I learned about this one on Kindleboards. I have to say, I really like Hugh's style. I'm not used to reading many short stories, but this is a pretty...moreI learned about this one on Kindleboards. I have to say, I really like Hugh's style. I'm not used to reading many short stories, but this is a pretty amazing piece of work. It's easy to follow, but most impressive is how the author takes you to another setting with ease. I think the main reason that it is so popular is that it's different. Readers like something different, and the fact that is is so good makes it so much better.
I'm probaby going to buy the next one too. Hugh gave me (us) many questions that I want to see answered.(less)
AWESOME! That probably isn't the best was to put it on the classic like this, but it was to me. Here is why ... I have never read a boo...moreFinished Review
AWESOME! That probably isn't the best was to put it on the classic like this, but it was to me. Here is why ... I have never read a book that was so beautifully written. I was astounded by FSF talent. I think if you are a reader of this generation, it would hard for you to understand what makes this book great. I know I would have thought it was horrible 15 years ago, or if I was in high school. However, if you were an adult back in the day, 1920's, this book would blow you away. The characters are doing many uncharactistic things that the people of that people didn't do. In today ever growing decadent society we read something like this and don't think it's a big deal. Shame on some of us, including me, because even I don't discern things the way that I should.
There are other things that make this book great, but in all truth his flawless writer is what took me away. The characters are developed by what they do and don't do. It's a writers 'Show and Tell' thing, and FSF is masterful at this.
I ordered this book before, but I accidentally got the penquin classic study version. I thought, "how stupid am I", but after reading this, and some of that book about it I learned many things I didn't miss.
I am going to finish Catcher and the Rye now that I started over 10 years ago and got bored. I have the read the Old Man and the Sea again too. At 43 I am finally beginning to grow up.
Great Stuff, but not for all.
I've been looking for deal on this for a long time. I finally found it new for $2.97 at Book A Million. I just started reading. There are lots of classics for cheap on the shelves if you look hard enough. I am glad I found it.
Final Review: I just didn't get it and I was really pumped about this book. I had just finished Misery too, and it was INCREDIBLE, but this? I can't ex...moreFinal Review: I just didn't get it and I was really pumped about this book. I had just finished Misery too, and it was INCREDIBLE, but this? I can't explain. It doesn't help that I love westerns, which I was led to believe this was, but was not. I am still not sure what it is exactly. I did like the part about the Tower and the Nexus that the man in black explained at the end.
I read King's comments at the end, and they helped me some. So I guess it's not fair to judge when I've only read 200 pages with only 2800 more to go. I am sorry, but I am not curious enough, based off this first story, to see where it ends. Maybe someone can convince me otherwise, but if it's more of the same I am out.
His writing is flawless. But I didn't find the characters interesting or the story very exciting.
With all of that being said, I like Misery, and based off that, what other King work would you recommend.
Initial Review: This will be my 3rd King book. I didn't realize this book came out in 1988. I could have sworn it was fairly new. Of course, I didn't read much for about twenty years, and not King.
I ordered a used copy from amazon. I love it! It seems substantial and mysterious in my hand. I am thrilled to see artwork inside. How rare is that these days.
I love westerns and fantasy, so I can't wait to see what King does with both. I've only read a few pages so far and I plan on enjoying them all.(less)
I'm not blown away, but I really enjoyed it. JK Rowling is certainly a proven author who accomplished a great thing here. I dont' forsee reading the o...moreI'm not blown away, but I really enjoyed it. JK Rowling is certainly a proven author who accomplished a great thing here. I dont' forsee reading the other Potter books anytime soon, but I might read some of them. My question is, what does JK Rowling do next? Anything, I certainly hope so, she can achieve much more on a adult level. Even if it's Harry Potter that later years. Potter is a solid little dude. (less)
What a wonderful story! So, this was the first SK I read. I've seen this movie a couple of times, once when I came out in the movies, and once on TV....moreWhat a wonderful story! So, this was the first SK I read. I've seen this movie a couple of times, once when I came out in the movies, and once on TV. Maybe twice. I'm a writer, so I really liked what SK did to give me an inside of the writers mind. Annie helped me learn more about what readers like too.
For example: When Paul Sheldon is trying to re-write a more believable Misery's return, she said what he did was 'Fair'. Not perfect, but 'fair'. Writers can learn alot from this dialogue between the writer and the reader. It's brilliant!
I also like how the story had so many more juicy elements that wasn't in the movie. It gave me much to look forward to with every chapter.