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From a Buick 8 by Stephen King
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Apr 15, 2010

liked it
bookshelves: stephen-king
Recommended for: Dark Tower completists
I own a copy , read count: 1

** spoiler alert ** When I first read From a Buick 8, back when it was released in January 2003, I hated it. Hated it. You see, King had announced around this time that he would be retiring, would not be writing again, and this would be one of his last novels to be published. Bad news in its own right if you are a fan, worse news when you discover the selection just published is sub-standard compared to the author’s other work.
However, King has since changed his mind about retiring and has published more novels. Also important is this: From a Buick 8 is a necessary novel in the grander scheme of things, in the grander Stephen King- and Dark Tower Universe. And in hindsight From a Buick 8is not that bad. It is haunting, morose, and even melancholic; as a reader you really become attached with the protagonist in the story. Also, if you read this novel in chronological publishing order (in relation to all of King’s other work) and remember that it was published in 2002, this novel sets up some important mythology and groundwork for the rest of the Dark Tower series that was published after this novel came out. Thus it is an important work for Dark Tower fans who are complestists.

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