As I noted in my review of "Twilight", I had not read any of these books until about a week ago, when sheer boredom in the PX lead me to pick up "Twil...moreAs I noted in my review of "Twilight", I had not read any of these books until about a week ago, when sheer boredom in the PX lead me to pick up "Twilight". I was back two days later to buy "New Moon," and read it in one day. Unfortunately, since then I returned a third time, and found that the PX only has "Breaking Dawn", the fourth book. I had to order "Eclipse", the third, from Amazon, and it will be two weeks to ship from the States. I am impatient and angry, like some heroin addict awaiting a fix, waiting for this book to arrive. I need to know. (less)
I just reread this work, the strange companion novel to Stephen King's release "Desperation". Certainly not my favourite Stephen King/Bachman book, bu...moreI just reread this work, the strange companion novel to Stephen King's release "Desperation". Certainly not my favourite Stephen King/Bachman book, but not my least favourite, either.
In high school, we actually read a Stephen King novel in AP English class. My professor's theory is that in the future, King may be an actually famous author, not so much for his works per se, but for the introspection into late 20th-Century life that his characters offer. King's characters are real, normal, human people tossed into unimaginable situations by powers outside their will, and react to them in a typical, mortal way. Cabot (the teacher) maintained it was this fundamental humanity that would eventually lead to King's immortality as a writer: his glimpses into the banal of everyday life, punctuated with the insane.
"The Regulators" is no different in that sense; most of the main characters in this work are indistinguishable from people you could find in any city or town in the United States today, placed in a development beyond what any of us are capable of imagining. Personally, I found some of the side pieces; the scripts and such tossed in between chapters-- more distracting than enlightening, but other than that, the work is solid. My overall rating, in one word, is "meh."(less)
The Twilight series is another one of those runaway Young Adult bestseller things that I missed for ages and ages, only to find we...moreI adored this book.
The Twilight series is another one of those runaway Young Adult bestseller things that I missed for ages and ages, only to find well into it and become addicted to. Harry Potter was another. I have seen these books in Barnes and Noble for ages, and was passingly aware of Stephanie Meyers being likened in the alternative to the New Anne Rice or the New JK Rowling. But I never bought any of the books, and honestly, I was a bit bitter that people were lobbing around Rowling and Rice's names.
Bored and in the PX, I picked up a copy of "Twilight" about two weeks ago. It took me two days to read, but mostly because in the preelection madness, I couldn't just sit down and read it straight through like I wanted to. The characters weren't Ricean, but I was drawn in, particularly by Bella.
I went out the next day and purchased the second book in the series. (See review for "New Moon").
The characters are well-developed, and react in what is for me (a recovering Goth) an understandable manner. There's a richness of description to these works; the characters are fleshy and strangely knowable. Highly recommended. (less)
Stephen King had kept this work in a drawer since the 1970s or so, and recently decided to dust it off and release it, as sort of a "film noir" style...moreStephen King had kept this work in a drawer since the 1970s or so, and recently decided to dust it off and release it, as sort of a "film noir" style work.
Blaze isn't a bad book. The characters are pretty well developed, and the plot isn't bad. If nearly anyone OTHER than Stephen King had written this, it would have been a solid effort.
That said, it wasn't someone other than Stephen King. It WAS Stephen King. And, while he was much younger when he completed this-- this was years before Carrie, The Shining, or any of the other works that would make him famous-- it still isn't up to the quality or the standards one would expect from a King novel. It's not paranormal, or even hypernormal, like Dolores Claiborne, Cujo, or Gerald's Game. There are no vampires, mummies, or the Holy Ghost. The characters don't say especially witty things, and while it takes place in Maine, don't expect to recognize many characters... there are scant references to The Rock, but this is a seperate work. What this is, in the end, is a midline work on a petty con. If you like King and want to read it, try to pretend he didn't write it. If you don't like King, and like the sort of crime books you pick up five minutes before your plane takes off, this might be the work for you. It's solid, but just not enough. (less)
This is one of the only books I have ever read in my entire life where the film actually improved my perception. It took me about three years to read...moreThis is one of the only books I have ever read in my entire life where the film actually improved my perception. It took me about three years to read this, and the only reason I ever finished it was because everyone else seemed to think it was so great, I thought I must be missing something.
