That’s All History Is, After All: Scar Tissue

(Mr. Mercedes) To me, Mr. Mercedes feels like the mark of a new era in King's books. That sounds grander than I actually mean it to, but I don’t know how else to put it. It differs from what came before, though, in some ways that seem important. Mr. Mercedes (taken alone — this is … Continue reading That’s All History Is, After All: Scar Tissue

The Stories We Hear in Childhood Are The Ones We Remember All Of Our Lives

(The Wind Through The Keyhole) I don’t know if Stephen King will return to the Dark Tower again, or if he wants to, but we know that he at least did at one point, because this is part of the main Dark Tower series. Although it came years after the end of the series, it … Continue reading The Stories We Hear in Childhood Are The Ones We Remember All Of Our Lives

Take My Hand, Constant Reader, And I’ll Be Happy To Lead You Back Into The Sunshine

(Full Dark, No Stars) So this is one of King’s collections of novellas. It contains four of them: 1922, Big Driver, Fair Extension, and A Good Marriage. The title of the collection is definitely accurate because these are some seriously dark stories. Not even so much in the scary sense as they are dark in … Continue reading Take My Hand, Constant Reader, And I’ll Be Happy To Lead You Back Into The Sunshine

The Tower Trembles; The Worlds Shudder In Their Courses

(Ur) Have I mentioned before that I’m reading these all on a Kindle? As much as I can, anyway — there are rare exceptions. Storm of the Century comes to mind — I had to buy the book. But mostly, I read on a Kindle. It lets me highlight and take notes without making a … Continue reading The Tower Trembles; The Worlds Shudder In Their Courses

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

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.

Tonight, However, The Impossible Was Selling Cheap

(From A Buick 8) I feel like From A Buick 8 is one of those King books that gets overlooked entirely or just isn’t much liked. And that sort of makes sense — after all, didn’t he already write the evil car story with Christine? And if that wasn’t enough for you, you could always … Continue reading Tonight, However, The Impossible Was Selling Cheap

Ka Was A Wheel; It Was Also A Net From Which None Ever Escaped

("The Little Sisters of Eluria", Everything's Eventual) Everything’s Eventual is one of those books that I like just as much for the notes King adds about each story as I do for the stories themselves. I always like to see that kind of information about his thought processes and story ideas. Hopefully, should I ever … Continue reading Ka Was A Wheel; It Was Also A Net From Which None Ever Escaped