(Bag of Bones) Bag of Bones is not my favorite King story. Not by a long shot. If I try to reduce the plot down to its bones, what I come up with is this: a rich widower in his 40s relocates to his summer place to try to cope with his professional struggles (writer’s … Continue reading What If We Survive, But It Drives Us Insane?
Month: December 2021
I Was Raised to Be Polite, But Not to Suffer Bullshit
(Wizard and Glass: The Dark Tower IV) On a Reddit thread, I recently described Wizard and Glass as a book that I thought was “unfairly controversial”. And on re-read, I think I stand by that. This is a book I love. This is a book that quite a lot of Stephen King fans and Dark … Continue reading I Was Raised to Be Polite, But Not to Suffer Bullshit
None Of This Was Real, After All
(The Regulators) Richard Bachman was dead by this point in King’s career. Died around the time of Thinner. Cancer of the pseudonym. But are writers ever really dead if they’ve left their words behind? Maybe not. The Regulators is Richard Bachman’s “last” book. Sure, Thinner was also his “last” book, but then The Regulators was … Continue reading None Of This Was Real, After All
In These Silences, Something May Rise
(Desperation) This must have been a period when Stephen King was just into experimenting with different forms of stories and releases of stories. Desperation was released in the same year as The Green Mile, which you’ll already remember as one that was released in an unusual form — chapbook installments — and Desperation is also … Continue reading In These Silences, Something May Rise
We Had Once Again Succeeded In Destroying What We Could Not Create
(The Green Mile) In my Kindle version of The Green Mile, before the actual novel starts, there is both an introduction from one of King’s literary agents and a foreword from King himself, both of which concern themselves with how this book was originally conceived and published. That’s because it was pretty different from the … Continue reading We Had Once Again Succeeded In Destroying What We Could Not Create
It Ain’t The Blows We’re Dealt That Matter, But The Ones We Survive
(Rose Madder) Rose Madder is another one that’s not generally a favorite across the wide world of King fans, and I think he’s said in the past that it’s his least-read book. The thing is, I don’t think it’s bad at all, in fact I like it, but I just don’t have a lot of … Continue reading It Ain’t The Blows We’re Dealt That Matter, But The Ones We Survive
It’s A Long Walk Back To Eden, Sweetheart, So Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff
(Insomnia) Insomnia is one of those King books that a lot of people seem to actively dislike, but I can’t imagine why. I’ve loved it since the first time I read it. It’s a reference-heavy book — particularly when it comes to Dark Tower references, and I’ve noticed that Dark Tower lovers specifically seem to … Continue reading It’s A Long Walk Back To Eden, Sweetheart, So Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff
Reality Can Go Take A Flying Fuck At A Rolling Donut
(Nightmares & Dreamscapes) I could almost skip doing a post on Nightmares & Dreamscapes and tell y’all to just go read the foreword and the notes at the back of the book. As with other short story collections, these are some of my favorite parts of the book, when King talks directly to the reader … Continue reading Reality Can Go Take A Flying Fuck At A Rolling Donut
In The End, It’s The Bitches of The World Who Abide… And As For The Dust Bunnies: Frig Ya!
(Dolores Claiborne) I’ve read both Gerald’s Game and Dolores Claiborne before, so I knew they were linked. This is the first time I’ve ever read the two books back to back like this, though, so it’s interesting to see how clearly they’re linked. One eclipse connected two completely unconnected lives. It doesn’t make any difference … Continue reading In The End, It’s The Bitches of The World Who Abide… And As For The Dust Bunnies: Frig Ya!