The tense parts leading up to the raid were awesome and so was the town meeting. I liked when he would pull back and write as the narrator speaking to the reader directly. I also loved when the kids went out with the Geiger counter. And this was a small detail but I LOVED when he would write about Horace and sort of take you inside his thought processes.
The ending was super cheeseballs but I would have been disappointed if it wasn't. Actually, disappointed doesn't really cover it. If I spent two weeks lugging that beast around on the subway and then they all died I would have thrown my book at a wall [which probably would have made a pretty large hole]. I even thought that a few of the deaths that did happen were gratuitous - mainly I'm thinking of Carolyn, Benny, Thurston, Ernie & Aiden - but it is what it is. It's just that after a while you start being like, ok, we get the point, everything sucks. I'm just so glad he didn't kill off Romeo Burpee; he was my favourite character by far and I wanted to cry every time there was a possibility of anything remotely bad happening to him. I also liked Barbie a lot - maybe not as much as the love of my life Stu Redman from The Stand who he did remind me a lot of, but he was a good character. Linda and Julia were sort of annoying but I really liked Norrie and Piper. I wish that Sammy Bushey hadn't killed herself either because I thought she would have added a lot to the story.
I wished that Ollie Dinsmore would have been introduced earlier too. I don't necessarily mean making him a bigger character, but just imagine how SICK it would have been if he was the first character to be introduced? KJDFJLJ thinking about it makes me crazy. Obviously though he was still incredible and I died a little inside when I thought he wasn't going to make it.
Jim Rennie was a GREAT villain. It's weird to say that I loved him but I just loved how messed up he was. I felt the same about Junior and the Chef. Especially Chef, because I didn't feel like the situation was totally black & white with him. He wasn't evil like Jim Rennie and the rest of the cops.
All of this brings me to another thing I liked but found disturbing about the book - what it said about power and authority. Minus the stuff about aliens it was completely plausible; the motives behind what Jim Rennie did, and also everything that happened with the police force - similar things have and continue to happen every single day. The supernatural element was there - actually, it felt more like science fiction to me which was also probably why I liked it - but the story was really about the characters. I liked The Stand for the same reason. He set this scenario up but it was the people living that scenario that actually drove the story.
Anyway, I'm sad it's over. I read that they are making it into a miniseries directed by Steven Spielberg and adapted by Brian K. Vaughan, so if that ever actually happens I'm super excited to watch it. I read a lot of blogs where people suggested John Goodman to play Jim Rennie, but I don't know if I would back that... and someone else suggested Ty Burell play Chef which I thought was sort of a brilliant idea.
Also a small note - one thing I am consistently disappointed about with Stephen King is his lack of positive (or actually, anything but negative) potrayals of POC and/or queer people, and this unfortunately did nothing to fix that problem... please get on that SK. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
First of all, if you don't know anything about this book, I will warn you that it doesn't have any quotation marks [or apostrophes, if I remember corr...moreFirst of all, if you don't know anything about this book, I will warn you that it doesn't have any quotation marks [or apostrophes, if I remember correctly] and includes the liberal use of run-on sentences. I don't have anything against stylized writing like that when it works, and I know people absolutely love Cormac McCarthy. But I thought this book was boring. I'm sorry! I have to say it! I do a lot of my reading on the subway, and there were days when I chose staring at the train walls/floor over reading this book. Take from that what you will. But I found it was just like, "blah blah blah riding and eating tortillas and falling in love with a girl I just met." Also, maybe this makes me lazy, but I felt like because I lack even a basic understanding of Spanish, my comprehension of what was happening in certain scenes was... limited.(less)