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Earthworm Gods (The Earthworm Gods #1)

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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  2,516 ratings  ·  131 reviews
One day, it starts raining-and never stops. Global super-storms decimate the planet, eradicating most of mankind. Pockets of survivors gather on mountaintops, watching as the waters climb higher and higher. But as the tides rise, something else is rising, too.

Now, in the midst of an ecological nightmare, the remnants of humanity face a new menace, in a battle that stretche
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Hardcover, signed limited to 300 numbered copies4, 301 pages
Published 2005 by Delirium Books
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Stephen I am not sure it is meant to be taken seriously. Simply look at the dozens of wild things going on in the book- earthworms, giant earthworms,…moreI am not sure it is meant to be taken seriously. Simply look at the dozens of wild things going on in the book- earthworms, giant earthworms, earthquake-worms, earthworm men, and every imaginable combination of worms there seems to be. Beyond the worms, though, there are even more things not to be taken seriously at all.(less)

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Steve
Satanists on surfboards. A mermaid. Giant worms and Cthulhu. And an End Time rain with two old mountain coots getting to play Beowulf. This is the good stuff. The Conqueror Worms is the second book I've read by Brian Keene (The Rising being the first), and I'm really impressed by this guy. The sheer gusto of his B-movie imagination leaves me hopeful for the future of Horror fiction. In one sense, I'm left thinking Keene is very Old School (see Giant Bug movies from the 50s), but not totally. Con ...more
TK421
I'm not one to normally read a Brian Keene novel (well, I have read three...I think), but when I saw the title of this one, and the fantastic campy-B-flick picture for a cover, I knew I had to read it. And, you know, it wasn't that bad. The first part of the book was a mid-post-apocalyptic tale that tells the story of how some of the characters are surviving. But Keene didn't think that a random monster book about the end of the world was enough. Enter the second half of the book. This half was ...more
Chris
Nobody Apocalypses like Brian Keene. Or as often. Whether by zombies (The Rising, City of the Dead, Dead Sea), a dark zone that appears on the edge of town (Darkness on the Edge of Town), a loud horn-like sound after which a large percentage of the population just isn’t there any more (Take the Long Way Home), giant crabs and miscellaneous other deep sea creepy creatures (Clickers 2-4), or any combination of the above, he does it better than anyone.

In the first Earthworm Gods book (there are 2)
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Adam Light
Thrilling apocaplyptic madness from Brian Keene. This book got me so wrapped in it that I breezed through it in two days. Now I'm looking for the sequel. If you enjoy end-of-the-world survival horror stories, you can't go wrong with this one.
Jonathan Echevarria
I must admit that Brian Keene knows how to write a really good Post Apocalyptic story. I'm still new to the Keene Universe, up until now the only other book's I've read are The Last Zombie graphic novels and The Rising novels. I've always enjoyed the compassion mixed with the horror that exists in some of the "good" characters of his stories. In Earthworms Gods the character of Teddy is an example of what I cherish most in Keene's work. It's a good counter balance to how cruel and harsh Keene's ...more
Ken McKinley
I have nothing but the highest praise for Earthworm Gods. This story captured my imagination, as well as most of my waking hours the last two days, as I poured through this thing. Pardon the pun, but I was hooked. A little history from Brian Keene found in the Afterword of this story. If you're confused, like I was, about why there is a story called Earthworm Gods AND The Conquerer Worms. According to Keene, the story was originally published in hardcover in 2005 from Delirium Books as Earthworm ...more
Scott
"Brian Keene is the next big thing in horror."

How many times have I heard that?

How many times have you heard that?

The Conqueror Worms is the third Keene book I've read. I enjoyed The Rising and City of the Dead. I thought they were both fun books that did some new things with the zombie genre. I thought Keene was a good writer, who showed a lot of promise.

Then came The Conqueror Worms.

The book is told for the most part by a mountain man who's lived long enough to see what amounts to the end of t
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Kasia S.
This was my first time reading Brian Keene, and I was excited! I wanted to like this story, giant worms eating everything in their path, end of the world and nature's victory over human power...Unfortunately I felt deceived by the title and about what really happened in the book - where are the worms? They were mere filler barely getting any attention, I felt like this was a worm version of Where is Waldo, tough to spot with many pages that did not belong there.

