Song of Kali

Song of Kali Dan Simmons Song Of Kali New York Bluejay Books, 1985 First Bluejay Printing Octavo 311 PagesThink 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 Terrifying Readers For Over A Decade Song Of Kali. 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 or a bottle of Scotch and some happy pills with you before you begin reading this to help hold back the glooms Here s the basic set up PLOT SUMMARY M Das, one of India s greatest poets, mysterio 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 or a bottle of Scotch and some happy pills with you before you begin reading this to help hold back the glooms Here s the basic set up PLOT SUMMARY M Das, one of India s greatest poets, mysteriously disappeared many years ago and was believed dead Recently, however, new material purporting to be Das work has begun circulating in Calcutta Robert Luczak, writer, columnist and our main character, is sent with his family to Calcutta by Harper s Magazine to find and interview Das,
Does for India what Heart Of Darkness did for Africa uses it as a setting for a tale of unease and terror that could have been set anywhere, really, except that using a third world setting plays to the western gallery s delicate sensibilities This is a superbly structured and masterfully woven horror novel it s als
Excellent Dan Simmons is fast on his way to becoming one of my favorite authors.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 Excellent Dan Simmons is fast on his way to becoming one of my favorite authors.I felt
Dan Simmons is known for his massive novels This is not one of them Why Well, it s rare that you ll find a horror author who started out their career with a massive tome as their debut novel Why Because money, that s why Straub had Julia, King had Carrie, McCammon had Baal, and Simmons had this one What do they all have in common They re all debuts that are around 300 pages long from authors known to write gargantuan books Horror is a risky business Publishers are frugal when it comes Dan Simmons is known for his massive novels This is not one of them Why Well, it s rare that you ll find a horror author who started out their career with a massive tome as their debut novel Why Because money, that s why Straub had Julia, King had Carrie, McCammon had Baal, and Simmons had this one What do they all have in common They re all debuts that are around 300 pages long from authors known to write gargantuan books Horror is a risky business Publishers are frugal when it comes to taking a chance on my poor, beloved genre No one wants to push out a 600 plus page flop for a debut and lose their shirts over it Longer novels are notoriously hard to
Song of Kali isn t one of Dan Simmons best works, but it is a fine example of what makes him one of my favourite writers his range.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 Song of Kali i
A 300 page diatribe against Calcutta, which city evidently offended Simmons at some point 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 A 300 page diatribe against Calcutta, which city evidently offended Simmons at some point 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 w
Sometimes there is only pain And acquiescence to pain And, perhaps, defiance at the world which demands such painDan Simmons, Song of KaliHorror is not my normal territory It isn t my alternate either As far as genre fiction goes I probably reach for a horror novel as often as I reach for a fantasy novel B
What an exceptional book within the horror genre a true masterpiece and extremely hard to put down.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 What an exceptional book within the horror genre a true masterpiece and extremely hard to put down.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 pe
This is aliterate genre novel than most The story was gripping and propulsive even when I had a hard time suspending disbelief But the images of Calcutta seemed somewhat stylized Dickensian squalor without the redeeming Dickensian prose and the characters
I am a huge Dan Simmons fan and the Hyperion series is probably my all time favorite series This is Dan s first novel and while much different than his science fiction is still awesome But OMG is it dark and disturbing and filled with descriptions of squal

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  • Unknown Binding
  • 311 pages
  • Song of Kali
  • Dan Simmons
  • English
  • 14 July 2018
  • 031294408X