The World Is Insane. You Only Have To Watch The News To Know It

(Gwendy's Button Box) Gwendy Peterson is an interesting character in King’s pantheon. The Gwendy trilogy is a collaboration between King and author Richard Chizmar, with both men contributing to the first and third installments and Chizmar writing the second installment solo. So that’s odd to start with. I have the second Gwendy on my list … Continue reading The World Is Insane. You Only Have To Watch The News To Know It

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

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

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

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.

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

That’s Either Inspiring or Horrible. I Can’t Tell Which.

(Dreamcatcher) So, I know I’ve read Dreamcatcher once before. I think I saw the movie as well. None of it stuck, though — I remembered so little of it that I may as well have been coming to it with only the knowledge that this is the book with the shit-weasels — something that even … Continue reading That’s Either Inspiring or Horrible. I Can’t Tell Which.

I Was Raised to Be Polite, But Not to Suffer Bullshit

(Wizard and Glass: The Dark Tower IV) On a Reddit thread, I recently described Wizard and Glass as a book that I thought was “unfairly controversial”. And on re-read, I think I stand by that. This is a book I love. This is a book that quite a lot of Stephen King fans and Dark … Continue reading I Was Raised to Be Polite, But Not to Suffer Bullshit