The Colorado Kid
But that's just the beginning of the mystery. Because the more they learn about the man and the baffling circumstances of his death, the less they understand. Was it an...more
I understand, after reading THE COLORADO KID, why so many people on here posted negative reviews. I understand, because just like t ...more
Turning to another short piece by Stephen King, I found this piece calling out to me. As King can vary greatly in his writing, I was not entirely sure what to expect, but found this mystery pulled me in while remaining as laid-back as a Maine summer’s day. Stephanie McCann is a journalism intern in a small Maine community, working alongside the town’s two newspaper reporters, Vince Teague and Dave Bowie. While Stephanie is looking to learn the nuances of small ...more
The ratings for THE COLORADO KID were all over the place...I have only started reading Stephen King again in the last few years- after a couple disappointments in the late 90s, but after taking a chance with some of his more recent offerings- and loving them...I decided to take a chance with this one too.
The Main Characters:
Dave Bowie – The 65-year-old managing editor of The Weekly Islander, the small newspaper servicing the island of Moose-Lookit.
I'm not a fan of crime books but its good to come out of my comfort zone that consist of Fantasy,Paranormal and Romance. I must admit this book got my wheels spinning a lot. The writing is okay not great, The plot is amazing and I love it.
I had l ...more
And I get the point of the book and that not everything has an answer... but this just left me frustrated more than anything. At times, it was hard to keep going because the story was pretty much st ...more
Stephen King states there will be no middle ground on this novel......that readers will either hate it or love it. As for me, I really enjoyed it as well as discovering in the Afterward what motivated him to write what is depicted as a hard-case-crime mystery.
I loved the two "old geezers" (as Mr. King calls them) that own the Weekly Islander Newspaper on Moose-Lookit Island, and the way they quizzed and inspired their 22 year old...more
(Full disclosure: book abandoned at page 66 [out of 184 pages].)
Although I appreciate Stephen King’s effort to write in a totally different style as part of the “Hard Case Crime” series, that’s one of the major problems with this book. This isn’t really a Stephen King book, by which I mean, all that has earned King legions of fans over the decades, all that’s distinctly King, isn’t here. I didn’t need to read past page 66 to know that. I sincerely hope readers new to King don’t ...more
This was an unusual book, definitely not King's usual style. I did enjoy it, but ultimately was left feeling unfulfilled. And I get the point of the book and that not everything has an answer... but this just left me frustrated more than anything.
The characters were great, as were the interactions between them...and the story of the Colorado Kid itself was intriguing. So there were definitely positives to the book! I'm just a bit meh about it all... ...more
The story surrounds a case of an unidentified man found on a tiny island off the coast of Maine. There are no obvious pointers to his death or identity and more than a year later he is eventually identified but everything else remains unanswered. The story is told by two ...more
Stephen King, the seemingly natural born storyteller, offered this little mystery tale up via the pul ...more
The answer to the mystery is that not every mystery has an answer.
Well written with a nice flow and likable characters but there wasn't much in the way of entertainment here. I was into the suspense, looking for the resolution, even though we were warned there would be none, and when the end finally arrived...yes, I got it. Still, I could have used a little more meat and potatoes, even though it was only one mouthful that done in our victim...or was it? ...more
The Colorado Kid was first published in the US in 2005 and has been out of print for a decade. It was never released in the UK…until now.
You can see the love and the care have gone into creating the book and included within there is an introduction by Charles Ardai, one of the co-founders of Hard Case Crime. The book itself is an illustrated edition, featuring artwork from a plethor ...more
It's not really a "hard-boiled" mystery, though, and I don't know why it's labeled as such. That sultry dame on the cover is pretty misleading; the story is actually an unsolved murder being related to a young reporter working on a small tourist island newspaper in Maine by two old-timers who've been living there and reporting for the paper since forever. ...more
His repetitive, bland descriptions do not dig me deeper into the world he is painting, they just bore me to tears. I was hoping for something different, more like his old style, out of a book by this publisher. Didn't get it.
If you haven't read it, don't bother. It's a waste of ...more
The cover pic has absolutely zero to do with the story and implies (to me) a story of a certain flavor and genre which this story do ...more
I get why many people dislike this book, I really do. But I could not help but love it.
The Colorado Kid is a story about mystery itself - well, unsolved mystery. I generally believe that unsolved mystery stays with you far longer than the solved mystery. Once you get closure, you almost instantly stop thinking about it.
Even though this book was quite short, it still impacted me quite a bit. I l ...more
It was a mystery that remains a mystery.
It was nothing more and nothing less then what the story set out to be. It's a way that King is able to show that not everything in real life has answers and not all loose ends get tied up.
I mean, this is pretty much more accurate to how life turns out isn't it?
It was a perfect little, quick read, which is just what I wanted. It was something different to enjoy.
If you go into this with a great novel expectation I imagine you will not enjoy i ...more
The question is simply this. “What’s better Christmas or Christmas Eve?” For me the answer was always easy… Christmas Eve. My guess is that it’s Stephen King’s answer too. In his Afterward to the Hard Case Crime Novel, he almost ...more
King himself said that there will be no middle ground for this book. People will either hate it or love it. Well, M. King, put me in the love camp. I guess you can have a story without a throughline , it makes for a true mystery and it definitely worked for me.
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