- Paperback: 498 pages
- Publisher: Griffin; Reprint edition (5 July 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312550677
- ISBN-13: 978-0312550677
- Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 3.6 x 21 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 744 g
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"Simmons writes like a hot-rodding angel, loading his American nightmare with scares, suspense, and a sweet, surprising nostalgia. One of those rare must-read books, I am in awe of Dan Simmons." --Stephen King
"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." --Denver Post
"An outstandingly eerie and truly horrifying tale, a page-turner of the first order." --Dallas Times-Herald
"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." --Philadelphia Inquirer
"If you like Stephen King's It and The Body, you will be enthralled by Summer of Night." --Rocky Mountain News
"Blood-freezing scenarios... the true source of Simmons' terrifying vision lies in his uncanny ability to tap into that primal dread that every child knows and every adult denies; the monster under the bed, the darkness in the closet, the not-quite-human face at the window... If you are easily frightened, don't buy this book." --Los Angeles Daily News
"A superior read in the genre." --Kirkus Reviews
"An outstandingly eerie horror story about a group of Midwestern boys stalked by an ancient evil." --Publishers Weekly
"Simmons, winner of several prestigious awards for science fiction and horror ranks with the best the genre has to offer... The children are well drawn and affecting in their bravery." --Library Journal
"Skilled writer par excellence Dan Simmons takes a subject straight from Stephen King land and runs with it... Simmons keeps the tension high." --Locus
"One of the best supernatural chillers in years... Summer of Night promises to mark the dawn of a great horror novelist." --Flint Journal
"Lots of frights in the 'Night'... The kind of story that has readers locking doors and checking under their own beds even as the characters in the book go through their own nightly ritual." --Ocala Star-Banner
"For those of us to whom good writing is everything, the name Dan Simmons bears great weight." --Harlan Ellison
"Simmons is not only good, he's versatile." --Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine
"A compelling writer." --F. Paul Wilson, author of The Keep
About the Author
DAN SIMMONS is a recipient of numerous major international awards, including the Hugo Award, World Fantasy Awards, Bram Stoker Awards, and the Shirley Jackson Award. He is widely considered to be one of the premier multiple-genre fiction writers in the world. His most recent novels include the New York Times bestseller The Terror, Drood, and Black Hills. He lives along the Front Range in Colorado and has never grown tired of the views.
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Do yourself a favor and skip Simmons' introduction, as it is full of spoilers and best enjoyed when you've already finished the novel.
The author created a vibrant, living town with interesting, unique characters that worked well together. I really came to care about these kids and could really imagine the town, the streets and buildings because they were so well drawn. I was mostly impressed with the fact that while it was a coming-of-age story AND a horror story, it didn't sink too low into the pit of potty talk and gratuitous swearing that is so prevalent in Stephen King's writing. There was some swearing, some sex talk, one provocative encounter between two twelve year olds, but other than that, it was just a good scary story that held my attention throughout. A side note on the encounter, the twelve year old girl was quite aggressive sexually, quite confident, and I had no reason to think that she would be. Honestly, I don't know any twelve year old girls who would act quite so confidently in the presence of the opposite sex. She knew what she was doing and wasn't shy about it at all, which I thought was a bit unrealistic given her age, however, the scene was brief and I could overlook that as overall the characters did what was expected of kids that age and thought and acted accordingly.
I would love to see this made into a movie, quite honestly. I think it would transfer to the screen quite well. I liked it so much, I've moved on to the second book set much later. It centers around one of the young boys from the original group who goes back to the town after years of being away. So far, I'm enjoying it as much if not more so than this one, as it is moving along at a very smooth pace and does not seem as long as this one.
If you are looking for an original scare, I think you should give Summer of Night a try.
In a sleepy little Midwestern town, five 12-year-old boys are growing into devoted friendships. Their easygoing days and nights are about to come to an end when an ancient evil makes its return to old stomping grounds. Determined to fight against it, the boys, along with a lonely girl and a tag-along younger brother will find themselves tested beyond their endurance.
At times sweet, nostalgic and humorous, the book truly delivers on its promise of a worthwhile horror tale. Simmons has done us a great favor with his delivery of_Summer Of Night_. I always know when I've read a wonderfully memorable tale: as I reach the end, my stomach sinks a bit and I experience a touch of loss, knowing I'm about to leave behind characters I've come to care about. This one had me feeling that way for hours after closing my Kindle after the last page. Do not miss this one. Five-plus stars.
There are so many things that I love about this book, but I don't want to give out spoilers so I will do the best I can...
School has just let out and a kid goes missing in the school. The family of the kid believe he is trapped inside, but the faculty insist that he is not. Our protagonists, calling themselves the Bike Patrol, take it upon themselves to investigate, and in doing so put then in the sights of the evil taking over the town.
This novel is a beautiful blend of the magic of youth and friendship and chilling horror. The scary parts are really intense and it seems like any of our protagonists are fair game. How isolated the children feel because they just KNOW they cannot bring it up to their parents because they wouldn't understand or believe them is handled really well. It's a theme I'm familiar with, having read R.L. Stein's Goosebumps books as a kid, but here Simmons handles it in a far more realistic way.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants a truly unique horror book.