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Did anyone NOT like Revival? #spoilers#

Discussion in 'Revival' started by alligatoruk, Nov 18, 2015.

  1. mjs9153

    mjs9153 Peripherally known member..

    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..;)
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  2. sam peebles

    sam peebles Well-Known Member

    I enjoyed it. Won't rank in my top ten King books, and I don't know how much I'll retain (it's already getting a wee foggy), but yeah, from beginning to end I liked it. Another solid book from King.
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  3. MollyLam

    MollyLam Member

    I'm not sure why I keep reading about this novel's SHOCKING ending. Anyone who didn't see where this story was going to end up really wasn't paying attention. I agree with the person who started this thread, this was not one of my favorite King novels. I will always be impressed with the way the man turns a phrase, but this story didn't grab me like some of his others have.
  4. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    I liked it. I thought it was entertaining and legitimately scary toward the end. I connected with the protagonists from Joyland and Duma Key much more than here, but I can't really say it was a flawed novel. This and Doctor Sleep both hit me in similar ways. Strong imagery, compelling storyline, and interesting plot development. Yes, I knew where it was headed but I still enjoyed the journey. This gave me goosebumps in the same way that the short story 1408 did. Nope, nothing wrong here.
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  5. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    Absolutely agree.
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  6. OldDarth

    OldDarth Well-Known Member

    I liked it as others here did too but did not love it. Part of it was the marketing which positioned the book as being scarier than Pet Sematary - which it was not. That book was creepy from the get go. This one took its time getting to creepyland.
  7. amaunder

    amaunder Abby

    I agree with you...somewhat. I am on a King marathon and read (in order) 11/22/63 (great), Dr. Sleep (very, very good) and Revival,which I found a bit disappointing. I hate to say this but it seemed like King was tired when he wrote this (he wrote all three within four years I believe, Revival being the last) and there was too much telling and not enough showing...sort of a no-no for writers. I am referring to the odd and creepy behaviors of those who suffered post effects after being *cured*. These were told to us by Jamie. I wish King had expanded on these weird behaviors because I believe it would have made the story more chilling. I pretty much knew where it was going after the character Hugh experienced those, (not sure if it's the correct word) prismatic effects where he saw vivid colors and thought he could see another world that was *realer*. This smacks of what some people experience during NDEs. The ending wasn't bad...in fact if you think about ants and they truly are armies, almost robotic in the way they behave like the ever dutiful little soldiers they are (actually fascinating) and we have been crushing them under the soles of our feet and kicking their hills forever, so the ant thing was pretty cool as it showed a bleak and frightening (and hopefully fictional) POV of life after death. It also brought back memories of the 1954 horror flick Them!
  8. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    Yes, you're right, he broke the conventional show don't tell rule and resulted to quick summaries in places. I actually enjoyed the book but think the book may have benefited from a year of breathing room in King's desk drawer. This isn't a compliant, I like the book as is. But you're right about the execution and lack of showing.
  9. amaunder

    amaunder Abby

    I am certain everyone here knows that King is very capable of writing, e.g., about of one of the Reverend's *victims* whose post effects was eating dirt into a horrific scene where it arouses, at the very least, unease or cause some readers to slam the book while thinking This is way too freaky.
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  10. Equis

    Equis New Member

    NO. Didn't like it as much as I thought I would.
    I enjoyed, to some degree, the journey the story took me through, before the ending.
    Certain components were great: the characters, some of the supernatural element and the mystery of what death would mean to Jacobs, specifically. Here, King's work glows like hot metal. Unfortunately, this novel would have worked best as a short story. There are pages in the book where nothing 'really' happens, and where King is working out too much character development and such. It was during those times, I had to force myself to read on. If it wasn't for the character of Jamie (and Jacobs, for that matter) I'd have shelved this book. Then, when I got to the climax
    regarding "Mother" and the ant like creatures ... I disconnected, with a bit of attitude I might add. I finished reading, just for the sake of finishing the book. I felt like the story preceding the climax, was much bigger than it boiling down to cosmic ant like creatures.
    Additionally, there wasn't anything in this book that really scared me.
    I guess there were probably two routes to a story like this: one would have been to take the established religious route and see what kind of story would have come up. Two, would be to take the route that delivers an homage to Lovecraft and his work. I guess one route would have been to cliched or too boring or too controversial?
    Too bad. Looks like the wrong route was taken here.
    Oh well.
    Looking forward to the next book by the master.
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  11. Sam Joyce

    Sam Joyce Gentle Lady From Brady Hartsfield Defense Squad

    Okay, i can say that i like this book but not love, altho one in my love list here was Rev. Jacobs because he is my fave character here. (I LOVE HIS MADNESS OHMYGOD SAM YOU'RE ALREADY OUT OF YOUR MIND).

    Anyways, The love meter go down to like because of the three major things
    -silly ant imagery for the Null (or afterlife) that makes me do not take seriously of the discovery (altho i have a theory that this thing has deeper meaning, much deeper than to the mythical marianas trench)
    -the death of Rev. Jacobs was lame, okay i get it that he is old and he has a stroke, but if he died due to something else, like Jamie killed him, etc. it would be meaningful for me and it would execute another message.
    -"Mother" as a hidden villain, okay i like the message of this but as what everyone said, it lacks of execution. (Because of her sudden appearance, i treat Rev. Jacobs as anti-Hero rather than Villain). it looks like an old show that you aren't aware of who is really a villain then *POP*

    But still, I like Revival than Dr. Sleep (IMO). The concept and idea was great, the problem was yeah, executing it.
    I rate this book as 4 out of 5 at goodreads actually but when i read the comments there, it seems almost everyone at Goodreads like it.
  12. MechaBiollante

    MechaBiollante New Member

    For me it was well written and entertaining like any King work but unlike most King works the whole thing felt like a build to a climax. Usually a King book is more about the journey than the destination but this book was totally the opposite and while I can't say I didn't enjoy the journey here I did find it less entertaining than many other King books and was surprised to find the climax that was built to wasn't really worth a whole book of build up, at least for me. I like the ideas in it, I love that it's Lovecraftian and while I do think how it climaxes is the best part for me it was too little too late, I guess. Mostly this book seems to be an autobiography of a fake rhythm guitarist with very little in the way of actual horror along the way. For me it was still a good read I'm just not sure about great.
  13. London Init Geezer

    London Init Geezer Active Member

    It's my holiday read this year will start it on Sunday looking forward to reading it ,hopefully I'm not disappointed
  14. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    I really, really liked Revival. For me the whole build up was the way it's done. I felt it was a good ending. Sometimes, for me at least, the end doesn't add up to the build up. Here it did. Genuinely creepy.
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  15. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    After my first reading when it came out, I would have rated it about a 4/10. I made myself read it again a couple years later and liked it a little better. Probably 6/10. Not my favorite SK but it was entertaining and kinda creepy.
  16. Steffen

    Steffen Well-Known Member

    I quite enjoyed it. So much so that, wanting to talk about it, found my way over here at the SKMB. Wound up liking it over here so much that I've stuck around.

    It's not one of King's best works, but I always joke that maybe he woke up in a bad mood one morning after somebody told him that his books aren't scary anymore and he just decided to give us a good swift kick in the gut. My only wish was that we spent less time with the protagonist and more with the antagonist. The latter was more interesting.
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  17. London Init Geezer

    London Init Geezer Active Member

    Have finished reading revival I'm a slow reader ! Really enjoyed it I rate it highly
  18. recitador

    recitador Speed Reader

    it's not his most amazing work, but it grabbed my attention and kept me. i enjoyed it overall.
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