It started off interesting, I was
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Okay, I could write a really long and detailed review of this book. I could go on and on about what an amazing and lovable character Teddy is or how Kevin was a strong and likable hero. I could give you plenty of details that included the creepy and genius decision of the author to let the entire story play out during a never ending rainstorm. And do not even get me started talking about the worms!

Sure, I could write a review like that, but really there is only one thing that needs to be said ab
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Bark's Book Nonsense
Reading for Jare's 2010 Spills & Chills Release Challenge.

I haven't read a book where the main protagonist is a crabby 80 year old guy since struggling through King's Insomnia many moons ago. Fortunately, this story is much more interesting. This guy is a lone survivor (or so it seems) in a world nearly buried under water. He has the misfortune to live high up on a secluded mountain when most others have perished in the floods and he faces long days of loneliness, isolation and day after da
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Daniel Russell
The Keeneathon continues with his 2006 book, The Conqueror Worms. Now, when people mention Brian, they usually ask if you’ve read The Rising. The Rising is considered to be his ‘hit’, but after fellow readers have enquired about The Rising, the next one, I’ve found, is The Conqueror Worms.

I thought that The Rising was okay. My preferred Keene book so far has been The Ghoul, which was reviewed earlier this month. Could Worms take the crown?

Teddy, and 80 year old man living alone in West Pennsylv
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Kimberly Raiser
Incredibly vivid horror tale. I met Brian Keene recently and spoke on a panel with him at Hypericon. It was the actual first horror book I read. Incredible!!! It wasn't too gory, but kept you worried the entire time. I've recently purchased three more of his books. Stellar person as well as a writer!!!
Stephen
Writing as a person who is not a good writer (Teddy Garnett) is the perfect method for Brian Keene. He fits into the role so flawlessly, it is hard to figure out if the words on the page are from Brian or Teddy. Maybe the book itself is a satire on Brian's poor writing skills.

Perhaps starting into the book by looking at the title and cover was the wrong approach. They say you should never judge a book by its cover, but somehow, the cover describes the novel perfectly. Five giant earthworms pok
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Bill
Some pretty solid storytelling from Brian Keene.

While I did enjoy it, what I found lacking with this novel was the punch in the gut endings I've come to expect from him. Like in Ghoul and Dark Hollow, which, oddly enough, probably weren't as polished writing-wise as this one.
Yet, I rate those ones higher because I simply loved how he finished them off.

Note that the edition I read was Earthworm Gods. Keen's apocalyptic vision of what happens when the rain never ends. Scary monster worms! Keene's
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Daniel
I read this about a week before typing this review, and in that time I've found my impression of the book improving with reflection. I was initially thrown by how quickly Keene destroys most of the known world, leaving behind a mountainside and an 80-year-old narrator who isn't about to leap into action and take out a monster of massive proportions. I expected something more gradual, such as sightings of worms of increasing size in a big city; random disappearances of minor people; then the wind ...more
Amy
I liked this book. It was a post-apocalyptic story where the world has flooded due to endless rain and giant earthworms surfaced to wreak havoc on the few remaining inhabitants. The book is split into three parts. Part I is the first person account of an old dude with a bad nicotine habit who believes he is the last remaining survivor until his best friend and neighbor finds him. The Conqueror Worms has a classic B-movie horror vibe until Part II, when the old dudes run into more survivors and w ...more
Jason
1.5 Stars

Let me start by saying that I am a huge fan of Brian Keene, and I feel that he is a gifted horror writer. Unfortunately, I hated this book, it made me angry, and I was very disappointed at the ridiculous turn it took.

