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staropeace

Richard Bachman's love child
Nov 28, 2006
15,105
48,026
Alberta,Canada
#1
It was a pleasant read because all of King's books give me pleasure. I was not as impressed as I was with Mr. Mercedes. I do love this genre. Crime fiction is my favorite because I am seldom disappointed....unlike horror. There is a wealth of wonderful crime writers out there.
The reason this novel did not wow me as much as the first is because I feel it did not move fast enough. Crime fiction readers are used to a faster pace. With horror, I like a slow build up because that works. We do not want the monster popping up into our faces at the very beginning because then there is nothing much to be scared of once it is over. Horror must be more subtle. It is not so with Crime fiction...it has to be right in your face.
I think Uncle Steve missed the mark a teensy little bit because of this. He dwelled too long on the antagonist's life. It became a little draggy. I wanted more about the main trio....Holly,Jerome and Hodges. They are wonderful characters who blend together like chopped onion, tomato and green pepper. There is magic there.
That is about it then. A goodly read but not the best. I am looking forward to the last one very much.
 

kingricefan

All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.
Jul 11, 2006
28,344
115,484
Spokane, WA
#2
It was a pleasant read because all of King's books give me pleasure. I was not as impressed as I was with Mr. Mercedes. I do love this genre. Crime fiction is my favorite because I am seldom disappointed....unlike horror. There is a wealth of wonderful crime writers out there.
The reason this novel did not wow me as much as the first is because I feel it did not move fast enough. Crime fiction readers are used to a faster pace. With horror, I like a slow build up because that works. We do not want the monster popping up into our faces at the very beginning because then there is nothing much to be scared of once it is over. Horror must be more subtle. It is not so with Crime fiction...it has to be right in your face.
I think Uncle Steve missed the mark a teensy little bit because of this. He dwelled too long on the antagonist's life. It became a little draggy. I wanted more about the main trio....Holly,Jerome and Hodges. They are wonderful characters who blend together like chopped onion, tomato and green pepper. There is magic there.
That is about it then. A goodly read but not the best. I am looking forward to the last one very much.
I agree, I wanted more of the H, H and J trio, too! I wonder what a new reader who hasn't read Mr. Mercedes thinks about this book as they have no backround on the crime fighting trio like those who have read MM have. I felt that those three main characters were more or less just dumped into the mix without hardly any background info given to a new reader.
 

GNTLGNT

The idiot is IN
Jun 15, 2007
80,997
307,754
56
Cambridge, Ohio
#3
I agree, I wanted more of the H, H and J trio, too! I wonder what a new reader who hasn't read Mr. Mercedes thinks about this book as they have no backround on the crime fighting trio like those who have read MM have. I felt that those three main characters were more or less just dumped into the mix without hardly any background info given to a new reader.
...yep to Staro and yep to you my buddy....
 

drinkslinger

Well-Known Member
Jul 15, 2015
84
307
39
Maine
#4
I agree, I wanted more of the H, H and J trio, too! I wonder what a new reader who hasn't read Mr. Mercedes thinks about this book as they have no backround on the crime fighting trio like those who have read MM have. I felt that those three main characters were more or less just dumped into the mix without hardly any background info given to a new reader.
My husband and I started the audio-book version of MM during a road trip last summer. I think we made it about 1/2 way through before we got home. I never got around to finishing it (busy with an infant, a full-time, and part-time job). So, I have a smidgen of knowledge about the H,H, and J trio. I too, would have liked to have more focus on them. I think I really missed out on a lot by not finishing MM before picking this up. I think this book stands on its own, but I would have greatly benefited had I read them in their entirety, in order.

I really enjoyed this book, but I have to say its not my favorite SK work, probably not even in my top 10. I thought it was well written, and I didn't take too much issue with the pacing. I just finished it last night, and I still can't quite put my finger on why I feel just a tad bit disappointed with it.
 

Neil W

Well-Known Member
May 27, 2008
1,197
2,549
Isle of Wight UK
#5
Well, I really enjoyed it. I liked the fact that it wasn't so much a sequel as a story on its own which shared some of the characters and a little of the history of the first book. I always like it when SK writes about writing, and I enjoyed the whole idea of the secret further books by Salinger, sorry, Rothstein.

I had two minor quibbles. One was that there were a number of coincidences, and most weren't necessary
(the Staubers living in Morris' old house, for instance - the story would have worked just as well if they lived somewhere different).
The other was that I was a little disappointed to see
the toe dipped back into the supernormal at the end - I have been enjoying these as straight crime thrillers.
 

