run behin...more
I used to be a great fan of horror novels and movies during school and early college days in the eighties so imagine my surprise when i see this book of which i have no idea topping a list of the greatest horror novels of all times on good reads. It was placed above dracula,stand,it etc etc.on the list.
So obviously I had to read it.
It is entertaining and engrossing but not really a horror novel.
It is more on the lines of Robert Ludlum or Alistair Mclean with expecte...more
Second, I do judge books by their covers, and I have to say that my cover, the one from the 2009, 20th anniversary edition, is much cooler and more evocative than the one you see on goodreads.
There are a few questionable or pr...more
The premise is interesting and so are several of the characters, but I had hoped for something that would delve a little deeper into psychology and into the issues he raises early on about violence and humanity. This holds the occasional promi...more
Though that's a BIT much, this is a really great book. Imagine, if you will, psychic vampires who enter into people's minds, drain the victims' power and will, then destroy the evidence by making said victims kill themselves.
Imagine, further, that they can control several people at once, who can do their bidding and protect them.
Top all of this off with the fact that they can live...more
This book has a lot going for it. The story manages to tie itself into a version of the real world of the 1980's without feelin...more
The plot of the book concerns people who have an ability to control others - meat puppet style - and the struggle between them and the people caught up in their maelstrom of violence. The book is, in essence, a long essay on the nature of dominance and violence but...more
Ne vous méprenez pas. J'ai aimé Under the Dome et encore plus The Stand (Le Fléau).
J'avais peur de trouver le sty...more
set the bar too high for this novel. I also think the blurb comparing
it to ‘The Stand’ on the cover also hurt my reaction to this novel. I mean
besides the massive number of pages I can't see another thing about
Carrion Comfort that makes it at all like the Stand.
This novel is amazing in many ways, but I don't think I am saying
anything sacrilegious to say that it might be a page or two hundred
too long. Simmons is a brilliant write...more
It is a long book with a lot of characters and back story. This was my first read of a Dan Simmons book and I was afraid that with the size it was just going to be a wordy, boring mess. I was really worried after reading the introduction in the twentieth anniversary edition that I got. While somewhat interesting, the introduction was wordy and seemed somewhat arrogant in parts. It almost seemed to say I am smarter than you and I know it. I thoug...more