This hurts me to say, since I am a huge SK fan, but this book was just OK. As usual per King, the story is more about the journey than the end, but thThis hurts me to say, since I am a huge SK fan, but this book was just OK. As usual per King, the story is more about the journey than the end, but this one left me a little cold. I know if was supposed to be a nod to Lovecraft, but I think I was swayed by the SK interviews I read and listened to before I read this book. He made it a point to go on about how scary it was, and how he was wondering if he could still write a 'need to keep the lights on' book, and that he thought he accomplished it with this one. In my opinion, not so much.
In much of Lovecraft's writing, he adhered to the "never show the monster" rule, where the theory goes that the implied horror is greater because your imagination takes over. When you finally *SEE* the monster, your mind can instantly deal with it, quantify it, categorize it, etc., and it immediately becomes less scary. As HP said, the greatest fear is fear of the unknown. That's true to a point - but in this novel I don't feel that SK really got that fear of the unknown rolling. He never showed us the monster, true, but somewhere in the process, he also never scared us. ...more
I tend to enjoy just about everything SK writes, so I'm easy when it comes to his stuff; there are very few books of his I dislike. I'd place this booI tend to enjoy just about everything SK writes, so I'm easy when it comes to his stuff; there are very few books of his I dislike. I'd place this book firmly in the middle of the pack. Since it's a sequel, I probably should have gone back and re-read The Shining, but I didn't. I don't think that hurt me much, as the book really stands alone in that regard. There were some nice dovetails with his son's book, NOS4A2, but mostly they were just tongue in cheek references that probably made them both chuckle a little bit over beers.
I thought the story itself was well told, and it was good to finally know what happened to Danny Torrence after all these years. I'll never look at an RV the same way again, I know that.
I know that's not much of a review, but he managed to mostly avoid the annoying King-ism where he grabs ahold of one phrase and beats you over the head with it repeatedly. (I want to talk to you…up close; bad gunky; the past is obstinate; you nasty man; etc.) As a huge fan of Peter Gabriel, I found myself with this song stuck in my head almost the entire time I was reading this. You'll know why once you start. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qt87b......more
I will admit upfront to being a huge lovecraft fan, and I will read just about anything that has HPL elements in it, both good and bad. That said, thiI will admit upfront to being a huge lovecraft fan, and I will read just about anything that has HPL elements in it, both good and bad. That said, this book took some basic lovecraftian elements and wove them into a decent Cthulhu mythos story with a contemporary spin. While some other authors' attempts to bring the mythos into the future fail miserably in both novels and movies (although I love Whedon's movie, Cabin in the Woods. I know, I know. But I am a B-movie fan), Hornor did an admirable job here. Recommended for all the HPL fans out there. ...more
I enjoyed this one a lot. I chose to listen to it rather than read it because I figured it would be a nice long book for my daily commute, and I didn'I enjoyed this one a lot. I chose to listen to it rather than read it because I figured it would be a nice long book for my daily commute, and I didn't want to fork out the wad of cash for the hardcover. It was read by none other than "Captain Janeway" and her narration was a unique and somewhat tiring experience. You know how normally at the beginning of an audio book it says "read for you by so-and-so?" Well, this one said "Performed by Kate Mulgrew" and holy hell it was a performance all right. She turned every single character into a buffoonish caricature. I will never buy another audio book with her narrating again. That said, this is a review of the story and not the narrator. I just had to get that off my chest, and perhaps warn others.
