The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
What if the woods were full of them? And of course they were, the woods were full of everything you didn’t like, everything you were afraid of and instinctively loathed, everything that tr ...more
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But what the hell.
King hits a home run, this is a great book.
It’s about a nine year old girl (but big for her age) who gets lost in the woods – and a lot more. This is about fear, deep primal fear that is at the roots of our childhood and never really goes away, just retreats back into a far, dark corner to wait. Most everyone has a memory from childhood when a hand held was su ...more
What is unique about this book was that it barely stepped into the usual worlds of Stephen King. It is a story about how a ...more
Buddyread--even if it was super short--with the still awesome Hersh (Click to read her review)
Unfortunately, this failed for me. Yes, King has wonderful characterization and writing, but that is to be expected...this wasn't the best of the bunch for me mainly because the story was flat out boring as shit.
Characters: Trisha was wonderful. I mean we get to see things through a 9-year-old's perspective and I thought it was very true to her age. She had a passion for baseball and Tom Gordon was obvi ...more
The ominous feeling of the little girl being stalked by something unknown is so powerful.
I read this in one sitting. Any reader who thinks Stephen King isn't a literary genius should read this boo ...more
What I liked: The girl who loved baseball. Yep, that pretty much sums up why I loved this book. I mean, how can you not love a nine-year-old who loves baseball, in large part because she shared it with her absent-through-divorce father. And maybe I'm a little biased because I was a kid who loved basketball, and then baseball, and then ...more
Being stranded in the mosquito infested woods of the Appalachians is no fun for nine year old Trisha McFarland. With visions of The Thing following her and frightening words from The Cold Voice, her love of baseball and Boston Red Sox closer Tom Gordon is her only salvation.
This 1999 Stephen King audio adventure (narrated by Anne Heche) is not really scary, but is entertaining with one hell of a final pitch!
I think this book is the worst one I've read by King, and maybe one of the worst I've ever read, period. I do not have to words to properly express how crappy this book was.
I was homeless when it was released. That period of my life was the first of three times I would live on the streets. In 1999, I had successfully alienated myself from my immediate family (my mother and sisters; Dad had moved back to California by this time) due to my abuse of drugs and alcohol, and had moved into an apartment wi ...more
Apparently there was a fault in the alignments because I didn't like or enjoy this book one bit. I didn't hate it either but lack of any emotions is just as bad.
The plot sounded quite promising. A girl lost in the creepy woods... what scary things might await her? NOTHING!
Unfortunately, I didn't find ...more
Safe to say this one did not do it for me. Writing is as good as ever, but this feels like something King should be able to write in his sleep (and he almost sent me there on more than one occasion, the New York Times reviewer that wrote the cover blurb should stay far away from really scary books as to not having to sleep with the lights on for all future).
Can't shake the feeling that SK has written this story before; lost, watched and vulnerable protagonist ech ...more
Strangely enough, I think Stephen King felt the same way. There's a passion in the lines of this one that almost makes the words glow on the page.
If I were to recommend a Stephen King book to a "fraidy cat" this would be the one. Its not scary, not even really creepy, although it does have some fairly tense scenes.
You'll love this little girl by t ...more
It was a suspenseful story for me; scattered here and there with moments that were genuinely creepy and others that were quite entertain ...more
When 9-year old Trisha makes the mistake of stepping off the Appalachian Trail and away from her mom and brother for a pee break, s ...more
I give this book two and half stars. By now my love of Stephen King can by found throughout these reviews. This book satisfies most of those requirements. Well written. Quick fun read. Well drawn characters. Scary interesting plot. So I guess the reason that it gets two and half stars is the fact that it is more of a short story than a full length novel. There is simply not that much to it—which is my complaint of all character driven short stories. Character driven short stories simply lack the ...more
This was the first book my wife ever read by Stephen King and she has been trying to get me to read it for years.
Well finally I have. I'm really glad I did. This is a great story, and Kings writing is so good that you find yourself emotionally attached to Trisha as she makes her long journey.
Definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys reading! If you want to try some King and you're not a big horror fan then this one is perfect for you.
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A young girl who loves baseball (and particularly one Red Sox player) takes a few steps off the path when on a hike through the Appalachian Trail with her mother and older brother. In the blink of an eye, she is lost and trying very hard not to be terrified.
King is a master craftsman and he is never better than when playing on all our childhood (and adult) fears, magnifying them tenfold and letting his (and our) imagination carry us away.
I loved Trisha McFarla ...more
A suggested alternate title:
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
How Little Girls Go Pee In The Woods
Believable, maybe. Scary, not really. Entertaining, you betcha!
My first fiction Stephen King read. I read On Writing some time ago and it was pleasing to see him break his own rules:
One of King’s greatest strengths is to make things you’ve never experienced feel familiar. Here Trisha ...more
My 3rd Stephen King book.
And so our story begins, about little 9 year old Trisha who drifts away from her mother and brother and gets lost in the woods. Besides that, nothing much happens really. It is a two hundred pages book with vivid (and especially well written) descriptions of the events happening to Trisha during her journey to find a path back to civilization. As before mentioned, King's descriptions are gold and m ...more
Let me try to find some nice things to say:
*The book brought back some memories of the late 1990s.
*Some parts of the book, I genuinely empathized with the main character's plight.
*I applaud ...more
Trisha McFarland tersesat di dalam hutan saat berjalannjalan dengan Ibu dan Pete, abangnya. Dimulailah petualangan bertahan hidup Trisha untuk keluar dari hutan.
Awalnya saya kira pasti lumayan membosankan mengikuti hanya 1 karakter saja dalam buku setebal 315 halaman, tapi bukan Stephen King namanya kalau tidak membuat cerita yang membuat saya hanyut.
Selama membaca Gadis Penggemar Tom Gordon saya merasa benar-benar seperti bersama Trisha menyusur ...more
For years, I had not worried about this being the only Stephen King book that I hadn't read. Many people said that it really wasn't a great book and several said that they had started it but never finished it.
Frankly, I don't know what the problem was. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is a gripping story about a little girl who is lost in the woods. It narrates the trials and tribulations of her journey and struggle to survive on her own in a seemingly unending ...more
So well described, so eerie, I kept biting my nails and saying "one more chapter" damn the dishes and household chores.
This is definitely a different kind of scary in Stephen King's world but, absolutely frightening nonetheless. Highly recommend - p ...more
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