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All good things beyond sleep come precisely because we defy gravity while we live Following his divorce and suicide attempt, Dale Stewart moves back to Elm Haven, deciding to live in the house his childhood friend lived in, to work on a new novel.How, oh how, was this book going to live up to Summer of Night Spoiler alert it doesn t But that s okay, because it s still a very enjoyable and chilling tale I would NOT read this one before Summer of Night, it s spoiler city in there It s not a All good things beyond sleep come precisely because we defy gravity while we live Following his divorce and suicide attempt, Dale Stewart moves back to Elm Haven, deciding to live in the house his childhood friend lived in, to work on a new novel.How, oh how, was this book going to live up to Summer of Night Spoiler alert it doesn t But that s okay, because it s still a very enjoyable and chilling tale I would NOT read this one before Summer of Night, it s spoiler city in there It s not a direct sequel, butof a chance to revisit Elm Haven and some of the characters we know and love The story focuses on Dale, but we sometimes have narration from another member of the bike gang and these were often my favourite parts of the book they were so beautifully written, as I have come to expect from Simmons.It s quite sexual at times, which was fine until I was reading it on a plane and I was basically trying to cover the pages from the stranger beside me ahaha, my phone just autocorrected that to a title since I talk about the Ann Rule book so much Some of his descriptions of nipples and other parts had me rolling my eyes, but it wasn t too bothersome There s also a lot of references to different authors and works which I LOVED little shoutouts to King, Nabokov, Arthur Miller etc And some parts were really quite unsettling and claustrophobic There s just something about creepy occurrences in a house because I too live in a house This could happen TO ME I hope it doesn t.A Winter Haunting is a lotdirect and to the point than SoN and Carrion Comfort for that matter , as this one is just over 300 pages long, compared to the larger, anddetailed, novels My eyes did glaze over during a car chase scene though good god, how many pages can you dedicate to something like this Wrap it up And one of the characters, Clare, was quite pretentious and unlikeable but otherwise I have nothing else negative to say about this one A really intriguing read with lots of interesting mythology that kept me guessing until the very end 4 stars A really enjoyable follow up to the brilliant Summer of Night We revisit some characters from that summer of 1960 at a much later date however, I m pretty sure there s no problem at all reading this one stand alone That said, it must be noted that having read the first book really adds a dimension as you get a fuller and quite vivid picture of the characters of the stories As this is a ghost or at least a mystery story, I won t be writing about any synopsis as to not reveal anything It A really enjoyable follow up to the brilliant Summer of Night We revisit some characters from that summer of 1960 at a much later date however, I m pretty sure there s no problem at all reading this one stand alone That said, it must be noted that having read the first book really adds a dimension as you get a fuller and quite vivid picture of the characters of the stories As this is a ghost or at least a mystery story, I won t be writing about any synopsis as to not reveal anything It s well written and the shorter format shorter than the predecessor that is works well however, I must say I thought the climax dragged on a bit and that s the reason for the missing star The story is very well handled, with just the right amount of explanations and seeds of doubt planted to make you ponder and reason about the book during, but also after reading it This was my February buddy read with Edward Lorn Thank you Edward, always a pleasure but even bigger when we manage to pick a good one A great sequel to the classic tale, SUMMER OF NIGHT Dan Simmons at his best again This was a really pleasant surprise As I was not extremely impressed with Summer of Night, I didn t exactly rush to read A Winter s Haunting, which was said to be a sequel.I wish I didn t, as it s not a direct sequel, only uses certain events and characters from the first novel It s an excellent tale in its own right Dale Stewart, one of the characters from SON, returns to the town where he grew up After a failed marriage and a sucicide attempt, he decides to finish writing his novel He fee This was a really pleasant surprise As I was not extremely impressed with Summer of Night, I didn t exactly rush to read A Winter s Haunting, which was said to be a sequel.I wish I didn t, as it s not a direct sequel, only uses certain events and characters from the first novel It s an excellent tale in its own right Dale Stewart, one of the characters from SON, returns to the town where he grew up After a failed marriage and a sucicide attempt, he decides to finish writing his novel He feels as if he was lost, missing something important during the stay at the small town in Illinois he ll discover muchthan he bargained for.The whole novel is very Henry Jamesian, with a brooding gothic mood Simmons does an excellent job with keepint the theme, suspense and atmosphere, and A Winter s Haunting is much less drawn out than it s predecessor His sense of character and imagery is strong, and although