What would the world be like if JFK were never assassinated? The idea intrigued me, and as I sloooowly sank into this book, I became hooked. Would the...moreWhat would the world be like if JFK were never assassinated? The idea intrigued me, and as I sloooowly sank into this book, I became hooked. Would the killer still be Oswald? Another hour awake with the book wouldn't kill me. Would there be an accomplice? I could even wake up early before work to read more. Would he succeed? I don't need to go to that family dinner, anyway. How would the world turned out? Let's just call into work, today!
But the watershed moment arrived, and I realized King had played the ultimate trick on me. None of this is about JFK at all. No, I realized, this book is a big honking love story! I didn't care if JFK lived or died, who did it or who didn't. All I wanted to was for Jake and Sadie to make it through okay. I really wanted them to make it, more than I wanted that moment averted.
An incredible bait and switch. I loved every moment of it. The ending was among the most beautiful I have ever read. On my break at work, I was in tears, and I am devastated that it's over.
It's been a long time since I've read a book that's had me so compelled to talk to everyone I can about it. It's still on my mind, and I really don't know where to go from here. 10/10, highly recommend.
What a tease. I was in disbelief upon reaching the third quarter of the book that literally nothing scary had happened. By the time the suspense reach...moreWhat a tease. I was in disbelief upon reaching the third quarter of the book that literally nothing scary had happened. By the time the suspense reached it's climax, it was far too late - I just wanted it to be over. Apparently King felt the same way: about twenty pages of routine horror went by and it was done.
The real problem here was forgotten promises. I liked where King was going with the theme of a family coping with death, explaining it to their daughter and guiding her through accepting it. Somewhere along the way, it seems like this was completely forgotten. Over half a book's worth of ground work tossed aside in favor of horror for the sake of it. In the end, the entire cast fell out of character and went completely against everything that had been established about them in order to accomplish a horrific ending. The climax did not fall into place, it was forced there and explained off as "that place has a power".
Pet Sematary had a lot of potential, but never reached it. With how quickly the ending came and went, and how out of place everything felt, I get the impression that this was an abandoned project King tacked an ending on to meet a deadline. Take it as a loss - at least he learned from it and grew later.(less)
Wow, a Hobb/Lindholm book I didn't like! What is this madness?
I'm not familiar with Steven Brust so I can't comment on his influence in this collabora...moreWow, a Hobb/Lindholm book I didn't like! What is this madness?
I'm not familiar with Steven Brust so I can't comment on his influence in this collaboration, but I have to say that this is far from what I've grown to expect from Lindholm. I kept inspecting the text, desperate to pinpoint her voice and finding nothing. The weakest point of this book for me were the characters - which was jarring, considering Lindholm's greatest strength are her characters. Points of view switched around rapidly, never lingering long enough for me to really get a feel for most of the characters. The few female characters were the only ones that ever piqued my interest, but their appearances were few and far between.
As far as the plot goes, let's be honest: I have no idea what the hell happened. View points shifted frequently, the writing was vague, and the climax left me feeling like I'd been locked in a box and tossed around by school children. Maybe I'm stupid. I really wish I didn't just read 330 pages of fiction without grasping a bit of it, but there you have it.
It's a miracle I made it through the whole thing.(less)