I always get excited about a new Stephen King book, and was really looking forward to getting my hands on this one. I mean, it's a sequel to The Shini...moreI always get excited about a new Stephen King book, and was really looking forward to getting my hands on this one. I mean, it's a sequel to The Shining--one of my all-time favourite books. So as soon as I received it, I got stuck into it. And I was hooked!
The story takes us back to what happened to Danny Torrance and his mother after they escaped the Overlook Hotel with Dick Hallorann. The young boy might have escaped the Overlook and its inhabitants, but some of them follow him. So Dick Hallorann teaches him how/what to do in order to ensure these ghosts from the past stop haunting him.
By the time Danny's all grown up, his mother has passed away and he's mostly known as Dan. His life is messed up and he's constantly fighting personal demons. He's became an alcoholic--just like his father--and can't keep a job because of his addiction. Not to mention that he keeps getting into bar fights, and constantly picks up random women he wants nothing to do with the next day. However, the day he wakes up beside Deenie and Dan encounters her young son, he decides to make a change. No matter how hard it is, he's determined to take control of his life, rather than handing the steering wheel to the bottle.
And that's how he ends up in the small town of Frazier. While checking out the Teenytown Railway he meets Billy Freeman, and his life changes forever. With the help of an AA sponsor, he turns his life around and ends up working in a hospice. Here, with the help of a cat called Azzie, he helps people face death and move on peacefully. Therefore becoming, Doctor Sleep.
In the meantime, we meet an odd assortment of people called The True Knot. A travelling bunch of oldies who traverse the highways of America searching for steam they can devour from unsuspecting kids with the shining. However, when the leader Rose the Hat comes across a little girl called Abra, she becomes obsessed and starts a quest she's determined to win but hasn't gone up against before. Because Abra Stone isn't like other girls. Hell, she's not even like other kids with the shining. She's remarkably strong, and her connection to Dan will help save them both...
The story is told in several POVs so we get personal insight into Dan's life, Abra's, and even Rose. By seeing the events through the eyes of a variety of characters, the story really shines. I was fascinated by The True Knot and even though I desperately wanted to hate the wicked Rose, I couldn't help but like her. Abra, such a young girl with so much power becomes determined to get justice for the baseball boy. And Dan, my gosh. I loved how his life hits rock bottom and he slowly finds his way to the surface to become an astonishing man. Oh, something that happens where the Overlook once stood, definitely brought a tear to my eye.
Doctor Sleep is an amazing book! I'm a huge Stephen King fan and love all of his work, so I'm not surprised I enjoyed this story so much. I didn't want to put it down, but at the same time took my time reading it because I didn't want to speed through it. King's characters always feel so real, they keep you reading. I found this story to be a rollercoaster of emotions, interesting events, creepy situations, exciting turns, and several revelations blew me away. Seriously awesome.
I can't express just how much I love this book! It's a total keeper... and makes me want to pick up all the other King books I've got on my bookshelf but haven't read yet. Amazing!(less)
OMG. I absolutely loved this book. I just finished reading it, and I have to admit that it made me cry. :(
I'm a huge Stephen King fan, so I couldn't w...moreOMG. I absolutely loved this book. I just finished reading it, and I have to admit that it made me cry. :(
I'm a huge Stephen King fan, so I couldn't wait to read this book. Still, I took my time with it because every single page was fascinating. This story is full of heart and soul, there's also a spooky angle, heartbreak, true friendship, kindness, heroism, and the backdrop of an amusement park.
Devin Jones is a 21-year-old college student who takes a job in an amusement park during the summer of 1973. In Joyland he meets some lifelong friends--Tom and Erin--and becomes fascinated by the murder of a young woman in the Horror House ride. She apparently haunts the ride, and he's interested in seeing her. But that's not how things turn out.
It's also a time of self-discovery and heartbreak, because he's getting over being dumped by his girlfriend. Something he's convinced he'll never get over. But he's wrong because the job, his kind landlady, and meeting Annie and Mike Ross (and Milo!) not only help him get back on track, but they all become a very important part of his life. Not to mention that he's trying to figure out who murdered that poor girl and winds up becoming the target of a ruthless killer.
I found myself getting swept up in the friendship he starts with the sick, wheelchair-bound boy and his mother. Each of them affects him in a different, very touching way. My emotions got a beating whenever Mike made an appearance--he's such a great character with a special gift. I absolutely adored the scene where they go to Joyland together and have the park to themselves. Brilliant!
