If your library has room for "Flowers in the Attic" or the Bible, it has room for "Later." (less)
Later is a coming-of-age tale with a supernatural twist, following a boy, Jamie, and his struggling single-mother, Tia.
Jamie first discovered his ability when he was really young. He can see things others can't and sometimes it's really scary.
But it is an unchangeable part of himself and he learns the rules of it, as well as how best to live with it.
His mother knows what he can d ...more
Our MC Jamie Conklin is only thirteen years old kid, who is soooo lovely, smart, perceptive, a great son, mature for his own age and has great sense of humor ( he might have inherited King’s dark sense of humor and that’s totally fi ...more
I'm a life-long SK fan and if he writes it, I will happily read it. There's been a few tiny bumps along the way but not with this book. 𝘓𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳 is total yummy Kingness!
"𝙄𝙩 𝙢𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙗𝙚 𝙨𝙤 𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙚, 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙙𝙤. 𝙎𝙤 𝙬𝙚𝙞𝙧𝙙. 𝘿𝙤𝙚𝙨𝙣'𝙩 𝙞𝙩 𝙛𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙠 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙤𝙪𝙩?"
𝙄 𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙖𝙨𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙞𝙛 𝙞𝙩 𝙛𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙠𝙚𝙙 𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙡𝙤𝙤𝙠 𝙪𝙥 𝙖𝙩 𝙣𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙨𝙚𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙠𝙣𝙤𝙬 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙮 𝙜𝙤 𝙤𝙣 𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧, 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙙𝙞𝙙𝙣'𝙩 𝙗𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧. 𝙄 𝙟𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙨𝙖𝙞𝙙 𝙣𝙤. 𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝙜𝙚𝙩 𝙪𝙨𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙢𝙖𝙧𝙫𝙚𝙡𝙤𝙪𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙨. 𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝙩𝙖𝙠𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙢 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙙. 𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝙘𝙖𝙣 ...more
The scariest thing is its believability. King’s imagination has predicted the future all ...more
In most of my reviews I tout the voice as being the most important, The Fictive Dream, and that I want to be immersed in the story deep enough where my world falls away and I’m ...more
“So yeah, I see dead people. As far as I can remember, I always have. But it’s not like in that movie with Bruce Willis.”
Jamie Conklin sees the dead, only for a few days before they disappear and only in places they lived or loved. On the down side they look exactly as they did when they died, or were murdered.
Usually it isn’t a big deal. It just...is. Until someone finds out about Jamie’s unique ability and tries to use it to their advantage.
This is a horror ...more
With a plethora of reviews of this book around at the moment, I think I'll just comment on what I specifically liked: In my half a lifetime of reading I don't think I've ever read ...more
Later is the third Stephen King novel published by the Hard Case Crime imprint. In HCC’s early days, the founder reached out to him (via his accountant) with a hope and a prayer that he would provide a supportive blurb for their mission to resuscitate the genre of old school pulp-style crime fiction novels. Months passed, and King’s agent eventually got in touch to say he didn’t want to write a blurb for them… he wanted to write a book. Th ...more
Uncle Stevie and I go way back. I got that case of Constant Reader, having made my way through most of his impressive catalogue. Our literary love affair was fueled by titans like It, The Shining, 11/22/63, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption and managed to survive even those clunkers of The Tommyknockers, The Regulators and Insomnia. I saw his books slowly reach the size of industrial doorstoppers, and laughed at sometimes half-baked endings (and so ...more
Sometimes I feel like Constant Readers are the saltiest Stephen King fans there are.
We certainly can be the hardest to please. *Raising my hand*
When we ...more
.....read by Seth Numrich
Seth was FANTASTIC....
We meet Jamie Conklin, a literary agent kid.
Smart, sensitive, observant, and....see’s dead people ; but not like the Bruce Willis movie.
Jamie is adorably lovable.
I mean he believed ‘Goldie Locks’ was a real girl as a kid, for goodness sake.
Ha....Jamie was smart enough to know the bears weren’t real.
Jamie’s relationship with his mom, Tia, is totally endearing, too.
I only got ‘scared’ once ....
