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first part of book

Discussion in 'Mr. Mercedes' started by purpleintrepid, Jun 12, 2014.

  1. Dear Mr. King,

    If you're checking these posts for your 'constant reader' responses, please take this to heart:
    Don't hurt any more dogs. Ever. It's too painful to read. It's like causing a miscarriage. I like your stories and your writing style, but can't handle reading about dogs in pain. Starving a rabbit was disturbing enough. Why don't authors kill pet cats? They don't think anyone will care enough? I'm ok with babies being run over, but please wrap a protective dome around all furry cuteness. Also, thanks for knocking off the 'evil people have mad acne' thing. Yes, we are scared by those things, but you're a better storyteller than that. You can stop hurting dogs and continue hurting people.

    I look forward to the day when we can buy a book and go online and add comments to a searchable copy of the text, like we were editors. Then we can point out the exact moment we're too disturbed to continue without bringing it to your attention.

    Thank you for your consideration.


    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...is it just me, or what the hell????.....
  3. Tim D.

    Tim D. Well-Known Member

    Nope, it's not just you.....
  4. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Original Kiwi© SKMB® Moderator

    Just read it... :icon_eek:
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  5. ghost19

    ghost19 "Have I run too far to get home?"

    Nope, what the hell is pretty appropriate I think...
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  6. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

    You need to keep reading. As a critter lover I am always afraid something tragic will happen to the animal(s).
  7. Autumn Gust

    Autumn Gust Well-Known Member

    No, I get what this person is saying. I can't read anything where any animal is being tortured or dies in a cruel manner. I still remember
    the dog from Gerald's Game and the cat from Apt Pupil.
    It's not great reading about people being abused either but, for some reason, it's easier for me to think of them as fictional characters. When I come to those parts in Sai King's books involving animals being harmed, I just skip over them.
  8. Hall Monitor

    Hall Monitor All bars serve the Beam.

    I'm an animal lover too, but I have to admit, it's part of the story as a whole. When you are looking at establishing a monster, either human or otherwise, you need to establish that this character is truly evil. You do that by having that character do some pretty unthinkable stuff that makes the reader hate him/her/it. Unfortunately, killing pets is something that many of us take to heart, so I'm afraid I wouldn't count out seeing it again.

    BTW, I don't see much difference in a cat or a dog, but the general impression of dogs is that they are more lovable and trusting while cats are stealthy and hunters (I've had both and the stereotype is not true, but it is the common perception) . . . which is why dogs are more often the target. If you don't think SK has put cats in peril, however, I'd recommend reading Pet Sematary, but based on your post, I wouldn't read it if I were you. Just trust me on that.
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...oh trust me, I understand the whole "no harm/no foul" to animals, it's the careless way the OP tossed off the line I'm ok with babies being run over....THAT gives me pause and more than a bit of concern over their state of mind...
  10. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Original Kiwi© SKMB® Moderator

    Bingo. That was my eyebrow lift too. I fully understand the animal thing, absolutely cannot watch cruelty on TV or in videos and cringe (and worse) when I read it in stories. (Yes, my first thought when I see/read an animal entering the story is... 'oh no, the animal better not get it'.) So, I'm right there with the OP... there was just a whole lot of other stuff in the first post that lost me.
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  11. Hall Monitor

    Hall Monitor All bars serve the Beam.

    Wow . . . somehow I passed that part right over . . . just, wow.
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...any way they can be tracked down?....they may be joking in a sick manner, but can we let that hang?...don't know if it's possible, but the longer it's gone-the more it concerns me...
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  13. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Original Kiwi© SKMB® Moderator

    I'm not sure it is something needing acting on... perhaps it was just a (very) bad mix of words? (And maybe the effect of a full moon? I'm not being cheeky, I fully believe the moon's cycle has an effect on people.)
  14. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Original Kiwi© SKMB® Moderator

    Having said that... Marsha has spoken of "the list" in the past, the one that helps to keep the office goers safe. :)
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....just so you know I'm worried about y'all....
  16. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

  17. Waylander

    Waylander Well-Known Member

    Try reading The Dark by James Herbert. There's a section in there where a dog has had its front legs cut off with a garden hedge trimmer, and it pushes itself along with its back legs as the blood pumps from its stumps. Now that's makes a change from good old Dean Koontz where all dogs seem to be the messiah returned...

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  18. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    I love animals; I have all my life. I don't understand how people can read a book where
    a baby gets run over by a car and killed
    at the mere planning of poisoning a dog
    they get all upset and outraged. :umm:
  19. Shasta

    Shasta On his shell he holds the earth.

    I actually can speak to this. Animal death bothers me much more than people death. Much, much more. Because I like animals more than people.

    The baby, though, that makes me sad. People are mostly awful. Babies and animals are innocent.
  20. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    I respect that, although I do not fully understand or grasp it.
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