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Pikathulhu
Roadwork | Stephen King
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Mehso-so

Definitely not my favorite early work by King. The front half is extremely anxiety-inducing as Dawes allows his self-destructive impulses free rein, and the destruction of his personal and professional life reaches its logical conclusion. The second half builds to a predictable finale that leaves an empty sadness in its wake. Ultimately, this is a book that examines the twin marches of time and progress in terms of what they strip away. 3/5

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Twainy
Blaze | Stephen King, Richard Bachman
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Pickpick

🎧 I was on the edge of my seat. Poor Blaze. At least some people were nice to him. Good story & narration! Not scary but sad.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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Pikathulhu
Rage | Stephen King, Richard Bachman
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Panpan

Forgoing a discussion of the obvious - King let this go out of print for a reason, and I'm glad he did - I'm not sure I loved this. When you solely consider the dynamics of Charlie's interactions with his peers, this comes off as a ham-fisted attempt to lionize the tortured, misunderstood academic, and position them as superior to society's trappings and representatives. I'm all for this when it's done right, but this book failed to deliver. 1/5

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Twainy
Roadwork | Stephen King
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Pickpick

🎧 This felt familiar. Predictable. I still loved it!!

A character study of a father who loses a son and the madness that he slowly sinks into … focusing his ire on a road that is going to go straight through his house & where he works … he ends up with no wife, no house, no job, no life but not before he goes completely off the deep end!

I‘m shocked by the low rating!!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/4

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intothehallofbooks
Roadwork | Stephen King
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed Bart Dawes‘ anger over the injustice of eminent domain taking his home and his business. I could feel his mental decline and instability. But I was bored to tears with the way this story was written. Way too much inner dialogue! Could have been better at half the length. The only reason I didn‘t DNF is because of my #readingStephenKing personal challenge.

Next up: Cujo!! (I‘m VERY nervous about this one because I love dogs so much.)

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intothehallofbooks
Roadwork | Stephen King
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My current #readingStephenKing is Road Work and I was DELIGHTED to hear The Mangler featured briefly in this novella. The Mangler is a possessed ironing press that kills people in one of my favorite short stories from the Night Shift collection.

So fun!!

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BarkingMadRead
Blaze | Stephen King, Richard Bachman
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Welcome to the #LosersClub open discussion for #Blaze Please be mindful of spoilers. We have new readers to King who haven‘t read all of his books. When referencing his other work, please keep this in mind for our new-to-King friends. Don‘t forget to tag each other in the comments so your friends can see your reply. Have fun!

#StephenKing #StephenKingInOrder #KingFromTheBeginning #ConstantReader #ReadAlong #BuddyRead #BookDiscussion

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BarkingMadRead I enjoyed this one. It‘s not typical King for sure, but it kept me interested the whole time, and I was so sad that it ended the way it did! 5mo
Erinsuereads I loved this one too!!! At first it was kind of meh but it really crept up on me. I was rooting for blaze by the end in a weird way. I enjoyed that it had a somewhat simpler plot too, it made his character writing shine. 5mo
NikkiM5 Today was a travel day, so sorry for the late post. Blaze was excellent, I was into it right from start. I loved how the MC became attached to the baby; it caused some teary eye moments🥹. I always love MC and side character backstories, and as usual, King did not disappoint. 5mo
NikkiM5 @ErinSueMreads I was rooting for him too lol. I didn‘t want his story to end the way it did but it became obvious it was going to end that way. 5mo
BarkingMadRead @NikkiM5 @ErinSueMreads is it sad that I wished he got away with the baby? 🤣🤣🤣 5mo
Addison_Reads @BarkingMadRun I knew it wasn't going to happen but I also wanted him to be able to get away with the baby. The connection King wrote between them made me at times forget that the baby didn't belong with him. I loved that about this book how I felt attached to the "bad" guy. 5mo
Erinsuereads I loved that the bad guy really wasn't even that bad of a guy 😂 @Addison_Reads 5mo
Erinsuereads @NikkiM5 & @BarkingMadRun I totally was thinking the same thing 😂😂😂 I'm like there is no way this kid would survive but I totally want him to keep him 5mo
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Erinsuereads
Blaze | Stephen King, Richard Bachman
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Finished this bad boy in the knick of time for #losersclub . Not my favorite king but definitely an 8/10 for me.

BarkingMadRead Well done! It‘s definitely not your typical King novel! 6mo
Erinsuereads @BarkingMadRun I like it so much though! 6mo
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BoleyBooks
Blaze | Stephen King, Richard Bachman
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