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.

Grade-A

End of Watch by Stephen King

End Of Watch by Stephen King; 2016; $30.00; 432 pages; Scribner, New York, NY; 978-1-5011-2974-2; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Kenton; 7/2/16-7/5/16

Why did I read this? Because Stephen King is a master storyteller and this is the third book in a trilogy in which I had already read the first two books. I enjoyed them so I thought I would continue.

End of Watch is the sequel to Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers which were unusual for Mr. King as there was not supernatural phenomena in them.  They were more or less police procedural’s involving one miscreant as Bill Hodges followed the clues to track down the person responsible.  Due to a Traumtic Brain Injury the perpetrator is now in a vegetative state in a local hospital.  However he has turned inward and thanks to a couple of contributing factors has learned how to control others and have them do what he wants.  The majority of the police refuse to truly follow the evidence and just want to go with the easiest explanation which has nothing to do with the person laying in a coma at the hospital.  It is up to our main characters Bill, Jerome  and Holly to figure things out and make them right no matter how outlandish they seem.

Grade Aen

 

no nightmares

The_Bazaar_of_Bad_DreamsThe Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Stories by Stephen King; 2015; $30.00; 495 pages; Scribner, New York, NY; 978-1-5011-1167-9; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 1/14/16-1/22/16

A series of unrelated stories from the great American storyteller, Stephen King.  One of them I read before, Blockade Billy, the story of a murderous baseball player who gets a shot at the majors.  Many of the stories are inspired by or tributes to other writers. Each one of them is a suspense filled short trip.  Some of the stories don’t have traditional endings but they are complete.  If you like reading great stories I would recommend this to you.

Grade-A

Did I enjoy it?  Yes I like stories by Mr. King, each one has a particular theme.

What is with the title of review?  None of the stories gave me nightmares, they were more thrillers than horror.