To begin with I was fairly unimpressed by this book but halfway through it became a charming and cool introduction to a very well known Stephen King villain. The book is completely different to all of King’s other books in the way it seems more of a young adults tale, instead of the usual horror and mystery that is so associated with the writer.
If you are fans of The Dark Tower series then this is a great little read as it shows the reader what a certain Mr Flagg was up to before he became the well known evil the exsits to destroy everything. While there is no mention of any other of the Towers characters, the story consists of magic, heroes and much bravery from people who wish to protect their lands!
Great little read for fans of Stephen King, if you have never read one of his books before I would suggest you choose another book before reading this one.
A lovely group of chilling short stories by the horror king himself (pun intended). This collection explores the various darker sides to the human mind and what it is actually capable of.
This version I read also has a bonus story at the end which was added a while after the first edition went out to the public.
The stories also highlight the diversity of King’s story telling capabilities seeing as he can weave a highly captivating story in just 100 or so pages and make it just a spooky as one of his books that are over 800 pages long.
I would also recommend this collection of books to a new Stephen King reader as it allows you to explore what a King book is all about without committing yourself to an epic read which you may not like, and for all King lovers anyway this is just another great book from the great man himself.
I have to say that I love King more and more every time I read one of his books, and the longer they are the more I love them.
The Stand is no different and is a fantastic read and is certainly worth the effort of reading 1007 pages.
In a fight between light and dark there will be heroes and enemies but sometimes it isn’t always obvious whos who.
King captivates the reader by giving us in depth stories about various people like Frannie, Larry, Stu, Tom, Nick and Trash can man at the beginning of the book while the world is changing.
Then when the pace picks up toward the divide between good and evil our characters worlds collide and at this point the reader is so into the book that even minor events have you on the edge of your seat.
I laughed at parts and I most certainly shed a tear in parts because I felt the characters pain or joy, it was a sheer rollercoaster of emotion.
I enjoyed every second of reading this book and it is most definitely in my top ten of King books!
Another short story from King one i thought I would read as I collect all his books and this would serve as a quick Stephen King hit. However I was sorely mistaken as this story had none of the usual charm or horror of a King book.
The story is a mystery about a man who was once found dead on the beach, who no one could identify and no one knew the circumstances of his being on the island.
Thats basically it, the book is the reader being taken through this event by a journalist who is recounting the event. The event is shrouded in mystery but never comes to any conclusion.
I know its only a short story but a very poor effort from King in my opinion.
A whimsical short story from Stephen King, not one of his best but for a huge King fan like me it’s a great time waster.
The story is set out in 12 chapters, one for each month of the year. In each month we meet a new character mere moments before the werewolf brutally murders them.
A few chapters in we meet a disabled boy who survives an attack by the beast an then attempts to figure out who it is.
The disabled boy is the only reoccurring character in the entire book which does make it hard to get into but that doesn’t matter, at only 128 pages once you get into the story it’s over.
A good little read for massive Stephen King fans.
For those of you who like the idea of a Stephen King novel but are put off by the length of most of his stories then Joyland is the book for you. At only 283 pages you get the full King experience but at a fraction of the length.
The book is a thriller about carnival life at Joyland, Devin Jones takes a summer job at the park in order to forget his broken heart. Instead he ends up facing more than the strife of young love when he ends up looking into the murder of a young girl at the park.
To get to the bottom of the legend that is the horror house Devin must realise more than he ever thought possible.
Great short read for King fans.
I found The Dead Zone to be a good book, once it had gotten into the swing of it. Totally unlike King to take too long to pull the reader into his grasp, I found this one quite slow. Also once it did pick up pace the story was over.
The Dead Zone is about Jonny Smith who develops the ability to ‘see’ into people’s future and the darkness they harness within their souls.
This ability cannot be anything other than a curse as it drives people away from him, scared and unsure. It also leads Jonny into an all consuming confrontation with a man who has the darkest soul possible!
A pleasant read from King, not one of his best.