Mid-read thoughts...

Discussion in 'Mr. Mercedes' started by ReallyRosie, Jun 20, 2014.

  1. ReallyRosie

    ReallyRosie Active Member

    I'm currently in the middle of this fabulous story, if I were on my kindle it may read a good 68-72%. I've found some delicious nuggets, the ones that Constant Reader always (or nearly always) touch upon like old friends do when bringing up long ago stories that share resemblance to or relevance in a current problem or situation. I saw Pennywise, and Christine (that little gal must really linger for King, he puts it in quite a few), From a Buick 8, me thinks. Though I can't be certain, I recall buying the book but can't say I recall the story. I even think, besides obvious cultural references, I caught one from Quantum Leap. Anyone else see that?

    I nearly always have numerous endings sitting on my mental back burners while reading. Kinda like a stew, new information is added to the pot, thus transforming the dish even if just a smidge. Most times, with King, especially since most of his stories truly live outside the plausible, my dish usually gets thrown out with the evening trash, why wouldn't it? I can't possibly think outside the box well outside the box!

    But this story is one of his few that, thusfar, have no paranormal elements. Shawshank is obviously the first that comes to mind for most, but Gerald's Game seems to be my go-to.

    Just wanted to put this out there, rambling thoughts that may retire once the conclusion has been read.
     
  2. Kurben

    Kurben Well-Known Member

    He has written quite a few without the paranormal element. If you count Shawshank you got to count the Body and Apt pupil just for starters. And the novels there is Misery and Tom Gordon among others. But youre right in that most of his has some paranormal element. Go on liking Mercedes. It won't disappoint you.
     
  3. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...Colorado Kid as well...thooooouuuugggghhhh, it could be argued that there was something supernatural there my dears...
     
  4. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Same with Tom Gordon. There is a whiff of the supernatural there...
     
  5. Kurben

    Kurben Well-Known Member

    So tiny a whisper that it isn't measurable by existing technology but i guess you could make a case if yo want to play devils advocate. But you got to give me Cujo. Rabid dogs could hapen!
     
  6. ReallyRosie

    ReallyRosie Active Member

    So sorry if I misrepresented, I wasn't trying to say there was only 2, there's at least one that comes to the mass media and that's one I focused on, and the one I always think of, maybe because it's from a womans perspective, maybe not, but it's still my go-to. Not saying they were the only, but certainly claiming their rarity.
     
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  7. ReallyRosie

    ReallyRosie Active Member

    Aside from the apparent debate that revolves around his tendency to make his stories paranormal, I LOVED this story!

    I love his ability to make a crap TV story into a humane one that touches the soul. If there is nothing else that King gives to us, it's his ability to truly appreciate and understand his characters, the good, bad, and indifferent. His stories are mostly out there, any fan can tell you that, but aside from THAT, he is the master of humanity. And will always be.
     
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  8. ReallyRosie

    ReallyRosie Active Member

    I would say that would be a bit unfair, since it resided completely in the girls mind...
     
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  9. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    You're absolutely right-they are rare. Don't worry about other members going back and forth on a topic-it's all in fun *smiley* Real arguments are usually in the Hot Topics section (or over spoilers, but that's another headache).
     
  10. Out of Order

    Out of Order Mr. Mogatto

    I'm about halfway through as well. The # 19 shows up quite a bit. :D
     
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  11. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    LOL! Absolutely! You always make me smile, Kurben-thanks!
     
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  12. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    That's an interesting take on it. I thought it was left open to the readers' discretion: did it really happen or was it imaginary? To me it felt real. Either way, it was creepy!
     
  13. ReallyRosie

    ReallyRosie Active Member

    Agreed! I feel the same way about Gerald's Game! Was the shadow man really there, or was it her internal clock edging her to life?

    I hope I didn't come across as defensive, I wasn't trying to be, just trying to be clear :)
     
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  14. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    Not to be annoying, but Blaze, Full Dark No Stars, The Body to name a few all take place in this world.
     
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  15. ReallyRosie

    ReallyRosie Active Member

    I was, more specifically, speaking of things that have no paranormal or sci-fi aspects to them. In that regard, I have to disagree with Full Dark No Stars, there are 2 stories in there that are definitely "real life possible", there's one that definitely isn't, and there's one that I would say is up to the readers discretion.
    Big Driver and Good Marriage = possible. Fair Extension = not. 1922 = That depends on how much you think our narrator was honest, or how much of his honesty was hallucinated.

    I can't say I really thought his stories existed in other worlds, aside from The Gunslinger Series and works directly attached to that, I mostly felt that his stories were more...deviations from our world.
     
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  16. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    I think 1922 was 'real life possible'. I think it all came down to the guilt he felt that he hadn't expected to have to deal with.
     

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