The story though...the story itself overcame any problems I had with the narrator, and really sucked me right in. It's been a while since I spent every spare second I had with earbuds glued to my ears because I couldn't stop listening. As a Stephen King fan, I'm extremely glad his kid didn't decide to be an accountant. If this book is any indication of what we can expect from Joe Hill, I will certainly be reading whatever else he decides to publish. Some of the science might be iffy, but overall an enjoyable read. (listen)...more
Odd book. Koontz can be hit or miss, and this wasn't his best. Some of the characters were decent, but the story itself didn't have much substance. AsOdd book. Koontz can be hit or miss, and this wasn't his best. Some of the characters were decent, but the story itself didn't have much substance. As for the ending, well...it was sort of anticlimactic. I will leave it at that. Not recommended....more
I read this book back in the early 80's when I idolized Skipp and Spector -- they were in all the small horror mags I read, and desperately wanted toI read this book back in the early 80's when I idolized Skipp and Spector -- they were in all the small horror mags I read, and desperately wanted to appear in. They wrote horror flash fiction, and basically created the genre called "splatter-punk."
I recently stumbled across the audio version so I picked it up for my commute and to see how well it held up. I guess sometimes wine turns to vinegar if you leave it sitting for too long. Unfortunately, I didn't really enjoy it all that much. There's just some not-so-good writing, and some really, really dated material since it was written in the early 80's. I think what annoyed me most was the constant use of odd similies that seemed like they were stretching for ideas. "He ran into the street like Richard Pryor free-basing cocaine" and such.
Some books hold up well, and some don't, and this one didn't, in my opinion. There was some pretty bad dialogue, and a surprisingly strong undercurrent of homophobia which I'm still not sure belonged to the characters, the authors, or a little bit of both. Or maybe it was just the way it was back then. Faggot this and queer that and not just in dialog, sometimes just in descriptive sentences. I don't remember noticing it at all back then. Maybe it's because I now have friends who are gay, or maybe it's just because I'm older and things are more PC these days. Anyway, it's there and slightly distracting at times.
It wasn't all bad, and it's still a pretty good time capsule of a vampire story, since it happens back when vampires didn't sparkle and talk about their feelings so much.
One of the interesting things about it is the lack of technology. No cell phones, so the characters/vampire hunters had to do all their coordination by pager and pay phone. It was pretty funny really. It's amazing how fast technology changes. And vampires.
I didn't know what to expect with this book, but it's really a classic ghost story when it comes right down to it. I found it to be a bit lovecraftianI didn't know what to expect with this book, but it's really a classic ghost story when it comes right down to it. I found it to be a bit lovecraftian, and I'm a huge fan of that. The book had a claustrophobic feel too it that really helped set the mood, and it actually gave me chills at one point. Deliciously creepy in spots. The only thing I wasn't crazy about was a particular "reveal" at the end that added nothing at all to the story and to me, at least, seemed like it was tossed in as an afterthought. Overall, though, highly recommended for people who like hauntings, with maybe a little "At the Mountains of Madness" thrown in....more
I picked this up not really knowing anything about it, other than everyone was talking about it. I didn't realize it was classified as YA, but it wasI picked this up not really knowing anything about it, other than everyone was talking about it. I didn't realize it was classified as YA, but it was evident once I started reading. It was written well, but very simply. The story was decent and kept my interest, but in my opinion, some of the background was a bit skimpy. I would have liked to know more about how their civilization got into its current state.
It should make a good movie, at any rate, since it reads almost like a screenplay - it's pretty linear. I haven't read the rest of the books in the series, and I don't know that I will. (If anyone thinks I should, let me know.)...more
Really enjoyed this one. Pretty long but never really bored me. I got sucked into the story early on and it kept me reading into the night long afterReally enjoyed this one. Pretty long but never really bored me. I got sucked into the story early on and it kept me reading into the night long after I should have stopped. Rarely these days does a book grab me and make me want to read it during every spare moment, but this one did.
There were some typical Stephenson moments where he over-explains things, but I probably only think that because I know a lot about both computers and guns, so some of his info-dump attempts at 'educating the reader' during the course of the story were fairly transparent to me. Great characters, some laughs, lots of intrigue and adventure, and the crazy background of an addictive, immersive on-line multiplayer game. And the ending, while seeming slightly abrupt to me after reading a zillion pages, was satisfying. Highly recommended!...more