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Difficult Read

Discussion in 'Lisey's Story' started by Jules3155, Sep 23, 2015.

  1. lowman

    lowman Well-Known Member

    Ive got the book but havent cracked it open yet,still have some others id like to get into first,especially with better reviews but ill get to it.
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  2. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Welcome to the SKMB - you picked a tough one! Glad to hear you liked it.

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  3. Sliced Bread

    Sliced Bread Well-Known Member

    Time for attempt number 4!
  4. Mr.Ace

    Mr.Ace Well-Known Member

    I'm reading it right now and yes, it difficult to read (especially in the beginning). I think it's because of some torn rhythm of the story. I mean, here's Lisey's reflections and they are not so interesting so that's hard part then come some stories from the past (about the bools, the episode with the Scott's arm, Scott's childhood, etc.) and those parts are great and the story becomes smooth and then again Lisey's reflections... In either case the more story goes further then it becomes more interesting and easier to grasp.
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  5. César Hernández-Meraz

    César Hernández-Meraz Wants to be Nick, ends up as Larry

    I think those are what lost me when I was younger. Now they are interesting to me, because I can now understand them a little better.
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  6. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    The power of a reread
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  7. S.R. Wittmann

    S.R. Wittmann Active Member

    I am in my third try to get into Lisey's Story. I'm about 130 or so pages into it and still waiting to discover why I should give a smuck what happens. It's very unusual for me to struggle with SK's work. I usually inhale the words right off the page. Now, I'll admit, some of his books are like a diesel tractor—the speed is slow and steady through the first few gears, but once you've got inertia up to cruising speed, don't try to stop. Duma Key was like that, but Lisey's Story has me asking "so what?" a bit too often. Things change though, and there's still 400+ pages to go. I just hope things change soon.
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...three full reads before I "got it"....
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  9. morgan

    morgan Well-Known Member

    It wasn't a favorite when I first read it either. Did a reread a few months ago and was completely blown away. Sometimes it's what you are going through in life when you read a book that changes your perspective.
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  10. recitador

    recitador Speed Reader

    i definitely understand why this is a struggle for some. there's a pretty excessive amount of "special language" in this novel compared to some, and it can be distracting until you get used to it. i started hitting my stride with it when the scene where he encountered gerd cole was described. another problem i think is that since it was about her recovering her memory that she needed, a lot of the initial talk about all of that was purposely vague, so it's harder to get the point of what's going on.
  11. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

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  12. S.R. Wittmann

    S.R. Wittmann Active Member

    I finally finished Lisey’s Story and to be honest, I struggled to finish this one. I know, it's one of SK’s favorites and Lord knows I am a HUGE SK fan and constant reader, but Lisey's Story was like dragging a ball and chain uphill in the rain.

    Never mind the dozen or more author words I had to learn along the way like bool, bad gunky, SOWISA, Boo’ya Moon, and so many others. That really didn’t bother me. SK creates author-words all the time. You can’t get through The Dark Tower series without picking up all sorts of new words and I LOVED the Dark Tower.

    Looking back, I know what it was—all through the book, I couldn't figure out why I was supposed to care about Lisey. As I was reading, I kept asking the book, “So what? Tell me why I am supposed to care about this.”

    I know SK will sometimes take his time getting out of the starting gate, so I enter an SK book with a lot of patience. If memory serves, it was well over 100 pages before Black House really got cranking. I expect that from SK, but I was at page 300 in Lisey’s Story and desperate for a reason to continue.

    There was a dead cat in a mailbox. Ahh, I thought. Maybe a psychopath will become the new antagonist. And Dooley did for a little while—at least until he was overcome by the Long Boy.

    Then I thought…Oooo…it’s the Long Boy. That’s the real villain. Maybe the Long Boy will find a way to cross over to Lisey’s world. Then she’d be forced to deal with it on her home turf. But nope, we’re not going there and the whole Long Boy thing just fizzled out.

    To me, Lisey’s Story was hodge-podge of possible conflicts and story elements that never delivered. In the end, the narrative never made me give a smuck about Lisey.

    Please, please, please don’t tell me to go read it again so I can understand it. I understood it just fine, thank you very much.
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  13. Paddy C

    Paddy C All Hail The KING...

    I finished reading it for the first time last night and, hand on heart, I loved it. At some points during the story
    Stations of the Bool
    I wondered how Lisey could have forgotten some of the stuff that was revealed
    her previous visits to Boo Ya Moon
    but as the story went on I got the sense that everything panned out exactly as it should have.
    When I started reading this one I had preconceived ideas that it would be a bit of a slog but it turned out to be a favourite. So much emotion and love invested by Mr. King. Definitely now included in my top ten!
    Bool. The End!
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