Like I said, I loved every moment I spent reading this book. Devin's voice hooked me in right away, and his life in '73 turned out to be quite a ride in its own right.
I loved it so darn much! Another FANTASTIC King story that will forever stay on my Keeper Shelf!(less)
While going through my Stephen King bookshelf, I realised that I hadn't read this short story collection yet, so I had to remedy that problem by getti...moreWhile going through my Stephen King bookshelf, I realised that I hadn't read this short story collection yet, so I had to remedy that problem by getting stuck into it...
WILLA: I love me a good ghost story. I also love me a good love story. This one just happened to be a bit of both.
David is engaged to Willa and he's waiting at the station for her. He wants to make sure they don't miss the next train to San Fran. But when he goes looking for her and finds her in a honky-tonk bar all by herself, she makes him realise a harsh reality about what they are and what David's so eager to ignore.
THE GINGERBREAD GIRL: This story hooked me in from the very beginning. I loved following Em on her courageous journey to find herself out of grief by running. And wow, I was really amazed about where it led her. What a powerful story. I absolutely loved every moment of this one!
HARVEY'S DREAM: This was a short, surreal short story. I enjoyed it!
REST STOP: I enjoyed how this story goes from an average situation--a man needs to empty his bladder so he pops into a rest stop--and then becomes something else. I also loved the idea of tapping into another persona, to be able to handle a situation you might not usually be capable of dealing with. Another great story!
STATIONARY BIKE: Okay, this story was amazing! It was seriously awesome. I mean, who else but King could keep me on the edge of my seat with a story about a 38-year-old man who has finally decided to do something about his weight by using an exercise bike? Yeah, exactly! But there's so much more. This artist's imagination takes on a whole new level of commitment to losing weight. So vivid, he pretty much convinces himself illusion is real! Awesome.
THE THINGS THEY LEFT BEHIND: This was a spooky, yet very sad story about a man obviously suffering survivor's guilt. But as the events unfold, he starts to understand there's something he can do with these tokens that are haunting him. In the right hands, they can become so much more!
GRADUATION AFTERNOON: Trust King to turn an ordinary story featuring a young girl's musings about the future, into something tragic, unexpected, and totally frightening! I really enjoyed how he turned the story around.
N: OMG! What can I say about this novella? Except, well, I became obsessed with it and couldn't wait to get to the end. I did have a tinge of suspicion about where it would go, but had a great time getting there. This was a seriously FANTASTIC tale! Absolutely loved it.
THE CAT FROM HELL: I love cats, so this one was a little uncomfortable to read. But man, it was another creepy story with a very violent and graphic conclusion!
THE NEW YORK TIMES AT SPECIAL BARGAIN RATES: Such a moving and sad story about a woman who loses her husband, but gets a phone call from him. I love these types of stories, and this one didn't disappoint!
MUTE: This one's a what-if-kinda story. It was so out there, but a lot of fun! I particularly liked how it was written.
AYANA: Interesting story about death, avoiding death, and saving random strangers.
A VERY TIGHT PLACE: I enjoyed this one because it was so twisted. Seriously, I didn't see the twist coming, but had a gross time finding out what would happen to Curtis and how he would make it out of the gruesome situation he gets himself into. There's a huge gross factor in this story, and it's not because of the gory horror. Seriously, if you read it (or have already read it) you'll know what I mean.
This anthology was another excellent collection from King. I enjoyed every single story for very different reasons. They also kept me at the edge of my seat the whole time. And made me remember why I sometimes put off grabbing a King book in the first place: I become totally consumed and obsessed about them! This is one author I've enjoyed reading for years, and I'll continue to get stuck into his tales and get lost in the wonder, horror, and outstanding tales he spins.
I read the book version of this story several years ago, and really enjoyed it. So when hubby suggested we sit down and check this version out togethe...moreI read the book version of this story several years ago, and really enjoyed it. So when hubby suggested we sit down and check this version out together, I thought it would be fun. And it was!
Hubby, daughter and I huddled around while I read it out loud. It was as spooky and thrilling as I remember, but with the added pop-up feature it made everything a lot clearer. We all enjoyed Trisha's quest to find her way out of the scary woods after she gets lost. The art is lovely, and the way the book totally opens up is excellent. I hadn't looked at a pop-up book for ages, and this one didn't disappoint.
It was an awesome idea! And it's fun for the whole family... especially since this is about the only Stephen King story I can share with my daughter. :)(less)
I picked this up a few weeks ago for my Kindle, and have been looking forward to checking it out ever since. Last night, I decided to start it... and...moreI picked this up a few weeks ago for my Kindle, and have been looking forward to checking it out ever since. Last night, I decided to start it... and almost read all of it in one sitting. But it was late and I decided to leave the rest for this morning.
