Although this was an interesting story, it didn't really pick up until the last 75 pages. I was also expecting something along the lines of terrifying and ghoulish with shock treatments abound (which is what is written on the back cover). I was deeply disappointed. I was left at the end of the book saying "is that it"?
I really did enjoy this book, despite the fact that it was a tiny bit hard for me to get into at first. A good ole style scare horror story that I expect to get from this author.
Not a horror novel in my opinion. It was a well written suspense/thriller but I didn't think it met my personal horror definition. If Calcutta is half as bad as this book made it out to be then that is one sorry place. It was sad in the way it ended but it did drive home the point that evil is everywhere.
This was my first book from Dan Simmons. It seemed to get pretty good reviews and I had a few others of his sitting on my shelf, so when I picked up this one, his first, I thought why not start at the beginning with his works. Well I can't say that this is a great book, but I can't say that it's horrible either. I just wasn't moved by it as some others were. Sure he put some good words down on paper, he describes his settings, locations and characters well, but the story just didn't work for me. I think this may have worked better as a short story or novella, but as a full length, the pace was just too slow.
If I hadn't heard such great things about Dan, I may stop with this book, but I will continue on and read some of his newer works to see if he's improved. So many seem to love him, I really want to give him a shot.
An American writer's journey into the dark underworld of the cult of Kali. What begins as an exploration of an exotic and forbidding world turns into a harrowing descent of steadily mounting terror, trapping him and his family in a web of unspeakable evil.
This masterful and terrifying debut novel has earned Hugo- and Bram Stoker Award-winning author Dan Simmons the World Fantasy Award. What begins as an exploration of an exotic and forbidding world turns into a harrowing descent of steadily mounting terror when an American writer travels into the dark underworld of the cult of Kali.
Having travelled in India during the timeframe of this novel, I really enjoyed the accurate portrayal. And nice "white noise" read for me.
Robert Luczak is sent to Calcutta to retrieve a manuscript and finds himself embroiled in a dark plot to return the Hindu goddess Kali to earth and power. Good reading copy, faint bend to book, cover and spine creased, edges rubbed, small tear on one page. 311 pages.
SONG OF KALI is as harrowing and ghoulish as anyone could wish. Simmons makes the stuff of nightmare very real indeed. LOCUS
Where Stephen King flinches, Simmons doesn't.--EDWARD BRYANT