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Pikathulhu

Joined July 2022

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.“ - Stephen King
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Danse Macabre | Stephen King
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Danse Macabre | Stephen King
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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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Firestarter | Stephen King
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Though the plotting can feel jagged at times, this is still a very well-written work. We're given plenty of reasons to be invested in the fates of Charlie and her father, the tension never truly leaves the reader, and the insight into the inner workings of The Shop is fascinating. It serves as a sobering reminder of what our own government is capable of, what they have done in the past, and what they may yet do in the dark and distant future. 4/5

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The Dead Zone | Stephen King
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Pickpick

The first book in my read-through I hadn't yet read, I found The Dead Zone supremely enthralling. While part of it may certainly have been my lack of awareness of where the plot would take me, a much bigger part was certainly my affinity for Johnny. He's one of the more engaging and likeable characters King has written, and it's a dreadful joy observing the man live the best he can while waiting for the Sword of Damocles to inevitably fall. 5/5

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The Long Walk | Stephen King
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I'm biased with this one. I discovered it at a young age, and it's always been a favorite of mine. While the concept itself is a good deal older than this book, I love King's take. The characters are memorable, the conversations are interesting, and the examination of our innate death wish is provoking. Despite a few "speed bumps" along the way, The Long Walk is one I consider worth taking time and again. 5/5

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The Stand | Stephen King
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There's a reason many readers of King list The Stand as their favorite - it's an incredible book. The way King weaves so many disparate threads into an apocalyptic tapestry is masterful, and his ability to make you care for a plethora of characters is put to excellent use here. From the first inkling that something in the machinations of man has gone awry to the final sobering ruminations on our ultimate nature, this is a truly riveting read. 5/5

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Night Shift | Stephen King
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Pickpick

It's so hard to review a Stephen King collection in so few words. There's so much I could say about so many stories. The "short" of it is, anytime you get into a short story collection from The Master of Horror, you're in for a varied rollercoaster ride that you'll still find yourself thinking about for days to come. Standouts: I Am the Doorway, The Mangler, Battleground, The Ledge, Quitters, Inc., and Children of the Corn. 5/5

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Rage | Stephen King, Richard Bachman
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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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Shining | Stephen King
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I love The Shining, despite my reservations about Jack Torrance as a character. This book breathes with unexpected life, much like The Overlook within, delighting me again and again with the bright personality and heartbreaking innocence of young Danny Torrance. Providing readers with such a vulnerable and winning protagonist truly amplifies the terror felt as Danny tries to avoid being claimed by the malevolent spirit of The Overlook. 5/5

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Shining | Stephen King
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The first time I read this, I was in middle school, and Jack seemed like a tortured academic who had made some "bad choices".

The second time, I liked him a lot less, but couldn't quite put my finger on why.

This time around, I've cracked it - Jack Torrance is a classic abuser, and demonstrates wildly toxic patterns of behavior (including gaslighting and coercive control!) before he even gets to The Overlook. No wonder he made me feel ooky!

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'Salem's Lot | Stephen King
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An incredible read. This remains one of my favorite stories about vampires. The pacing is economical, the "stakes" feel real, and the characters are largely compelling - especially in the case of Mark Petrie. There's a reason I keep coming back to Salem's Lot. 5/5. #ReadKing

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Carrie | Stephen King
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As problematic as Carrie is by today's standards, it's still an amazing read, and representative of the best in Stephen King foreshadowing, which he employs to great effect throughout. The first time I read this, I was in middle school and had no knowledge of what would happen. On that read, the foreshadowing served to heighten my anticipation. This time around, knowing how it would all end, the foreshadowing only evoked a sense of sadness. 5/5

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I've noticed reviews of this book usually hinge on one's feelings regarding the likeability of the characters and their relationships. While I understand why many readers found them off-putting, I found the characters and their interactions to be remarkably reflective of real people, and of the missed opportunities and regrets inherent in real-life relationships. Ultimately, this book struck a chord with me with its stark verisimilitude. 4/5

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"Sadie liked the phrase 'an abundance of caution.' It reminded her of a murder of crows, a flock of seagulls, a pack of wolves. She imagined that 'caution' was a creature of some kind - maybe, a cross between a Saint Bernard and an elephant."

I thought I was the only one whose brain did this with like phrases! Yet another reading experience that demonstrates how much we all share, and confirms our own idiosyncracies as valid.

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This is fantastic advice, and is a lesson I've had to learn more than once.

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This book was on my to-read list for the near future, but I've been seeing so many positive posts about it that I couldn't help but jump it up the queue. Looking forward to this one!

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This is an excellent joke, and I will be adding it to my repertoire immediately.

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After a slight diversion, it's time to get back to The Wheel of Time with Book Six! I've been enjoying this series immensely, and am looking forward to seeing what the future holds for this myriad of characters I've come to love.

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Complete Sherlock Holmes | Arthur Conan Doyle
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Overall, an excellent collection of stories. The descriptive characterization of Watson and Holmes is delightful throughout and, while the series as a whole ends with a less-than-stellar collection of stories, I wouldn't skip a single one.

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Daisy Chains | Blue Coutell
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Got a new Kindle recently, and had to make sure everything important was readily available!

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Complete Sherlock Holmes | Arthur Conan Doyle
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"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."

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