I wanted to like this book more than I think I did. It is the first Capote I have read, and I really liked his writing and certainly will be reading m...moreI wanted to like this book more than I think I did. It is the first Capote I have read, and I really liked his writing and certainly will be reading more of him, but this book left me feeling a little.....meh.
The subject is both horrific and yet gripping. The story of the Clutter family was far worse that I ever knew and I warmed instantly to them which made reading about their culling all the more difficult. There were several points in this book when I could easily have given 4 (or even 5) stars but for some reason I got irritated reading about the two perpertrators and their story. Yes, I know it was crucial for the book but really I was bored of thier background. Yes, they had tough upbringings, yes they didn't have the best start in life but do you know what, I didn't care. The sensless killings were just that - sensless and I really began to have no interest in their early lives at all. They bored me from about half way in.
I read this book in just over a day, staying up into the night as I couldn't tear myself away from it. It's one of those books where you promise yours...moreI read this book in just over a day, staying up into the night as I couldn't tear myself away from it. It's one of those books where you promise yourself that this will be the last chapter, and then you say just one more....and so on!
This is the story of a young girl who is found naked and frozen to death in one of the worst blizzards the town on Small Plains has ever known. She can't be identified and so she is buried in an unmarked grave in the towns cemetary. Over the years she becomes known as the Virgin of Small Plains and legend has it that she can cure the sick and so people travel from all over to visit her grave. However, on the night of the blizzard, 18 year old Mitch Newquist vanishes without a word to anyone, leaving a Abby his devastated girlfriend and all his friends. After 17 years Mitch arrives back in Small Plains and it seems that not everyone wants him back. Why do so many people in Small Plains want him gone again and what are they hiding about that night in the snow storm 17 years ago?
This is a fantastic page-turner and I highly recommend. I hope you enjoy as much as I did. (less)
Carrie was one of King’s earlier books (in fact I think it may be his first writing under his own name rather than Peter Straub) so perhaps it isn’t a...moreCarrie was one of King’s earlier books (in fact I think it may be his first writing under his own name rather than Peter Straub) so perhaps it isn’t as polished as I hear his later works are but, let me tell you, this man can tell a story! Despite the fact that I know the story of Carrie (who doesn’t?) I found myself still as intrigued with the storyline and how Carrie ended up doing what she did. I loved the way that, between the main storyline, the book was made up of excerpts from other books, newspapers, AP Tickers and court transcripts.
Imagine that this book has first come out (before the film and the noterioty) and you are reading the narrative of a teenage girl who is a school misfit, horribly bullied and humiliated and has a mother so religiously zealous that she locks her daughter in the closet over and over to punish her and pray. Right from the start, the book hints that something big and catastrophic is on its way and that it is imminent. The post-event transcripts and articles tell the reader that something is going to happen where people will end up dead and King drip-feeds us snippets of what is to come leading up to the moment itself. I know, you know, but imagine when it first came out….what a gripping read this must have been! Despite being familiar with the story, I found myself flipping those pages (or in this case, pressing that button) at an alarming rate.
Poor Carrie. She is unpopular, chunky, pimply and plain with no real understanding of the world around her (courtesy of her mother who calls her breasts dirtypillows and hasn’t forwarned her about menstruating because that is the devils work and she will need to be punished for it). What better target for a group of hormone-crazy school girls who make her life a living misery (and that’s before she goes home). After a particularly nasty incident in the showers, Carrie first discovers (or re-discovers as it turns out) her powers of telekenesis which she proceeds to work on and hone in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, Sue Snell – one of the surviving members of Carries year group after Prom Night – decides to try and atone for the humiliation they all put Carrie through by asking her boyfriend Tommy (popular and good-looking straight A student) to ask Carrie to the prom. As Carrie prepares for the night of her life, someone else is plotting her downfall. When the town of Chamberlain wakes up on 27th May 1979, all is well. By nighttime, over 400 of them are dead!
Verdict: I really enjoyed this book. Despite falling into the horror genre, scary it isn’t. What you get instead is an intriguing and well-written plot which looks as if it may be a great foray into his later, scarier works (of which I have every intention of reading now).