It took me two months to finish this book, I liked it. I have to say though my favorite character was Harold. He was a bad person, but he was smart, cIt took me two months to finish this book, I liked it. I have to say though my favorite character was Harold. He was a bad person, but he was smart, cunning, and had the most interesting character developments. He was a driving point in the story for most of it, getting the main characters to boulder through ingenuity even while he was on a declining moral ground, he helped the other characters achieve goals not because he agreed with them, but because he could. I feel the end of his story was very fitting end for his journey. I cried a few times, for their world, for individual characters, for what would I do? then I remember that any time any bug goes around I'm one of the first to get sick, so hey, no worries about me ever having to live through an end of the world scenario like this. yay. It is a long book, but it is definitely worth the read, especially for how much of it focuses on Flagg. I find Stephen King's personal demon endlessly fascinating. ...more
**spoiler alert** This collection of stories was wonderful.
The worlds are spread out far removed from our own. The settings are places where clones a**spoiler alert** This collection of stories was wonderful.
The worlds are spread out far removed from our own. The settings are places where clones and biologically engineered servants, and fantastic futuristic technology on lost worlds. There are also ghosts and werewolves which are so far up my alley it's not even funny. Love that stuff.
The thing that stands out isn't the tech, or the alien lands and technologies it's that at the core of every single story is a human story. If you read a lot you realize the language changes, and the slang changes, and the setting change, but people at their core people are the same. This book beautifully captures what it means to be human.
It is so easy to fall into the worlds of the stories, into the places where loss and grief and the feeling of needing something can drive people to do things that seem crazy. From rejuvenation trying to capture lost youth to the ravishment of Alzheimer and the loss of a child the stories never lose that core strength of who the characters are, they live on the pages, like their entire lives are captured in the snapshots of the short stories. It feels like you could run into them in the streets, or you might have talked to them once somewhere you can't remember. The best way to describe it, is they feel alive and I'm glad to have met them. ...more
**spoiler alert** I tend to hold Stephen King to a higher standard than most other writers. A 5 star book compared to the vast majority of books I've**spoiler alert** I tend to hold Stephen King to a higher standard than most other writers. A 5 star book compared to the vast majority of books I've read, but a fairly average book for Stephen King. I hold King to a much higher standard than most other writers.
As I said in my review for Finders Keepers I don't like the fact the human, psychopath villain got a power up, but that's not actually anything to do with the book itself. Just a sticking point for me. Ignoring that part, it was actually a good villain, especially if you're the type of person that can lose yourself in games.
Brady preying on those susceptible to both suggestion and suicide are very much in line with his character in Mr. Mercedes, the method with which he reached his victims was creepy. A couple questions of character that I don't think were answered or if they were I think i missed the answer (view spoiler)[how did he actually gain the ability to mind jump? It wasn't clear if it was the drugs or the trauma from his brain injury or both, the character himself questioned it but there was never a definitive answer. I wanted to know for sure it was a little disappointing not to find out. also, why was he no longer tied to his own body? I got the weird feeling that Brady was less a human and more a ghost in his own body. (hide spoiler)]
I liked the fact that Hodges was dealing with a very real and human antagonist on top of the villain of the story. His own age and health. It's always good when the scary inhuman villain is competing with biology for which is worse.
Over all it's a good book, satisfying ending even without the questions of "how" answered. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
As a reader I am horrified, I love books..but not like that. And as a writer I am horrified, I mean...can you imagine being even indirectly responsiblAs a reader I am horrified, I love books..but not like that. And as a writer I am horrified, I mean...can you imagine being even indirectly responsible for inspiring a murderer? Eek.
When I first saw Finders Keepers in the local bookstore I really wanted it. I mean Stephen King with a blood stained book for the cover? It looked like exactly the kind of thing I would really get into. Then I realized I needed to read Mr. Mercedes first. So I had to wait.
I can't imagine what it feels like to really want to read a book, but having to wait for it. I'd like to say I can't imagine someone being so inspired by fiction they go to the extremes that Morris did...but I'd be lying. It wasn't hard to imagine it before reading this tale. With it all laid out and black and ivory it's really easy to see it. People get crazy when they love something, and have no love for actual life.
My favorite part is the way it ends. On one hand, it's tragic, on the other hand it's really the perfect ending for the journey of the books. Ignoring Pete and Morris. The notebooks themselves were the biggest character in this story for me.
I wanted them. I wanted to see them and read them. If I got my hands on something that precious I don't think I'd want to give it up either.
My least favorite part was (view spoiler)[ Hodges visits to Brady. I get that it's a set up for what's to come, but in the last book he was just a "normal" sociopath. It's a return to form, but a departure from the character. I'm not sure how I feel about that. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I could write a novel's worth of thoughts on this book.
I loved it. But then I always fall for a good rogue, McMurphy is nothing if not a rogue. The tI could write a novel's worth of thoughts on this book.
I loved it. But then I always fall for a good rogue, McMurphy is nothing if not a rogue. The thing is for all his gambling, and womanizing, and flaunting of authority he has integrity. Writing it feels like kind of an oxymoron a rogue with integrity? a self proclaimed con man even? But It's true, and I can't talk myself out of believing it.
McMurphy walks into Ratched's ward and he does something that's never been done there, he treats everyone the same. From the clearly abusive orderlies, to the vegetative "chronics" to the "acutes" He talks and he reads them and he sees where the lines are laid down then walks all over them.
