The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King

As readers, we all know the euphoria of one-more-chapter books. These glorious novels have been few and far between for me in recent years, so when I find one, I treasure it. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams is Stephen King’s latest collection of short stories. I may be a tad bit biased, since Stephen King is my spirit animal. That being said, Bazaar left me spending many nights chasing after that elusive last chapter. Continue reading “The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King”

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Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

It’s no secret that I love Stephen King, and I will support him in all of his endeavors. That being said, I was not particularly enthused when I read the synopsis of Mr. Mercedes. King’s detective novels can go either way: I hated The Colorado Kid, but I couldn’t put Joyland down. Mr. Mercedes isn’t a Hard Case Crime novel, but it might as well be since it is a detective story that lacks supernatural elements. Taking all of these things into consideration, I was prepared to hate it. For a while, I did hate it. Then I became intrigued. And then I was just kindof ambivalent. The novel was compelling enough to make me finish it, but I don’t think I would read it again. Continue reading “Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King”

Carrie the Remake versus Carrie by Stephen King

Carrie did not need to be remade. The book is awesome, and the original movie is pretty darn good. Of course, when I heard that an updated version was being released, I knew I had to see it. I quickly reread the endearing little novel, and prepared myself to be amazed. Okay, maybe not amazed, but at least entertained. As it turns out, I was not amazed or entertained. My sister and fellow critic, Tarah, has a way of pointing out crucial downfalls of films and literature, and she hit this one right on the head: what the Carrie remake is so desperately lacking is a point. Continue reading “Carrie the Remake versus Carrie by Stephen King”

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

I should have anticipated this disappointment. There is no reason that I should not have seen this coming. I was looking forward to Doctor Sleep for at least a year, and such anticipation never bodes well for the book in question. Continue reading “Doctor Sleep by Stephen King”

The Shining by Stephen King

As you may or may not know, this past Tuesday marked a momentous day in literary history. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen – thirty-six years after The Shining first hit bookstores, we have finally been presented with its long-awaited sequel, Doctor Sleep. You can expect a review of this novel in upcoming weeks, but in the meantime, I thought that a re-read of the 1977 classic was in order. Continue reading “The Shining by Stephen King”

Cujo: A Contemplation of Karma and Evil

I love Cujo. I don’t take the word love lightly, and I rarely apply it to anything, let alone a book. Mind you, I do have a soft spot in my heart for Stephen King; sometimes I absolutely hate his work, but more often than not I am left with something to think about – Cujo left me with a lot to think about. Continue reading “Cujo: A Contemplation of Karma and Evil”