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review 2019-01-20 16:50
Elevation by Stephen King
Elevation - Stephen King

What a different story from Stephen King!
When I sit to read  king book, I expect to be scared shitless. I at least figure he will take me to a scary place that is twisted and unique. Well, I got the unique part, and frankly, didn't miss the scary part.
It was such a cool little story because of the strange phenomenon that happens. It really made me wonder, 'what if?'. 
This story is now one of my favorites. The emotions I had mixed with master storytelling makes it a fantastic read! You should definitely read it too!

 

 

Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2019/01/elevation-by-stephen-king-4.html
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text 2019-01-20 04:46
Reading progress update: I've read 71 out of 224 pages.
Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Life - Marshall Frady

I came across a copy of Marshall Frady's biography of Martin Luther King Jr. on the clearance shelf of one of our local Half Price Books earlier today, and given that it's MLK Day weekend and I haven't read much about him until now I felt inspired to purchase it. So far it's giving me the background that I've long needed, though the floridness of Frady's prose is a little annoying.

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review 2019-01-18 18:03
Misery
Misery - Stephen King

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you were a writer of a best-selling novel or best-selling series of novels and you were suddenly ready to let go of your previous works and try something new, something different, and something fresh, something you haven't tried before, what do you think would be the worst possible thing that could happen to you? Would that be Writer's block, or would that be Publishing Agency not being supportive of your writing anymore, or could it be a deranged fan of one of the fictional characters you yourself have created? I'd say that would be a deranged fan, for you can beat Writer's block anytime, you can find new Publishing Agency anytime you want to if they release you of your contract, but you can't beat a deranged fan and rationalize with a deranged fan. And the lead protagonist of this novel is unfortunately stuck in a deranged fan's house, after he suffers an injury and an accident. So he's all on his own with his biggest fan, and thus forced to at least try to rationalize with her, her name being Annie. I guess he's in quite a predicament. And his only way out of the mess he has found himself in is ironically his own work and his own writing, for to free himself of Annie's shackles, he's got to end his work in a proper manner or in a way only his biggest fan would have liked. Whether he succeeds or whether he fails, you're just going to have to see for yourself, but this is one of Stephen King's finest works, so expect a few immensely big surprises and tension along the way.  

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review 2019-01-18 01:46
Cujo - audiobook
Cujo - Stephen King,Simon & Schuster Audio,Lorna Raver

Audience: Adult

Format: Audio

Library Copy

 

Once upon a time, not so long ago, a monster came to the town of Castle Rock, Maine.

- first sentence

 

This is a reread for me and I didn’t remember many details. I think I avoided it because of my love of dogs. I listened to the audio; Lorna Raver gives an excellent performance and helped me get lost in the story.

 

I was surprised by the beginning stuff about the monster (serial killer) Frank Dodd. I found myself wondering what that had to do with the rabid dog. But this story isn’t about a rabid dog. It’s about evil… evil and coincidences. It’s also a look back in time at what was once thought acceptable in a marriage.

 

As the story progresses, the parts with Cujo are separated by the stories of the Trenton family and the Camber family. Each family is dealing with their own issues, and these ultimately lead to the events which conclude with the showdown of mother and child trapped in a Pinto by Cujo.

 

It broke my heart to listen to Cujo’s thoughts as the disease progressed and he gradually went mad. But it was easier to read/listen to than it was to watch the movie. All I really remember from the movie is the part with Cujo and the car. I might have to watch it again just for comparison.

 

So, is an Evil force controlling the events that lead to the heartbreaking conclusion, or is it just coincidence? Does it even matter?

 

I'm using this for "C" in the Goodreads HA A-Z challenge.

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text 2019-01-17 20:38
TBR Thursdays - January 17, 2019
A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches - Martin Luther King Jr.,Clayborne Carson,Kris Shepard,Andrew Young
Three Fearful Days: San Francisco Memoirs of the 1906 Earthquake & Fire - Malcolm E. Barker
The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars - Dava Sobel

*Bookish meme created by Moonlight Reader

 

I came home from the Cub Scout winter lock-in/camp out achy from sleeping on concrete floor and VERY tired. Woke up Sunday with a sore throat...and by Tuesday I developed headaches and cough. I'm ridiculously sick and life is throwing me one huge ass lemon everywhere I turn. Stick a fork in me, I'm so done. So very little reading got done this week. I DNF'ed The Turning of Anne Merrick because I couldn't get into the story and it already seemed overly long and very winding and I just couldn't see myself enjoying the book. 

 

I picked up A Call to Conscience from the library today and already enjoying it, despite the Nyquil fugue state I'm in. That one should be easy to knock out along with Three Fearful Days, which I am at 30% done. That leaves The Glass Universe for Monday's reading, but honestly I'm not getting what I want out of the book (too much focus on the male scientists and rich society ladies who donated tons of money to them and not enough on the women computers and scientists). I'm giving it to the end of the third chapter before I decide to DNF or keep going. 

 

Now I'm going to my blanket fort and not coming out until Tuesday. Have a great weekend everyone!

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