Did You Know You Could Sit In Front Of A Screen Or A Pad of Paper And Change The World?

(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?

Any Day Could Be The Day We Go Down, And We Never Know

(Revival) Revival gets my vote for the most frightening King book of all time. It’s probably the most a King book has scared me since encountering Thinner around the age of 13. And unlike Thinner, Revival scared adult me and still has the power to scare me on re-read. I’ve only read Revival once before … Continue reading Any Day Could Be The Day We Go Down, And We Never Know

Life Was A Wheel, Its Only Job Was to Turn, And It Always Came Back Around to Where It Started

(Doctor Sleep) Before this book came out, did you wonder a lot about what happened to Danny Torrance from The Shining? Because… I did not. Doctor Sleep is not a bad book and I don’t dislike it, but I do have to wonder why, of all the things, King chose to revisit this story so … Continue reading Life Was A Wheel, Its Only Job Was to Turn, And It Always Came Back Around to Where It Started

The Last Good Time Always Comes, And When You See The Darkness Creeping Toward You, You Hold Onto What Was Bright and Good

(Joyland) I remembered Joyland as a ghost story, but it’s not. Not really. There is a ghost. Some characters see the ghost (though our point of view character does not). But it’s really a mystery… and also a coming-of-age tale. When I looked it up, I found that a reviewer compared it to "The Body", … Continue reading The Last Good Time Always Comes, And When You See The Darkness Creeping Toward You, You Hold Onto What Was Bright and Good

A Person Who Doesn’t Learn From The Past Is An Idiot, In My Estimation

(11/22/63) If people who don’t learn from the past are idiots, the world keeps proving that a lot of it is populated by idiots. I hate sounding like a pessimist or misanthrope, but I can’t help what is. As I write this, the Supreme Court is poised to move us at least 50 years into … Continue reading A Person Who Doesn’t Learn From The Past Is An Idiot, In My Estimation

God Turned Out To Be A Bunch Of Bad Little Kids Playing Interstellar XBOX

(Under the Dome) I’ve been waiting to get to this one since I started this project. Oh, not because I think I have anything profound to say, just because I’ve been waiting to re-read this book since then. I’m sort of always waiting to re-read this book. I just finished it and I’m already waiting … Continue reading God Turned Out To Be A Bunch Of Bad Little Kids Playing Interstellar XBOX

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

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.