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Lisey’s Story * Stephen King Book Review

You’re good for the ones you love. You want to be good for the ones you love, because you know that your time with them will end up being too short, no matter how long it is.

Have you ever read a story which stayed with you well after the book was put down? A story about loss and love and a bit of a magical world that only writers can create?
Well Lisey’s story is this one. I think Stephen King wrote it with his wife, Tabitha, in mind – and envisioned a future where he would be dead and she would be left to pick up the pieces.

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The New Lieutenant’s Rap by Stephen King

Here is one of Stephen King’s most elusive books.

History: In October 1998, Stephen King asked Michael Alpert to produce The New Lieutenant’s Rap. The book was wanted for the April 6, 1999 Anniversary Celebration of Stephen’s 25th year a a published novelist. The chapbook (a pocket sized booklet) has a stitched cover with a total of 22 pages. The text replicates King’s handwriting, including the cover page and copyright info. The New Lieutenant’s Rap was later published in King’s collection, Hearts in Atlantis, but that version is substantially shorter.
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After receiving Stephen’s story, Michael worked on the book during the next five months, finishing it in time for Stephen’s New York extravaganza at The Tavern On The Green in Central Park.

As is often the case with Philtrum Press books, Stephen asked him to use innovative book-design ideas similar to The Plant and The Eyes Of The Dragon in previous years. For this book, Michael incorporated Stephen’s hand-printed text within the long tradition of fine bookbinding.

The New Lieutenant’s Rap was printed on beautifully crafted German all-rag paper, and was sewn with green Irish linen thread. After printing, sewing, and numbering the edition for the Carrie party, Michael discovered that he had on hand 24 designer’s proof copies that were used at various stages as guides for the final numbered and signed edition. These working copies are out-of-series (ie: not numbered) and are not meant for Stephen’s signature. An explanatory sheet accompanies each of the 24 proofs.

There is a long standing rumor that at the party” “Reportedly, approximately 28-42 copies were left on the table and thrown out by staff that night. None were recovered from trash. Stephen was so disgusted that drunk guests did this, that he took the remaining 380+  copies and placed them in his office safe in Bangor, where they remain  to this day.”

This was never published or intended to be for sale to the public. It has become available on the secondary market as some of the people who received it as a gift have sold their copy and then others have resold it but it is quite pricey. (currently USD 325)

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Mile 81 * Stephen King Book Review

This was probably one of the shittiest books I’ve read from Stephen King in all my life. Why? The names sound made-up, the story is lacking in development and is seriously peppered with cultural references which will be obsolete in a decade.

This one was Justin Bieber. Justin’s teeth had been blacked out, and someone had added a Notzi swat-sticker tattoo to one cheek.

This book reminded me of Christine and From a Buick 8 – and both of them were lacking!

“Just thought you might like to know that there’s a little kid playing Freddy Fuckaround at the Mile 81 rest area. You know, where the Burger King used to be?”

A car comes out of nowhere and for some reason decides to stop at a closed road stop at Mile 81.  If anyone touches it, they die, horribly. 

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Cell * Stephen King

If you ever wondered whether Stephen King attempted to write another amazing epic since “The Stand” that features a virus outbreak and mass-destruction of human society, “Cell” is the answer.

Except the “Amazing” part. Cell fell short of the epic story involving Captain Trips and resembled more the first season of “The Walking Dead”. I kept on thinking as I was reading this novel – this is soley written with TV in mind. The scene already felt edited, the story already had the aura that you get from watching witty-forced dialogue you see on screen. It wasn’t a massive surprise when I saw that the rights to the movie were picked up and that John Cusack who played in the 1408 adaptation also got a star role in the movie. King stated that because fans didn’t like the ending of the book, he had changed it for the film.. it still sucked.

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A bag of bones * Stephen King Book Review

The muses are ghosts, and sometimes they come uninvited.

I read this one while I was still in high school and I thought it was quite dark and (in parts) extremely troubling. This was an amazing book then and I wondered whether it would have aged well like wine. And I re-read it again over the span of two days, skipping over parts I knew well and cared little about, spending a lot more time on the parts that were interesting.
Set in the Maine territory King has made mythic, Bag of Bones recounts the plight of forty-year-old bestselling novelist Mike Noonan, who is unable to stop grieving following the sudden death of his wife Jo, and who can no longer bear to face the blank screen of his computer.

