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'Salem's Lot by Stephen King
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Jun 03, 11

it was ok
bookshelves: classics, horror
Read from May 20 to June 03, 2011

I'm hesitent to give this 2 stars because it's not a bad book, but I did not enjoy it. I am not used to this type of storytelling. I can argue Ben, the writer, is the main character, but with dozens of detailed backstory on the townspeople, poor Ben gets lost in the shuffle. I found it difficult to care about anyone with so many storylines going on. There is a section in one of the later chapters with a description of what each townsperson is eating for dinner. I don't care what Mabel is eating. Where is the vampire?

The villian is truly creepy. I appreciated the depth of detail when it came to him. I cared about his backstory. I defintely get the parallels of evil vampire to the everyday evils of a small rural community. I think some serious paring down would have helped. I can't help but wonder if this book would get published today. I loved Stephen King's book On Writing, which is what urged me to read Salem's Lot. I plan to give one of his later novels a chance.

Note: I listened to the audio book and the narrator is well cast. The forward narrated by King himself was more enjoyable than his story.

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