this one never won particular recognition it s one of his better and shorter ones, far away from bloated monsters like Carrion Comfort which, although enjoyable, could have easily been reduced to half their size A winter s Haunting is cold and unrelenting, and cuts straight to the bone I liked it a lot [ Download Kindle ] ☣ A Winter Haunting ☩ Dale Stewart s life has become a shadow of what it once was A respected college professor and successful novelist, he sabotaged his career and his marriage with an obsessive love affair that ended badlyWith darkness closing in on him, Dale decides to return to his boyhood home in Illinois Drawn by a recurring nightmare that has plagued him since his youth and a troubling certainty that something is waiting for him there he hopes to exorcise his demonsIn the last hours of Halloween, he reaches the outskirts of the dying town of Elm Haven There, he moves into the abandoned farmhouse that was once the home of his closest boyhood friend, the strange and brilliant Duane McBride, who lost his young life in a grisly accident back in the terrible summer ofHoping to find peace in isolation, he settles in for the long, harsh winterBut Dale is not alone Soon after he arrives, cryptic messages begin appearing mysteriously on his computer screen while he struggles to work on his novel He sees black dogs roaming the grounds And an old enemy has reemerged, a bully who seems as determined to persecute Dale as he was in childhood Something s waiting for me at Duane McBride s old family farmhouseWhen the haunted 52 year old Professor Dale Stewart decides to return to his childhood stomping ground to revisit the inner demons of his pastby writing a noveland expunge the errors of his ways, he encountersthan he bargained for with spirits from beyond as well as some pretty nasty humanoid beings.While satisfyingly creepy, I did not find this novel truly scary like The Terror, but did like the way it was present Something s waiting for me at Duane McBride s old family farmhouseWhen the haunted 52 year old Professor Dale Stewart decides to return to his childhood stomping ground to revisit the inner demons of his pastby writing a noveland expunge the errors of his ways, he encountersthan he bargained for with spirits from beyond as well as some pretty nasty humanoid beings.While satisfyingly creepy, I did not find this novel truly scary like The Terror, but did like the way it was presented with the ghost of Duanehis genius boyhood friendjoining in the narration.Very good psychological mystery thriller..Love Dan Simmons writing..3.5 Stars.did not read Summer of Night first, but still intend to 2.5 stars rounded up.I didn t like this one as much as my buddy Thomas, but I enjoyed it enough to finish it Toward the end I realized I just didn t care about the main character Reading about Dale Stewart as a kid in Summer of Night was big fun But the grown up version is nowhere near as entertaining I did appreciate the twists, but overall, I am left with a numbing feeling of meh A Winter Haunting is not a direct sequel to Summer of Night, meaning it does not continue that storyline, but 2.5 stars rounded up.I didn t like this one as much as my buddy Thomas, but I enjoyed it enough to finish it Toward the end I realized I just didn t care about the main character Reading about Dale Stewart as a kid in Summer of Night was big fun But the grown up version is nowhere near as entertaining I did appreciate the twists, but overall, I am left with a numbing feeling of meh A Winter Haunting is not a direct sequel to Summer of Night, meaning it does not continue that storyline, but if you re looking to catch up with old friends, this book delivers well enough I was happy to see some vaguely familiar faces and saddened to hear of some of their deaths This book is much richer for me having read Summer of Night first, though, and I will politely disagree with Thomas when he says one doesn t need to have read Summer of Night to enjoy this one I think what I enjoyed the most here was my return to Elm Haven Had I not read Dale s first adventure, I would have cared even less about his character in this book I think my biggest complaint is that it didn t feel like a Dan Simmons book After novels like Drood and The Terror and the aforementioned Summer of Night, I m left lumping this one in with Simmons novels like Song of Kali, which was good but not quite as good as his other outings In the end, I liked this one just enough that I don t regret reading it I simply think I enjoy historical fiction Simmons over modern day Simmons.In summation This is a lovely trip down memory lane, but, for me, it failed to give me a character I could root for or care about Final Judgment A watered down Hell House This book is appealing in so many ways The plot twists and turns with truly frightening moments and the suspense will keep you reading Whenever I thought I figured someone out or knew what was going on, I was taken by surprise in where the story turned The tension did not let up, although there was some comedic relief I LOVED the ending I will add to my review later Dan Simmons returns to the territory of his classic novel Summer of Night in its sequel, A Winter Haunting Taking place almost forty years after the events of its predecessor, Haunting sees Dale Stewart a recently divorced and suicidal college professor author return to the small town of Elm Haven and the memories from childhood it holds for him He rents the home of a childhood friend for nine months, hoping