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?

Love Is A Gift; Love Is Also A Chain With A Manacle At Each End

(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

Sane People Don’t Sacrifice Children On The Altar Of Probability

(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

Why Feel Bad About What You Couldn’t Change? Why Not Embrace It?

(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?

Reality Is Thin Ice, But Most People Skate On It Their Whole Lives And Never Fall Through Until The Very End

(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

Sometimes You Get What You Want, But Mostly, You Get What You Get

(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

And When It Came – KAPOW – It Lit Up The Landscape For Miles Around

(Hearts in Suspension) If you’re an ebook reader like I am, you should know that Hearts in Suspension isn’t available that way. I could only find it in hardback. It’s also not a story. Or maybe it is, but if so, it’s not a fictional story. Mostly. It does include "Hearts in Atlantis", which you … Continue reading And When It Came – KAPOW – It Lit Up The Landscape For Miles Around

The Monster Is Always Scarier When It’s Still Under The Child’s Bed

(Six Scary Stories) Six Scary Stories isn’t a Stephen King book at all, but the stories were selected by him and published by Cemetery Dance, which is a specialty horror press that releases a lot of special Stephen King books. There’s also an introduction by King, in which he explains how this book came to … Continue reading The Monster Is Always Scarier When It’s Still Under The Child’s Bed