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Book Review: Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

Salem’s Lot
Author:  Stephen King

Originally Published: October 17, 1975
672 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

‘Salem’s Lot is a small New England town with the usual quota of gossips, drinkers, weirdos and respectable folk. Of course there are tales of strange happenings – but not more than in any other town its size.

Ben Mears, a moderately successful writer, returns to the Lot to write a novel based on his early years, and to exorcise the terrors that have haunted him since childhood. The event he witnessed in the house now rented by a new resident. A newcomer with a strange allure. A man who causes Ben some unease as things start to happen: a child disappears, a dog is brutally killed – nothing unusual, except the list starts to grow.

Soon surprise will turn to bewilderment, bewilderment to confusion and finally to terror . . .

Kim’s Review:

Creepy AF book. A story of vampires in the vein of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. My only real criticism is that the slow burn build up just felt too slow. Other than that, the creep factor was there throughout. I was emotionally invested and I mostly enjoyed the look into the lives of the townspeople. By the time I got to the end, I was wide eyed and freaked out! I kinda wanna go visit Jerusalem’s Lot, but then I probably wouldn’t survive. I also loved the origin story of Chapelwaite! Overall this is a classic horror story with a simple plot that’s just drawn out a little too far. I really enjoyed it!

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Book Review: Later by Stephen King

Later
Author: Stephen King
Published:  March 2, 2021

Audiobook

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: April 28- May 5, 2021
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

The son of a struggling single mother, Jamie Conklin just wants an ordinary childhood. But Jamie is no ordinary child. Born with an unnatural ability his mom urges him to keep secret, Jamie can see what no one else can see and learn what no one else can learn. But the cost of using this ability is higher than Jamie can imagine – as he discovers when an NYPD detective draws him into the pursuit of a killer who has threatened to strike from beyond the grave.

Later is Stephen King at his finest, a terrifying and touching story of innocence lost and the trials that test our sense of right and wrong. With echoes of King’s classic novel IT, Later is a powerful, haunting, unforgettable exploration of what it takes to stand up to evil in all the faces it wears.

Jessica’s Review:

Jamie Conklin is our narrator who starts from 4 years old to now being 22 years old.  He has a unique ability: He can see and communicate with recently deceased people.  They appear to him how they died; wearing what they were or were not wearing, and the cause of death still apparent.  Also, if Jamie asks them a question then they must tell him the truth.”

This is an interesting premise and Later shows what happens when Jamie’s abilities are used by various people for a variety of means.  But what happens if Jamie interacts with the wrong newly deceased person who decides to not go away?  This is where King’s story happens.

Jamie lives with his single mom and her girl friend who is also a detective.  This detective is important in many ways to the story, as much as the dead who make appearances.

This is not one of King’s best works, leave that to 11/22/63, The Green Mile and The Stand (which one day I WILL read!).  The reason I picked Later up is because it was written by King and I inhaled his books as an older teenager. Later is just average for me.  I was expecting a horror novel, Jamie himself even states throughout the novel that “Remember this is a horror novel” but in actuality it is far from that as it is not scary. When I got to the tipping point about halfway through I thought the horror element was going to come in full force, but it did not.  And then there is a twist towards the end that I had figured out.

Overall, I would say to read King, but maybe one of his other novels.

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Book Review: The Shining by Stephen King

The Shining
Author: Stephen King

Series: Book One in The Shining series
Published: January 28, 1977
659 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 Stars

Book Description:

Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote…and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

Kim’s Review:

I finally decided to read The Shining. Ivan and I have watched the movie multiple times and we love the story. Strangely enough, my brother read the book before I did and he watched the movie with us once and he kept bringing up the book. I was intrigued so I started reading. What a great book! I’ll admit that there is the typical King slump right smack dab in the middle where it doesn’t seem like the book will ever end. But aside from that, the story is fascinating! I’d love to go stay at the Overlook Hotel sometime!

Jack and Wendy Torrence have an interesting relationship that I spent a lot of time pondering, even when I wasn’t reading. One can’t help considering what one would do differently if one was in their position. I’ll give it to Jack, he does make an effort! But I also understand Wendy’s frustration. Throw in a bunch of ghosts and a strange kid with an imaginary friend . . . A descent into madness was inevitable! Overall, this was a great book that I’d recommend to anyone who wants a creepy read.

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