Another great story

Discussion in 'Duma Key' started by Garriga, Jan 5, 2014.

  1. Garriga

    Garriga Well-Known Member

    "The only way to go on is to go on. To say, I can do this even when you know you can't"

    This story spoke to me. Edgar spoke to me. From beginning to end, and even in the middle when life on The Key became mundane. Edgar tells this tale. Although Mr. King wrote this tale, it is Edgar telling it. While I was reading it, I became lost in the narration. I forgot about King, and to me, Edgar became real, someone I can relate to, a one armed artist with an itch. But also, Edgar inspired me. He inspired me to tell my stories and paint my pictures and not to worry about the criticism that follows.
     
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  2. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Beta/Moderator Moderator

    As it should be... I'm sure Stephen wouldn't want it any other way. :) It's a beautiful tale, Garriga... and isn't it like magic, the way he does characters?
     
  3. mustangclaire

    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    I found this one one of his most visual. I could see all the colours of the beach. And the paintings. Cracking read.
     
  4. booklover72

    booklover72 very strange person

    i loved this book it is probably my 3rd favourtie(bOB, insomnia), loved the characters, i felt like i was on the beach. the tory was great. characters interesting especially wireman.
     
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  5. hotcarl

    hotcarl Member

    Frankly this is probably my least favourite of his so far. Found it way too long winded, and some of the dialogue was way too cheesy. Muchacho turned up at least five times a page, someone needed a stricter editor in that regard I think.

    This usually gets lumped in with Lisey's Story and the two are compared, but LS is far, far, far the better story to me.
     
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  6. hotcarl

    hotcarl Member

    Actually, I just converted the epub to a word document and did a search on the word muchacho. 70 times, Wireman says it.
     
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  7. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    I really could not care less how many times a certain word is repeated in a book. I get too involved in the story to worry about such trivial details. I loved Duma Key - I felt like I was right there in Florida.

    One of his better efforts in my opinion, but we can't all like the same things and "different strokes for different folks" as they say! :wink::biggrin2:

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  8. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Beta Tester/Moderator Moderator

    But 70 times in how long was the book? Is that really that bad?
     
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  9. hotcarl

    hotcarl Member

    It was that bad. Especially towards the end, and in italics every time. Drove me crazy!
     
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  10. Walter Oobleck

    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    ooo, wee! that's a lot of muchacho! The one time I took note of a single word was on a 2nd or 3rd reading of...Wizard & Glass I think it was...the word is green...cue the Password soundtrack. Probably an easy one, hey? Jolly...oops! almost said green! How about Ho! Ho! Ho!? Remember Password? Before digital lights and they had those hokey cue cards that would drop down into the table-top? If you missed it you missed out believe me you. But the word green is used a lot in W&G...dunno if that's a spoiler...probably. Probably some little green sprout drawing a bead on me 'bout now. That or I just came up on a watch list. Nice, too, how with the new technology you can do a word-count like that. I wonder if anyone has recounted the n-word in Huck Finn? Read this intro to one of the issues of Huck Finn and the guy writing the intro said so-and-so counted 156 instances of the word...some other guy counted it 136 times...imagine some guy with his specs on the tip of his nose, bent over a desk, red pen in hand, checking them off, making a note. I had no idea.
     
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  11. Garriga

    Garriga Well-Known Member

    Autocrit counts repeated words.

    I hate autocrit.
     
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  12. hotcarl

    hotcarl Member

    Funny thing is, word search didn't tell me how many times it appeared, I had to go through and manually check it, clicking and clicking and clicking through the whole document. The word is printed in block letters on my brain now.
     
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  13. Garriga

    Garriga Well-Known Member

    Analyzing every tag like you are decoding the human genome doesn't make the story better.
     
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  14. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    OCD? :sadface::grin::haha::m_stretch:
     
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  15. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Angel in Devil's Shoes, Salvation in the Blues

    I thought it was pretty good, albeit a bit too lengthy.
     
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  16. Chazel1972

    Chazel1972 Well-Known Member

    I should go back and re-read this one. The two things that stand out for me are:
    1. His description of the word finding difficulties after his accident. I am taking a class on Aphasia of Speech right now and so I want to go back and armchair diagnosis.
    2. the LOST shout out. I squealed when I read it. I'm a HUGE LOST fan
     
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  17. bigkingfan91

    bigkingfan91 Well-Known Member

    I just finished it for the first time, and loved every minute of it. I love what he did with this story, and it's nice to see him heading into different territories from time to time. Another one I couldn't put down and finished way too quickly, but oh well. It blew me away!
     
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  18. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    I missed that second thing (the LOST shout out) - I have never seen this show - any good?
     
  19. Chazel1972

    Chazel1972 Well-Known Member

    Oh my LOST is my favorite show of all time. The creators are huge King fans so there are many SK shout-outs too. I heard they kept a copy of The Stand in the writing room.
     
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  20. taylor29

    taylor29 Active Member

    Duma was heartbreaking to me. The fragility of the father was touching. It was the first truly emotional connection I made to any of King's characters or books.

    And the teef!
     
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