There Was Magical Thinking; There Was Also Magical Doing

("The Gingerbread Girl", Just After Sunset) I had that strange experience with Just After Sunset — the one where I know I’ve read this book, I am pretty sure that I owned a hard copy of this book at some point and read it immediately upon acquiring it, as I do with most Stephen King … Continue reading There Was Magical Thinking; There Was Also Magical Doing

If There’s A God, I Think He Needs To Try A Little Harder

(Duma Key) Lisey’s Story may be King’s most autobiographical novel, but I have to believe that Duma Key is at least up there. Sure, Edgar is an artist and not a writer, but he’s also recovering from a truly horrendous batch of vehicle accident injuries. And using his art to do it. Anyone who’s read … Continue reading If There’s A God, I Think He Needs To Try A Little Harder

It Was A Dirty World, And The Longer You Lived, The Dirtier You Got

(Blaze) Richard Bachman is pretty prolific for a dead guy, isn’t he? He died in 1985, of cancer of the pseudonym, having published Rage, The Long Walk, Roadwork, The Running Man, and Thinner. Yet, we saw him pop up again in 1996, with his “newly discovered” book The Regulators (coincidentally an alternate universe to Stephen … Continue reading It Was A Dirty World, And The Longer You Lived, The Dirtier You Got

I’m So Afraid That All I Can Reach Will Lead Me To All I Dare Not See

(Lisey's Story) I… really don’t think I get it. I don’t say that lightly. I hate to not get it. I usually pride myself on getting it, even if I don’t especially like it. But I’m not totally sure that I get this one. I’m aware that this is the one King refers to as … Continue reading I’m So Afraid That All I Can Reach Will Lead Me To All I Dare Not See

Our Core Is Madness. The Prime Directive Is Murder.

(Cell) Here’s a controversial opinion: I think Cell is a better book than it gets credit for. Oh, sure, I think the actual cell phone thing aged terribly. Had probably aged terribly by the time the book was published, even. But you have to think about how quickly cell phone technology spread. I’m in my … Continue reading Our Core Is Madness. The Prime Directive Is Murder.

How Long Do You Think It Takes For A Man To Choke On A Piece of Meat And Be Dead Forever?

(The Colorado Kid) It’s funny how we all know the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” but still do a lot of that anyway. Stephen King likes to write the occasional crime novel. Most of the time, crime novels aren’t my thing, so I tend to avoid them — at least until I … Continue reading How Long Do You Think It Takes For A Man To Choke On A Piece of Meat And Be Dead Forever?

Unless Dead or Insane, I Will Be Writing About Tomorrow’s Game

(Faithful) I love horror. Even stories that I don’t necessarily love tend to interest me on a concept level. You know what I don’t love? Sports. Do you know what sport I particularly don’t love? Baseball (well, and also football, but that’s not relevant here.) If Stephen King and a friend had teamed up to … Continue reading Unless Dead or Insane, I Will Be Writing About Tomorrow’s Game

The Trip Has Been Long And The Cost Has Been High… But No Great Thing Was Ever Attained Easily

(The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower VII) We’re here. To steal a quote from another epic series, one that this series owes a lot to: here, at the end of all things. Except it’s not, not really. After seven books (plus an eighth that I won’t be able to touch on for a while yet) … Continue reading The Trip Has Been Long And The Cost Has Been High… But No Great Thing Was Ever Attained Easily

It’s Wonderful How Everyone Seems to Think They Know Just What Ka Means for Them

(Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower VI) I’m of the opinion that Song of Susannah is hugely underrated. And I think I know why. It’s that slide effect the last three books have. Wolves of the Calla takes you up the stairs and onto the slide, then pushes you to start the sliding. The Dark … Continue reading It’s Wonderful How Everyone Seems to Think They Know Just What Ka Means for Them

Head Clear. Mouth Shut. See Much. Say Little.

(Wolves of the Calla: The Dark Tower V) Before I get too into the story, I want to announce, for anyone who might be following along in real time, a change to the timeline. When I got the idea to start writing this, it was a couple of months after I decided to read all … Continue reading Head Clear. Mouth Shut. See Much. Say Little.