Book Review: Doctor Sleep
Book Review / July 19, 2017

Title: Doctor Sleep (The Shinning #2) Author: Stephen King Genre: Horror Book procurement: Purchased from Exclusive Books – Greenstone Mall. Synopsis: Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever,The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death. Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant “shining” power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes…

Book Review: 11.22.63
Book Review / July 19, 2017

Title: 11.22.63 Author: Stephen King Publisher:  Hodder & Stoughton Book procurement: Bought at Exclusive Books. Release Date: Jul 5, 2012. Synopsis: Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away…but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diner’s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke… Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten…and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful. Review: Gee this book was long. 700 (740 if you add author’s notes) pages of time travelling goodness. Well it started off that way…

Dolores Claiborne
Book Review / May 12, 2016

Title: Dolores Claiborne Author: Stephen King Genre: Thriller Book procurement: Bookstore selling secondhand books. Available on Amazon, Takealot, Exclusive Books. Synopsis: (Goodreads) Suspected of killing Vera Donovan, her wealthy employer, Dolores Claiborne tells police the story of her life, harkening back to her disintegrating marriage and the suspicious death of her violent husband, Joe St. George, thirty years earlier. Dolores also tells of Vera’s physical and mental decline and of her loyalty to an employer who has become emotionally demanding in recent years. Review: It took a while for me to get into the groove of this book. Told from a very different first person almost second person perspective, it was as though I was a fly on the wall eavesdropping on a conversation. The whole book is Dolores’ story and she is the narrator. There are parts in the book where she asks for a drink of water, once again reiterating the fact that she is speaking out loud. Once I wrapped my mind around this I sat back and let Dolores speak, and what a tale she was telling. Although there were elements of horror, I wouldn’t classify this book as a horror. A thriller is as close as I can call it…

Revival
Book Review / May 3, 2016

Title: Revival Author: Stephen King Genre: Horror Book procurement: Birthday gift. Available on Amazon, Takealot, Exclusive Books Synopsis: In a small New England town, in the early 60s, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister, Charles Jacobs. Soon they forge a deep bond, based on their fascination with simple experiments in electricity. Decades later, Jamie is living nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll. Now an addict, he sees Jacobs again – a showman on stage, creating dazzling ‘portraits in lightning’ – and their meeting has profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings. Review: The King does it again. Another fascinating tale of humans verses the unknown, and all the things that make us human; with just a dash of horror to liven it up of course. What I really enjoyed about this book was the fact that the horror itself was not in the form of monsters or aliens or anything of the sort but the realm of the unknown and the ever sought answer to life’s greatest mystery: what…

Finders Keepers
Book Review / May 2, 2016

  Title: Finders Keepers (The Bill Hodges Trilogy) Author: Stephen King Genre: Thriller Book Procurement: Christmas Present. Available on Amazon, Takealot and Exclusive Books Synopsis: A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far—a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes. “Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel. Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s…