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Lisey's Story by Stephen King
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Aug 17, 2012

it was amazing
Read in August, 2012

I'd say it's hard to comment on this one without finishing it. Perhaps it's true for most any novel, but Lisey's is a book you have to finish to understand. There's no way to judge this puzzle by putting an incomplete version under the lens. Needless to say, I enjoyed the read tremendously- even if at times I didn't... if that makes sense. The rhythm is a challenge, sometimes you don't know why you're interested in certain characters or outcomes, but it all comes together with a massive payoff near the end.

I'm a 32 yo man who's been reading King novels off & on since I was 10. You could say sometimes they're my... wait for it... like sometimes they're my 'anchor' (hey that's not a spoiler- that's just a bad joke! lol). But this one actually made me cry, embarrassing as it is (do I really have to put my name up there? :) ) . I hadn't cried in 10 years- not anywhere, and had never in front of a book- but Lisey's cracked the surface. The relationships in this novel are not perfect and you could probably find some error if you wanted to, but so much the better- it grounds them in reality for the reader. I don't know how else to put it but suffice it to say I don't regret the read for a second. You could feel Steve's heart bursting onto every page- it must have been extraordinarily personal for him because I'm not sure how often I've felt it before- the guiding force here is relentless.

Just finish the journey, folks, you don't have to talk about it with anyone, it could be a totally private experience for you, but I reckon Lisey's provides a much-needed breath of fresh air for all of us pushing through the insanity of life. I'll never forget it. It was surprisingly... SHOCKingly... brilliantly therapeutic for me; could be the same for you too.
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