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Summer of Night [Hardcover]

Dan Simmons
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January 1991
It’s the summer of 1960 and in the small town of Elm Haven, Illinois, five twelve-year-old boys are forging the powerful bonds that a lifetime of change will not break. From sunset bike rides to shaded hiding places in the woods, the boys’ days are marked by all of the secrets and silences of an idyllic childhood. But amid the sun-drenched cornfields, their loyalty will be pitilessly tested. When a long-silent bell peals in the middle of the night, the townsfolk know it marks the end of their carefree days. From the depths of the Old Central School, a hulking fortress tinged with the mahogany scent of coffins, an invisible evil is rising. Strange and horrifying events begin to overtake everyday life, spreading terror through the once-peaceful town. Determined to exorcize this ancient plague, Mike, Duane, Dale, Harlen, and Kevin must wage a war of blood — against an arcane abomination who owns the night.... “It stands with the best of King and Straub in the traditional modern horror genre.” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer “Impressive...combines beautiful writing and suspense into a book for which Dan Simmons deserves the bestseller status of King and Koontz.” —The Denver Post “One can only wonder what Simmons will do next, now that he’s shown us he can do everything the best writers in horror and science fiction can do.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer
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Hugo Award-winning novelist Simmons pens an outstandingly eerie horror story about a group of Midwestern boys stalked by an ancient evil.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A monstrous, timeless entity is devouring children. Adults either refuse to understand what is happening, or are themselves agents for the monster. A group of young boys, in uneasy partnership with an outcast girl, realize they must kill the creature before it devours them all. Simmons ( The Fall of Hyperion, LJ 3/15/90), winner of several prestigious awards for science fiction and horror (most recently a Hugo Award for Hyperion , Doubleday, 1989) ranks with the best the genre has to offer. In outline, this novel resembles Stephen King's It ( LJ 8/86). The children are well drawn and affecting in their bravery. This book should be in most horror fiction collections. BOMC alternate.
- Marylaine Block, St. Ambrose Univ. Lib., Davenport, Ia.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dan Simmons Is The Writer Stephen King Wishes He Could Be
He's nice enough to contribute blurbs to every Simmons release, though, so good for him. It's easier to come to the realization you're a hack when writing crap made you hundreds of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Corey Lidster
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but not as scary as I'd hoped
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Published 7 months ago by Canadian Girl
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
I am a fan of Dan Simmons and enjoyed every book of his so far, except for this one.
The story line just didn't make much sense, the supernatural events that took place were a... Read more
Published 18 months ago by sweetmaria
4.0 out of 5 stars This Band of Brothers
I agree with many of my fellow reviewers that this work appears inspired by Stephen King (specifically The Body and It). Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2011 by Jeffrey Swystun
1.0 out of 5 stars utterly ridiculous
I will admit that the book had some decent suspense until about the halfway mark, and a couple of real hair raising situations, but I knew I was in trouble when those holes in the... Read more
Published on July 4 2004 by Clinton D. Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars is more fitting for a not so scary read
This book of Simmons comes highly touted as one the greats in the horror genre. However, the only scary parts are found in midway through the 600 page novel. Read more
Published on June 28 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars True terror....
Dan Simmons "Summer Night" was incredible. The suspense is tangible. It actually had me looking under the table for things that come out only at night, even though I... Read more
Published on June 13 2004 by ptiche
5.0 out of 5 stars First book that ever scared me!
I have just about every King, Koontz, Saul, Rice, Lumley, McCammon, and Barker book ever written. Ive also written a story or two of my own. Read more
Published on June 9 2004 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Summer of Night
Summer of night is a great book. I read it about 10 years ago. The main reason I read it is because the author is from the same small town as I. Read more
Published on May 20 2004 by Mitch stokes
5.0 out of 5 stars One scary summer in the '60's
If you were a child growing up in the 1960's this novel will certainly evoke strong memories of childhood summers filled with an innocence and freedom that has long since... Read more
Published on May 7 2004 by J. Fercho
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