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text 2018-09-22 14:58
Reading progress update: I've read 103 out of 897 pages.
Nightmares & Dreamscapes - Stephen King

so that takes care of 'The End of the Whole Mess', and this is the first story I've read in this collection which got selected to be televised, in the mini-series that has the same title as this book. a good idea, hard to to carry off in a short amount of pages, and neither the TV version nor this original material was ever destined to be my favorite Stephen King thing. but a good idea done fairly well, fairly rapidly; end of the world in a short story. it happens sometimes.

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review 2018-09-20 23:24
Mapping the Interior
Mapping the Interior - Stephen Graham Jones

I think I would have loved this book if I hadn't bounced off the writing style so hard. It's a short read, so I was able to work my way through, but had the book been longer I think I would have gotten very frustrated. As is it took me far longer to read this slender novella than I expected. That said it was very affecting. Creepy and dreamlike in a way authors rarely capture convincingly. The childlike logic of the main character pulling me back in time to my own youth. So while I didn't care for the writing style it was still quite evocative and effective.

 

This book was dark and unsettling, far more so than I expected. The menace that grows as the story progresses was deeply upsetting, and the final ten or so pages were a punch to the gut. This didn't go where I expected it to, and that was actually great. Diving deep into how family can be toxic, especially when paired with poverty and substance abuse, this was a dark look at the damage being wrought in communities across the world, but especially within indigenous communities. This story unsettled me in the best possible way. I'm glad it has gotten the attention it deserves.

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text 2018-09-20 00:44
Reading progress update: I've read 72 out of 897 pages.
Nightmares & Dreamscapes - Stephen King

‘Dolan’s Cadillac’ was only going to end, oh, maybe three different ways, and it wasn’t the most intricate short story I ever read - quite simple, really - but I sure did enjoy it and it seemed like the perfect tale to kick off a Horror (Plus) collection!

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text 2018-09-19 15:01
Reading progress update: I've read 45 out of 897 pages.
Nightmares & Dreamscapes - Stephen King

forced to stop ("well that sucks, didn't leave myself enough time!") partway through the first story - 'Dolan's Cadillac' - because it is so long that I can't finish it before work. that long Intro to the book also gets some blame for this. somewhat mollified by how much I'm enjoying the first story, which bodes well...

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review 2018-09-19 05:11
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky

It's been such a difficult time this year when it comes to reading. So many things have gotten in the way of what I had planned but that's okay. I'm still reading and I'm reading good books on top of that! The Perks of Being a Wallflower is no exception! I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though it was a difficult one to read. There are some heavy themes throughout the book, which I will get to in a bit, that really destroys the reader. However difficult it was, I really do think that this book is important to read.

 

The story follows "Charlie" and his experiences as he enters high school. We don't know if that's his true name, we don't know who anyone in the story really is. We are just there to listen and experience his life with him. And as simple as this story is, the themes themselves are not. There's drug abuse, child abuse, rape, homophobia, and violence. If these themes are not something you're comfortable reading, then you might want to skip this one. Otherwise, I do think it's worth reading.

 

The writing is very basic and compliments Charlie as a character. His way of thinking is simple, blunt, to the point. He also starts off with his thoughts very scattered and as the book progresses and he sorts out his thoughts, the writing, too, becomes smooth. I actually really like how Chbosky used that as a writing device. It was fantastic to read and I loved reading from Charlie's perspective. He's sweet but flawed and even when he became upset and his thoughts became scattered, he was still a delight to read from. 

 

The side characters were interesting as well. Patrick, a friend of Charlie's, is such a wonderful person. He's funny, sweet, charming, and one of my favorite people in the book. Sam, another friend of Charlie's, looks out for him and cares for him whilst working hard on trying to change her life for the better. I actually really like how the characters are all going through their own thing and are trying to make something of themselves. It was realistic and painful.

 

I really like this book. It's raw, painful, joyful. and beautiful. I do recommend you give this book a shot if you're interested in learning what these characters go through. It's quite a read.

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