Oct 27, 10
stephen king fans
Read from October 03 to 27, 2010 — I own a copy
** spoiler alert **
First off, this book really attracted me because of the fact that it's a "trunk" novel. There was something enticing about a whole manuscript, lost and forgotten, suddenly being found. Like an ancient artifact or something, I suppose. I know that King went over it before it went to the publishing house, but still the fact remained....it was something old, something uncovered.....
That being sad, I'm glad the book is no longer a trunk novel, no longer a manuscript waiting to be finalized. Here it is in my hand, and out in the world being read. I bet King is relieved that another one of his works have seen the light of day instead of being hidden away. But anyway, I'm getting off point.
The book itself is great. It's not a masterpiece, but it does tell a well developed story. The flashbacks, as typical of King's work, are wonderful and sprinkled with waves of nostalgia. The harsh reality of the present brings a sense of doom to the story, a feeling of what you know full well of what's coming.
But that doesn't ruin it. King guides you along in a way that isn't dull and doesn't stall the story, but enriches it. It is certainly a tragedy, but it's not depressing. I think anyone who loves either the Bachman books or early King would enjoy this, as this novel for some reason seems to bridge the two. Which makes sense, if this is truly the last "Bachman" novel.