A great book that is so much more than just a hunting of a whale. Or an obsession towards an objective truth. This book is truly one I would take with...moreA great book that is so much more than just a hunting of a whale. Or an obsession towards an objective truth. This book is truly one I would take with me on an Island and read and re-read again. The power of the whale is worth the great white hunt?" Its also worth all the background material on Whales. For the background gives the amazing quality that whales held on Nantucket and New England at one time. One can not get to the heart of Ahab's folly without the heart exposed of a great white whale. "I watched last night, on Nova, Scientists attempting to find the Wolverine, an elusive animal, that dodges, darts and hides from man. I recalled Ahab's search for Moby-Dick. The scientists held the same type of fanaticism to find their wolverines." This book will be read again and again, and is part of my essential library. I also enjoyed the "Big Book Project" from the lads across the Pond in Plymouth U.K..(less)
One can see how clearly Clive Barker sees his movies before he even scripts them, as this book was the basis for Hell Raiser. I can picture the movie...more One can see how clearly Clive Barker sees his movies before he even scripts them, as this book was the basis for Hell Raiser. I can picture the movie and scenes and how they were portrayed word for word at times. It is a great read though. (less)
A Victorian Ghost Story about the evils of men and the fear of the uncivilized... WE find a governess who is duty bound to protect the children in her...moreA Victorian Ghost Story about the evils of men and the fear of the uncivilized... WE find a governess who is duty bound to protect the children in her charge from the things that go bump in the night. The story presents the isolation caused by a guarded Victorian rectified World. (less)
Disturbing psychology of what makes a vampire a vampire. The novel presents as a case file of Dr. Philip Outerbridge. Dr Philip is terrified by the ca...moreDisturbing psychology of what makes a vampire a vampire. The novel presents as a case file of Dr. Philip Outerbridge. Dr Philip is terrified by the case of George and hopes to present his findings to the colonel who wants to know what made George so angry that he hit his commanding officer. The possibilities explored are tremendous.Some of your blood is a vampire psychological novel that examines the matriculation of evil from birth to the age of twenty three. (view spoiler)[ Theodore Sturgeon does a great job looking at developmental physiologically and especially keen observation o the Havelock Ellis Principal. The Havelock Ellis principle states:"That any mutual act - any one, providing only that it was not forced by one upon the other, and was an expression of love is moral." Sturgeon yields a command of psychology as a tool.
From the tool he asks the following terrorizing questions: Is it possible to create a vampire by defining social norms which would reward the blood sucking event? What would happen if love was connected to the harm of the giver? George learns to seek the comfort of blood because his mother sacrifices herself.
Sturgeon further examines: What if the social conditioning and the pain from punishment came with crimes or no crime committed, would this create a psychopath? What is role of punishment? What should punishment's role be in society? How do the first two years socially construct an individual? Is an individual beyond the ability to be reconditioned from a traumatic childhood? How much are we products of our parents and the environment we are born into?
(hide spoiler)] The book was terrifying . The middle section, George's story, might get a reader bogged down, but blast through that part and you will find a blood red orange. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Straub shows in Ghost Story that he is a master novelist.The novel is constructed so well; it is a symbol of an artist writing from his experience; ba...moreStraub shows in Ghost Story that he is a master novelist.The novel is constructed so well; it is a symbol of an artist writing from his experience; based on a fine perception of relationships between characters, in which a town is arrayed against heroes. He builds suspense upon suspense; while heightening our awareness of past lives and their affects on our living days.
The novel is an homage to Hawthorne, James, and Poe. Ghost story according to Peter Straub stated from his "rereading Hawthorne, James and went out and got all of Lovecraft and a lot of books by his "set"-this was because I wanted to find out what my tradition was"...(King 244)The elements in the story keep you focused in a tight constriction. He uses the writing lessons he learned from Henry James, to craft a 20th century novel, in a 19th century mood. For example look at how he describes the trees in Milburne: "The bones of the trees, hung against the leaves like signposts to winter. Dead trees carpeted the square."
Stephen King said, "Straub wants to play around with reality by having characters (1)acting out roles in books (2) watching a film (3)hallucinating (4)dreaming or (5) transported into a private fantasy. Ghost Story attests the power and precision and the structural unity of a great novel, no matter what genre.
Choo Choo Engine, stood before Roland the Brave asking mean riddles.
Believe me there is more to this book than that, because...moreHaiku Summary of the book.
Choo Choo Engine, stood before Roland the Brave asking mean riddles.
Believe me there is more to this book than that, because there is nothing quit like Stephen King. He grabs a hold of you and will never let go.
He uses the mythic structure of the Heroes Quest, while keeping the form current by not letting the work go into the drawers of cliche.
The dark tower is the subterranean river that flows beneath all of his books. When we jump into the adventure of the Ka-tet, we are seeing the strands of King's other works being tied up and completed. He has created a universe that will keep you awake at night.
A good collection of novellas. The story topics are eerily contemporary, yet resonant with the winding back-roads that Stephen King describes the best...moreA good collection of novellas. The story topics are eerily contemporary, yet resonant with the winding back-roads that Stephen King describes the best. Stephen King knows the fears that haunt Modern America. It is a journey to the country and places that your heart starts to run for fear that you will find horror there. At times I was so into the stories that I felt that someone was behind me, when I looked back it was only my wife, telling me it was time for dinner. I am sure you will enjoy the stories, if you enjoy embracing fearful screeches. (less)
(I will write this review on the premise that time travel is possible, in order to avoid getting stuck in a review of time travel and not on King’s bo...more(I will write this review on the premise that time travel is possible, in order to avoid getting stuck in a review of time travel and not on King’s book.) As Stephen King said repeatedly in 11.22.63, “The past harmonizes”....and so does this book. 11.22.63 shows King traveling in the time streams between 2011 and 1958 United States. I agree with Time Magazine when they said that this book is a great travelogue back to the 1950’s American Landscape. However, this book is much more than just a mere nostalgic kick down Route 66. The main character, Jack Epping, thinks he must go back in time and stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy by Lee Harvey Oswald. He, like many, feels that if just John F. Kennedy was not shot then the world would be a much better place. But we find that changing the strings of time is never for the better no matter the intentions. And you can’t stop God’s hand in our storied time; there is no legislation to do away with earthquakes, or tornadoes. This book was tremendously researched, and because of this one comes away with a sense that this really could be true. King used his historical research and connected the strands into one epic masterfully. He is a master at pinpointing the zeitgeist for our age; he understands the times and the people better than the talking heads over at C.N.N. and Fox News. Be careful for time traveling with King has the possibility of creating jet leg without stepping across a time zone. The end of the book is a stunner. Readers who liked this book can also check out Jack Finney’s Time and Again and From Time to Time. (less)