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review 2019-10-01 13:52
Strange but good
Black House - Stephen King,Peter Straub

This is a weird one to review. I absolutely hated it at first and struggled to keep reading. The use of plural first person pronouns "we" and "us" took me out of the story and made me angry at the expulsion. Thankfully two things happened about a third of the way through. The narrative became focuses far more on third person and the upsetting "we"s and "us"es grew less frequent. Secondly I started to care deeply about the characters and got swept up in the action. I noticed the things that annoyed me far lass. About two thirds of the way through we met a familiar character, a "gunslinger" and I realised I was in the "Dark Tower" universe and grew more intrigued and excited. While this book is more horror than fantasy, the connection with a film I watched a few months ago made it feel lighter. 

 

My favourite paragraph - "Exhausted, strung out, Jack cannot hold off his awareness of the world's essential fragility, its constant, unstoppable movement toward death, or the deeper awareness that in that movement lies the source of all its meaning. Do you see all this heart-stopping beauty? Look closely, because in a moment your heart will stop."

 

The book contains regular and excellently handled foreshadowing, which is at times sardonic yet frequently raises a chuckle (however grim).

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text 2019-09-30 14:52
Reading progress update: I've read 452 out of 688 pages.
Black House - Stephen King,Peter Straub

I must be a dullard. I've only just recognised that "Black House" is in the same universe as King's "Dark Tower". 

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text 2019-09-29 13:23
Reading progress update: I've read 354 out of 688 pages.
Black House - Stephen King,Peter Straub

I still dislike the use of plural first person pronouns "we" and "us", which are ubiquitous in the first third of the book, but at least are rarer later on. Even so the story is compelling and I'm invested in the lives of Jack Sawyer and Judy Marshall at this point and eager to enter the Black House.

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text 2019-09-27 19:48
Reading progress update: I've read 232 out of 688 pages.
Black House - Stephen King,Peter Straub

I still don't like the first personal plural pronouns, but they are becoming less prominent later in the book. What I do really appreciate is the frequent foreshadowing which alternates between humorous and sardonic in tone. The book is growing on me.

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text 2019-09-23 20:57
Reading progress update: I've read 36 out of 688 pages.
Black House - Stephen King,Peter Straub

This is the first book I've read that uses first person plural "we" and "our". It is very strange reading a book written from this point of view. I wonder whether I'll get used to it.

 

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