The Devil in Silver

The Devil in Silver

Book - 2012
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Pepper is a rambunctious big man, and, suddenly, the surprised inmate of a budget-strapped mental institution in Queens, New York. He's not mentally ill, but that doesn't seem to matter. On his first night, he's visited by a terrifying creature who nearly kills him before being hustled away by the hospital staff. It's no delusion: The other patients confirm that a hungry devil roams the hallways when the sun goes down. Pepper rallies three other inmates in a plot to fight back: Dorry, an octogenarian schizophrenic; Coffee, an African immigrant with severe OCD; and Loochie, a bipolar teenage girl. Battling the pill-pushing staff, one another, and their own minds, they try to kill the monster that's stalking them. But can the Devil die?
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2012]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781400069866
1400069866
Branch Call Number: FICTION LAVAL...V
Characteristics: 412 pages ; 25 cm

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star2014
Aug 23, 2017

After reading previous posts about this novel, I must conclude that I might be crazy: I enjoyed it very much. ( other readers don't know what they have missed)
As with his other novel( the Changling), Lavalle develops his characters, and tangents in the story have a way of coming together in the end. This novel speaks of our intolerence to those who are different, and the virtue of goodness that people can show to others.

sit_walk Mar 28, 2017

It's a fascinating book about life in a contemporary mental institution, slow burning, but not "horror" in the slightest (except for a certain situational horror). Very metaphorical and reminiscent of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (which it explicitly addresses early in the book).

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kcforreal
Aug 16, 2016

Rating: NO STARS

Terrible book. Incomprehensible that anyone would consider this 'horror'. Spoilers: You'll be reading about mental institution patients the whole book, a lot of who supposedly see a 'monster' with an old man's body and a bison's head (seriously), yet at the end it's revealed it's only an old man locked up for violent behavior, with absolutely zero explanation as to how the different people saw a monster and how this old man supposedly killed other patients. Oh yeah, inexplicably the author pens a few pages near the end that gives rats a sort of intelligence. Mostly what you're reading is the author's rant against mental hospitals but obviously written in a manner hoping dishonestly to get a larger audience from horror fans. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME - I read the whole mess so you wouldn't have to. Seriously, stay far away from this nonsense.

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charlikitty
Feb 25, 2013

This book is so boring that at about 100 pages in I was still reading in hopes that at any minute it was going to get better. It did not. It was as bland and non-eventful as the inside of the mental institution that served as the setting for the novel. I would not recommend this book. I feel like I wasted my time.

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bookwormjeph
Oct 08, 2012

couldn't get into this book- & it wasn't for lack of trying. It is described as a contemporary version of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", but the style and writing was not nearly so captivating as OFOTCN.

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Pisinga
Sep 14, 2012

Allegory: the whole country (in this case - the United States) - it's a hospital for mentally ill people, and nearly all the inhabitants of this country are influenced by psychopharmaceuticals, in order to be woozy. And which
they take without protest, so it's easier to live - without much thinking. This is the harsh reality: mentally ill people thrown out from society, why to treat them if there is no cure?
The image of the Devil ...
I do not know ... Fear has big eyes - for this I think it is present
in the book ...
Anyway, there's a feeling that something is missing in this book ...

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charlikitty
Feb 25, 2013

This book is so boring that at about 100 pages in I was still reading in hopes that at any minute it was going to get better. It did not. It was as bland and non-eventful as the inside of the mental institution that served as the setting for the novel. I would not recommend this book. I feel like I wasted my time.

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