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; 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.
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.
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.
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.