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Summer of Night Hardcover – Jan 1 1991


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Putnam Pub Group (T); 1st Edition edition (January 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399135731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399135736
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.7 x 5.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 885 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,363,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Corey Lidster TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 3 2014
Format: Paperback
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 millions of dollars. Magnanimity was invented for the rich. Summer of Night spawned the reverie about King because on the surface, it's a lot like a version of 'It' that doesn't suck. It shares the same bucolic, 1950's New England childhood that King favors, and the terrifying, malevolent presence getting bolder as its power grows. After that, however, it's all Simmons. The characterizations are excellent, the plotting is tight, and the moments of horror are actually quite horrifying. Most importantly, it's entirely unpredictable, and a very satisfying read. After finishing the last page, I immediately wished there was more of it. As it turns, there is, as many of Simmons other novels feature characters from Summer of Night.
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Format: Paperback
Having recently begun a Dan Simmons kick (thank you, Hyperion), I was very eager to read Summer of Night. I love horror novels in general and had heard good things about this book. At first I found it was delightfully creepy; a brooding, half-abandoned school, mysterious disappearances....I liked it very much.

Unfortunately the rest of the novel didn't live up to my expectations. The storyline started to feel a little too obvious and the "bad guys" were very undefined, even at the end of the book. They felt more like rough sketches of characters rather than fleshed-out people. I don't want to go into too much detail for fear of spoilers, but let's just say that my reaction once I'd finished it was something along the lines of "huh, okay."

That said, I found that the kids themselves were very well developed and fun to read about. I did find that Simmons borrowed quite a lot from Stephen King's "It" and even "Christine" when it came to the children - and their nemeses - but at the same time I cared about what happened to them. I just wish that it had all been more frightening, because when I read a horror story I want to be scared.
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Format: Hardcover
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. Once the story really gets descriptive about what's taking place in this small town, it becomes too unbelievable and unsatisfying. I do agree that the way Simmons writes (elogantly and almost poetically at times) makes this book a good read. However if you're looking for a book to scare the heck out of you look elsewhere. I would recommend Ketchum's older works, SK's Pet Semetary and the Shining, and Laymon's The Woods are Dark.
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By ptiche on June 14 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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 was sitting at a lunch table at work. I highly recommend the book, it is awesome.
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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. This is the first story that ever scared me. Never before have I had to make sure none of my limbs were hanging over the edge of the bed while reading. There is one scene in particular, involving a blown fuse in a flooded basement, that had me completely creeped out.
When I read the jacket cover, I thought "I take it this guy read IT by Stephen King!". The description on the jacket cover is where the comparisons end. Similar ideas, but completely different paths. This is a great book, plain and simple.
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By Mitch stokes on May 20 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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. This book is based on actual characters and town settings, just with the names tweaked a bit. But it was fun as a kid to read the book and go around town looking for the spots he was talking about, trying to reinact the same adventures.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
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 disappeared. If you are of an age to remember when you could leave your house in the morning and disappear for hours without concern, you will love this novel for the wonderful sense of nostalgia it will no doubt bring. The merit for this novel is not purely based on sentiment however; it is one fine horror story that hurtles the reader along at breakneck speed. Full of fine scares and boys we all knew as children, this novel does not disappoint. 4.5 stars.
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By A Customer on April 14 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This stephen king type book has to be one of the the best book I have read. I had never read anything from Dan Simmons before Summer of night but now he has me hooked. 600 pages without a boring page. I never wanted to put this book down.
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