Song of Kali

  • Title: Song of Kali
  • Author: Dan Simmons
  • ISBN: 9780312944087
  • Page: 439
  • Format: Unknown Binding
  • Song of Kali Dan Simmons Song of Kali New York Bluejay Books First Bluejay printing Octavo pagesThink you know true fear You don t Think you ve read the most chilling book Not even close Think you can t
    Dan Simmons Song of Kali New York Bluejay Books, 1985 First Bluejay printing Octavo 311 pagesThink you know true fear You don t.Think you ve read the most chilling book Not even close.Think you can t be shocked Good luck Maybe you re ready for the most truly frightening reading experience of your life, the World Fantasy Award winning novel that s been terrifyiDan Simmons Song of Kali New York Bluejay Books, 1985 First Bluejay printing Octavo 311 pagesThink you know true fear You don t.Think you ve read the most chilling book Not even close.Think you can t be shocked Good luck Maybe you re ready for the most truly frightening reading experience of your life, the World Fantasy Award winning novel that s been terrifying readers for over a decade.Song of Kali.

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    About Dan Simmons


    1. Dan Simmons grew up in various cities and small towns in the Midwest, including Brimfield, Illinois, which was the source of his fictional Elm Haven in 1991 s SUMMER OF NIGHT and 2002 s A WINTER HAUNTING Dan received a B.A in English from Wabash College in 1970, winning a national Phi Beta Kappa Award during his senior year for excellence in fiction, journalism and art Dan received his Masters in Education from Washington University in St Louis in 1971 He then worked in elementary education for 18 years 2 years in Missouri, 2 years in Buffalo, New York one year as a specially trained BOCES resource teacher and another as a sixth grade teacher and 14 years in Colorado ABOUT DAN Biographic Sketch His last four years in teaching were spent creating, coordinating, and teaching in APEX, an extensive gifted talented program serving 19 elementary schools and some 15,000 potential students During his years of teaching, he won awards from the Colorado Education Association and was a finalist for the Colorado Teacher of the Year He also worked as a national language arts consultant, sharing his own Writing Well curriculum which he had created for his own classroom Eleven and twelve year old students in Simmons regular 6th grade class averaged junior year in high school writing ability according to annual standardized and holistic writing assessments Whenever someone says writing can t be taught, Dan begs to differ and has the track record to prove it Since becoming a full time writer, Dan likes to visit college writing classes, has taught in New Hampshire s Odyssey writing program for adults, and is considering hosting his own Windwalker Writers Workshop.Dan s first published story appeared on Feb 15, 1982, the day his daughter, Jane Kathryn, was born He s always attributed that coincidence to helping in keeping things in perspective when it comes to the relative importance of writing and life Dan has been a full time writer since 1987 and lives along the Front Range of Colorado in the same town where he taught for 14 years with his wife, Karen, his daughter, Jane, when she s home from Hamilton College and their Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Fergie He does much of his writing at Windwalker their mountain property and cabin at 8,400 feet of altitude at the base of the Continental Divide, just south of Rocky Mountain National Park An 8 ft tall sculpture of the Shrike a thorned and frightening character from the four Hyperion Endymion novels was sculpted by an ex student and friend, Clee Richeson, and the sculpture now stands guard near the isolated cabin.


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    1. Thus begins Dan Simmons’ visceral, violent travelogue through the dark, murderous underbelly of Calcutta. This was an excellent read, but you should know going in that this is NOT a warm, fuzzy, feel better about humanity story. In fact, you might want to have your favorite blankie or stuffed animal or a bottle of Scotch and some happy pills with you before you begin reading this to help hold back the glooms. Here’s the basic set up. PLOT SUMMARYM. Das, one of India’s greatest poets, myste [...]

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    2. Does for India what Heart Of Darkness did for Africa; uses it as a setting for a tale of unease and terror that could have been set anywhere, really, except that using a third-world setting plays to the western gallery's delicate sensibilities. This is a superbly structured and masterfully woven horror novel; it's also a fucking travesty of the real nature of Kali and her various manifestations. He's taken a unique female power-divinity, something with no parallel in any other living religion, a [...]

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    3. Excellent. Dan Simmons is fast on his way to becoming one of my favorite authors.I felt horrified during a lot of the book, and saddened during a lot of it, but I like the way that it isn't totally and completely engulfed in despair. (Though pretty depressing enough.) I like the way that the protagonist decides to "fight back".It's not "scary" as in "boo" but it is horrific in it's stark depiction of the horror lurking in the human soul.The reason why I rated this so highly, is that it worked ve [...]

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    4. Dan Simmons is known for his massive novels. This is not one of them. Why? Well, it's rare that you'll find a horror author who started out their career with a massive tome as their debut novel. Why? Because money, that's why. Straub had Julia, King had Carrie, McCammon had Baal, and Simmons had this one. What do they all have in common? They're all debuts that are around 300 pages long from authors known to write gargantuan books. Horror is a risky business. Publishers are frugal when it comes [...]

