To put it simply the man is a genius, whose writing, by design can be slightly terrifying, somewhat gross, extremely intense, incredibly in-depth and suspenseful. This week I finished his last two novels: Joyland and Doctor Sleep. Unfortunately because I am so far behind in the King reviews I am only going to go over these last two novels. If you have any questions about any of the King novels, shoot me a message and I’ll give you a quick rundown of what I thought of that novel. I plan on reading his collection of short stories throughout the rest of this year and probably into 2014.
A broken-hearted young man, the ghost of dead girl, a young psychic and a killer that was never found. Sounds about right for a Stephen King novel. Did I mention the carnival known as Joyland? Even though this isn’t the typical back drop for a King novel, he did great job turning the carnival lifestyle into his own. This, I believe, is Kings only Hard Case crime novel and he kept the suspense going throughout. I loved that he turned it into a ghost story. The house of “fear” is haunted but what is the story of this ghost and why has the murder never been solved. If you aren’t a fan of gore, then I would definitely suggest this novel. Though suspenseful I wouldn’t label this as a horror novel.
Now who are these Empty Devils? They aren’t vampires but they live a semi-immortal existence but are only able to do so because they feed on the essence or “steam” of youth who have the shining. Rose the Hat, their leader, is ruthless and ready to feed. She has never come across a child like Abra and not only is she intimidated, she sees the life that Abra can provide for her family, the True Knot.
I would suggest reading this novel, only after you have read (not watched the movie) The Shining. This book reminded me of why I love Stephen King and why I wanted to take on this project to begin with. He can invest you as a reader into the story and life of his main characters. With this book especially I got the right amount of everything: I was scared but I didn’t have nightmares, I was curious and had enough information to make great guesses but was still blown when I learned the truth. It kept me on my toes. I didn’t want to put it down but I was relieved when I reached the end. Another great work by Stephen.The man does what he does for no other reason than because he is great at it!