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Lisey's Story by Stephen King
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Aug 05, 2007

really liked it
Recommended for: old fans of King, with good suspension-of-disbelief skills
Read in November, 2006

It's not all that often that King strays from his horror roots that have made his so popular, but it does happen, Eyes Of The Dragon, On Writing, and The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, to name a few. Lisey's Story is King's latest contribution to that stack, and it's a considerable offer, though with some definite drawbacks.
King uses this story to focus on the relationship that a marriage creates, drawing greatly from his marriage to Tabitha. As he pulls on the reader's heartstrings and even throws some dark into the mix (THREAT OF RAPE! AHH!), King manages to create very real feelings in the midst of a very creative, surreal world. It's all very sweet, yet still manages to be pretty stomachable.
The point where I felt King could've been stronger is his use of character jargon. Yes, I DO realize that relationships have bits of their own language, much like inside jokes, but by the end of the book I still had no more than a rough idea of what the word "bool" meant, and it is essentially every other word used.
Overall, King has made a surprisingly good contribution to the alternative fiction world. New readers of him may want to sit this one out until getting some older books of his under their belts.
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