A spectacularly dark and electrifying novel about addiction, religion, music and what might exist on the other side of life.
In a small New England town, in the early 60s, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister, Charles Jacobs. Soon they forge a deep bond, based on their fascination wi
Forget Cujo and Pet Sematary, or any of his other dark and dreary novels. Revival is Stephen King's bleakest work to date. Mainly because it gives you hope. So much hope. And then it rips that hope, still beating, from your chest.
The title of this novel is literal in several ways. It's a revival of old school King, the ...more
I don’t scare easy.
This book was scary.
This was old school, spooky / creepy STEPHEN FREAKING KING wake you up in the middle of the night ‘cause Barlow is sneaking down the hallway scary.
Carrie walking Cujo down Shining Lane as Christine drives by.
First of all, any book that begins with a quote from H.P. Lovecraft gets a quick and dec ...more
I never know how to approach a review for a Stephen King book. I use a different tone when writing about different kind of novels - classics and literary fiction usually get one style of review, fantasy/paranormal and YA (genre fiction, basically) get another. But where does Mr King fit?
The "problem" with Stephen King is that he writes such engrossing, imaginative pageturners t ...more
Mother fuck..I'm gonna have nightmares from this shit.
The story begins with young Jamie outside playing war with some army soldiers his sister had gotten him for his birthday. A man's shadow falls across him and so begins what Jamie calls his "fifth business."
This book is somewhat of a coming of age story. The reader gets to grow up with Jamie and we are all involved with Reverend Charles Jacobs too..whether we want to be or not.
Jamie's story takes you through five decades ...more
this is how we bring about our own damnation, you know—by ignoring the voice that begs us to stop. To stop while there’s still time.There is a somewhat leisurely feel to Stephen King’s latest, Revival. Dramatic events are sprinkled throughout the narrative, but the story moves along at what seems a deliberate pace. I am reminded of Ted Williams’s advice for batters, “wait, wait, wait, then quick, quick, quick.” The final, high voltage scenes of Revival pay for the whole.
Our narrator, Jami ...more
One of the things I loved about King (yes, past tense there) w ...more
"This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written."
That’s a bold statement that sets the bar very high for Revival. So does it clear it?
Almost. I think. If it doesn’t then it comes damn close which still makes this a pretty impressive achievement for Uncle Steve at this point in his long career.
Jamie Morton first meets Reverend Charles Jacobs when he’s a 6 year old kid in Maine ...more
I found this book to be an extremely mixed bag, which you'll read in a moment.
Revival follows the life of Jamie Morton, a rhythm guitarist, whose life ...more
What the hell do you read next after you finish a book like this!?
While not a full on frontal assault horror novel in the tradition of The Shining or Pet Sematary, Revival definitely ranks as one of the darkest, most unsettling books King has written in a long time. It's a slow burn that touches on a lot of themes we've come to expect from King in his golden years -- family, nostalgia, grief and loss. King turned 67 this year and he seems to have reached a point in his life where the "big quest ...more
"People say that where there’s life, there’s hope, and I have no quarrel with that, but I also believe the reverse.I am a true Stephen King collector, a terminal case of his Constant Reader. Year after year I get my hands on his stories, and almost with no exceptions my admiration for the man continues to grow. I love his disturbingly vivid imagination, the rare quality of his storytelling voice, his ability to suck you into a tale he weaves, and an uncanny t ...more
There is hope, therefore I live."
While I was reading this happened . . .
And now that I’m done and ready to write a review, I’m thinking “why the f*&^ do I do this to myself?!?!?!?” There’s no way I’ll be able to give this book the review it deserves – flagging the crap out of it is just like a salt-in-the-wound type of reminder of that fact. That leaves me with the question of “where to begin?” The most obvious place would be the beginning . . .
Jamie Mor ...more
God, The cover is so attractive, yet deceiving..
It's not Horror, not fast thriller and not That creepy..
Mostly it's about coming of age, Nostalgia..It's about Life..
Life; Movies & "Paperbacks", Sex & Drugs..And TOO MUCH Rock & Roll..
It's about a Shadow with no light..getting darker & darker..till you lose faith that there's any light..
And the only light you'll see here..is the Thunderous Lightnings.