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    5. Song of Kali isn't one of Dan Simmons' best works, but it is a fine example of what makes him one of my favourite writers: his range.Simmons loves history, mythology, authors, writing and reading, and his loves have led him to create one of the most varied bodies of work amongst active writers (although it appears he will soon be challenged for the crown by China Mieville). He's written about John Keats in space, Ernest Hemingway in the Gulf, the Greek Gods, Franklin's lost Arctic expedition, re [...]

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    6. * A 300-page diatribe against Calcutta, which city evidently offended Simmons at some point.* His hero, Bobby Luczak, is a coward who behaves stupidly and illogically; he's an effete literary type who one would think would treat his mathematician wife with some respect, but who repeatedly hides things from her and deserts her without reason. He claims to have a terrible temper, yet he's impotent in a crisis.* He has a child, a 7-month-old daughter, whose very existence serves only one unpleasant [...]

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    7. Sometimes there is only pain. And acquiescence to pain. And, perhaps, defiance at the world which demands such pain." ― Dan Simmons, Song of KaliHorror is not my normal territory. It isn't my alternate either. As far as genre fiction goes I probably reach for a horror novel as often as I reach for a fantasy novel. But this is Dan Simmons we are talking about. After reading Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion, I was intrigued. How poetic could Simmons make horror? How literate?I liked the 'Song o [...]

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    8. What an exceptional book within the horror genre - a true masterpiece and extremely hard to put down.The problem with reviewing it is that it is hard to comment without 'spoiling'. To appreciate it you have to cast your mind back to the period when, and the places where, it was formed in the mind of Dan Simmons as a young American liberal and literary intellectual - in the India and the US of the late 1970s and the early 1980s, just as the former looked like an intractable social problem of neve [...]

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    9. This is a more literate genre novel than most. The story was gripping and propulsive even when I had a hard time suspending disbelief. But the images of Calcutta seemed somewhat stylized--Dickensian squalor without the redeeming Dickensian prose--and the characters didn't exactly wow me with their depth. Then again, this is a genre novel, so maybe my expectations were a little off? Maybe. Still, in the end I liked it well enough.

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    10. I am a huge Dan Simmons fan and the Hyperion series is probably my all time favorite series. This is Dan's first novel and while much different than his science fiction is still awesome. But OMG is it dark and disturbing and filled with descriptions of squalor and violence and some very unpleasant people. This one will stay will you after you are done reading it.

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    11. I read SONG OF KALI 15 years ago and it remains one of the most well written, frightening books that I've ever read. Still one of my all time favorite reads, in any genre.

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    12. I feel slightly detached from this book and I'm guessing this is not the type of reaction which the author had hoped for. I am happy to have stepped into one of Simmons fantasy-horror novels since I have only read his Hyperion series, which I should probably read again as my memory on that series is at times fuzzy. I loved the first half of Song of Kali but once the story picked up, a little over half through, I felt less connected and consequently less interested. After wondering for the better [...]

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    13. Kolkata is a city of contradictions. One side of the road would show magnificent high rises while the other has shanties and hastily put together human habitations. You travel through roads where garbage is piled high and refuse floats through large bodies of water. Turn a bend in the road and you see a tree lined pavement, well cared for houses and apartments and the road will lead you to some of the swankiest shopping malls in town. There is a mix of the old and the new, the beautiful and the [...]

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    14. A strange thing happened while I was reading this book. All through the first half or thereabouts, I gritted my teeth and cursed. I didn't think I would enjoy the rest of the journey. Had I given up partway through, I would have come to years later (I read this book in 2007 or so) and probably given it two stars.Then, something happened. I realised, or at least I think I did, what Simmons was trying to do, and I understood that the reason I was having a hard time with this book was that I had a [...]

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    15. Dan Simmons is one of the most skilled writers of science fiction currently putting pen to page (or however that metaphor would work in a post-paper age). His Hyperion series is a well-regarded classic that takes Chaucer's Canterbury Tales into the space-faring age and his Ilium and Olympos still stands as the most interesting rendition of a post-singular society-slash-retelling of Homer's epic-slash-paen to Shakespeare that I've ever read.It was with great excitement that I picked up Simmons' 1 [...]

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    16. Thoroughly researchedI generally like Simmons but I went into this book with some trepidation due to the tepid response I read in the reviews. Overall I liked the book, but I brought an interest in India and the theological ideas that have emerged from there to the table.I stopped occasionally and researched groups or concepts as I read and I found this interesting as well. The book has been called xenophobic. I agree and then again I disagree. It definitely has an anti-attitude towards this par [...]

