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text 2017-07-17 20:08
Suggestions for Booklikes-opoly Ring Card
Lisey's Story - Stephen King
Prince Charming - Julie Garwood
The Heiress Effect - Courtney Milan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Realizing now that we didn't have any suggestions for this one when we were putting together lists. FYI, every time I Google looking for books that fit this card Fifty Shades of Grey pops up. Help a reader out guys. Let's post some good books for this one.

 

I was thinking that actually a good horror book that would count towards this is "Lisey's Story" by Stephen King. The main character gets married in that book during a flashback. 

 

A good romance that I enjoyed was "Prince Charming" by Julie Garwood where two characters get married and also "The Heiress Effect" by Courtney Milan.

 

Post any suggestions in the comment boxes below. I cannot do the second book in FSOG. I cannot. I got asked to, but I don't love you all enough to suffer through that right now. I may set something on fire. 

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review 2016-12-29 00:00
Lisey's Story
Lisey's Story - Stephen King I can totally understand why some King fans didn't care for this one. I felt so lost for a long time, but then when I started understand, wow. I really liked it. Stephen King's mind, just wow, how does he come up with this stuff. For awhile, I thought the female lead was crazy, but there's something much bigger going on. I don't know how to tell anything without taking away from reading the book for yourself. If you're a fan of his books, give this one a long try before giving up on it. You need to get well into the story before things start clicking into place. I really liked it. He does an excellent job of making the story so many things. Romance, mystery, horror, fantasy, everything is in there.
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review 2015-07-04 18:06
Lisey's Story Review
Lisey's Story - Stephen King

I have such a love/hate relationship with this book. For one, it's full of twice-used ideas. Everything you find inside Lisey's Story is taken part and parcel from other King novels. The idea of being haunted by a spouse and one half of the marriage being an author is Bag of Bones to a Tee. You have the lush other world just beyond ours that is wonderful during the day, and horrible after dark, via Rose Madder. Then you have the character of "Zack McCool" who is John Shooter from "Secret Window, Secret Garden" mixed with shadows of Annie Wilkes of Misery. It's one of the only novels wherein King steals heavily from himself. He's borrowed from numerous authors over his four-plus-decade career, but this time he's riding the Dean Koontz train into Repeatsville. If it's possible to plagiarize yourself, King does so in this novel. This and this alone is why I couldn't see rating the book five stars.

With that being said, you're unlikely to find a better written King novel. I understand why it's King's personal favorite. But that doesn't mean I can ignore the blatant repetition. So what is a reviewer to do? This time around, I'm going with style over content.

King's prose is gorgeous here, even moreso than in Bag of Bones, and that's saying something. There are entire chapters worth quoting, and King himself will tell you that's unlike him. He's been honest in the past about how he sometimes awkwardly stumbles and powers through scenes with sheer dumb will, and that's putting it nicely. Lisey's Story, while being your typical King novel content wise, is a beautiful product conceived by a man who has spent almost half a century publicly honing his craft. It has all the staples of a terrific King novel: the horror, the unfailing heart, and the uncanny ability the author possesses of writing believable and flawed women.

My favorite part of this novel is early on, it is, truth be told, the only reason I finished the book the first time around, back when it came out in 2006. I will admit that the book is never quite as good, story wise, as it is during the scene wherein Scott is shot. Yes, the story is a struggle after that, mainly because it hops around through time like Bugs Bunny and Doctor Who's hyperactive love child. You must pay close attention in the later chapters or risk being left in King's dust. Still, these flashbacks and flash forwards and returns to present are touching and, at times, utterly heart rending. Scott's death (it's in the synopsis that he's dead, so I don't consider that information a spoiler) is probably the strongest-written section in the entire book.

For this reread, I decided on the audiobook narrated by Mare Winningham. If you dig audiobooks, I highly recommend you do the same. She especially excels at performing Young Scott.

If you click on "view spoiler", you should know that there are spoilers for other King novels aside from this one. What you will get if you clickety-clack that spoilery button are this book's tie ins to other King novels, and a conspiracy theory regarding Boo-ya Moon.


Conspiracy theory:

I believe that Boo'ya Moon is the same place Mrs. Todd disappears to in the short story "Mrs. Todd's Shortcut." I also believe it's the same world Rose escapes into inRose Madder. Of course all these places are part of the same multiverse, one that I call the King-verse. They are all simply different stops on different beams along the path to the Dark Tower.

Tie ins:

Andy Clutterbuck, the guy who took over for Alan Pangborn as sheriff of Castle County, makes an appearance.
There is a small, one sentence nod to the Dark Tower. I missed coping it down while I was listening, but to paraphrase, it goes something like this: "In some tower's keep, everything was right with the world." Close enough for government work, anyway.

(spoiler show)




In summation: Other than the final Dark Tower novels, Lisey's Story was the best thing to come out of post-accident King. There have been other terrific novels since this one, but for a while after that van creamed him, I was concerned. I think we all were. Lisey's Story renewed my faith in King.

Final Judgment: Rehashed hash can still get you high.

 

(Only three more books to go before I'm done with my rereads!)