to finish his latest novel and get a grip on his post marriage life From the s Dan Simmons returns to the territory of his classic novel Summer of Night in its sequel, A Winter Haunting Taking place almost forty years after the events of its predecessor, Haunting sees Dale Stewart a recently divorced and suicidal college professor author return to the small town of Elm Haven and the memories from childhood it holds for him He rents the home of a childhood friend for nine months, hoping to finish his latest novel and get a grip on his post marriage life From the start, I noticed this novel is a pretty brisk and succinct read usually, Simmons s novels are sprawling epics with a lot of back story and world building A Winter Haunting clocks in at just over 300 pages, making it one of the briefest books in the Simmons canon The action starts in the first chapter and does not let up until the last page The idea of a man who has seemingly lost it all his wife, his kids, his stability, his will to live immediately brought to mind a novel that came out around the same time as this one, and that novel is Stephen King s Bag of Bones In both, the story revolves around one man with some peripheral characters, of course Both of their marriages end brutally Both are writers Both hole up in a secluded house of importance, and both of those houses are haunted Coming out in 2002, this book released four years after King s novel and don t get me wrong I don t think Simmons ripped off King in any way sure, the two novels are pretty similar at their cores, but King s tale is one of lost romance and moving on Simmons s is of lost childhood and innocence Perhaps Simmons was inspired by Bag of Bones, but whatever ideas it gave him blossomed into something radically different I just thought I would point out the two books similarities because I thought it was interesting Maybe I ll read them back to back someday that could make for a very interesting blog post Something I absolutely loved about this book is Simmons s ability to catch me off guard I won t say too much because I d hate to ruin the fun, so i ll just say this nothing is what it seems This place which Dale Stewart has returned to is not a nice place, and hasn t been a nice place for a very long time It was bad in 1960 during his eleventh summer, but now here in 1999 it has only gotten worse People aren t what they seem, and nothing is safe There are horrors around every corner dark or otherwise If I had to make a complaint, it would be Simmons s use of the voice from beyond the grave technique The voice is that of a certain important character from Summer of Night The voice narrates a good deal of the book, but not all of it At times, I enjoyed his or her narration, but at other times it just felt intrusive and weird By the story s end, Simmons s still hadn t given a satisfactory explanation of the voice to begin with, so I deducted half a star from my rating It s not too big a deal, but it is sort of annoying Of the two, I think I prefer Summer of Night if only because that book hadof an epic, all worlds are involved feel By comparison, this book is rather claustrophobic and chilly, but that is also fitting Dale Stewart has left the magic of childhood and grown into a depressed man with no real future prospects It is prudent that Summer of Night be read before this one, but if you already have that horror classic under your belt then, by all means, look into this So I recently read Summer of Night, and after I finished I was excited to find out that there a couple of novels that follow up on the some of the characters from that book A Winter Haunting is mainly about Dale Stewart, one of the main characters in SON, but it pretty much at least mentions every important character from the first novel It is even partially narrated by one of the other characters, and I loved those parts of this story The book takes place 40 years after the events in SON, wi So I recently read Summer of Night, and after I finished I was excited to find out that there a couple of novels that follow up on the some of the characters from that book A Winter Haunting is mainly about Dale Stewart, one of the main characters in SON, but it pretty much at least mentions every important character from the first novel It is even partially narrated by one of the other characters, and I loved those parts of this story The book takes place 40 years after the events in SON, with Dale returning to Elm Haven in order to work on his next book He s a professor on sabbatical, recently divorced, and still hurting from being dumped by his girlfriend His life is such a mess that he even attempted suicide Dale comes to the realization that he needs to revisit his past, since there is nothing left for him in his current life, so he rents the former home of his friend Duane, and decides to seclude himself in Elm Haven in order to write about the his childhood friends The horror in this novel ispsychological than Summer of Night, and just as creepy I thought for a while that I knew where Simmons was leading the story, but then he completely veered away from where I thought he was going, and I was delighted to find the book was not as straightforward as I originally thought I adore ghost stories, and this one is now up there with some of my favorites If you enjoyed Summer of Night, I highly recommend picking this one up too It was so wonderful to revisit the bicycle gang, but also a bit sobering to realize that many of them did not end up with the brightest futures