About half way through Finders Keepers by Stephen King it occurred to me that it’s a bit macabre for an author to depict a fictional author being brutally murdered by an obsessed fan. Not that King is any strange to the macabre label. In fact I’m pretty sure that’s where I first learned the meaning of the word.
But usually King writes about more fantastical horrors than something that could easily happen to him or anyone else. But that makes the scene all the more chilling.
Finders Keepers is the follow to King’s 2014 novel Mr. Mercedes. I haven’t written about Mr. Mercedes yet, but I totally loved it. Both are crime novels and there isn’t anything supernatural about either of them. They are also not horror, but I do think King’s knack for the twisted and horrific is a great complement to the crime genre.
I’m into the final act of Finders Keepers right now – right at the point where it’s getting harder and harder to put down.
It’s probably one of the most common New Years resolutions – “Read more books.” A lot of people say it, most of us mean, and…well we all know how best intentions go.
One my my new favorite authors (meaning I recently discovered his books, not that he is new), Joe Hill says the number of pages you average reading in a day equals the number of books you will read in a year. I think he may be right about that. I have been listening to a lot of books on audible lately – because there’s so many books and so little time – but I think he’s probably right about strictly reading.
At any rate, I’m really trying to hold true to that particular New Years resolution. I made the same resolution in 2014 so let’s see how I did:
- In 2014 I got through 18 books – I’m sure that’s the most in a single years since I was in high school – a time when I would pick up a new book as soon as I finished one.
- Ten of those books were audio versions
- Six were Kindle
- Two were paperback
That’s not too bad, but I think I’ll beat it this year.
It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I’m going to go with NOS4A2 because it came as such a surprise. Since it was the first of his books I read, I didn’t really know what to expect from Joe Hill, but I absolutely love this book. You can see what I said about it here.
I also really enjoyed the entire Dark Tower series from Stephen King, but I can’t just pick one book as a favorite.
Actually I enjoyed everything I read (or listened to last year), which is pretty awesome because that doesn’t happen all the time. Do you finish a book if you don’t like it after you start reading? I used to, but in the last few years I have given myself permission to move on. I do a lot more reading if I’m enjoying it. Chances are I will go back to whatever it was I couldn’t finish – sometimes you’re just not in the mood for it at the time.
Revival by Stephen King is the first hard cover novel I have bought in years. That might not be that big of a deal, but I have realized in this digital age that when it’s on Kindle I don’t really own it. Yes, I love the convenience of my Kindle, but what happens to all those books I bought if I should ever stop using Kindle?
Those books will just be sitting in a Kindle cloud waiting for me to get a new Kindle – and it will have to be a Kindle because the DRM will prevent me from using some other device (at least not without a lot of hassle).
Continue reading Now Reading: ‘Revival’ by Stephen King
Format: Audible and Paperback
If you are a fan of Stephen King’s work and you have not read The Dark Tower series, I highly recommend getting to them as soon as possible. I’m not sure why I waited so long myself.
I had read the first one ages ago, but I never read the others. I always meant to, but for one reason or another I always went to something else first. Maybe this was just the right time.
Continue reading Reading List: The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King
It’s hard for me to believe I waited so long to read Stephen King’s On Writing. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to read, it’s just that I kept putting if off – though it was first published in 2000, so waiting 14 years is pretty bad.
I inherited my copy from my mom. It’s funny that my mom read it because I don’t remember her reading that many Stephen King books. I, on the other hand, have been reading Stephen King since I was in fifth grade (note: it’s easy to get your grandmother to buy you Firestarter when there is a picture of Drew Barrymore on the cover).
At the time she was reading it my mom told me of King’s accounts of his struggles with alcoholism and drug abuse. This may have put me off a bit because I wasn’t sure I wanted to read about that.
Continue reading Reading List: ‘On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft’ by Stephen King