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The io9 Book Club is in session! Let's talk about Joe Hill's Horns.

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Welcome to the monthly meeting of the io9 Book Club. In October, we read Joe Hill's novel Horns. Jump into comments to get started talking about it!

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For those unfamiliar with the io9 book club, here's how it works: You read the book. We create a special book club post on io9 when the meeting is in session. That would be the post you're reading right now. Then everybody talks about the book in comments for a few days, starting right now.

It's likely that Hill will drop by and speak to us about the novel early next week. I'll post a call for questions for him later this week — keep an eye out for it!

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So, what did you think of the book?

Want to get a head start on next month's book? On November 29, we're meeting to discuss Ekaterina Sedia's Heart of Iron.

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DISCUSSION

Dr Emilio Lizardo

I guess I am in the minority. I thought it was readable but nothing special. Nice ideas, decent writing but the least subtle book I've read in a while. There's no cliche he won't invoke about the devil whether it's a pitchfork, a blue dress or fire as his only friend - especially if it's a musical reference. The musical theme is nice, but you don't need to bludgeon me with it. Hey, Ig can't play music, he's the bad guy? No, the real bad guy is the one who doesn't even care about music.

I also didn't really like his need to explain everything. The whole breakup felt contrived up until you get to the real reason and then it only felt slightly less so. And Lee can't just be a sociopath, he had an accidental lobotomy. But it wasn't just any accident he fell on a pitchfork while chasing a cat that was a loner, had one bad eye and acted like it wanted to be friendly but hurt you when you got close. Remind you of anybody? And oh, by the way, Lee loved music till that happened in case you didn't get it yet.

I didn't think it was a bad book, I just don't agree that it's the brilliant smash hit that many people seem to think it is.