No One Gets Taken Who Doesn’t Want To Be Taken

(The Tommyknockers) I’m going to get this out of the way up front — I don’t like The Tommyknockers. It took me multiple tries to read through it the first time, and when I was done, I used the book to prop something up in my kitchen because I was just never going to read … Continue reading No One Gets Taken Who Doesn’t Want To Be Taken

We Are Going To Fight. We Are Going To Be Hurt. And In The End, We Will Stand.

(The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of The Three) If it’s a question of quality, I personally think that the second Dark Tower book is far better than the first. It might be because the first one has been re-edited — it always feels a bit disjointed to me, and the second one flows better. … Continue reading We Are Going To Fight. We Are Going To Be Hurt. And In The End, We Will Stand.

Do the Dead Sing? Do They Love?

(Skeleton Crew) The nice thing about Stephen King’s collections of short stories is that even if you hate some of the bunch, you will also be able to find some gems. In Skeleton Crew, there are stories that I can’t stand and stories that I absolutely love. Skeleton Crew is not my favorite collection. And … Continue reading Do the Dead Sing? Do They Love?

Love Has Teeth; They Bite; The Wounds Never Close.

(Different Seasons -- "The Body") If you aren’t familiar with Different Seasons — first of all, you’re missing out. But what you need to know first is that Different Seasons is a collection of four novellas, and you’ve heard of at least some of them. It begins with “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption”, and … Continue reading Love Has Teeth; They Bite; The Wounds Never Close.

The Man in Black Fled Across the Desert, and The Gunslinger Followed

(The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I) I normally try to title the post with a less notable quote, but really, how can you not quote that first line? I will admit, I had trouble getting into this book the first time I read it. I actually came to The Dark Tower series through Wizard and … Continue reading The Man in Black Fled Across the Desert, and The Gunslinger Followed

The World Was Full of Monsters, and They Were Allowed to Bite the Innocent and Unwary

(Cujo) If I remember my Stephen King lore correctly, this is the book that he wrote while he was so in the grip of his addictions than he doesn’t remember writing it. If that’s true, it’s a real shame. It’s another one that is high on my list of personal favorites. It’s a terrifying book. … Continue reading The World Was Full of Monsters, and They Were Allowed to Bite the Innocent and Unwary