Keyes is such a brilliant writer. I loved this book. Though it is not as funny as 'Angels' but in its own right, its a masterpiece. The love and hate...moreKeyes is such a brilliant writer. I loved this book. Though it is not as funny as 'Angels' but in its own right, its a masterpiece. The love and hate relations of the women in this book, their struggles are so engaging that you don't want to put it aside, even for a moment. Delightful, well written. A very real portrayal of the plight of so many women who are victims of abuse and who have not been able to stand up against it either because of love or fear. A very serious subject has been handled with such care. A must read. Would recommend it to others too.(less)
Anyone who is a vampire fan just can't miss this. This is the book that started it all - our fascination with Dracula. There is no extensive blood and...moreAnyone who is a vampire fan just can't miss this. This is the book that started it all - our fascination with Dracula. There is no extensive blood and gore as one normally anticipates in such a book. But the story itself keeps you on the edge and in no time you would be jumping at the slightest sound or movement. Count Dracula is a debonair, suave creature. Sophistication just dripping from every sentence that he utters or writes. But the terror he instills is terrifying and bone- chilling. This classic is entertaining and exhilarating to the last letter. (less)
I absolutely loved this book. It is as engaging as any crime novel is supposed to be , maybe more so... you tend to feel the family's pain acutely. Th...moreI absolutely loved this book. It is as engaging as any crime novel is supposed to be , maybe more so... you tend to feel the family's pain acutely. The desperation in the father to find the daughter, the hope that nothing bad has happened. The disbelief of the police. It's all more or less real . We read about this everyday in newspapers... about the child that never returned home. The terrifying Mr Harvey, someone whom no one would ever suspect to be the guilty one. Alice captures the feelings so well. the mother's reactions are so cold that you will get angry at her. I liked the entire other world feel that has been given - Susie's heaven. I think we would all want that... the knowledge that our loved ones remain by our side, watching over us.
A very likeable book.I would suggest that people should read this.(less)
I saw the movie a long time ago and had always wanted to read the book. Finally I got my chance and I really enjoyed going through it. This is a very...moreI saw the movie a long time ago and had always wanted to read the book. Finally I got my chance and I really enjoyed going through it. This is a very emotionally intense and engaging storyline. It keeps you glued in from the start to the finish. The rich courtroom drama keeps the excitement live. The storyline - a father seeking revenge on those who wronged his daughter - may sound to be a simple story; but trust me it is anything but that. It surpasses all your expectations.
John G. shows how a crime tends to touch so many people and alter the course of their lives. He highlights many aspects of our society - crime, justice, racism, poverty, politics, religion, our value systems, the essence and struggles of a normal family, personal vendettas and the thirst for power and attention in people. He shows the naivety of the media and how susceptible it is to manipulation and misinformation. Everything is intertwined and the plight of one family would not only become a spectacle for the entire nation but would bring into focus some serious issues that had been swept under the rug.
Reading this book, you will find yourself overwhelmed by Carl Lee's struggles. While being horrified at the action of men, you will question the judicial system that protects all.
A very touching story; would recommend it to everyone. (less)
After reading this book i have come to realize why people like Stephen king books so much. This was the first of his books that I have read and i love...moreAfter reading this book i have come to realize why people like Stephen king books so much. This was the first of his books that I have read and i loved it. It is eerie and scary. Try to finish it in one go (unlike me) or you might end up having sleepless nights , finding forms in shadows and freaking out at every sound. Jack is terrifying. You want to save the child and are glad that Wendy, the mother stands up against her husband and does not end up dead.Very real situation of being stuck in bad weather.
This is a well written book, Stephen king describes every structure, every emotion, every situation in a little too meticulous details. It kind of starts swimming in front of your eyes literally. Altogether a good book to read and i would recommend others to go for it.(less)
King unveils a whole new world of telekinesis and takes us through the life of Carrie. Carrie lives with her mother; she has vague recollections of un...moreKing unveils a whole new world of telekinesis and takes us through the life of Carrie. Carrie lives with her mother; she has vague recollections of unexplained happenings around her and slowly begins to understand and exercise her abilities. Which eventually spells catastrophe for everyone around her.
Through this story King brings forth a very serious issue of bullying that children around the world face - that damages too many lives.
Carrie's story, while horrifying and terrorizing, calls out for compassion and empathy. By the end of the story , one is filled with so much sadness. The unsympathetic attitude of everyone is really disheartening.
