I've been trying to figure out how to compare this to The Virgin Suicides (which changed my LIFE when I read it at 16 or so) without being insulting--...moreI've been trying to figure out how to compare this to The Virgin Suicides (which changed my LIFE when I read it at 16 or so) without being insulting--because this book doesn't need a "this book is like" comparison to stand on its own. Uh, that said, the dreaminess and visceral writing and even perspective (idealized teenage girl as seen through the eyes of obsessed teenage boy) rang the same notes inside me. Lovely, lovely book. I love a boarding school novel, and this is such an excellent one. I devoured it in a day while lying in the sun, which is probably about as perfect as a day can get. (less)
Brilliantly done. My earlier "complaint" about the book being inaccessible at points is a minor one in the end, and one that reflects more on my frust...moreBrilliantly done. My earlier "complaint" about the book being inaccessible at points is a minor one in the end, and one that reflects more on my frustration - wanting to understand all angles and nuances of every word - than Jamison's work. The title essay is perfect and many of the others have stayed on my mind since I finished them. Overall, my Kindle tells me I made the equivalent of 40 underlined notes in this collection, and I'm not surprised. Some of those notes span several pages.(less)
ohhh my god. i got this from a guest who talked about indie comics on you big dumb idiot. he said saga is his favorite comic being released right now....moreohhh my god. i got this from a guest who talked about indie comics on you big dumb idiot. he said saga is his favorite comic being released right now. for some reason it took me a couple months to get around to it, but i read it straight tonight and my mind is so blown. on the podcast, we talked about it being "game of thrones meets star wars" and guestpert chris said that was basically correct, but that saga had a strong bizarre quality that's not present in the other two, and that was SUCH the accurate description. I AM SO INTO THIS. the story is super compelling, the art is evocative, the dialogue is genuine and genuinely funny and true (as are the characters), and there's a race of creatures with tv heads. liiiike. this is my jam. (less)
**spoiler alert** Granted, Stephen King includes an epilogue in which he basically says: "Hey, reader - you're probably not going to feel the same abo...more**spoiler alert** Granted, Stephen King includes an epilogue in which he basically says: "Hey, reader - you're probably not going to feel the same about this book as you did about that other one I wrote. I mean, it's a different time, you're a different person, I'm a different person. And The Shining was like, REALLY GOOD. What can you do."
Which, hey. I'm not mad about it. I read Doctor Sleep with pleasure. The word I kept using to describe it was "readable," which I realize sounds like a backhanded compliment. But more than anything else, I love how King's writing just clips along in compelling, clear bundles. Not that the plot is all that compelling or clear. The True Knot is pretty much a wash as far as terror goes. New members were introduced throughout and there were so many I didn't bother to keep them straight. The threat they pose--that innocuous-seeming people who travel in RVs are actually sorta-vampires who feast on the emissions of kids who shine--was not threatening for me as a reader. And Even when the big showdown FINALLY happens, I never felt for one second that Abra and Dan might fail. I knew from the beginning that the good guys were safe. Which is cozy, but not new. And definitely not scary.
It was nostalgic to be around Danny (and Wendy and Dick, however briefly) again, even touching on that other story I like so much. But sometimes the perspective tripped over itself--Dan refers to a True member as "cycling" despite never hearing the term (YES he could have shined it out of someone, but we never saw that), POVs jump from Rose to other members without warning in some chapters, and a few other things I mentally grumbled about as I read.
That said, I kept reading. It's not great if my review is basically "shrug," but it's good enough for me.
(One thing's bugging me, though. If the baseball boy hadn't been vaccinated against measles, why were they so quick to assume that Abra had? And why did the measles take so fricking long to activate? For that being the primary source of distress in the True Knot, it seemed half-baked.)
As close to a perfect book as I've read in a long time. A hard sell, I know - whoopie, a novel set in Nazi Germany narrated by Death! - but the narrat...moreAs close to a perfect book as I've read in a long time. A hard sell, I know - whoopie, a novel set in Nazi Germany narrated by Death! - but the narrative choices are incredible: if we don't fear Death, if Death is a humble and curious voice, and if we travel alongside him throughout (and sometimes between) the years, then the loss of disappearing lovers and family members and friends is even more acute. The Fuhrer himself more despicable. Because Death isn't the enemy. There's a bigger shadow looming.
But it's not just a story about death and shadows and enemies, it's also a story about devotion and adoration and sunlight. And writing. Poetry! And being lost and found. As much as it devastated me, I could read it again and again. (less)