Song of Kali
Think you know true fear? You don't.
Think you've read the most chilling book? Not even close.
Think you can't be shocked? Good luck!
Maybe you're ready for the most truly frightening reading experience of your life, the World Fantasy Award-winning novel that's been terrifyi...more
Thus begins Dan Simmons’ visceral, violent travelogue through the dark, murderous underbelly of Calcutta. This was an excellent read, but you should know going in that this is NOT a warm, fuzzy, feel better about humanity story. In fact, you might want to have your favorite blankie or stuffed animal
Here’s the basic set up.
M. Das, one of India’s greatest poets, mysterio ...more
I felt horrified during a lot of the book, and saddened during a lot of it, but I like the way that it isn't totally and completely engulfed in despair. (Though pretty depressing enough.) I like the way that the protagonist decides to "fight back".
It's not "scary" as in "boo" but it is horrific in it's stark depiction of the horror lurking in the human soul.
The reason why I rated this so highly, is that it worked ve ...more
Simmons loves history, mythology, authors, writing and reading, and his loves have led him to create one of the most varied bodies of work amongst active writers (although it appears he will soon be challenged for the crown by China Mieville). He's written about John Keats in space, Ernest Hemingway in the Gulf, the Greek Gods, Franklin's lost Arctic expedition, re ...more
This is a superbly structured and masterfully woven horror novel; it's also a fucking travesty of the real nature of Kali and her various manifestations. He's taken a unique female power-divinity, something with no parallel in any other living religion, a ...more
* His hero, Bobby Luczak, is a coward who behaves stupidly and illogically; he's an effete literary type who one would think would treat his mathematician wife with some respect, but who repeatedly hides things from her and deserts her without reason. He claims to have a terrible temper, yet he's impotent in a crisis.
* He has a child, a 7-month-old daughter, whose very existence serves only one unpleasant ...more
I liked the 'Song of Kali'. It was a good story. I'm just not sure I'd count it as great horror. It wasn't that scary. It was definitely more psychological and mental ...more
The problem with reviewing it is that it is hard to comment without 'spoiling'. To appreciate it you have to cast your mind back to the period when, and the places where, it was formed in the mind of Dan Simmons as a young American liberal and literary intellectual - in the India and the US of the late 1970s and the early 1980s, just as the former looked like an intractable social problem of neve ...more
It was with great excitement that I picked up Simmons' 1 ...more
Husband: Well, did you like it or not?
Me: I really liked it.
Husband: Why did you like it?
Me: I’m not sure.
Husband: What was it about?
Me: Ummm, evil. And India. Crime…I think. Cultural differences. But also likenesses. It’s a horror story but, well, not really.
Husband (with a tone): Well, I certainly can’t wait to read it.
Funny thing is, I recommend this…highly.
There was not much ...more
All through the first half or thereabouts, I gritted my teeth and cursed. I didn't think I would enjoy the rest of the journey. Had I given up partway through, I would have come to goodreads years later (I read this book in 2007 or so) and probably given it two stars.
Then, something happened. I realised, or at least I think I did, what Simmons was trying to do, and I understood that the reason I was having a hard time with this book was tha ...more
Чели ли сте сагата “Хиперион”? Или двутомието “Илион” и “Олимп”? И в двете Дан Симънс се доказва като един от най-великите фантасти на всички времена. Но в “Песента на Кали” се откроява друга негова дарба – на разказвач на страшни истории от ранга на Стивън Кинг.
Журналистът Робърт Лучак е командирован в Калкута да издири поет, който се счита за загинал преди 8 години при мистериозн ...more
Its dark. There is magic and gods and lots of foreign ideas. There were many times I wanted to yell at Bobby Luczak, the main character, but I never wanted to stop reading. For a bit, I thought it was a horror novel. It's not. It's a very dark fantasy but I do ...more
But then, about 20 pages from the end of the book--it's as if you're on a bicycle, coming out of an alleyway on your way to work in a sleepy little French village on a beautiful July morning, and just as you look ahead and smile, WHAM! you're crushed to the pav ...more
The story never really grabbed me, either. Novels about writers are not something I find interesting and I didn't know this was until after I'd decided to read it. Even without that aspect to this nov ...more