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review 2017-08-26 06:06
My Review of Lisey's Story
Lisey's Story - Stephen King

Lisey's Story by Stephen King is a story about Lisey and the love she has for her husband.

 

I adore King's work, and this book was no exception. To me, this is a love story only the way King can do it, and of course there is imagination running amok. All I can say is that I loved it, but I'm bias when it comes to King which is why I usually don't review his books. But I figured I'd write a few words about it since it's included in my book challenge.

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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 2016-08-16 00:00
Lisey's Story
Lisey's Story - Mare Winningham,Stephen King So my days of not reading Stephen King are certainly coming to a middle. I actually did really like the voice and the characterisation, and the narrator on the audio version was phenomenal, but I noped out really hard on the graphic child abuse and up coming sexual violence. I know it was in aid of the story, etc, but it really didn't work for me, and I didn't want to read another twenty hours of it.
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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.

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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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