This novella is told in a very unique way. A way that only King can pull off. Seriously. It's almost like six interconnected stories which all blend into one very impressive ending.
Pete is a ten-year-old boy who decides to go off to Mile 81 after his brother doesn't let him tag along with him and his friends. So Pete gets on his bike and decides to sneak into the abandoned area, which used to be a popular rest stop but is now empty. On his way in, he stumbles on a discarded bottle of vodka and decides to give it a try. Not long after, he gets a little drunk and passes out inside the boarded-up burger joint.
As Pete sleeps, a muddy station wagon arrives outside and waits with the driver's door open. What follows, will put off anyone who is keen to be a Good Samaritan. As a variety of people stop, willing to offer some assistance, they get themselves into frightening situations...
I really enjoyed this horror novella! I enjoyed the way it was told, written, and how--in usual King fashion--it hooked me in right away. I was holding my breath until the very end. Man, that station wagon was one super creepy car!
King, you've done it again.
PS. There's also an excerpt of his upcoming novel, but I didn't read it because I'll be buying it, regardless. :)(less)
It's no secret that I'm a Stephen King fan. After all, I have a copy of every book he's ever written--more than one format for some--and absolutely lo...moreIt's no secret that I'm a Stephen King fan. After all, I have a copy of every book he's ever written--more than one format for some--and absolutely love the way he spins a tale. But I've fallen behind on my challenge to read 6 King Books this year. lol.
So, when hubby suggested I try this book, I shrugged and got started. I read the first 30 pages in one sitting, and was totally intrigued. Then, I found out there was another story included as well, which made me happier.
BLOCKADE BILLY: Tells the story of why Blockade Billy was wiped away from all the history books. It's told by Granny, now an old man and wanting to share his story with King, himself.
I'll start out by saying that I'm not a baseball fan at all, and in spite of the constant talk about the game, I still got wrapped up in the story of this young man who took the baseball world by storm but was hiding a bizarre secret...
In typical King fashion, I enjoyed finding out how it all turned out. Man, he tells an awesome story!
MORALITY: Wow, this story was excellent! What starts out as a story between two, happily married people having a hard time making ends meet, turns into a depraved story of violence.
Nora is a nurse and takes care of Reverend George Winston after he suffered a stroke. Chad works as a sub teacher and is also writing a book that may (or may not) sell. When the Reverend makes Nora an insane offer of getting a one-off payment that will help give them some financial freedom, they find themselves in a dilemma. Because what he wants her to do in order to get this money is totally immoral, and challenges them until they make a final decision.
And like every indecent proposal, no matter how much they say they'll stick together and will make it through, their simple lives are thrown into instant chaos--with some very violent consequences.
Man, this story kept me hooked right until the very end. Loved it!(less)
I'm a huge Stephen King fan. I've got every single one of his books. Some, I have in multiple editions. This is one of those. I wanted to sample the n...moreI'm a huge Stephen King fan. I've got every single one of his books. Some, I have in multiple editions. This is one of those. I wanted to sample the new Flipback books from Hachette, and was lucky enough to get a copy of this awesome book.
First, let's talk about the actual story...
Paul Sheldon is the popular author of the Misery Chastain books, featuring a character he has a love/hate relationship with. So, after he finishes her off--literally--he's spent some time writing a new novel. Something fresh and different. A story he's looking forward to sharing with the world, so he can leave the characters of Misery behind. However, on his way home, he gets caught up in a bad storm, loses control of the car, and winds up in a ditch.
Lucky for him, he wakes up in the 'safety' of a house. Annie Wilkes happens to be a nurse and rescued him from the wrecked car. She's taking care of him. Oh, and she also happens to be his "number-one" fan. She loves the Misery books. But when she reads the latest one, she's not satisfied with the ending and demands Paul write her a special installment of Misery. One that brings the character back to life.
As Paul struggles to bring back to life a character he was happy to say goodbye to, he finds his own life being threatened at every turn. Because Annie's not well. She's unstable, cruel, and truly psychotic. Not only does he find himself writing a novel that doesn't cheat and satisfies Annie, but he becomes the tortured, immobile captive of a psycho who slowly starts to cut into him. And I don't mean just his sanity and endurance, either.
Now, let's talk about the format...
