One of the greatest violations humans can imagine experiencing is not being able to control themselves. This is what is at the heart of Dan Simmons’ Carrion Comfort. There is a secret society that has this ability: to control others, both mentally and physically, trapping their personality and will, and doing with them as they please. It is their power, but it is also what sustains them, what keeps them alive and living through the decades: they feed off the power to control and overpower. It has become a game to them, where each year they compete to see who can control the most. Only now members of this secret society are being assassinated, while clues are leaking out about its existence.
Dan Simmons does what he does best, creating a compelling epic that defies the imagination and takes readers on a unique journey across time and space and the many places of the planet. Carrion Comfort is an incredible, in-depth piece of work on freedom and control and what it feels like when these facets of our humanity are taken away.
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Originally written on March 11th 2010 ©Alex C. Telander.