This is how we go on: one day at a time, one meal at a time, one pain at a time, one breath at a time. Dentists go on one root-canal at a time; boat-builders go on one hull at a time. If you write books, you go on one page at a time. We turn from all we know and all we fear. We study catalogues, watch football games, choose Sprint over AT&T.

We count the birds in the sky and will not turn from the window when we hear the footsteps behind us as something comes up the hall; we say yes, I agree that clouds often look like other things – fish and unicorns and men on horseback – but they are really only clouds. Even when the lightening flashes inside them we say they are only clouds and turn our attention to the next meal, the next pain, the next breath, the next page. This is how we go on.

First published in 1998, Bag of Bones was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. It was lauded at its publication as “hands down, Stephen King’s most narratively subversive fiction” (Entertainment Weekly) and his “most ambitious novel”

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The Talisman * Stephen King

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PS: The story of Jack is continued in The Black House * Stephen King And Peter Straub

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Stephen King * Storm of the Century

We don’t get in trouble, we’re in trouble

If you like Stephen King, then you surely must have seen a 1999 TV mini-series called “Storm of the Century”. I was never able to get the book but I was happy enough to have re-watched it recently and I must say it has aged well in the horror section.
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The good is an illusion. Little fables folks tell themselves so they can get through their days without screaming too much.

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Stephen King * Desperation Book Review

“God says, “Sure, take away the safety net. And when that’s gone, take away the tight rope too.”

This is one of the many books that Mr. King wrote that got a movie adaptation. A very crappy one indeed. But to be honest, the book wasn’t that good either! You can start throwing your rocks now but this “Desperation” and “Insomnia” were both crappy enough to deserve a sigh and a very slow retreat to the bookshelf in search for something else. It was long. It was repetitive. It was boring.

Plot line can be summarized into “Mad cop keeps travelling family hostage”. That’s it.

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From a Buick 8 * Stephen King Book Review

From a Buick 8 is a novel about our fascination with deadly things, about our insistence on answers when there are none, about terror and courage in the face of the unknowable.”

This is another one of the dull and long-winded Stephen King books. “Desperation” was like this, “Insomnia” was like this and it has a lot in common with “Christine“. It’s a story about a car in a police unit’s garage. A story how a car that looks like a Buick 8 has been impounded from a petrol station after its owner abandoned it and then strange and spooky things began to happen around it. Like “Christine”.
But this car had no owner that it could be jealous of. This car just kept the air around it cool and occasionally acted like an inter-dimensional gateway to a place where monsters roamed.
And at the end of the book, it briefly attempts to kidnap some policemen and fails. Then it starts to slowly shatter as a door that has been banged too hard shut and the car itself starts to lose its regenerative abilities. The book ends with the possibility of the car failing to be a door anymore and letting the mnsters through.

The narrative style is very similar to “The Wind Through The Keyhole” and “Colorado Kid” where the story is told not by the author but by one of the characters – in this case the town sherriff, Sandy.
He tells the story to the new recruit, the son of a cop who died recently and very much loved by the force he joined.

The book is boring. Perhaps it has something to do with the way the narrative is told- all in flashback; but what we stay with is the initial situation- weird car- and it doesn’t develop into anything like a plot.

“Law enforcement: a case of good men doing bad chores.”

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Salem’s Lot * Stephen King (Or the best vampire book since Dracula)

“The town knew about darkness.
It knew about the darkness that comes on the land when rotation hides the land from the sun, and about the darkness of the human soul”

Vampires are so over-rated or so people think. We’ve had Twilight, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Strain, The Summoning, Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles and True Blood.
They weren’t even close to the amazing Dracula.
But “Salem’s Lot” comes pretty close. I’ve read it in two consecutive nights and by the end of it, I was stealing glances towards my hotel window, I was desperate to go and buy a cross necklace to hang around my throat and I was definitely afraid of vampires. Not the slightly effeminate types that seem to appear nowadays, but of true monsters that lurk in the dark and require blood and lives as subsistence.