The first half of the book is awesome. The world has ended due to non stop rain everywhere. Our main protagonist is basically an old widowed mountain man who is remembering the better days. Things get interesting when the worms show up. I really thought that this was going
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Marvin
Brian Keene may be the king (with a small "k") of end-of-the-world novels. In The Conqueror Worms, the earth is besieged by Noah sized rains plus water monsters and worms of Lovecraftian proportion. The tale starts at full speed as narrated by 80 year old Teddy Burnett, a live-wire geriatric hero if ever I saw one. As long as he is in the foreground, the book soars. However it slows down when the narration moves to Baltimore and we are given a less-than stellar survivor tale involving surf-board ...more
Paris Chávez
I think this was the book I was waiting for from Keene. I have been reading his books for a while now, and they have always been ok, but never really struck me as great.
Well now, I really liked this one. It' still very Keene, his books tend to revolve around the end of the world and so on. Perhaps I loved the worm theme, and it reminded me of the crates I raise of the slimy things slithering through rotten sludge. Regardless, I loved it. I recommend it to anyone that likes these kind of things.
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Bandit
This was a quick fun read. Very typical Keene, so if you're a fan like me, you'll enjoy it. Having just read an amazing post apocalyptic book, I'd have to say that this one lacked something like substance, it was very much B movie material, sort of like Tremors. Still entertaining, though. Reminded me a lot of Keene's Dead Sea. Recommended for horror and/or Keene fans.
Rick
This book was so much fun to read. Monster worms, Lovecraftian horror and the Apocalypse all at once, told by a dying old man. Superb.
marc
giant earthworms terrorize senior citizens. fuck yeah.
Grey
A fast-paced horror of the B-movie variety. Yes, this one has an End Of The World scenario with monsters thrown in, which brings to mind similar settings found in classics like the Day Of The Triffids.
The End (upper caps "E") comes in the form of an endless (pun UNintended here) deluge across the world, much like the one in the bible; and the monsters are well, worms. And something else...
**dunn dunn DUNN**

The story is in the form of a journal written by an old man as he prepares to meet his end
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Lisa Sandberg
I was a little skeptical about reading this book at first, I am sure glad I decided to read it in a group read with a few friends. This is an amazing book, Keene does a great job. I loved it and am ready to continue reading the series.

Keene writes about the end of the world in a different way than some of the other post apocalyptic books I have read. Giant worms...heck yea!! Among other creepy things.

Keene pulls you in from the start, with the introduction of Teddy, who is telling the story, an
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Eric
Aug 10, 2010 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Eric by: Brian Keene
Shelves: contemporary, horror
Brian Keene's novel was fascinating to me for its deft use of the Corman-esque giant monsters as an effective and terrifying horror tool.

To his credit, Keene doesn't try to explain the central environmental gimmick of The Conqueror Worms. It has been raining for 43 days, and the world is flooding. Where did the water come from? No one knows. Since the degree of flooding described in the book isn't possible (even with melted ice caps, which we are told has not occured in this alternate Earth), an
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Andrew
You know, I really liked this book. The cover was terrible, so I'm glad I don't judge books by their cover. Plus my good buddy sent this to me with high recommendations, so I was obliged to read it. I devoured this book in a couple of days . Pure entertainment. Hilarious at times, terrifying at other times. Not just the monsters, worms, etc., but also the darkness that humans are capable of. Many humans aligned themselves through expediency with the malignant forces that had been wrought upon th ...more
Joe Aguiar
I like Brian Keene's books. They are entertaining, imaginative, sometimes very gruesome and, most importantly straight to the point. He doesn't go off on long tangents like the far more popular Stephen King and doesn't try to turn simple horror stories into sprawling epics like King does. And this book was no different. Conqueror Worms tells of an apocalyptic event where almost non-stop rain has flooded a good deal of the world and the survivors, including our 80 year old hero Terry, are pitted ...more
S. K. Pentecost
Aug 11, 2014 S. K. Pentecost rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to S. K. by: that guy from AW bossy book challenge
While my addiction to post apocalypse should belie this fact, horror isn't really my bag. Or maybe it is this particular brand of cultish metaphysical horror that leaves me distractible enough to notice whenever the author takes shortcuts in world building. (Or I guess in the PA genre, maybe it should be called world demolition.)

I'm a sucker for first person narrative, but the device employed here to render it is dated and hard to swallow. (Although Keene has me interested enough to try getting
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Joe Hart
I read Earthworm Gods years ago, before Kindles were available, on my computer and was entranced by the world Brian had created. I just reread it recently and was still blown away by the simple dread conjured with a few holes in the ground and rain that won't quit falling. Great survivor horror story blended with humor and tender moments amidst gore and wicked things coming up from the ground. If you love apocalypse stories with horror overtones, look no further.
Craig
This is a quick read novel, a sort of elegant comic-book end-of-the-world story. It's not especially deep or philosophical, but deftly handles the material with occasionally wry humor. I especially admired the way he accurately portrayed the rural West Virginian setting, and the lengths one of the characters went to in order to try to satisfy his craving for nicotine.
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BRIAN KEENE writes novels, comic books, short fiction, and occasional journalism for money. He is the author of over forty books, mostly in the horror, crime, and dark fantasy genres. His 2003 novel, The Rising, is often credited (along with Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic and Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later film) with inspiring pop culture’s current interest in zombies. Keene’s novels have be ...more
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