I am generally bothered by books and films wherein the main character is offered an incredible opportunity, but because they are worried they are sacrificing themselves, they toss it out the window. (I am willing to add the film "What a Girl Wants" to this general category). I had no sympathy for the lead character in this novel... if she had true sense of self, she could keep her job while not becoming her boss.
While I realize that these stories are supposed to be inspirational tales of right triumphing, I always feel vaguely disgusted when I finish them-- to a great extent, they remind me of what we are told at the beginning of law school. If you go into your first year with good morals, an awareness of right and wrong, and a need to help people, you can come out of law school and make a difference, despite the grueling courses and backstabbing classmates. If, however, you are scum, law school will refine your techniques.
If the heroine in Prada was truly strong, she would not have had to sell her soul, she could have kept the job and realised it was just that... A JOB.
Just plain disappointing. Do yourself a favour... if you feel you MUST muddle through this, rent the movie. Streep plays a truly inspired bitch. (less)
I own the audiobook of this work, read by Martha Plimpton.
This isn't a bad book, but personally I felt it went on a bit too long, with a few too many...moreI own the audiobook of this work, read by Martha Plimpton.
This isn't a bad book, but personally I felt it went on a bit too long, with a few too many plotlines that do not adequately reintegrate themselves by the end of the novel. Additionally, speaking personally I was never able to get over the immoral or illegal actions of two of the main characters, and my inherent belief their conduct was wrong coloured my entire view of the work. (less)
I really enjoyed this work. I was actually familiar with the crimes of HH Holmes going into the work, so I had a frame of reference for that half of t...moreI really enjoyed this work. I was actually familiar with the crimes of HH Holmes going into the work, so I had a frame of reference for that half of the story, but I had know absolutely nothing about the planning of the Exposition, so that was all new to me. Larson did an impeccable job of interweaving the two story lines, adding a vicious thrill to the Exposition side of the tale with Pendergrast's murder of the mayor of Chicago. (less)
I read this book when it first came out, long before 1408 was turned into a feature-length film starring (somewhat unpredictably) John Cusack and Samu...moreI read this book when it first came out, long before 1408 was turned into a feature-length film starring (somewhat unpredictably) John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. The story is excellent, creepy in a disorienting fashion. It lacks the preachy overtones added by the film, and the weird subplot about the author's daugther. I have learned to become increasingly concerned when people are allowed to adapt King's short stories, more often than not what they are forced to add to make time just confuses the brilliance of the original work.
The Man in the Black Suit was good in a somewhat anachronistic, vaguely Ambrose Bierce manner.
That Feeling You Can Only Say in French: bored me, all over again.
Riding the Bullet: Good in the way of the old Castle Rock books. The "baddie" in it will bring to mind old Ace Merrill, favourite villan of works including "The Body" (later remade as "Stand By Me" and "Needful Things". Interesting look into how we value our lives and those of the people closest to us.
LT's Theory of Pets: Hated it, tried reading it nine times, gave up.
All That You Love Will Be Carried Away: Interesting meditation in the style of Death of a Salesman, involving (somewhat unpredictably) bathroom wall grafitti. A visual in this work of a sink filled with blood still haunts me when I am on the NJ Turnpike.
Autopsy Room Four: King's stab (pardon the pun) at the "premature burial/trapped in your own skin" genre, courtesy of a Michael Bolton look-alike and a Peruvian Boomslang.
Everything's Eventual reflects on murder, what is right, and the choices we make through modern dissociation, with a creepy, King twist.
The Little Sisters of Eluria: I skipped this one, since I have staunchly hated every installment of the "Gunslinger" series/Dark Tower novels.
There was one other story in the collection, the title of which I have since forgotten, involving the descent into madness of a maitre d' at a post Manhattan restaurant. It rings creepy, if for no other reason than because every one of us find ourselves in similar situations every day, where a twist of fate can bring us into contact with madmen. (less)