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Bag of Bones by Stephen King
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Jan 24, 2012

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So this is my first Steven King novel. There are others on my list that I want to read, but somehow this one was first. For 25% of the book I thought he rambled on forever, getting no where fast. Then the last portions of the book really got me. I did enjoy it. Did I think it was 5 star worthy? No. First let me say, I LOVE paranormal books. And as far as the paranormal portion of the book went, I thought that was excellent. I could see what was happening, I could feel the chills. I loved that it wasn't some scientific explanation at the end. What I didn't like was the rambling. I can tell how much there is when I start skimming pages to speed it up. There were parts that were very descriptive, but to me, had nothing to do with the story. As I was skimming pages, I remembered my father who was a HUGE King fan - he owned every book in hardcover, loved his writing, etc, once telling me that King was getting too long winded in his books. He told me that probably 10 years ago. I would have to agree with him. Anyway, if you can suffer through the first part, the last half is pretty much worth it.
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message 1: by Mary (new) - added it

Mary I have to agree on the long winded part. I have noticed that myself and kind of stopped reading his books because of it. =)

J.N. Yeah, he is very long winded. But worth it, in the end.

message 3: by Gdi (new) - rated it 3 stars

Gdi Stephanie I listened to King read this to me on audio book in the car. It did drag in the beginning. If I had been reading it I likely would have put it down. I'm grateful that I run so many errands because the story did finally grab my attention and I found myself volunteering "to run to the store."

Joanne Boughton It's Stephen...not Steven and start with his earlier works. Even back to his Richard Bachman books like Thinner

message 5: by Jim (new) - added it

Jim Cullender Katie, I know your Comment is old (2012) now but, at least it gives me hope. I recently got hurt and was given this book to read while I was "in bed" trying to heal and I was looking forward to reading more Stephen King (I used to be a pretty big fan but I haven't read everything and I'm not sure I still want to). I'm still trying to get through The Stand (but I don't have current access to my copy) and the prospect of not having to read a tome to enjoy a King story was exciting. Sadly, so far, the reading has not been. This book starts slow. after reading your review I will finish Bag of Bones but I have to say not everything King writes is of equal quality. I remember having to almost force myself to finish Cujo (and I didn't like the movie either).

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