Well I have 8 pending book reviews to write so I figured today would be a good time to get started. I will keep this short and sweet to get some of my pending list completed.
I read this book when I was on Vacation in Jamaica back in June and honestly don’t recall too much about it. I always enjoy Stephen King books, but this one was really more of junk food, I ate it up quickly and forgot about it just as quickly.
It is pretty standard King fare, although Wiki says that it is more of a crime fiction book (and apparently part of a planned trilogy). It is about a retired detective who gets sucked into a case and is trying to stop a murderer from killing again.
As stated above, I enjoyed it overall but it was really nothing special. I am a constant reader so I will likely read the rest of the trilogy, who am I kidding.
So it is pretty hard for me to give an objective review of a Stephen King book as I am what you would call a King junkie or as he calls it a Constant Reader. But the thing is really it is not like you are reading this review thinking, “Who is this Stephen King I keep hearing about? I wonder if he is any good?” You likely are already a fan, a disgruntled fan or a detractor. I fall into the straight up fan category meaning I don’t really complain about the quality of his later works and all of that. Nobody is perfect but I can always count on King to give me a good time and that is all that matters to me.
So Doctor Sleep is the latest King novel that I read and surprise, I liked it. For anyone not familiar, this book is a sequel to “The Shining”. I read the shining about 13 years ago as I remember it was when I was working as a toy crane machine stuffer and my route took me through this winding road that reminded me of what I think Colorado would be like. I remember taking my breaks and reading the tale of Jack Torrance and his family. I don’t remember everything about the book but I do remember Jack’s struggles with alcoholism, the scary hedge maze and topiary animals and of course the boiler. I was glad to be able to revisit the characters from this book and see how things worked out for Danny Torrance.
So once I got past a certain point in the Dark Tower series there was no turning back. I read the last 3 books in a huge binge but it was glorious. So glorious in fact that I have been unable to get past it and move on to another book. I purchased “Wind Through the Keyhole” but I am not ready to go back to the world of the Dark Tower yet either.
So on to these reviews. I decided to compile them into one as I am not sure how much I will have to say about each one as they really do all fit together into a really long story. Of course although it doesn’t really need to be said, there will likely be spoilers so if you have not read the series and do not want to know about it then this is not the best place for you to be. Also my details might get all mixed up but that is the way things go sometimes.
Ok so this is my last pending book review. In all honesty I started reading this book last year then didn’t finish. It is on my nook which I had put aside for a while but I packed it up on my recent trip to Jamaica and finished reading it on the beach (and in my cabin during a hellish day of heat exhaustion). Wizard and Glass is the 4th book in the Dark Tower Series. Here are the links to my reviews of the first three books.
It should go without saying that if you have not read the series and plan to that a review of book 4 will likely contain some spoilers.
Wizard and Glass doesn’t move the story along very much as most of it takes place in flashback to Roland’s youth. Not to say that Roland’s story was not interesting but it did drag on for a really long time. I guess reading the Dark Tower is a journey in and of itself. We get to see how Roland became a gunslinger, and his days riding with his two closest compatriots and how he fell in love for the first time. It is a lovely and heartbreaking tale, we know most of Roland’s associates are doomed but once we get to know them through the book it is hard to see their inevitable fate.
Even though there is not much progress in the big picture story of this series, Wizard and Glass was a vivid tale that I enjoyed reading and I look forward to working my way through the remaining four books in this saga. Now that I am all caught up on reviews I can get back to reading!
So it is pretty much a given that I will read every Stephen King book put in front of me (except 11/22/63 which has been on my shelf almost 2 years and I haven’t yet cracked the spine, maybe some day). So when I was seeking out a new audiobook to entertain me on my long drive days I stumbled upon this one and it didn’t take long for me to decide that it was for me.
Joyland is the tale of Devin Jones who takes a summer job at an amusement park and it ends up changing his life. He makes new friends, finds a hidden talent in himself and also a murder mystery to solve and maybe even a ghost! It is not great literature but it was entertaining enough to me. Not a book I would go out of my way to recommend to someone but if they asked me about it I would say, pretty much what I just said above.
Sorry for the short review, but I have a few to write here and I gotta keep moving through them.