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Black House by Stephen King
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May 30, 10

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Read from May 20 to 30, 2010

I absolutely loved this book. It's funny, because I picked it up immediately after reading The Talisman, and at first I was put off by the shift in tone and feel of this one. I wanted more Talisman style fantasy adventure, with the lovable young Jack Sawyer. What I got was a cold, detached, present-tense narrative that watched everything from above and showed a landscape that was totally out of place with the book I had just finished. This is supposed to be a sequel!

But am I ever glad I stuck with it. The present voice grew to become a comfort, and as the narrator became more attached to the characters, so did I. This is still not the same book, but oh my, what a book it is.

I said that The Talisman reminded me somewhat of a blend of Lord of the Rings and Tom Sawyer. Well, for this one, throw in some Silence of the Lambs and even a touch of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. The villains were delightful in how wicked-evil they could be. The heroes were flawed, yes, but so human and I couldn't help but pull for them all the way. There were even a few times near the end where I wanted to pitch the book out the window. But I couldn't, as I had to keep reading until there was no more.

I've heard that King and Straub are planning a third collaboration. After reading Black House I must say I hope they do. And I won't wait 9 years to read the next one, I can say that much.
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Reading Progress

05/21/2010 page 25
05/23/2010 page 99
15.84% "Part 2"
05/26/2010 page 270
43.2% "Part 3"
05/27/2010 page 423
67.68% "I.Love.This.Book."
05/28/2010 page 485
77.6% "Part 4"
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Jackie I never got over my initial distaste of this book. I was utterly bored throughout the entire book. It couldn't believe it was a sequel to one of the greatest books I ever read. I was really sad about that.

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