Dear fellow readers In the past few days some fellow readers have posted that they feel discontent that there is no dear reader in Mr. Mercedes. Some people so discontented that they claim they will no longer read Stephen King. I assume they are upset because they no longer feel connected with Stephen king. Here is my response. I did not need a dear reading to feel connected with Stephen king. Spoiler: Job Fair attendees I felt very connected with the short lived job fair attendees. Janice Cray – I am sure everybody has at some time in their life has seen a woman struggling to support herself and child. People go to apply for a job and someplace in a pile a forms you fill out you see something like this “Job Co does not discriminate against, age, gender, religion, or handicap disabilities”. Bull **** to that, Job Co discriminates and even if it’s not against their listed liabilities they can and will discriminates against all the rest of you. Job Co doesn’t see woman with baby and say “oh we should help that poor woman and child”. Job co sees woman with baby and says she will need more wages (then we want to pay) for pediatrician, ear doctor, diapers, formula. Job co sees mom with baby and thinks, she will miss a lot of work when she needs to take care of her baby, and we can’t hire someone who will miss a lot of work hours. Job co says we only want to hire people who will work for what we want to pay them and work when we want them to work, we don’t want to hire human beings with responsibility to other places and people than us. Remember On Writing when Stephen King describes he had to take a teaching job because the laundry job was longer enough to support the family, kids needed dr. appointments, and meals were planned on an “as we come by them biases”. Spoiler: Terrorism I think society has gone sick with terror caused by terrorism. Schools now seem like institutes of death instead of higher education. The shootings in movies have walked out of the film and into the theater (Holmes). Is there no longer any safe place? It might just be a book from Stephen king but at least in this story (Mr. Mercedes) the terrorist didn’t succeed, and I am “hopeful” that these heroic diversions from tragedy will manifest into our reality. Spoiler: Under the Blue Umbrella Technology and social alienation. Here we are on an online forum. We are not antagonizing each other into death warrants, but we are alienating each other through technical communication. Some people have made accounts seemingly just to scream their new discontent for, Stephen king, in an online community that supports Stephen King. Some response to these post of discontent have been to alienate the poster back. “ you must be a small person because you got so upset over a small thing”, “ok we heard your upset, now leave”, “fine then, your loss”, “you don’t have to continue to read Stephen King if you don’t want to” I am going to suggest that if you have been upset by what you got, or didn’t get from Mr. Mercedes: that you do not let this determine, for you, that Stephen king is no longer worth reading I had my first reading experience with Stephen King Writing ten years ago. I didn’t like the book The Langoliers. I let that one reading experience, plus my ignorance and prejudice, discredit Stephen King as an author entirely. I wish someone would have told me that it was a poor decision and I did a great disservice to myself. Ten years later I was by random circumstance re introduced to Stephen Kings writing. It was by audio book, in a car, I didn’t know who the author was. I developed an interest in the story and found out what the Dark Tower series was and who wrote it. I decided to finally swallow my prejudice against Stephen King and give the book series and author another chance. I had a fantastic reading experience. I had a fantastic revolution. I had let myself based on one unsatisfying reading experience develop a prejudice against an author. I had missed out on ten years of an author that writes fantastic epic stories.