The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
But what the hell.
King hits a home run, this is a great book.
It’s about a nine year old girl (but big for her age) who gets lost in the woods – and a lot more. This is about fear, deep primal fear that is at the roots of our childhood and never really goes away, just retreats back into a far, dark corner to wait. Most everyone has a memory from childhood when a hand held was su ...more
What is unique about this book was that it barely stepped into the usual worlds of Stephen King. It is a story about how a y ...more
But in between these gargantuan tomes, Steve produces small novellas rather like master chefs produce snacks once in ...more
The ominous feeling of the little girl being stalked by something unknown is so powerful.
I read this in one sitting. Any reader who thinks Stephen King isn't a literary genius should read this boo ...more
I think this book is the worst one I've read by King, and maybe one of the worst I've ever read, period. I do not have to words to properly express how crappy this book was.
One of my biggest fears is to get lost in the woods. Stephen King makes a story out of this horrifying situation with a 9 year old little girl. It has all the eliminates that one would experience in a situation like this: paranoia, hunger, sickness, and even a predatory stalking her. This is a quick read, which is not common for a King book, but like most King books you will not regret reading it!
I was homeless when it was released. That period of my life was the first of three times I would live on the streets. In 1999, I had successfully alienated myself from my immediate family (my mother and sisters; Dad had moved back to California by this time) due to my abuse of drugs and alcohol, and had moved into an apartment wi ...more
What I liked: The girl who loved baseball. Yep, that pretty much sums up why I loved this book. I mean, how can you not love a nine-year-old who loves baseball, in large part because she shared it with her absent-through-divorce father. And maybe I'm a little biased because I was a kid who loved basketball, and then baseball, and then ...more
Apparently there was a fault in the alignments because I didn't like or enjoy this book one bit. I didn't hate it either but lack of any emotions is just as bad.
The plot sounded quite promising. A girl lost in the creepy woods... what scary things might await her? NOTHING!
Unfortunately, I didn't find ...more
I think a big part of why it resonates with me so much is that I'm someone who has an incredibly terrible sense of direction and one of my greatest fears is getting lost and not being able to find my way back. And this book brings that fear to life for me and makes me feel like I'm lost alon ...more
Being stranded in the mosquito infested woods of the Appalachians is no fun for nine year old Trisha McFarland. With visions of The Thing following her and frightening words from The Cold Voice, her love of baseball and Boston Red Sox closer Tom Gordon is her only salvation.
This 1999 Stephen King audio adventure (narrated by Anne Heche) is not really scary, but is entertaining with one hell of a final pitch!
Safe to say this one did not do it for me. Writing is as good as ever, but this feels like something King should be able to write in his sleep (and he almost sent me there on more than one occasion, the New York Times reviewer that wrote the cover blurb should stay far away from really scary books as to not having to sleep with the lights on for all future).
Can't shake the feeling that SK has written this story before; lost, watched and vulnerable protagonist ech ...more
Trisha McFarland is 9, almo ...more
Strangely enough, I think Stephen King felt the same way. There's a passion in the lines of this one that almost makes the words glow on the page.
If I were to recommend a Stephen King book to a "fraidy cat" this would be the one. Its not scary, not even really creepy, although it does have some fairly tense scenes.
You'll love this little girl by t ...more
For some reason, I skipped The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon from 1999. Or I probably just ignored it, as I neither like nor understan ...more
“The world had teeth and it could bite you with them anytime it wanted.”
This was a little different than the other King books i've read but still quite enjoyable. A 9 year old city girl, fighting for survival after straying off a trail path ,her mother and brother bickering yet again and to distracted to notice her gone. This book focused on fear, imagination, things that go bump in the night with a twist of the supernatural. The visual imagery King uses makes you feel like you yourself ar ...more
It was a suspenseful story for me; scattered here and there with moments that were genuinely creepy and others that were quite entertain ...more
The world had teeth and it could bite you with them any time it wanted. Trisha McFarland discovered that when she was nine years old.
Sounds like Cujo, doesn’t it? Sometimes bad things happen and it’s nobody’s fault, just the way of the world. Sometimes all the courage and willpower in the world isn’t enough to save you.
And sometimes it is.
Along with the Dark Tower series, this unique little book wa ...more
“The world had teeth and it could bite you with them anytime it wanted.”
Girl gets lost in a forest. That's already a scary premise to me, as I'm someone who has absolutely no navigational skills (don't even get me started on what's left and right). But Stephen King has to take it that one step further, making it creepier and increasing the horrifying stakes. This means that the novel practically made my heart stop many times, out of both suspense and fear. I've also come to realise t ...more
I don't give a shit about baseball.
Well, that's a bit harsh; let me rephrase it:
I don't care about baseball. I'm not a sports person, I hated PE back in school, I... yada-yada-yada!
Stephen King wrote 3 books about baseball, a novella called Blockade Billy later added in the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. He also co-wrote a non-fiction book entirely about baseball Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox ...more
A young girl who loves baseball (and particularly one Red Sox player) takes a few steps off the path when on a hike through the Appalachian Trail with her mother and older brother. In the blink of an eye, she is lost and trying very hard not to be terrified.
King is a master craftsman and he is never better than when playing on all our childhood (and adult) fears, magnifying them tenfold and letting his (and our) imagination carry us away.
I loved Trisha McFarla ...more
When 9-year old Trisha makes the mistake of stepping off the Appalachian Trail and away from her mom and brother for a pee break, s ...more
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