It had been a long time since I’d read Stephen King. But this book was $7 and change pre-order on amazon, so I figured this was as good a time as any to jump back on the King train.
After Cloud Atlas (amazing book), this was a nice follow up. A quick read – took me a few hours over the course of a weekend, and fun. It wasn’t your typical King horror/gore. But a good murder mystery, actually.
It was a story about love lost, carines, and a serial killer. King pushes the pace of the story, keeping in line with his supernatural tendencies and foul language. I didn’t mind at all. If you’ve got a late summer beach vacation planned, I would totally recommend this book for a bring along.
King was one of the first authors I truly liked. I had others, to be sure, and have had others since. But as a long standing author who I appreciate and am willing to read with regularity, King is certainly at the top of the list. There’s all sorts of book snob debate about whether or not King as a good author or some trash. The man is not a literary genius, I think we can all agree on that. However, he is an amazing, amazing storyteller. And yes, he’s a good writer. His style keeps readers engaged, keeps pushing the story forward. In an era where fewer and fewer children and young adults are reading actual books, writers like King are literacy necessities. Let’s be honest.
A few days after finishing this book I read an article in the New York Times Magazine on the King family. What a fascinating read that was – check it out if you have the time. In it, I came across the term “Stephen King completist” – those that wish to read everything King has ever written. (Is there a list somewhere?) This is an interesting challenge. One that I think I’ll informally take on. I have no particular dreams of doing it in any set time, but I think I’ll give it a go- he’s pretty reliable for an entertaining read. Plus, I’ve easily read over a dozen of his books already (so that should put me like 1-2% complete, right?)
I don’t think I’d be able to read solely King books. I need to switch it up. But I’m going to start integrating him into my reading lists a bit more. Right now I’m reading The Shining. I’m maybe a third of the way through. I’ve seen the movie a few times, but never actually read the book. Thought I’d give it a go with the sequel (wow I cannot spell that word) coming this fall.
What are your thoughts on King? Love him or leave him?