Cookie Jar - New Story

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carrie's younger brother

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Just came across this as I sit here at work, like I usually do check the site, look at any new messages maybe respond to something. Then mostly do work. This just stopped me and halted everything as I just read it all on what I now will say was a little bit of a longer lunch break. haha.
I absolutely loved this story, I am satisfied and at the same time want more. I of course immediately thought of mid-world and eyes of the dragon kept popping into my head.
I want to know everything about that world in the bottom of the cookie jar, but feel like I know everything I need to. Perfect story.
Yes, yes, yes to your spoiler.
 

Nomik

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Love this story, yet it hits close to home. Maybe that's why I love it. It toys with the Pandora's box metaphor and it is the kind of fodder that those of us who can feel and touch the unknown devour. Every few years that feeling of impending doom tickles the littke nerve endings in our minds. The radio connection was there, I just wonder why it wasn't more emphasized. It's the political atmosphere combined this sort of nostalgic collective yearning to make connections that make this story particularly apt:bat:.:biggrin2:
 

mjs9153

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Great new short by King! While reading it, I thought, this world is right beside the Dark Tower world... Give it a read and tell me, I beg... am I nuts? or is there a connection?
I don't pretend to understand all the nuances of The Dark Tower, but am I correct in saying that the world in the cookie jar, and Mid World from The Dark Tower, and even our own world here, are all levels of The Dark Tower?the_dark_tower_by_lilbenji25.jpg
 

Gerald

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Thanks for posting, but not sure if I fully understand it.

Is the jar some sort of metaphor? For what exactly? It seems to be all about war, both real and imagined (or real in some other dimension) by Rhett's mother. But the different elements don't come together for me...

Also, sometimes there are too many stories that are told from a retirement home.
 

César Hernández-Meraz

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Thanks for posting, but not sure if I fully understand it.

Is the jar some sort of metaphor? For what exactly? It seems to be all about war, both real and imagined (or real in some other dimension) by Rhett's mother. But the different elements don't come together for me...

Also, sometimes there are too many stories that are told from a retirement home.

Perhaps there is no metaphor at all.

Perhaps this time, a portal to another world just took the shape of a cookie jar.

As for why is it filled with cookies, it is because it IS a cookie jar, so it is only natural that it should have cookies.

If the portal had been a shampoo bottle, it would be filled with shampoo.

All of that is just my way of saying there is nothing to "understand", because the story does not show the origin of the jar or the reason why it is shaped that way. It is just something that is, leaving us only the rest of the story to enjoy. :blush:

Now, once we simply accept the portal is a cookie jar, we can focus on the feelings this particular cookie jar brings, both good and bad.
 

mjs9153

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Yes,I wouldn't say it is a metaphor,it appears to be a portal,to another level of the tower..why it keeps filling with cookies? Well,it is a cookie jar,is it not,that is its state purpose.. don't get too wrapped up into it,after all we are talking about fiction..just enjoy the story for what it is..
 

carrie's younger brother

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And I did enjoy it... without trying to explain it, that is the best way.
I think this short story is perfect to pass it along to one of my kids and see if anyone gets hooked up with SK...like their dad is....:biggrin2:
Yes, just enjoy it for what it is and don't think too hard about it. I particularly enjoyed how SK was able to make me care about these characters in such a short amount of time and with so few words. I felt like I knew these people and could actually feel their relationship to one another. Unfortunately this was the exact thing, for me, lacking from Joe Hill's The Fireman; and he had over 700 pages to do it in!