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    17. I had heard of Dan Simmons but this was my first foray into his actual work. I can't believe I hadn't read this already. Exotic locales - check. Creepy cults - check. Ritual sacrifice - check. Ancient supernatural entities - check. And that reveal in the airport at the end disturbed my imagination for days. It also made me want to watch Temple of Doom over and over again, which is definitely not a bad thing.

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    18. This is one of the most auspicious debuts of any author. Simmons' style was pretty much developed from this first novel published in 1985. He continues to be the best horror writer alive when he wants to write horror. However the really horrific thing about Song of Kali is Simmons' devastating descriptions of Calcutta. Go into this novel with little or no information about it in order to get its best impact.

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    19. Although Dan Simmons talks about many ancient practices of Hinduism that were rendered illegal by the insurgence of British humanitarian laws, the scope of this novel and its main focus go way beyond that. From the perspective of the Indian folklore and myths, he puts forth how the “age of Kali” (which is metaphorically synonymous to “the era of destruction”) has begun. Though the book is dark and disturbing at certain parts and the opinion of the protagonist, Luczak, is offensive toward [...]

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    20. Well, this is embarrassing. I finished the book this morning and am feeling clueless. I’m not sure I ‘got’ it. Husband: Well, did you like it or not?Me: I really liked it.Husband: Why did you like it?Me: I’m not sure. Husband: What was it about?Me: Ummm, evil. And India. Crime…I think. Cultural differences. But also likenesses. It’s a horror story but, well, not really. Husband (with a tone): Well, I certainly can’t wait to read it. Funny thing is, I recommend this…highly.

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    21. Fucking Simmons. Always hit and miss for me.

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    22. Ξεκινάω με τους λόγους για τους οποίους δε θα έβαζα κανένα αστέρι σε αυτό το βιβλίο, ύστερα όμως θα ακολουθήσουν και οι λόγοι για τους οποίους θεωρώ πως του αξίζουν τα δύο αστέρια που του δίνω.Με ενόχλησε πολύ που αποκάλεσε την Καλκούτα μίασμα. Όποια ιστορία κι αν θες να υποσ [...]

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    23. Spellbinding tale of psychological horror by Dan Simmons that comes on like a fictionalized account of books like The Serpent and the Rainbow or In Sorcery's Shadow, which chronicle a white man's descent into native superstition, existential dread and finally, life threatening evil while studying abroad. An appropriate subtitle might be "Never get off the boat".In 1977, Robert Luczak is a creative writing instructor, poet and co-editor of a literary magazine in New York who ignores the advice of [...]

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    24. Although this novel is classified as horror, the nature of that horror is somewhat ambiguous. There are hints of supernatural horror and there is the presence of violent criminality but, in some ways, it is the Indian city of Calcutta (Kolkata in modern spelling) itself that is the true horror portrayed in this book. This is due to its densely overpopulated environment, its shocking levels of deprivation, its gulfs of inequality, and its poor sanitation – all of it worsened by the monsoon seas [...]

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    25. Not sure how to fully convey what the reading experience of this book is. Engrossingly bad is accurate but a little general. Man goes to Calcutta and has a dreadful time potentially mirroring authors own unpleasantness in Calcutta and potentially entire book is an exercise of working through said unpleasantness -a little dismissive. Reader discovers the horror genre is not for him but begrudgingly admits he woke up in the middle of the night and finished the whole book strategically ignoring all [...]

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    26. I bought Song of Kali after hearing people say that it was one of the scariest books they've ever read. I didn't find this book "scary" in the traditional sense, but it definitely had its creepy parts. The story revolves around a man and his family taking a business trip to Calcutta and the supernatural troubles that find him there. The aspect of the story that I found most horrifying was the portrayal of the darkest side of humanity. I can handle horror stories where the monster came from under [...]

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    27. Докосваща книга. Отвъд мрачността и ужасите на Калкута, всъщност песента на Кали ни говори за нас. За нас хората, за тъмнината вътре в душите ни и векът, в който живеем от едно известно време. Век на жестокост, разрушение - морално, духовно и обществено, насилие и гнилост. Като [...]

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    28. A worthy winner of the World Fantasy Award!Before I read this novel, I was surprised to hear that it won the World Fantasy award. Just because it is Dan Simmons' first novel. After reading it, I fully understand why it did.It is a fantastic read! It feels as though you are actually in Calcutta. An incredible achievement for Simmons!My favorite part about Song of Kali was the characters. Bobby is brilliant, witty and just a normal guy working for a magazine. He isn't a hero. Just a normal person, [...]

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    29. This is supposed to be the scariest book ever. It is scary in spots and maintains a rich tone dripping with dread. And it makes you want to never visit India. But it wasn't all that scary, I think because the scary things are all in Calcutta. As soon as the characters return to America, the threat disappears.

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    30. Xenophobic and overrated terror novel.

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