A Winter Haunting
oh my god thank you dan simmons!
oh, dan simmons, i wish you had dedicated the terror to me instead of this one. spooky month is not going as well as i had hoped...
this is fine. it is a very straightforward, classic-feeling horror novel,like an early stephen king or something, and i still think simmons is a good writer, but this one just didn't thrill me the way the terror did.
it is at once a psychological horror novel and a t ...more
Following his divorce and suicide attempt, Dale Stewart moves back to Elm Haven, deciding to live in the house his childhood friend lived in, to work on a new novel.
How, oh how, was this book going to live up to Summer of Night? Spoiler alert - it doesn’t. But that’s okay, because it’s still a very enjoyable and chilling tale!
I would NOT read this one before Summer of Night, it’s spoiler city in there! It’s not a ...more
When the haunted 52 year old Professor Dale Stewart decides to return to his childhood stomping ground to revisit the inner demons of his past (by writing a novel) and expunge the errors of his ways, he encounters more than he bargained for with spirits from beyond as well as some pretty nasty humanoid beings.
While satisfyingly creepy, I did not find this novel truly scary like The Terror, but did like the way it was present...more
I wish I didn't, as it's not a direct sequel, only uses certain events and characters from the first novel. It's an excellent tale in its own right: Dale Stewart, one of the characters from SON, returns to the town where he grew up. After a failed marriage and a sucicide attempt, he decides to finish writing his novel. He fee ...more
I didn't like this one as much as my buddy Thomas, but I enjoyed it enough to finish it. Toward the end I realized I just didn't care about the main character. Reading about Dale Stewart as a kid in Summer of Night was big fun. But the grown-up version is nowhere near as entertaining. I did appreciate the twists, but overall, I am left with a numbing feeling of meh.
A Winter Haunting is not a direct sequel to Summer of Night, meaning it does not continue that storyline, but ...more
I will add to my review later :)
From the s ...more
Simmons also takes the standard genre elements and turns them on their collective head, all the while telling a good story that keeps you reading. "A Wint ...more
A Winter Haunting is mainly about Dale Stewart, one of the main characters in SON, but it pretty much at least mentions every important character from the first novel. It is even partially narrated by one of the other characters, and I loved those parts of this story.
The book takes place 40 years after the events in SON, wi ...more
Also, one really should not be reading this book before Summer of Night. Also, pretty much any genre fan should read Summer of Night. This novel is not a must read for everyone, but any fan of Summer of Night would enjoy it, if only just to revisit the beloved characters of the first book. A ...more
It's a ghost story and a story about a man who has become self-destructive; an easy and entertaining read. It doesn't have the ambition of many Simmons novels, but it does have a few red herrings to keep you guessing about what is going on, as the past literally comes back to haunt the protagonist when he returns to his home-town and spends ...more
I had to DNF. I'm just sick to death of reading about tortured male protagonists whose problems are brought on by themselves.
I think I'm supposed to feel sorry for the main character but that just didn't happen. Oh no, your female student fell out of love with you because you're old? Sucks dude. Really sucks.
This book was the epitome of male authors referring to women solely as their boobs. I cannot count the number of times I had to read about perky tits or hard nipples.
I came here for g ...more
But then THINGS HAPPEN.
I enjoy Dan Simmon's writing, his way of waking things up and how he often twists things back upon themselves. In this one, (a sequel to Summer of Night), a man who left his past behind returns to find that past still quite alive. He moves into the house of a (deceased) childhood friend in order to ...more
It started out gang-busters -- unusual narrative perspective, spooky, portentous backstory. Then we meet Clare Two Hearts, and I'm pissed as hell to be spending time on her. And Duane's voice keeps shouldering in on the narrative -- clever in the beginning, disruptive by the middle. I get that device, in the end it makes a kind of sense, but Clare can go hang. If she's a red herring, too many words a ...more
I was really excited to return to Elm Haven and Dale Stewart, as he was one of my favourites from the Bike Patrol in Summer of Night, and A Winter Haunting did not disappoint.
This does not have the usual amounts of detail and description that Simmons normally puts into his novels and is more 'straight to the point'. I feel that in certain areas of the novel, a bit more explanation would have been nice, but it kept the novel at a ...more
Dan received his Master ...more