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- Nov 21, 2014
I'm glad that I'm not the only one who wasn't keen on this one - by most of the other posts, it seemed everyone loved it. Aside from the ending, which I'm sorry I found ludicrous, the rest of the book was just ok. As I said, I actually thought the idea had great potential but it turned out not to be engaging enough - some parts seemed dragged out. I think had it been a short story or novella, then it might have worked better because it could have focussed on the main story more. Except the ending, which I will never get on board with!
Favourites from the past have been 'Salem's Lot, Christine and Duma Key but (aside from The Dark Tower series) I have read a lot of his novels and I have usually found something to enjoy in them. Mainly I just like his style of writing but I felt it was "off" in Revival. I guess some books just suit more than others - I mean, I liked Cell, Dreamcatcher and The Regulators, which others seem to think are not great, so it's all down to personal preference!
Actung - I have not read Bazaar of Bad Dreams, I tend not to buy the short stories books for some reason, although I have read and enjoyed some that King has written. I might give it a try but generally I prefer a novel, as I like the build up of longer stories.
You are missing out!Some of his best writing are the short stories,hope you try them again..I think great writers often burn at a high level of flame,and sometimes these shorts are some of their best works..yes,there are duds in the pile,but every now and then a diamond appears,and makes the whole book worth the price of admission..not just SK,but other horror or mystery writers,I have found..