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text 2016-08-10 01:11
Stand by the King, Stand by Your Brother
The Shawshank Redemption - Stephen King
The Body - Robin A.H. Waterfield,Stephen King
The Shining - Stephen King

When I received the incredible opportunity to meet Stephen King, I pondered for days beforehand about what to tell him, what I wanted to share with this man who had shared so much with me through his words.

And then I knew.

But If I were to get the words out in the moment, it had to be a just-us.


My husband went first. Then I stepped forward and King's eyes smiled into mine and held them. I leaned forward, the distance balanced between no one can overhear/this is special and I'm a crazy stalker who is going to bite off your nose. His eyes told me he understood. And then I told him.


I told him that "The Body", the novella that became Stand by Me, helped me, with every reread, with my delayed and complicated grief from my little brother's death. In the obvious ways at first, but, finally, as I aged--


through Chris, as he cried about wanting to go somewhere where no one knew him and start over (unable to shoulder my identity as the Older Bereaved Sister, wanting to drop it)


and as Chris, in the quoted scene below, tells Gordie that he is stuck in his grief, stuck thinking the wrong brother died, stuck in his anger, and that he has some writing to do.

King had looked down while I was explaining, to carefully sign my first edition of The Shining. When I got to that last specific bit, he finished, dropped the pen, and met my eyes again. His eyes were damp.


"I am so very glad," he said, "and so, so very grateful you were able to tell me."


We looked silently at each other for another moment. He slid me my book, and said, "What was his name?"




He nodded as a man does when he mentally puts something in his pocket. "Eric."




The movie came out when I was in high school, still in the middle of it, still trying to figure out the answer to the question about how many siblings I had. The truth--one but he died? Way to bum everyone out, Morticia. None? Betrayal. Just being tasked with that (tasking myself with it) ramped up the grief-anger. Perfect timing. This movie owns a piece of my heart, and I don't want it back.


Gordie: Fuck writing, I don't want to be a writer. It's stupid. It's a stupid waste of time.
Chris: That's your dad talking.
Gordie: Bullshit.
Chris: Bull true. I know how your dad feels about you. He doesn't give a shit about you. Denny was the one he cared about and don't try to tell me different. You're just a kid, Gordie.
Gordie: Oh, gee! Thanks, Dad.
Chris: Wish the hell I was your dad. You wouldn't be goin' around talkin' about takin' these stupid shop courses if I was. It's like God gave you something, man, all those stories you can make up. And He said, "This is what we got for ya, kid. Try not to lose it." Kids lose everything unless there's someone there to look out for them. And if your parents are too fucked up to do it, then maybe I should.




Thank you, sweet, loving Naomi King, for sharing so much of your father with the rest of us weird motley fools and discontents. Please accept this story as a token of gratitude from one Constant Reader, who is a better and healthier person for it.


Impetus: http://wilwheaton.net/2011/03/though-i-hadnt-seen-him-in-over-twenty-years-i-knew-id-miss-him-forever/

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review 2016-04-12 04:11
Tell me
The Beauty of Lies (A Stand by Me Novel Book 1) - Brinda Berry

Harper has tried contacting Leo about a postcard she sent him.  Then she moves across the hall from him.  They get to know each other.  They could even be friends.


Leo has something she wants back.  She also wants to keep him in her life.  Is that even possible now?  Can they feel more than they already do?  Can they bring the lies out in the open and share the past?


Such a sweet story.  The characters are very interesting.  The heat is sure turned up in this book!  I cannot wait to see what happens in the next installment in the series.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This ARC was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2016-02-27 18:45
Good Story and Characters
The Fiction of Forever (A Stand By Me Novel Book 2) - Brinda Berry

Kiley had a secret crush on Gunner for a long time. Then when they were teens all of a sudden Gunner stops talking to her and breaks her heart. What Kiley doesn’t know is Gunner loved her for a long time and as far as Gunner was concerned Kiley is the one that got away. Kiley’s fiance is a control freak and wanted her to give up everything to be his wife. Kiley finally decides to break things off before she is miserable in the marriage. She is a host to a reality dating game show on tv called Forever that her father is the producer of.Gunner goes on the show. But Gunner doesn’t believe in love or marriage.

I liked the plot and story Sometimes I laughed and sometimes I choked up and a tear or tear went down my cheek. The thing that didn’t really work for me was the reality show just didn’t make any sense to me but then again that's me. the characters were really good. I loved Kiley and all she went through. I think Gunner was a good character but he did run in the ground about being single and pushing Kiley away yet he really didn’t back up why. But I do recommend.

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review 2016-02-07 22:46
Stagioni diverse: con il racconto Stand by me - Ricordo di un'estate - Bruno Amato,Maria Barbara Piccioli,Paola Formenti,Stephen King

L'eterna primavera della speranza - Rita Hayworth e la redenzione di Shawshank

L'estate della corruzione - Un ragazzo sveglio

L'autunno dell'innocenza - Il corpo

Una storia d'inverno - Il metodo di respirazione


Sono le storie di Andy, banchiere in carcere con l’accusa d’aver assassinato la moglie. Del tredicenne Todd che riconosce nel signor Denker il vecchio nazista Dussander. Dei quattro amici adolescenti che trovano il corpo senza vita di un loro coetaneo. Di David, notaio di mezz’età che ascolta il dr. McCarron raccontare la storia di un parto che nulla ha di “naturale”.

King afferma d'aver scritto ciascuno di questi racconti subito dopo aver terminato un romanzo, come se ultimata l’opera fosse rimasto nel serbatoio ancora carburante sufficiente per dar vita a una novella. “Il corpo”, il racconto più vecchio, fu scritto subito dopo “Salem’s Lot”; “Un ragazzo sveglio” seguì “The Shining”; “Rita Hayworth e la redenzione di Shawshank” prese vita conclusa “La zona morta”; “Il metodo di respirazione”, il più recente, dopo “L’incendiaria”.


Il mio primo incontro col Re fu infelice. Lo abbandonai e non lo cercai più. Ci ho riprovato dopo decenni su consiglio di una carissima amica. L’ho fatto con Stagioni diverse. Inquietante quanto basta, lo definirei più drammatico che orrorifico. Drammatico perché il raccapriccio fra le pagine in fondo è niente rispetto a quello che s’insinua nel quotidiano. Riflettendoci, c’è più malinconia che vizio, tenerezza più che avversione.

Non è il mio genere, però la scrittura è davvero notevole. King traccia con grande capacità gli stati d’animo tutti. Non sento d’essergli diventata amica. Non ancora, almeno. Tengo le distanze, come fanno quei gatti curiosi ma diffidenti.
E a proposito di gatti: King! Il gatto nel forno non me lo dovevi mettere! Non si fa. Imperdonabile!


P.S. Fastidiose le “d” eufoniche nella traduzione del secondo racconto. Non le digerisco. Problema mio, direte. Ma tant’è.

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