80sFan

Just one more chapter...
Jul 14, 2015
2,997
16,155
Pennsylvania
#6
I really enjoyed 'Finder Keepers', much more so than Mr. Mercedes. I like the way SK established the new story before bringing in the trio of regulars. Also, remember, this is a trilogy so there's plenty of time to hang out with the gang in 'End of Watch'.
I don't have an opinion of 'Finders Keepers' as a stand alone story because I would never (and have never) started a series with anything but the first book. That seems odd to me.
 

skimom2

Just moseyin' through...
Oct 9, 2013
15,668
91,909
USA
#7
It was a pleasant read because all of King's books give me pleasure. I was not as impressed as I was with Mr. Mercedes. I do love this genre. Crime fiction is my favorite because I am seldom disappointed....unlike horror. There is a wealth of wonderful crime writers out there.
The reason this novel did not wow me as much as the first is because I feel it did not move fast enough. Crime fiction readers are used to a faster pace. With horror, I like a slow build up because that works. We do not want the monster popping up into our faces at the very beginning because then there is nothing much to be scared of once it is over. Horror must be more subtle. It is not so with Crime fiction...it has to be right in your face.
I think Uncle Steve missed the mark a teensy little bit because of this. He dwelled too long on the antagonist's life. It became a little draggy. I wanted more about the main trio....Holly,Jerome and Hodges. They are wonderful characters who blend together like chopped onion, tomato and green pepper. There is magic there.
That is about it then. A goodly read but not the best. I am looking forward to the last one very much.
You could have pretty much left out the Scooby Gang and the story wouldn't have changed much. That's a problem in a series book. I liked the background on the antagonist--it was more interesting than the Trio. This isn't Mr. King's genre--the parameters of the genre seemed to constrict him. Still a decent book (I don't think he can write a bad book), but I'm meh on the sequel.
 
Mar 8, 2012
5,428
25,620
NJ
#8
You could have pretty much left out the Scooby Gang and the story wouldn't have changed much. That's a problem in a series book. I liked the background on the antagonist--it was more interesting than the Trio. This isn't Mr. King's genre--the parameters of the genre seemed to constrict him. Still a decent book (I don't think he can write a bad book), but I'm meh on the sequel.
I agree, and to be honest, I didn't miss them at all before they made an appearance. They are too stereotypical of their types of characters for my taste. I did like the book though; probably more than Mr. Mercedes.
 

Kurben

The Fool on the Hill
Apr 12, 2014
8,642
56,790
53
sweden
#9
I liked the book. The weak point about was that the trio of protagonists did not have a really good stage in this one, especially Jerome that could just as easily have been skipped totally. But the story as story was good. I have a feeling were gonna hear more of Brody in next book.........
 

doowopgirl

very avid fan
Aug 7, 2009
6,601
22,616
60
dublin ireland
#10
I liked the book. The weak point about was that the trio of protagonists did not have a really good stage in this one, especially Jerome that could just as easily have been skipped totally. But the story as story was good. I have a feeling were gonna hear more of Brody in next book.........
I have to agree. As good as the story was, I felt Jerome was there for forms sake.
 
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Rockym

Well-Known Member
Feb 11, 2012
70
212
#11
Well, I really enjoyed it. I liked the fact that it wasn't so much a sequel as a story on its own which shared some of the characters and a little of the history of the first book. I always like it when SK writes about writing, and I enjoyed the whole idea of the secret further books by Salinger, sorry, Rothstein.

I had two minor quibbles. One was that there were a number of coincidences, and most weren't necessary
(the Staubers living in Morris' old house, for instance - the story would have worked just as well if they lived somewhere different).
The other was that I was a little disappointed to see
the toe dipped back into the supernormal at the end - I have been enjoying these as straight crime thrillers.
I think a bigger coincidence was that
Pete's father was one of Mr. Mercedes' victims. Though I have to say I didn't mind it because I thought it was a pretty clever way of tying it back to the first book. instead of just the trio showing up on another case. I just finished Finders Keepers and its pretty clear that this trilogy isn't supposed to be three stories about the adventures of the trio, but one large story that spreads over the 3 books. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Staubers playing a role in the next book as well.

That said, I think not having the trio come in for so long into the story was a good touch. It really built up the suspense for me, because I sure found myself hoping more and more for Bill to get involved, the deeper in Pete got.
 

icarus

Well-Known Member
Mar 30, 2011
125
159
#12
Im reading this novel for the second time as I really loved it....I think its even better than MM, but I did really enjoy that one aswell....I liked the way "Brady" the baddy from the MM was visited in the Hospital by Hodges, and I think we will hear more from Brady in the 3rd book of the series "End of the Game"....Im really looking forward to it....
This was a really good page turner for me....Im really liking SK doing Crime stories...its really refreshing and he is really good at it....
 
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