Weight Loss and Fireworks

Elevation by Stephen King; 2018; $19.99; 146 pages; Scribner, New York, NY; 978-1-9821-0231-9; checked out from the Multnomah County Library, Holgate; 11/2/18-11/4/18

Why did I read this?  It is the latest from a great American storyteller, I would like to read most of his works.  Although I still think I will skip Gerald’s Game and Dolores Clairborne.

Scott Carey is looking a little overweight but according to the scale he is losing weight.  No matter what he wears or has in his pockets he weighs the same as he does with nothing on.  He continues to lose weight as he helps some other members of his community become a bigger part of the community.  The real story here is about tolerance, Scott and his weight loss is the framework for that story.  The relationships in the story and well drawn and make for engaging characters.


What is with the title of the review?  Weight loss is the hook for the story of tolerance in this book, as for the fireworks you’ll have to read it to find out.



Pennywise’s Cousin

The Outsider by Stephen King; 2018; $30.00; 560 pages; Scribner, New York, NY; 978-1-5011-098-9; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Belmont; 6/9/18-6/14-18

Why did I read this? Because I think Stephen King is a great storyteller and I like reading his stories.

A young boy is found molested and murdered in a small town in Oklahoma and all signs point to the beloved little league coach. The lead detective and assistant DA march right over and arrest him in the middle of a game in front of the entire town. On the day of his arraignment he is killed. Shortly evidence comes to light that the coach wasn’t even in town at the time of the murder. As the investigation continues there seems to be a supernatural element forcing its way into the investigation. As the things proceed Holly Gibney from the Finders Keepers agency becomes a part of the investigative team and gradually convinces the other members of the team to embrace the supernatural part of the investigation.


Sleeping Beauties by Stephen & Owen King

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen & Owen King; 2017; $32.50; 702 pages; Scribner, New York, NY; 978-1-5011-6340-1; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Hollywood; 10/8/17-10/19/17

Why did I read this?  Because I think that Stephen King is one of the greatest storytellers of our time.

Women all over the United States are falling asleep and being enveloped in cocoon like webbing.  Most of the action in this takes place in a small rural town named Dooling.  The main action takes place at the women’s correctional institution there.  A women walks nude out of the woods after destroying a meth lab and the cooks at the lab.  She has some kind of immunity to and control over what is just happening.  There are confrontations between the forces of good and kinda good with a couple of psychopaths thrown in for measure.

I was thinking that this might be like The Stand, which had a great deal of action leading to the climax, unfortunately it was not to be so.  Much of the action seemed forced and some of the characters felt shoehorned in.  A good two to three hundred pages could have been left out.

Grade C

Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King & Richard Chizmar

Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King & Richard Chizmar; 2017; $25.00; 171 pages; Cemetery Dance Publications, Forest Hill, MD; 978-1-58767-610-9; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 9/2/17-9/2/17.

Castle Rock is the scene of another eerie adventure.  Gwendy is given a box that dispenses chocolate animals that curb your appetite and much more.  It also dispenses mint 1981 Morgan Silver Dollars and has multiple buttons on it which do bad things, Gwendy pushes one button one time and something awful happens.  Over time the box is nothing more than a presence in her life, one that she doesn’t even acknowledge for years but still feels its effects.

Grade B

Stephen King Hearts in Suspension

Stephen King, Hearts in Suspension with Essays by College Classmates and Friends Edited with an introduction by Jim Bishop;  2016; $28.00; 373 pages; University of Maine Press, Orono, Maine; 978-0-89101-127-9; first edition, first printing, 30,000 copies; purchased at the Friends of the Multnomah County Library book sale; 7/12/17-7/16/17

Why did I read this?  I think that Stephen King is one of the best storytellers ever, so I am trying to get caught up on his books and like reading about him.

This books celebrates the 50th anniversary of Stephen King starting his college career at the University of Maine and how those years influenced him, changed him and shaped him into who he is.  It contains his novella Hearts in Atlantis, an essay by him about his years at UMO and reprints of some of his college newspaper columns.  It also includes essays by classmates, roommates, fellow English majors, fellow members of the newspaper staff and even one of his instructors.  Most of the essays are about the years of college and how the late sixties influenced them and shaped who they are, King is often only slightly mentioned in the essays.