Billy Summers is the kind of classic, standalone King novel that I love. This isn't horror King, this is moral compass King. Billy Summers is an assassin with (some kind of moral code). On the surface this is a standard crime novel fully of bad guys, not-so-bad guys, victims, and not-quite victims. Underneath this, there is a social critique of American politics past and present, of suburbia, and of cultural concerns.
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I finally had the chance to read my birthday present from earlier this month. I'll admit, my feelings on this book went from love to boredom and then settling in at, "I really liked it, but it's not a top King book for me."
Surprisingly, the last few chapters of this book were my favorite. The way this story ends was perfect.
Seems like Billy Summers was a lucky charm to bring a bit of summer to Scotland in September. 🌞 Really enjoying this one.
This is the 1st Stephen King novel I‘ve read & I loved it! I really enjoyed the character of Billy & his mission to do one final job for a big pay day. I enjoyed it even more when Alice came into the book. I don‘t want to say too much to give anything away. Just go on this journey with Billy and you won‘t regret it. It would make a great mini series.
I usually buy SK books, but am trying to be thrifty (haha) so got the ebook on Axis360. Started it today and now I want to stop reading and go buy it. I need to own it. And touch it. And turn pages. You understand this, right? I am LOVING this one so far. It‘s just my favorite kind of King book.
For no particular reason, it's been two years since I've read a book by Stephen King. (That one was Sleeping Beauties, which he wrote with his son Owen King.) It's been lovely to dive back into some of his storytelling.
I finished Billy Summers as I was beginning his book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, which I'm using with my juniors this year. While I'll review that one later, I found these books to be perfect complements. ⬇
I‘ve been a fan since Carrie and Firestarter, and l love everything he‘s written. He keeps raising the bar. There are writers you are thrilled to discover and then there are writers who you run and get the newest book because whatever they do it‘s Christmas.Billy is an assassin for hire on one last job. Character driven, betrayals, twists, and a young woman with her own demons who changes Billy. Colorado touches and boom out of the park ending.
Billy Summers, a Iraq veteran turned professional assassin, a double crossing mobster and a whole lot in between.
This story just flows so well, the characters are loveable and it's just plain great in my opinion; I'd read it again.
It will be interesting seeing an adaptation put forward for this.
Not my favorite King story but still entertaining (I mean, it‘s King so of course 🤷🏼♀️). I tend to love his more paranormal/otherworldly sort of stories over the more realistic ones like this and I wasn‘t a huge fan of the war portions. I did LOVE the mentions of the Overlook Hotel (that always gives me a little shiver) and the ending was good. Keep them coming Mr. King! 🌟🌟🌟
The 1st full week back at school is always rough but this year especially. Not only have we been battling Covid/mask guidelines and getting back into the routine but the heat/humidity has been horrible. I came home every day exhausted & my reading was pretty nonexistent. Today has been all about rest & relaxation and I FINALLY started to make a dent in this book. I have a feeling it is going to be another extremely long school year.
Man, I sure loved this book. Billy is a fantastic protagonist. The out-of-nowhere, perfectly placed twist in the middle of the story (spoiler in the comment below) was just fantastic. And, since King is (in)famous for his endings, I must say he nailed this one. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Unpopular opinion ahead…
This was a fun ride about a hit man who is hired to do "one last job" before he retires. I'm not big on war stories, so those segments slowed things down for me and the ending confrontations felt rushed. Not my favorite King story, but I'm a lifelong fan so it was worth the read.
About 1/3 of the way through and if this book continues to be this strong I can honestly say it will become my favorite King, moving The Long Walk to second and Eye of the Dragon to third. How is it possible that at almost 50 years of publishing books, Stephen King continues to create great books. The nuance and character development is absolutely flawless and I‘m completely engrossed by the character of Billy Summers.
I did finish on the train today- just been too busy doing other stuff to post!
I loved it, lots of flawed people and it‘s the characters that are, as always, the key and the most interesting part.
The face I made when I learned someone decided to jump me in the hold line for the new Stephen King (even though I should've had it 1st). I purposely kept putting off starting a new book because I knew this should've been coming. My goal was to have it read before I head back to work next week, guess that isn't happening now 😠😭😫
What a cool cover! Coming Aug. 3