The thing is though when it comes right down to it, (view spoiler)[He martyred himself. When he showed up the patients were more inmates than patients, they were being drugged and manipulated and beaten into submission. With a strong implication toward sexual abuse as well. When he left many of them were well on their way to being functional, to overcoming their issues simply because of how strongly he believed in them and encouraged them. While McMurphy himself was essentially destroyed by the system he helped get them out of. (hide spoiler)] For that reason he will probably be one of my favorite character for a long time.
The narrator is unreliable, but at the same time he feels trustworthy. The details of the story on occasion do reflect that the narrator is not where he is by chance, but in his own words, "..it's the truth even if it didn't happen" He knows he's unreliable and is up front about it. Most unreliable narrators don't come right out and say it. Leaving it up to the reader to figure that out. In this instance the story gains more weight because of the admission.
My favorite character is McMurphy for the reasons I gave above. My least favorite actually is not the antagonistic Nurse Ratched. (view spoiler)[In fact it's the doctor. The one that is so controlled by the Nurse that he fails to remember his job is first and foremost care of his patients. A willing villain I can forgive, but someone who actively chooses to ignore the abuses that goes on around him when his job is the opposite, I can't forgive. (hide spoiler)]
My favorite Scene is definitely when McMurphy arranges (view spoiler)[a fishing trip for the patients It was the point that it became clear how much of a positive influence he really was on them. Giving them back their confidence and self assertion, even if at first it was an act, by the end of the trip it is more of a reality than any of them realize. (hide spoiler)]
My least favorite part of the book is the way the battle of wills between McMurphy and Nurse Ratched is resolved. I really couldn't imagine a better way for it to end, but that doesn't mean I have to like it. Storytelling wise it was perfect. Emotionally it was draining.
As for the morality/accuracy/whatever else you want to call it of the institution and it's methods, I'll leave that for someone else to debate. I will say that while I don't have hard evidence to back it up I believe there is a definite cultural fear of institutions that are suppose to help being used instead to drug and scare people into submission. The sheer number of times it appears in books, tv shows, movies, and occasionally news medias says it's a common enough fear to cash in on. I can't link directly to anything to support this statement, because I'm lazy. but I know I've seen it enough it doesn't surprise me when I do see it. It's not even a plot twist anymore. It's expected. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This is a great book if you have insomnia. to summarize (view spoiler)[ drinking in France, drinking in Spain, drinking in bars, drinking while travelThis is a great book if you have insomnia. to summarize (view spoiler)[ drinking in France, drinking in Spain, drinking in bars, drinking while traveling, drinking while fishing, drinking while watching bulls, drinking while drinking. I just could not enjoy this book. I don't know, I guess I realized I was never going to enjoy it when Jake balanced his checkbook. I neither liked, nor cared about the characters. Brett was at least interesting, but there really wasn't a story there, it was an account of an accomplished bed jumper. There wasn't a goal, there wasn't a change. there was some heart breaks and bar brawls but it's just not enough to keep me interested. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I read the book over several months, mostly while I was waiting on other things. So take into consideration the fact I was bored before I picked up thI read the book over several months, mostly while I was waiting on other things. So take into consideration the fact I was bored before I picked up the book. I'm a little critical when I'm bored. it's a good hunt, it's true to the character's. it fits believably within the time frame. Because of the type of book it can have no true character developments because they all happens elsewhere. The hunt was interesting because the villain was memorable. My favorite part was the part where (view spoiler)[where Sam didn't die. (hide spoiler)] That's really the part that stood out to me, because well I watch the show. The thought that stood out to me most while reading was (view spoiler)[ "Oh look, Sam's dying again. (hide spoiler)] This isn't the kind of book that's going to be remembered as a stand alone classic in years to come, but for people who like the show, who are familiar with the characters, and who want a story that the focus is primarily the hunt then it's great. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Overall I really enjoyed this book. Cat is a unreliable narrator that threw me for the first few chapters her memories not matching up to the storiesOverall I really enjoyed this book. Cat is a unreliable narrator that threw me for the first few chapters her memories not matching up to the stories that she's telling herself. But as the story progresses that inconsistency becomes vital to the tale. The serial murders are not the important part of the story, but it's Cat's own journey into her families darker secrets, and how she's been keeping those secrets even from herself for years. It was worth the read, and while Cats history makes me squimish in a way murders never will, I'm glad I stuck to through the end. ...more
I am NOT this books target audience. If I were I'd rate it lower, however, given it's intended purpose and it's intended audience it is exactly on tarI am NOT this books target audience. If I were I'd rate it lower, however, given it's intended purpose and it's intended audience it is exactly on target. Personally I don't need any help disconnecting from the logical side of my mind. I don't need any help finding time to write. I don't need any help building writing speed. The writing by hand would slow my writing down more than it would help me. This book is clearly tailored for people who want to write and feel like they can't write while I've been writing every day since I learned to write. I've learned to write in a way that actually closely follows this method without the focus on publishing or spirituality. So for someone who hasn't learned it by trail and error the way I did this book would be perfect.
If you want to write a book and need a push to do it. This method absolutely will help. It will not make you the next Stephen King, or J.K. Rowling. However if you want to write it will give you guidelines to start writing in a way that removes the excuses and procrastination with are the two things that keep people from writing....more