I used to love SK. I did find that his books got a little even weirder weird after his accident. And having DS has made me a little fragile in terms of being able to read/watch anything deeply frightening. I used to be all "deliciously scary" . Now I'm more like "oh my fuck why did I do that to myself, I won't be able to sleep for days". Don't ask what happened the other night when DH thought he'd creep me out by singing me Freddy Krueger's song from Nightmare On Elm Street. It wasn't pretty. Actually it was embarrassing.
Anyway - thanks to all of you SK fans who reviewed warned me off "Full Dark, No Stars". Help me out on this one.
It's only of any interest if you've read 'The Dark Tower' series, as it's basically a scene in the middle of the series in which Roland tells a story from his youth. I thought it was an absolute waste of time tbh (and I bloomin' love The Dark Tower).
I actually thought his last book- 11/22/63 was a return to the form of his earlier books. I enjoyed it and didn't have to skim. King definitely awakened my avid interest in American popular culture when I was barely ten yrs old with the rich historical/social/political/cultural detail that runs through most of his work. I particularly enjoyed reading about his home region -Maine and the breadth of dialect/regional accents of his characters (especially Jud Crandall in 'Pet Semetary') enhanced this for me; this last novel of his had no lack with regard to this. I will brook no literary snobbery about King's merits!
I'm afraid my desire to keep reading books like 'Cell', 'Duma Key' and 'The Dome' waned considerably and I only finished the latter. And that was after some judicious 'reader editing'.
I have been told by a publishing acquaintance that some authors have so much power because of their sales figures that the editing process can become author-driven' as opposed to a collaborative process. Some authors refuse any real editing at all other than proof reading. I wonder if King is one of these as some of his later books badly need pruning?
"Dr.Sleep"Set for publication-Sept.24,2013. "Weeds" in Shivers V11 in the 7th Edition of "Shivers" is coming out this Winter. "Carrie-The Musical" coming out Sept 25 th on iTunes and Amazon. "Joyland" will be released on Sept. 24!2013. Got a note from Stevie boy,this morning.Jill.