'salem's Lot is about Jerusalem's Lot, a small town in Maine that becomes infested with vampires, and the few people who realize what's happening and'salem's Lot is about Jerusalem's Lot, a small town in Maine that becomes infested with vampires, and the few people who realize what's happening and try to stop it before it's too late.
'salem's Lot is a first for King in a few ways; it's his first foray into the world of vampires, his first novelist as a main character, and it's his first story with a young boy forced to dig deep for strength who fights for the white or the goodness of all mankind.
The problems with this book appear to be due to over editing rather than lack of writing skill. There are spots in the story that, while crisp, don't feel as fleshed out as they could be. The dialogue is a little dry and seems forced at times but not altogether unbelievable.
That being said there are many passages that stand out as great writing. King showcases his understanding of fear and pop culture and in doing so brings you closer to the characters. Some examples:
.....and you wondered what might be in there besides mice--what madmen, what monsters. Maybe they were peering out at you with yellow reptilian eyes. And maybe one night watching would not be enough; maybe some night that splintered, crazily hung door would be thrown open, and what you saw standing there would drive you to lunacy at one look. And you couldn't explain that to your mother and father, who were creatures of the light. No more than you could explain to them how, at the age of three, the spare blanket at the foot of the crib turned into a collection of snakes that lay staring at you with flat and lidless eyes. No child ever conquers those fears, he thought. If a fear cannot be articulated, it can't be conquered. And the fears locked in small brains are much too large to pass through the orifice of the mouth. Sooner or later you found someone to walk past all the deserted meeting houses you had to pass between grinning babyhood and grunting senility. Until tonight. Until tonight when you found out that none of the old fears had been staked--only tucked away in their tiny, child-sized coffins with a wild rose on top.
She found herself thinking of those same drive-in horror movie epics where the heroine goes venturing up the narrow attic stairs to see what's frightened poor old Mrs. Cobham so, or down into some dark, cobwebby cellar where the walls are rough, sweating stone--symbolic womb--and she, with her date's arm comfortably around her, thinking: What a silly bitch...I'd never do that! And here she was, doing it, and she began to grasp how deep the division between the human cerebrum and the human midbrain had become; how the cerebrum can force one on and on in spite of the warnings given by that instinctive part, which is so similar in physical construction to the brain of the alligator.
'salem's Lot has some awesome characters. Mark Petrie is like an early draft version of Jack Sawyer (The Talisman) and Jake Chambers (The Dark Tower Series). Straker is one of the coolest sidekicks ever. Barlow is one of my favorite vampire characters of all time. He is badass. The scene where he comes face to face with Father Callahan is amazing, memorable and worth reading the book for.
While this may not be either King's best work or the best vampire story, it's still an important novel in horror fiction.
I'd recommend it to fans of vampires -- real vampires, not the sparkly Day-Glo kind. ...more
**spoiler alert** Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is about Evelyn Couch, a middle aged housewife with an identity crisis, who meets Virg**spoiler alert** Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is about Evelyn Couch, a middle aged housewife with an identity crisis, who meets Virginia "Ninny" Threadgoode, a nursing home resident, who regales Evelyn with the stories of her hometown, Whistle Stop, Alabama (an hour outside of Birmingham), and the people therein and ends up changing her life. But that's oversimplifying it just a bit; this book is about so much more. It's about young love, finding yourself, being true to yourself, being true to your heart, spousal abuse, racism, murder, loss, family, friendship, and fine southern cuisine. It is about life.
If ever there was a book that feels like coming home, Fried Green Tomatoes is it. Full of laughs and "aww" moments, it's folksy, endearing and heartwarming. It can be a little melodramatic at times but Flagg knows how to bring realism out of the sentimental moments in life and she does it with precision.
I wonder how realistic it is that the family and neighbors are so accepting of the relationship between Ruth and Idgie considering in 2010 gay people are still not allowed to marry in most states and are looked at with scorn, disgust, and abuse in all of them. I find it hard to believe that no one had any issues with it but then again when it's your own loved one that's gay people tend to open their minds as opposed to a stranger. It's harder to hate the ones you love. That being said, Ruth and Idgie may be one of the most lovable couples of all time. I dare you to not fall in love with them. Go on..try. I'll wait...
...Okay? Yeah. That's what I thought.
And they aren't the only lovable people in this book. Oh god no. Unforgettable characters abound in this story. They become a part of you and you almost don't want to finish the book because you don't want your time with them to end but that's the wonderful thing about Fried Green Tomatoes...you'll come back to it again and again and each time it will be even sweeter...and even homier.
I recommend it to everyone: young, old, straight, gay, male, female. Read this book. Then recommend it to someone else. Then read it again. :)...more