Book Review: Doctor Sleep

Book Review: Doctor Sleep

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 Read more »

Book Review: 11.22.63

Book Review: 11.22.63

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 Read more »

Dolores Claiborne

Dolores Claiborne

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 Read more »

Revival

Revival

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 Read more »

Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers

  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 Read more »