This is the first Flipback I've ever read, so it was quite an experience. This book is compact--actually, it fits in the palm of your hand, and in your pocket--so you can take it anywhere with you. It's cute and very well made. I also love that cover! The writing inside is clear and easy to read. It has sideways-printed text, which means you read the book the opposite way you would a paperback or hardback.
The only problem I had with it was that because the pages are thin, they stuck sometimes, making it hard to turn the page. And when you're reading a Stephen King book, you really want to turn those pages quickly. ;)
Also, it reminded me of the small Bible I got from scripture class when I was a kid. Which is not a surprise, since they were invented in Holland by a Bible publisher.
Personally, I started out feeling a little skeptical about this format... but I have to admit that I really liked it. I love books, no matter what the format, and as long as the story I'm reading captivates me, I'm all for every type of format. And this one is a pretty cool and unique one.
The final word...
Misery is another page-turning, horror-filled, amazing book by the artful Stephen King. Not only did it keep me on the edge of my seat because I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next, but it made me cringe. It made me angry, sad, and even happy when Paul experienced even a little bit of hope. I became as haunted by Annie as he was, and kept expecting her to do something crazy to someone at every turn. Which she does. Many times.
When I finished Misery, I was exhausted! I was glad to have finally gotten to the end of Paul's nightmare, but also felt sad because I didn't want the book to end.
As uncomfortable as this book made me in many places, I truly loved it!(less)
After working out last night, I thought I'd sit down and relax through a few chapters of CELL but instead wound up finishing it! We ended up goin...moreWOW!
After working out last night, I thought I'd sit down and relax through a few chapters of CELL but instead wound up finishing it! We ended up going to bed a little later than usual but it was well worth it. I just couldn't put the book down again. I wanted to read it and see what was going to happen, how everything was going to turn out... and it didn't disappoint. Though I'm sad to say I would've liked more... yeah, long book and all but I really could've read more about Clay and the other survivors. Gee, even as I'm typing this I'm coming up with a hundred questions I'd still like answers for.
I think anyone who enjoys a good Armageddon-style read should definitely check this out. There's a bit of everything in it - in true King tradition. There's a lot of heart and the main characters are very likeable. Plus there's the whole phoners concept which I found intriguing and frightening at the same time. The suspense is also great, especially when you get down to the last 100 pages where you can't stop your mind from wondering about what's gonna happen next to this handful of normies. Ah, awesome book!
There was one particularly heart-breaking moment for me that involved a teenage character called Alice. She was strong, determined... I felt tears rise to my eyes. But I can't say more because I don't want to give away anything in this great story. I recommend going into it with the smallest amount of details as possible. Just know that it involves mobile phones and a bunch of survivors. Then sit back and enjoy the ride, because that's what it is. There are many ups and downs, twists and turns and just pure macabre horror that makes you realise this guy's a genius!
Well, I better stop. I could really go on and on about this book but I won't. I think I've said enough already. I'll leave you with: Outstanding! (less)
I can't believe it's taken me so long to get started on The Dark Tower adventure, but I'm glad I'm finally on my way.
After reading this book, I can't...moreI can't believe it's taken me so long to get started on The Dark Tower adventure, but I'm glad I'm finally on my way.
After reading this book, I can't wait to see what happens to Roland... because the mystery didn't exactly end with the book. :)
I've now got more questions than I did when I began the story--lol. Still, I was totally captivated by this book. It's a very clever and intriguing post-apocalyptic-western mix, with a good dash of magic. I really enjoyed following Roland as he pursued the Man in Black through the desert, and getting a peek into his past was also very cool.
This is one series I know I'm really going to enjoy! I'm already hooked.(less)
What a fascinating tale. I know some people might feel cheated after reading this intriguing mystery but I loved it. Very good book with all the trade...moreWhat a fascinating tale. I know some people might feel cheated after reading this intriguing mystery but I loved it. Very good book with all the trademark King, including the nature of the mystery. The interaction between the two old guys - Dave and Vince - and the young Stephanie is a great dymanic. He gives you just enough info to feel like you actually know them.
This book gets two thumbs up from me (since there are only 2, I think you get how much I liked it!) A great little read which'll no doubt return to my mind (as it did with the characters) even years down the track. That's the beauty of Stephen King, he's got this outstanding talent of hooking you into his tales so quick and deep, that you're powered on by the urge of wanting to know how it all turns out.
His afterword was really cool too! Here's a great quote from it:
"I write to find out what I think, and what I found out writing The Colorado Kid was that maybe- I just say maybe- it's the beauty of the mystery that allows us to live sane as we pilot our fragile bodies through this demolition-derby world."