In some ways this book reminded ...more
I really e ...more
Jamie Conklin, narrator of this novel: “So yeah, I see dead people. As far as I can remember, I always have. But it’s not like in that movie with Bruce Willis.”So seeing dead people is Jamie’s “unnatural ability” that is hinted at in the Goodreads description of this novel. I’m not sure why it’s only hinted at, as the revelation comes in the first few pages, along with the two facts that do, all jokes aside, make the “ ...more
Me, reading those lines: “Okay, but it’s pretty much exactly like that movie.”
The cover is EVERYTHING!! And I loved the story so much! I loved Joyland too. I haven’t read the Colorado Kid (I just watched that show).
I’m actually wanting to read some more authors that write these hard crime books. Oh!! And I wish I could read those books by that one author that was in the book 😂🤣
Ranging between a 4 to 4.5 stars!
Later has a bit of everything in a plot that I love about books, and King's books in particular.
✔️ The characters are fleshed out and there’s a mixture of characters to love and hate.
Jamie's Mom was a trip. Who's really the parent?! ha!
I also really liked Professor Burkett. He was a nice addition to this book!
✔️ The plot is intriguing enough that you just keep reading longer than you planned.
His books have that ability ...more
I enjoyed this short (for King) audio! The narration by Seth Numrich drew me in like I was listening to a story around a campfire! I looked forward to listening, and his voice relaxed me.
I definitely raised my eyebrows a few times because of the plot, which often made the hairs on my arms stand on end. So creepy, a bit scary but not too bad, and totally engaging. Expect plenty of secrets, lies and battles between good and e ...more
Stephen King has done it again!
Jamie Conklin just wants a normal life. He is the son of a struggling single mother trying to pay the bills which includes paying for the care facility his uncle is in. He is a good kid but has a special "gift". He can see and speak to the recently deceased. Is this a gift or a curse? This is Stephen King after all, and it is as he writes "a horror story".
Stephen King can spin a yarn and he does so in this paranor ...more
It almost feels disloyal to give a measly three stars to this, but it was a true case of liking it but not loving it. I wasn't really expecting to be scared, but it would have been nice. Still and yet, ...more
The premise is that Jamie Conklin has the ability to see and talk to dead people. He makes a point of saying “ not like Bruce Willis”. And dead people must tell the truth. It’s not a problem until it is. Because normally the dead aren’t dangerous and also, they disappear after a few days. But a dead serial bomber defies that “rule”.
But the bigger premise ...more
You get used to marvelous things. You take them for granted. You can try not to, but you do. There’s too much wonder, that’s all. It’s everywhere. (c)
Tell you what, the worst part of growing up is how it shuts you up. (c)
If we have free will, then you have to invite evil in. (c)
Back when I was a little kid and the world was my oyster.
That seemed so ...more
Sai King is without a doubt my favourite author and has been since 1986 when I first read my mum's copy of 'Skeleton Crew'. He's pretty much the only author whose books I buy on the day of release and I was salivating madly when this latest offering popped up on my Kindle.
This being said, this isn't one of his best. Don't ...more
Stephen King's latest offering is a good story. There is a wonderful, touching mother-son relationship, a few talking dead people and yes, a horror of a "dead light thing" that shows its ugly face. But, honestly (for me) not the least bit scary. Interesting characters ✅ a bit of mystery ✅ secrets ✅ suspense ✅ AND, did you know........more
Although this is obviously a crime series, Later does contain elements of King's horror. Nothing like a homicidal clown, rabid dog, or killer car but there is definitely an element of the supernatural. ...more
I found this one very predictable and repetitive.
When I finished it, I felt like it was incomplete and sloppy.
It's basically a short story padded out into a short novel with thin characters and plot.
(My 56th book I've read of his and this is the 2nd one I've not enjoyed, can't like them all but 2 books out of 56 is good going)
Bring on Billy Summers!!! ...more
With Later , The Master returns with a nostalgic-feeling book that has glimpses of Stand By Me and IT in its storytelling.
Sometimes growing up means facing your demons. Jamie is a young boy growing up in NYC, the son of a single mother who tries to do her best to give him a good life, even when they're struggling financially.
Jamie has an unnatural ability, one that few others have. Sometimes it traumatizes him, but most times it’s fairly innocuous. There are time ...more
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