Yeah,it's also about losing faith. Not just about life, but also about what's coming up next..what ...more
So for me, this book was a wonderful little treat for in-between! It wasn't the most exciting or special book, and I definitely wouldn't recommend it to someone who hasn't read King before, but for an already established fan - this ...more
The man introduces himself as Charles Jacobs, he's the new reverend, just arrived in town.
Jacobs, the Rev, is young, vibrant and successful at filling pews; breathing life back into the somewhat stale local church.
He also develops strong relationships with a lot of the young people, Jamie included, who actually is a favorite of sorts ...more
If someone had sat me down, told me they were going to read to me, and asked me to guess the author, the only reason I would have guessed correctly were the mentions of Castle Rock, Jerusalem’s Lot and Joyland. Otherwise I wouldn’t have had a clue.
There’s something missing in this dark story, and it’s a connection to the characters. It’s one thing I love about King, his ability to breathe life into the wonderful characters that people his books. But this one left me flat.
It’s not unusual for me ...more
Alongside 11/22/63, this is one of King’s strongest novel in the last 10 years, in my humble opinion. And if you don’t agree with me, I don’t care.
Revival tells the story of Jamie Morton and his inextricable link to Charles Jacobs, a pastor that enters Jamie’s life when he is only a child. Their paths cross regularly over the ye ...more
This book is so underwhelming and over hyped.I've only read two other King books but after reading this,my opinion of the other two has completely gone up.I found most of Revival incredibly boring and tedious to get through.There's no real build up in this book like King has in his other books,the atmosphere never felt tense and there was no real suspense,until maybe the end.
I thought the story was really boring,until the end when everything adds up but even that ending couldn't save th ...more
Almost everyone assured me that this is King's scariest, darkest, and creepiest novel to date. I don't completely disagree with the numerous acclaims, but I am considering this novel as heavily flawed. The plot was immersing, but only to a certain extent. I now understand why some people warned me that this novel was a bit dragging in the middle. A lot of uninteresting things did happen in the middle, and it ...more
Anyone, and I mean anyone, who thinks Uncle Stevie has lost some of his edge over the last few years shall now eat his/her words. Me being one of them. Now I know you're saying to yourself - what the fuck, Andrea? You love Stephen King! You've been reading him for three decades practically! How dare you say such things! Have you lost your damn mind?
And I do. I adore King. He's the only author that I have followed religiously since pre-teendom. The only author that although some books don't ...more
I was hooked right from the start. If there is one thing King is top-notch at- it’s creating a rich atmosphere about youth growing up in the good ole days. I think that is why IT will remain my all-time favorite book. There is nothing better than King writing about the 1950’s. I al ...more
I swear, the only reason I gave this 3 stars was because the guy I liked (years ago) had enjoyed this and I was determined to like it, too -- so we could have something to talk about. It's funny how a crush can make you like a book more than you actually would've. ...more
"My mind raced
And I thought what could I do (Thunder)
And I knew
There was no help, no help from you (Thunder)"
AC/DC, "Thunderstruck," 1990
King's wizardry charges through Jamie Morton's ominous odyssey into the darkest forces of evil. The novel methodically intensifies a menace like the bass drum in the "2001 Space Odyssey" theme (from Strauss's Also sprach Zarathustra) as the Dickensian Jamie travels deeper and deeper into a supernatural storm with a defrocked Methodist minister ...more
More on that later.
This unity of effect is difficult enough to create in a short piece of fiction. Thomas ...more
I don't know how this Stephen King book escaped my radar back in 2014: I am the biggest King fan and I usually read everything he publishes. Unfortunately, I haven't been very lucky with the most recent books. This one, however, made me feel those good ol' King vibes all over again and oh am I glad I read it!
For starters, the boo ...more
Cthulhu is back: "Revival" by Stephen King
King’s 66th book (published 11/11/2014).
“That is not dead which can eternal lie. And with strange aeons even death may die.” (H.P. Lovecraft)
I’ve never been a Stephen King die-hard fan. There were a few of his novels that I elevated to Nirvana status (eg, “The Stand” being one of them).
When I think about King I always have two things in my mind:
- He once said, I don’t remember where, and I ...more
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