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message 1: by Tobin (new)

Tobin Elliott You ain't missing anything. Except for a whole lotta rambling narrative, a whole lotta navel gazing, and very little payoff at the end.

I read it when it first came out, and it did little for me. I read it again in my great Stephen King re-read, and liked it far less. It is, quite simply, a mess.


message 2: by Glenn (new)

Glenn Rolfe Oh man, I love this book. I read it a couple years ago. It really spoke to me and where I was in the mid-eighties. There was a huge fear of nuclear power going on. I remember seeing it on the news every night. I remember all the talk about the plant we had in Wiscasset: Maine Yankee. To me, this is just a love letter to alien horrors of King's youth, mashed together with the current events and fears of the time it was written. I believe all teh big science fiction/alien invasion stories of the past were drudged out of our deepest fears of technology and the unknown. It was a wordy, but I enjoyed every minute (up until about the last 30 pages or so).


message 3: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly This one was a tough one for me to get through, and that was @ 20 years ago!


message 4: by Adriane (new)

Adriane I agree. I had high expectations for this book but had no fun whatsoever while reading it...


message 5: by Kealan (new)

Kealan Burke It’s unfortunate, because unread King books from that period are like buried treasure. However, no amount of nostalgia can compensate for a mediocre book, though I think I’d have loved it in my teens when my standards were not quite so severe.


message 6: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Clark The payoff was at the end with a certain character's demise - has stayed with me for 20 years!


message 7: by Kealan (new)

Kealan Burke Maybe someday I’ll get there, Stephen.


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