I know it’s been a while. I'm reading like a madman, literally.
Eight Stephen King books down...I give you Carrie, Salems Lot, The Shining, The Stand, The Long Walk, The Deadzone, Firestarter and Roadwork. It's been, to say the least, very interesting. I had never read
So lets starts with a few old reads.
Seriously. It's easy to see how King gained a following after releasing this as his first book .You could easily finish it in a day. Unfortunately in this day and age we know the story of Carrie, the telekinetic chick who was bullied in high school, goes to prom with the cool guy, has pig blood splattered all over her and then demolishes the whole town with her mind. When this book was released you had no idea what was going on BUT you knew something was wrong from the very beginning. You knew there was a tragedy because of the newspaper clippings referring to "The Carrie Incident." There was also clippings from scientific journals about telekinesis and notes from survivors. As the reader you just didn't understand the extent of damage that was going to occur. When everything began to happen your jaw dropped. I originally read this at a very young age and thoroughly enjoyed it this time around. It definitely set the tone for the books that followed. Well written, great story, page turner.
I'll be the first to admit that the book is terrifying and the movie, though very different, is horrifying. I remember having nightmares the first time I read this book. I also had nightmares when I watched the movie. And yet again with this reread. This story is very complex. You have a little boy who is telepathic and has some visions of the future. You have an (recovering) alcoholic father who loves his family but feels like a huge failure. You have a mother who doesn’t understand her child, wants the best for her family but has to deal with a recovering alcoholic as a husband. And then you have The Overlook Hotel which becomes a character in itself. It's supposed to be their chance to recover as a family. It's supposed to be where they can start over again. It's supposed to be their safe haven. What it turns out to be is a possessed landmark where all of the tragedies that have happened within its walls have been absorbed and is somehow projecting itself unto its inhabitants. The evil that is in the hotel is literally possessing the father and trying to use him to capture the life and power of the son. The details put into the visual aspects of this story is what makes it so horrifying and brilliant. It is by far one of my favorite Stephen King novels regardless of the fact that it ruins my sleeping pattern.
Now this book is different. It's not what you would consider a horror book. This is a nonhorror of Kings but it doesn’t take away from the book at all. This is the story of John Smith, a man who after a horrible car crash is in a coma for 4 and a half years. He wakes up with the ability to “read” people. He can learn their life story or catch glimpses of their life by touching them or objects they own. It's interesting to say the least. He is both overwhelmed by the power and confused by what it all means. The novel is a look at the man and how he deals with the issues. He ends up using this newfound ability to both stop a murderer and a crazy politician but the struggle of the man is what keeps you reading. How do you handle this gift, if you can consider it a gift at all?
My first ever Stephen King! To say I was excited to read this again is an understatement. I don't know how I got through this book at nine years old. It's intense. A lot of medical jargon is thrown around but basically this guy was in college and was part of an experiment, where he met his wife, that was supposed to test hallucinogens. What it really did was give him the power to influence people's minds and made his wife telekinetic. They gave birth to a child that can start and control fires with her mind and is slightly telekinetic. We meet the father and daughter after the mother has been murdered. They are on the run and have been on the run for a while. Who are they running from? The Shop. The government agency that is responsible for the original drug. What do they want? The 9 year old daughter, Charlie. They say you shouldn't play with fire. Read this book and you will understand why.
Lets move on to something new, well a few things new to me at least.
A vampire has come to the small town of
Arguably, one of Stephen Kings most famous novels. This book is about a plague, the superflu. The government was testing biological weapons when all hell broke loose and the people testing the virus were infected. Of course one of the infected, a guard none the less, escaped with his family and spread the virus to unsuspecting civilians. The superflu then infected everyone…well, almost everyone. What made this book amazing was the battle that happens between good and evil. The survivors, who we meet from all over the
The Long Walk and Roadwork
I understand after reading these two books why Stephen decided to print this under the penname. The first book published under Bachman was Rage. That book is no longer in print. King pulled it after students had studied it when planning school a shooting which is exactly what the main character did in his book. The Long Walk was the second book. Eat your heart out Hunger Games because the competition for these 100 teenage boys is to literally walk, and walk, and walk until the one person standing is the only one left alive. There are rules to this game: you have to walk at a certain pace, no falling or stopping, you can get water at any time but you get your portions of food once a day. You get three warnings and then you get shot. There are spectators lining the road. You learn how many people are left based on the gossip being passed down boy to boy and you can hear the gunshots when the kids are killed. There is no sleep. There is only walking until you can walk no more. The prize is whatever you want for the rest of your life. You, the reader, walk with them. As the days pass you learn the motives of some of the boys but mostly you just watch as they all fall one…by one. Now Roadwork moves like The Long Walk. There is a certain pace to the Bachman Books that becomes evident. This, the third book is about a man whose house is about to be destroyed because an expressway is being built through it. That same expressway is being built through his job. He hates it. He can’t deal with it. He is at a loss of what to do. So he does nothing. King’s delve into the reasoning behind our protagonist mind frame which has a lot to do with his son’s untimely death. Does he let them (the government, the builders, the system) take everything away or does he fight back.
So that’s what I’ve been up to. Those are the books that have been taking up my time. I have a long way to go. Let’s see if I can finish by the end of the summer. Here’s to trying.