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review 2014-10-31 21:34
Lisey's Story
Lisey's Story - Stephen King
bookshelves: autumn-2014, halloween-2014, fraudio, published-2006, boo-scary, skim-through
Read on October 31, 2014

 

Narrated by Mare Winningham

Description - Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband Scott two years ago, after a twenty-five year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, bestselling novelist and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and bools. Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went—a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive or give him the ideas he needed in order to live. Now it's Lisey's turn to face Scott's demons. Lisey's turn to go to Boo'ya Moon. What begins as a widow's effort to sort through the papers of her celebrated husband becomes a nearly fatal journey into the darkness he inhabited. Perhaps King's most personal and powerful story ever, Lisey's Story is about the wellsprings of creativity, the temptations of madness, and the secret language of love.

I like to think this suffered by what I was also reading at the time. Unfair, I know, however if this was a shining thing it would of won all contest, right? All paled into insignificance whilst I was the altar babe of Peaky Blinders and Game of Thrones. Sad but true,

4* The Shining (The Shining #1)
4* Doctor Sleep (The Shining #2)

3* Mr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy, #1)

5* The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1)
5* The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower, #2)
5* The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower, #3)
3* Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower, #4)
TR Wolves of the Calla (The Dark Tower, #5)

TR The Talisman (The Talisman, #1)

3* The Stand
4* It
5* Misery
3* Pet Sematary
4* 11/22/63
3* 'Salem's Lot
3* The Green Mile
3* Cujo
4* Different Seasons featuring The Shawshank Redemption
3* Christine
TR The Dead Zone
3* Firestarter
4* Insomnia
3* Carrie
3* Desperation
4* Four Past Midnight
2* Dreamcatcher
2* Tommyknockers
2* The Mist
4* Hearts in Atlantis
4* Full Dark, No Stars
3* Joyland
CR Lisey's Story
3* From a Buick 8
3* Just After Sunset
3* Blaze
3* Storm of the Century: An Original Screenplay
1* UR
3* Blood and Smoke
3* Children of the Corn
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review 2014-04-13 03:20
Book Review: Lisey's Story
Lisey's Story - Stephen King
An absolute thrill to explore. I was hooked and couldn't turn the pages quick enough. I was always wishing for more time to sit down and devour this book. My immediate opinion is that it is awesome but I think that is almost a given considering that it is Stephen King. This is one of King's newer books; it's actually the newest book that I've read by him. I could tell straight away that his writing style was a little different to the older books I've read, but I will get to this in a moment. First a brief synopsis. 

 

Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a twenty-five-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, bestselling novelist and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and bools. Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went -- a place that both terrified and healed him, that could eat him alive or give him the ideas he needed in order to live. Now it's Lisey's turn to face Scott's demons, Lisey's turn to go to Boo'ya Moon. What begins as a widow's effort to sort through the papers of her celebrated husband becomes a nearly fatal journey into the darkness he inhabited. Perhaps King's most personal and powerful novel, "Lisey's Story" is about the wellsprings of creativity, the temptations of madness, and the secret language of love.
This story took be surprise in a really good way. I only went into it with this tiny description that is was about Lisey, who is a widow of a famous writer and while she is sorting through his stuff, she is taken on a life-changing adventure. Obviously that synopsis was a little broad but that's the general gist of the story. Except it was so much more. 
Lisey is sorting through her husband's stuff, very slowly, and is approached by an obsessive fan and professor to hurry up and distribute some unpublished worked. This fan sort of hires a psycho to threaten Lisey into giving him the works when the psycho becomes a force of his own and Lisey has to face this one-of-a-kind villain.
Before any of this confrontation even happens, Lisey has to deal with her older sister who has a history of mental illness and going through and episode. Whilst dealing with this, she is remembering memories of her and her husband which will ultimately lead her to some kind of a conclusion of her grief. 
 
This story takes an interesting concept to mental illness and where peoples minds go when they are 'gone'. The actual setting of Boo'ya Moon was so intriguing. Its a dangerous place whilst also being a place of healing and nostalgia for Scott and eventually Lisey as she returns. I liked how King took the concept of mental illness and gave a paranormal perspective which was both hopeful and terrifying. 
 
The writing style, which I mentioned before, identifed quite easily with King's older works but was more restrained in it's craziness; not that it wasn't crazy and wonderful to read. I get into a kind of rhythm when I read Stephen King and it didn't take me long before I go into the groove. I definitely enjoyed all the new words and concepts that he invented to compliment Scott's insanity. My favourites being 'bool hunt' 'smuck/smucking' and 'SOWISA: Strap On When It Seems Appropriate'. It's these kind of quirks that I admire and love about Stephen King and novels in general.
 
I only really had one slight tiff with book and that was that I didn't really connect with Lisey as I wish I could've. I don't think this is the book's problem. It's most likely mine because it took me so long to finish the book and therefore kind of lost my rhythm with the characters and their lives. Lisey was an interesting character as well as her odd sisters.
 
Overall, I loved this book and I'm so glad I decided to pick it up. Even though it wasn't a thriller, it was still a thrilling read and I was completely enthralled in Lisey's Story. 
 
Rating -  4 out of 5 stars
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