(Billy Summers) It’s a little difficult to know exactly what to say about Billy Summers. If you read some of the reviews (and Twitter rants) when the book came out, you might think that it was just a massive anti-Trump screed. It’s not — characters in the book do mention Trump in passing, and they … Continue reading Did You Know You Could Sit In Front Of A Screen Or A Pad of Paper And Change The World?
(Later) But is it a horror story? Later is published as a Hard Case Crime novel. Which I actually find a little strange… I mean, I guess it is a crime novel but is it more of one than, say, The Institute? Or Mr. Mercedes? Neither of them were Hard Case Novels, but both of … Continue reading As I Said At The Beginning, This Is A Horror Story
(Nightmares in the Sky) Happy New Year! This will be short because there’s not a lot here. I’m also out of order — the book I’m talking about today was published in 1988. However, I just discovered it for the first time, so I figure that maybe you, whoever you are, will want to discover … Continue reading They Are Watching You
(If It Bleeds) OK, we’ve returned to Stephen King stories written by Stephen King now. I didn't want to end the year on a non-King book -- that feels wrong -- so you're getting a random Saturday post. Happy end of the year! If It Bleeds is both a novella collection and the title of … Continue reading Love Is A Gift; Love Is Also A Chain With A Manacle At Each End
(By Richard Chizmar) “But what if something she believes to be true… simply isn’t?” Gwendy's Magic Feather You may have noticed that I changed up my naming convention for this post. I did that to differentiate Gwendy's Magic Feather because — as you probably know, if you care enough about King books and/or this series … Continue reading Gwendy’s Magic Feather
(The Institute) The Institute is one of those books that make me think, “wow, this would make a good movie.” I don’t think I do that too often — I’m more of a book person and these days also an “I’d like to see a TV series adaptation” person — but this one lends itself … Continue reading Sane People Don’t Sacrifice Children On The Altar Of Probability
(Elevation) So, here we are at Elevation. I was actually kind of excited to re-read this one. I didn’t really like it the first time through, but I’ve come across enough King fans who legitimately loved it to make me wonder if I just missed something the first time. So I was looking forward to … Continue reading Why Feel Bad About What You Couldn’t Change? Why Not Embrace It?
(The Outsider) The beginning of The Outsider always makes me feel like I’ve just stepped into a John Grisham book by accident. I’m expecting a hungry young lawyer connected to the Maitland family somehow to come into town and prove Terry’s innocence by some combination of brilliant lawyering and hiring a smart (and pretty, probably) … Continue reading Reality Is Thin Ice, But Most People Skate On It Their Whole Lives And Never Fall Through Until The Very End
(Sleeping Beauties) Sleeping Beauties is another collaboration, this time with Stephen King and Owen King. I’ve never read any other Owen King before, so I don’t know if this is representative of his work or not. Here’s the thing about Sleeping Beauties. I read through it the first time, thought it was ok, then went … Continue reading Sometimes You Get What You Want, But Mostly, You Get What You Get
(Gwendy's Button Box) Gwendy Peterson is an interesting character in King’s pantheon. The Gwendy trilogy is a collaboration between King and author Richard Chizmar, with both men contributing to the first and third installments and Chizmar writing the second installment solo. So that’s odd to start with. I have the second Gwendy on my list … Continue reading The World Is Insane. You Only Have To Watch The News To Know It