Overall a very gripping book. Must read for everyone. (less)
After reading 'salem's Lot' I believe there aren't enough words to describe my feelings regarding this book. For someone like me, who read Bram Stoker...moreAfter reading 'salem's Lot' I believe there aren't enough words to describe my feelings regarding this book. For someone like me, who read Bram Stoker's Dracula and loved it so much, 'salem's lot' brings forth an entirely different world of vampires.
We walk through 'salem through the eyes of the novelist Ben Mears. His past haunts him and we see him return to a town he left as a child, to seek some relief. Yet, as we go on to read, we will see that he will find none and only end up loosing everything.
Here the sophisticated and suave Count Dracula is succeeded by someone far more cunning and ruthless - Barlow. Through almost half of the book, Barlow exists in the periphery- slinking away in the darkness. And yet he overshadows everything happening in the book. The evil that comes and resides here and that feeds and grows on the corruption of the human soul is far more terrifying and alive than anything one has ever come across before. Its a battle of good vs. evil, where the good fights a loosing battle and there are no winners in the end. While good tries to wipe out evil, it never succeeds. Evil only retreats and hides, and attacking again when good is at its most vulnerable.
There are very real characters here, living very real lives and when evil comes knocking on their doors, their doom is so inevitable that the reader is not surprised and rather takes it in their stride. And eagerly anticipates the fall of the next resident of 'salem.
The story is a fast paced, nail-biting thriller and just plain terrifying. The way the incidents proceed the anxiety increases manifolds, till the reader is so absorbed with the story that it gets devoured in a flash.(less)
When Stephen King stated that Pet Sematary was possibly his scariest work till date, he wasn’t kidding. Believe me, it is.
Pet Sematary is the kind of...moreWhen Stephen King stated that Pet Sematary was possibly his scariest work till date, he wasn’t kidding. Believe me, it is.
Pet Sematary is the kind of story that settles in your subconscious, coming back to you night after night; haunting your dreams and making you cry out even in your sleep. Out of the few of King's works that I have read, I found him more intensely involved in this one. There is too much depth of thought. King is at his best explaining fear and evil, examining the human psyche and how there is a thin line between sanity and insanity, between being aware of the power and seeking it out to embrace it.
There this overbearing presence of evil throughout and with every line you start expecting something to just jump out. There may be those who might not agree with me here, but Pet Sematary is definitely a day book -- you read it during the day and keep it aside at night. Just don’t touch it.
The story moves ever so slowly into the unknown. Louise Creed is over his head here. He knows it and yet he can't stop himself. The presence of the cat as sentry of the underworld is evidence of the doom that is ready to walk out through the Pet Sematary into the human world. One wrong decision and everything is destroyed. There is no turning back. Some are lucky to escape.
Off course, there are sections that you may not like. At times the characters are reminiscing too much and it stretches beyond a point of holding your interest. I did often get distracted and honestly skipped couple of paragraphs here and there. But the book is definitely worth reading and I would recommend it to others too.
Death is real and so is the desire to being your loved ones back from the other world. Pet Sematary is not so much about the cemetery itself but of the world beyond that it stands guard before, serving as a sign that reads - 'don’t venture beyond this point.'
If I ever get the chance to meet Stephen King, I would walk up to him, bow my head and seek his blessings. If there's one author who truly knows how t...moreIf I ever get the chance to meet Stephen King, I would walk up to him, bow my head and seek his blessings. If there's one author who truly knows how to weave varied characters into the most gripping nail-biting plots, it's him. No questions about it.
If you haven’t had the chance to read this book, then I would suggest you drop everything and get yourself a copy, for you are truly missing out on an amazing piece of work.
The book takes you into the world of Chester's Mill, where ordinary people are living their normal lives (most of them at least). Then, one day something unexpected happens -- the little town finds itself trapped under an invisible shield, which would soon come to be known as 'The Dome'. There is no way out and no way in. The next few days are filled with growing confusion, chaos and anarchy and we will see how one man instigates it all to feed his personal mission to complete domination. As 'Scarecrow' Joe mentions, it sure is 'Lord of the flies' all over again -- there a group of children, when faced with adversity, turned on each other with gruesome ruthlessness. Survival of the fittest was the rule of the day. Here, too, in Chester's Mill, the same elements are at play, but things are more stark and emotions more on edge. One after another events take place bringing out the worst in people and even those who've known each other all their lives, are ready to stomp and kill the other without much thought. Where does one go from here? There is no escape.
S. King creates a larger than life situation with such conviction that once you start reading you realize it is all possible. In a matter of a few hours, the calm town is transformed into a raging, terrifying hell hole. Smallest of incidents are blown out of proportion. Innate feelings--anger, want, hunger, passion, fear--all come to the surface, only to be magnified ten-folds. Unsuspecting people are thrown into situations where either they retaliate or cower and surrender to the strong. Select few take advantage of the gullibility of others and thrive on their fear and vulnerability.
