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review 2017-04-29 19:34
Dolores Claiborne - Stephen King

Five stars for one of my very favorite Stephen King stories: the enthralling and legendary 1993 novel, Dolores Claiborne.


As old as this book is, and considering it was made into a big budget film starring Kathy Bates (my favorite King adaption, by the way), almost everyone knows the plot — so I won't rehash too much. But I will say this is the story of a woman — easily the strongest woman King has ever created, and simply one of the best damn female main characters I've ever come across in fiction. This is her story — her confessional — all told in first-person, in Maine dialect. The writing style is unique, something most authors wouldn't have been able to pull off . . . but King isn't most authors. Novels like this one are why he is my favorite writer, full stop.


There is so much I want to say about this book and I find I can't really say much at all. A complex, taut, fast-paced domestic thriller/drama/mystery, this ranks among King's most un-put-downable and intriguing. defy any reader to finish the story and not think of Dolores from time to time.


A classic. A must-read. Etc.


Favorite Quote


"In the fifties... when they had their summer parties - there were always different colored lanterns on the lawn... and I get the funniest chill. In the end the bright colors always go out of life, have you noticed that? In the end, things always look gray, like a dress that's been washed too many times.”


King Connections


Several references to Shawshank prison are mentioned.


On page 226, Dolores is driving home on the day of the eclipse and takes note of the deserted roads — she comments on how hey reminded her of "that small town downstate" where it is rumored "no one lives there anymore." A reference to 'Salem's Lot? I'll say maybe.


This is the 'sister' novel of Gerald's Game. Both books' most crucial moments take place on the day of the eclipse.


Up Next


It's a world of color, a world of darkness . . . It's Insomnia.

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review 2016-04-02 00:00
Dolores Claiborne
Dolores Claiborne - Stephen King 4.75 stars

I never would have thought I could be so interested in this type of story. It's just an old lady telling about her life, but I hung on every word. It's great IMO.
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text 2015-10-09 22:16
October Spooky Reads 2015
Dreamcatcher - Stephen King
Dolores Claiborne - Stephen King
Pet Sematary - Stephen King

Okay, whew! I'm finally on my Spooky Reads list! Just so happens it's all Stephen King this year. I don't buy many horror books, and they tend to consist of his work. I think I will do Pet Sematary first.


If i get these done in time, I will finish Darkhouse since it's a horror book too. Too many books, too little time!



P.S. Where the heck has the year gone?!

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text 2015-05-16 16:52
30-Day Book Challenge: Day 16

Day 16: My favorite female character 




I guess I shouldn't be dipping in the King well so much for these answers, but Dolores Claiborne is simply the best female character I've ever read about. 

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text 2015-04-18 19:28
My Top 10 Stephen King Novels
Tommyknockers 12 - Stephen King
Revival - Stephen King
Duma Key - Stephen King
Dolores Claiborne - Stephen King
The Dark Tower Series Collection: The Gunslinger, The Drawing of the Three, The Waste Lands, Wizard and Glass, Wolves of the Calla, Song of Susannah, The Dark Tower - Stephen King
The Dead Zone - Stephen King
11/22/63 - Stephen King
Needful Things - Stephen King
The Shining - Stephen King
The Stand - Stephen King

E. has inspired me to re-read Stephen King's novels, some of which I haven't read in years. I won't be able to start on that for a couple of months, but I'm making this post so I can compare my top 10 Stephen King novels of today to my list after re-reading and reviewing all of them. :-) 



9. REVIVAL (2014) 

8. DUMA KEY (2008) 


6. DARK TOWER SERIES (1970-2012) 

5. THE DEAD ZONE (1979) 

4. 11/22/63 (2011) 


2. THE SHINING (1977) 

1. THE STAND (1978, 1990) 


Honorable mentions: MISERY (1987), THE LONG WALK (1979), INSOMNIA (1994), HEARTS IN ATLANTIS (1999) 

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