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Carrie by Stephen King
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My brain is a torment of RAGE with which I wish to rain vengeance down upon the later half of this book!

Everything progressed along as it should in the first half. The story moved at a good pace and the writing - though not moving - was adequate.

Then the climatic scene happened soon after the halfway mark. I'll rephrase that. The climax happened in the middle…the middle!

"An odd place for a climatic scene," I remember thinking. Nonetheless, I pushed on...and on and on through a rising tide of detail-cheating adverbs. "Oh mama, no!" I cried when, without warning/without notice/like lightning/like a flash/in the blink of an eye/in a heartbeat/quick and without cause, every action began happening "suddenly". I think King may have actually used suddenly twice in one sentence!

What happened?

Why did the editing stop midway through?

Why did the story drag on after it was essentially over?

In the end, this is a 2 star book that gets 3 for the interesting story and the strong start. Everything else is anticlimax.
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Jason Koivu I was just reading over past reviews of this book and I came across one where the person complained that no one could be as socially inept and sheltered as Carrie. Then in the next review the person ranted against the foul language and nearly pornographic scenes as being worse than anything they'd ever read. It left me wondering which of those two reviewers was the truly "isolated" person.


Kelly (and the Book Boar) Her momma probably still tells her to cover her "dirty pillows" when she leaves the house ; )


Jason Koivu Kelly wrote: "Her momma probably still tells her to cover her "dirty pillows" when she leaves the house ; )"

Nobody tells baby to cover her dirty pillows!


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Arah-Lynda I remember having very similar feelings when first I read this.


Jeanine Written in the 70's, which is when I first read it, may have made a difference. It was a much different time and even writing styles were different.


Jason Koivu Jeanine wrote: "Written in the 70's, which is when I first read it, may have made a difference. It was a much different time and even writing styles were different."

With anything, exposure dulls the medium. I'm sure this was more exciting to readers when it came out. But I still can't excuse poor/lazy writing, not for something from the 1970s…1970BC maybe, but not AD. :)


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Gary  the Bookworm It was turned into a great film, The musical, which bombed big on Broadway in the 1980's, has a cult following on the Internet and YouTube.


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Jonathan Peto His advance was fantastic though, even by today's standards.


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Jonathan Peto Especially by today's standards.


Kelly (and the Book Boar) In King's defense - this was his first published novel which he wrote in a janitor's closet while making next to nothing. Lucky for us he didn't know then that he could drag books on for 100s of more pages and still get millions to read them ; )


Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder* I always thought Carrie was a poorly written book too. The writing actually irritated me. The story is a great one so at least it made an excellent movie.

And Dirty pillows is an epic line :)


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Samadrita Thankfully I have never read this to notice the bad editing.


Jason Koivu Kelly wrote: "In King's defense - this was his first published novel which he wrote in a janitor's closet while making next to nothing. Lucky for us he didn't know then that he could drag books on for 100s of mo..."

It is his first, so that should be taken into account. I've read other King stuff and there does seem to be an improvement, but he still occasionally slides into old, bad habits.


Becky I rated this one 3 stars as well, because I had a lot of the same feelings you did, Jason... But I find myself liking it more with distance - when I step back to consider all of the implications of Carrie and her abilities and how sad her life must have been. All of the reports and files and articles kind of leave me feeling cold... but I guess it was kind of necessary to show the things that I like in retrospect.

I just wish the writing and editing had been better to let it be the book it should have been.


Jason Koivu Becky wrote: "I rated this one 3 stars as well, because I had a lot of the same feelings you did, Jason... But I find myself liking it more with distance - when I step back to consider all of the implications of..."

Thanks for reminding me about the reports, etc. Those dragged on too long. I didn't mind their gimmicky use. It's a writer's tool and it worked, to a point…but it passed that point well before the book ended.


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Ah I see that working our way through some classic King's will have its ups and downs. Sounds like I should just read Part 1 and drop napalm on Part 2.


Jason Koivu Steve aka Sckenda wrote: "Ah I see that working our way through some classic King's will have its ups and downs. Sounds like I should just read Part 1 and drop napalm on Part 2."

You can probably just stick with the movie version of this one and be alright come book judgement day.


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Jason wrote: "Steve aka Sckenda wrote: "Ah I see that working our way through some classic King's will have its ups and downs. Sounds like I should just read Part 1 and drop napalm on Part 2."

You can probably..."


Yes, I need to watch the whole film. It came on television a long time ago, and my mom made me turn it off not to far into it.


Carmen There is a book judgment day? o.O


Jason Koivu Carmen wrote: "There is a book judgment day? o.O"

We shall see... :)


Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Luminescent Monster* Dear Jason,

My brain is a torment of RAGE with which I wish to rain vengeance down upon the later half of this book!

Yes! THIS!!! My brain, it doesn't understand!

Sincerely,

A confused Vampire Ninja


Jason Koivu Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Luminescent Monster* wrote: "Dear Jason,

My brain is a torment of RAGE with which I wish to rain vengeance down upon the later half of this book!

Yes! THIS!!! My brain, it doesn't understand!

Sincerely,

A confused Vampire..."


Maybe this was a short story that got out of hand? Got above its station? KNOW YOUR PLACE, SHORT STORY!


The Brain in the Jar I noticed the book takes a nose-dive in the climax, too. King is terrible without editors.

Up until then it's fun and psychological. It's more about these characters, how each views things. Even though we get 'evil' characters, we also get to understand them. He could've developed them further, but they're already more than evil for evil's sake.

Then the climax comes in and it's just one bloody event after another, one explosion after another.


Jason Koivu Skinneejay wrote: "I noticed the book takes a nose-dive in the climax, too. King is terrible without editors.

Up until then it's fun and psychological. It's more about these characters, how each views things. Even t..."


Thanks for your thoughts on that, Skinneejay! Yeah, I really felt like this spent its load and sputtered on lamely after the prom scene with a bunch of filler in order to turn a novella into a novel.


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Naomi Hmm... it reads like a YA book


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