I absolutely loved this book. A coming of age tale combined with horror, comparisons to King's It are unavoidable, but this book is just as good, if not better. The characters are compelling and believable, and the ever growing peril had me scared for them. Dan Simmons is an amazing writer, and this book was riveting from the first page to the last. I'm thrilled CML is buying new copies so more people can discover this gem.
School’s out in 1958, which means it’s time to put down the schoolbooks and pick up the history books, so your gang can find out how to stop the monster that’s intent on devouring your town before it kills you all. Yes, if you like "It", you'll like "Summer of Night". King’s kids win points for diversity, though personally, I give Simmons the edge because his Token Girl is plainer, tougher, and…shall we say…not exactly the Love Object.
It was okay. I didn't think it was scary at all but the author was very good at describing the atmosphere in the 60's
Very enjoyable book, classic horror premise and well developed characters. Looking forward to the sequel.
A good read. Reminded me of early S. King (It, Stand By Me, etc.), or even Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way Comes."
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