James "Big Jim" Rennie -- cunning, shrewd, ruthless -- is probably the most well-defined character in the book. You will want to choke him with your own hands. He is intelligent, an opportunist who knows how to read people, recognize their weaknesses or strengths and predict their reactions even if they can't. He uses this foresight to manipulate people and situations for his own advantage and succeeds in getting away with it every single time. Striking when the iron is hot and staying one step ahead of everyone is his true motto.
There are several other characters in the book like Dale Barbara aka Barbie who will win your hearts; there would be some whom you'll pity and some you'll curse and I guess that's the beauty of it all. King so involves his readers into his stories and his characters are so real, the situations so plausible that the reader is glued to his books.
Under the Dome, is definitely a huge book - all 800 (and some more) pages of it, but once you start you would not want to stop. It will carry you through the streets of Chester's Mill, into the houses of its residents and you will experience their every emotion and live their darkest moments. For some it's their last on the planet. Nevertheless, you will emerge out of it all oddly gratified and rejoicing for the survivors. Of course, there would also be that voice at the back of your head, wishing it had not end. (less)
The story does stay true to its title throughout the book. Everyone is asking the same question -'Where are you?', only the context differs. Mary does...moreThe story does stay true to its title throughout the book. Everyone is asking the same question -'Where are you?', only the context differs. Mary does build a very interesting plot where everyone is left guessing to the very end. The climax catches you by surprise.
That being said,I felt that there was something missing, couldn't exactly put my finger on it. Despite being well written, i felt that some things were never clarified and you are kind of left with too many questions.
It is a good book , but probably not the one that gets you hooked or inspires you to come back to it again. (less)
I liked this book .. it is interesting and engaging.Though i must admit it starts on a slow pace and picks up gradually and also it's a little too lon...moreI liked this book .. it is interesting and engaging.Though i must admit it starts on a slow pace and picks up gradually and also it's a little too long, which at some places could have been cut short. The story is overall good. There are portions of humor, sorrow, pain and thrill -- that make you want to keep reading, but there are some portions that can be a bit confusing .. such as when does ART hop into the scene and move out is a bit off.
People interested in the supernatural and mutant powers would like the story.(less)
This one was a little too much for me. It started off with a promising storyline but it kind of lost me after a few chapters. The way the incidents in...moreThis one was a little too much for me. It started off with a promising storyline but it kind of lost me after a few chapters. The way the incidents in Stefani's life keep going back and forth and coming full circle to where it started ...may have seemed like a good writing technique but i believe that it has not come out so well. After some time you plain get irritated and started skipping lines and paragraphs altogether. Hoping that something interesting might come out in the end... never does. Too much senseless killing a.k.a. kill bill style. It is a fair attempt but there are too much detailing at times and chapters breaks go missing ----here one minute something is happening and the next minute the entire scene changes to something else and you are not sure whether it is part of what you were reading earlier or something new. I hope that the second part is much better than this.(less)
What a delightfully charming book. I loved the way the book begins, a very enjoyable storytelling style. Though coming from the genre of fantasy and f...moreWhat a delightfully charming book. I loved the way the book begins, a very enjoyable storytelling style. Though coming from the genre of fantasy and fairy tales but it kind of catches you off-guard with its simplicity and honesty. Once you start, you would want to finish it in one go, just the way i did. Like any other fairy tale - there's a hero, a villain, a good king, a princess in distress, magical creatures, monsters wrecking havoc (on the nerves of the villain here), lots of trials and tribulations for our dearest villain. There is drama, anguish, comedy, action, thrill. Everything you would love. I would recommend everyone to take time to read this. I would love to read more about the adventures of Lord Arkus and his sparkling. Hoping for more such interesting stories from the author's kitty.(less)
A good read. It reminded me a lot of Nancy drew figure, of course, the extent to which the P.I. rebecca goes to find the truth is a little too much fo...moreA good read. It reminded me a lot of Nancy drew figure, of course, the extent to which the P.I. rebecca goes to find the truth is a little too much for my taste (Cafe Nue') All together an ok story-- a murder mystery which comes full circle where everyone is trying or actually killing every other person and then one comes to know that the actual murder never really happened. The end however, was brought to a close a little too conveniently. A very plain and simple style of storytelling. No edgy drama that goes with a murder mystery. However, a good adventure, look forward to another rebecca mystery, but hopefully without the kinky stuff.(less)