And with more King reading by me it's time for yet more raising threads from the dead .
First off I read cell a few months ago (or pulse as many people call it).
Mrs. Dark described it as one of kings most Horory (yes she used the word horory which is a perfectly cromulant word).
I really enjoyed the way that the apocalypse was set up and the speed of the over all book. However I felt things ended a bit too abruptly. Also was quite surprised after how much time King spends in The Stand showing the bad affects all across America (shame he doesn't show the rest of the world but ah well),, that Cell was such a small, comparatively intimate story.
I don't know if I'd regard it as one of King's best, but it certainly had a lot of unique ideas and some real moments of horror, though I am a wee bit sad I didn't quite get to a review for it.
My lady and I also spent this afternoon reading King stories, ---- actually read by king himself.
The first was The raft, which is a story from skeleton crew about four students who go swimming in a lake and encounter a very very nasty creature!
I Have heard "the raft" called King's most terrifying story. I don't know if I quite agree since generally it didn't absolutely petrify me as much as it might, but that being said that might just me being a bit of a hard nose.
the story was certainly grim enough, indeed I think it probably ranks as King's and most gory deaths, the ending is also a right royal gut punch!
As a total contrast, my lady and I also listened to a recording of a live reading by Stephen King of his story The revenge of lard ass Hogan, which appeared in published form in "the body"
this was a story my lady really liked, ---- in a truly disgusting way.
Actually it sort of amazes me how much my lady likes this story given she has a far weaker stomach than me in some ways, ---- but really this story make me sick.
it's odd, absolutely vile, body based toilet humour is not something I like, I really dislike comedies like southpark, but I've rarely seen a story that manages it so well.
I won't say anything else because I don't want to spoil the story, but lets just say I was impressed, and very amused, all while being equally nauseated .
This evening we're going to do "the mist" which still havent' read but am looking forward to.
Also, fans of King's work might want to check out The great Stephen king reread
This is one of the rereads on tor.com where someone reads something and comments, there are also rereads for wheel of time, harry potter, dune and song of ice and fire.
i'll say that the guy who does this one, horror writer grady hendrics is a bit harsh, often snarky, and on occasion is imho waaaay off with his opinions of King, but he does have some interesting things to say about American culture and King's writing process.
As with most reviewers or rereaders I find it interesting not because I agree with him, or even because I think he is a particularly decent person, but he does at least have informed which he presents in an interesting way, even if I do not agree with him.
I'll of course be back tomorrow to let people know what I think of the mist.
With our dreaming and singing, Ceaseless and sorrowless we! The glory about us clinging Of the glorious futures we see,
Our souls with high music ringing; O men! It must ever be
That we dwell in our dreaming and singing, A little apart from ye. (Arthur O'Shaughnessy 1873.)