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revival by Stephen King - what was i thinking??

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lemisscared Sat 29-Nov-14 20:28:25

Just started this but had forgotten how horrible his books are. Chapter 3 about the accident was awful - should i stop now??

LeopardInABobbleHat Sat 29-Nov-14 20:31:42

No, that's about the only bit that's written in his 'old' style. The rest is average. Not unreadable, but disjointed and trading on his past excellence and reputation for sales. A Doctor Sleep, not a Pet Sematary.

lemisscared Sat 29-Nov-14 20:35:58

Not read doctor sleep. Not read sk for years and years. Pet semetary haunted me for a long time. So, no more upsetting stuff?

LeopardInABobbleHat Sat 29-Nov-14 20:40:56

It depends on how you view 'upsetting'. Too me it started off promising, but quickly tailed off. I got bored. I hate being bored by SK! grin

There are some bits that I found creepy, but not in a supernatural way. The relationship stuff later on is cringeworthy and the seedy fantasy of a sad old man.

I was really, horribly disappointed.

Disagree re the relationship stuff though - the woman was absolutely in control.

lemisscared Sat 29-Nov-14 20:55:54

Maybe ill persevere. Is there still the apocalyptic ending? Not his greatest skill , endings

LeopardInABobbleHat Sat 29-Nov-14 20:55:56

He is past his best, but I doubt he cares about that.

<riffles disconsolately through The Bachman Books>

One of his worst endings ever, I'm afraid. sad

LeopardInABobbleHat Sat 29-Nov-14 21:00:54

All the 'Starter Shag' stuff, Remus? I thought it was very unlikely and clashingly seedy, but he's never been good with writing about sex. Now he's downright pervy.

LeopardInABobbleHat Sat 29-Nov-14 21:01:29

So, Lem, are we selling it to you at all? grin

I thought the sex here was far less cringe-worthy than in, for example, Needful Things (Gods, I loathe that book).

LeopardInABobbleHat Sat 29-Nov-14 21:05:41

Ewww, yes, that was particularly grim. Not quite as bad as basing a whole novel on a privileged white male's take on abuse (I'm looking at you, Rose Madder and Gerard's Game), but phoning it in all the same.

lemisscared Sun 30-Nov-14 09:29:44

Um not really no! But i paid £5.99 for the bastard book so will keep going and waste my time as well as my money

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