“He paused, twisting his goatee, considering the law in Deuteronomy that forbade clothes with mixed fibers. A problematic bit of Scripture. A matter that required thought. "Only the devil wants man to have a wide range of lightweight and comfortable styles to choose from," he murmured at last, trying out a new proverb. "Although there may be no forgiveness for polyester. On this one matter, Satan and the Lord are in agreement.”
Author: Joe Hill
Publisher/Publisher Date: Harper Collins e-books 2010
Date Borrowed/Bought/Read: October 2011
What It's About (Summary from Good Reads):
Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a pair of horns growing from his temples.
At first, Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who had been raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances. A mental breakdown would have been the most natural thing in the world. But there was nothing natural about the horns, which were all too real.
Once, the righteous Ig had enjoyed the life of the blessed. But Merrin's death damned all that. The only suspect in the crime, Ig was never charged or tried. And he was never cleared. Nothing Ig can do or say matters. Everyone it seems, including God, has abandoned him. Everyone that is, but the devil inside. . . .
Now Ig is possessed of a terrible new power—a macabre talent he intends to use to find the monster who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. It's time for a little revenge . . . it's time the devil had his due . . .
Why I Chose to Read It: It was the October book selection for the Geek Girl Book Club.
Notes About the Book:
- Being able to read the inner-most darkest thoughts and secrets of everyone you love has to be the worst curse to get stuck with. No one wants to find out that their mom was a Vegas prostitute.
- I will never look at donuts the same way again after reading this book.
- Um, why does he have horns? They didn't really serve a purpose and you never find out why he got stuck with them. Just what he was drinking!
- I didn't get the whole treehouse thing.
- If I was given the ability to immitate voices, I definitely would have found the time to make some crank calls.
- Devil in the blue dress, heh!
- Joe Hill looks like a lot like his dad (Stephen King). It's kinda creepy.
- The plot of this book reminded me a lot of The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst.
Do I Recommend It? Yes! However, I didn't love it as much as other people did. I thought it dragged in a few places and the book could have benefited from more editing. Still, it was a fun, quick read. I've heard good things about his other book, Heart-Shaped Box, that I definitely want to read some time in the future.