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King's darkest, scariest work yet

Discussion in 'Revival' started by fushingfeef, Sep 21, 2015.

  1. icarus

    icarus Well-Known Member

    I thought the idea of giant Ants was a bit of a let down...probably the only dislike I have on Rivival...
  2. gweeps

    gweeps Member

    Both have people trying to subvert the natural process of death, with horrifying results.

    On a sidenote, I'd love to find out what ever happened to Ellen Creed.
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  3. Randolph Carter

    Randolph Carter Active Member

    cool point, gweeps. and interesting contrast to other King works where people are trying to hold off or make sense of a malevolent force, like It or From a Buick 8.
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  4. Rrty

    Rrty Well-Known Member

    Excellent thread. I think everyone has made some great points.

    I liked -- actually, I loved -- the ending as a concept, and what was in the afterlife. It was creepy. However, the execution is what I wonder about. Could have been more words devoted to what was happening, and maybe a switch to third person would have been in order (not a longer book, just maybe cut out some of the other stuff and do more on the afterlife).
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  5. Randolph Carter

    Randolph Carter Active Member

    Interesting. This might not be exactly what you're getting at, but I felt it was a little slow in places. Well, not slow, just not scary, heh. But I was also thinking that was intentional--it fit the whole idea of Jacobs and the growing horror with him coming in and out of the narrator's life at different times, with the in between times basically being normal.

    I actually had a friend like that some years ago (he wasn't a mad scientist)-I'd run into him every few months, we'd chat and catch up and he'd give some advice on whatever I was going through (he was a few years older) then things would proceed normally in between. I love the way King is able to get at normal, everyday occurrences and put a horror twist on them.
  6. lowman

    lowman Well-Known Member

    Absolutely loved the book,but i hated the ending. Still a fav,id reread it again sometime.
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  7. Dr V

    Dr V Active Member

    I neither loved nor hated it; I accepted it as one of those endings where things return to "normal" after a preview of the horror that could have been, and after all the people affected have perished. And the main character is somewhere in limbo - neither doomed by his experience, nor completely off the hook. Maybe this is all the more frightening because this is how things usually work out in reality. "This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper."
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  8. lowman

    lowman Well-Known Member

    Now see im the oposite i thought the book was great throughout EXCEPT the ending,i didnt like it at all.
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  9. rudiroo

    rudiroo Well-Known Member

    Revival is scary - it shows the limits of grief, when a loved one dies.
    And for some of us, there is no limit, no ending to the pain, for a long time.
    And we are (temporarily) as mad as a box of rocks.

    But suppose grief makes you lose the plot, permanently.
    And you become capable of anything?

    I'm not surprised that some posters have compared it to Pet Sematary.
    Both stories deal with tragedies that could happen any day, to anybody.
    And both stories have protagonists that refuse to accept death.

    But the best thing about Revival is that SK lets us follow the trajectory of a man's life.
    Without rushing or lingering.
    But just telling the story, in the voice of a young boy and later a middle-aged man.

    And you listen.
    And you believe.
    Who could ask for anything more?
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  10. MollyLam

    MollyLam Member

    I have to disagree with "SK lets us follow the trajectory of a man's life, without rushing or lingering"
    The only parts of Jamie Morton's life we focus on in this story are the parts that deal with Charles Jacobs.
    Major, dramatic episodes in his life (his motorcycle accident, his sister's murder) are casually mentioned and brushed off with a few sentences.

    As for giant insects, King seems to have those in his own "Bazaar of Bad Dreams".
    Giant spiders (IT), giant ants, the fodder of black and white horror movies of the 1960's.
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  11. WesleyGman

    WesleyGman Well-Known Member

    It wasn't the ending I was expecting. I actually think it could have been much scarier with something more... Conventional. But I liked the ending at the same time because, they're ants and that makes us all smaller than ants in the grand spectrum of things. Really beautiful in a way.

    Also worth mentioning I loved this book and could barely put it down. As a person who grew up in a strict southern baptist home and also minored in religion I loved what this book brought to the table. And it had some very real moments in it. It wasn't as scary as Pet Sematary but I really loved this book and wish I could've read it sooner. I'm so busy with work and life and school these days.
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  12. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    I actually thought it was scarier than Pet Semetary because it had so many real life elements.
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  13. Tiny

    Tiny RECEIVED:Annoying Questions award

    I liked revival, I am hoping he can connect it to the finders-keepers series so
    that both stories are in the same universe
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  14. Aloysius Nell

    Aloysius Nell Well-Known Member

    Agreed. I've been interested, and saddened, to see how Mr. King's gradual loss of faith over the decades is so intertwined with, and evident in, his writing.
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  15. Jim O'Leary

    Jim O'Leary Member

    Some of my favorite aspects of this book are SK's periodic philosophical statements about life. There are such forces that are greater than we currently know. I liked King's imaginative way of describing this super force driving the underworld and periodically exposing parts of itself through lightning/electricity. I prefer to visualize a more positive charge accepting us openly into "death" and a kind loving father instead of this monstrous mother. Yet I really liked this novel very much and sympathized with the "pastor" and the narrator.
  16. nyjack

    nyjack New Member

    i read the story recommended by SK, The Great God Pan, and I can sort of see the influence here. Some of those older occult stories are more moodier than scary. What i wonder after reading some more Machen and Revival is what people are seeing is not 'the' other world but the one we normally call 'Hell.'
  17. Evil Queen

    Evil Queen Well-Known Member

    I loved this story! I totally thought it was going to be about something else when I first started reading it and then it went in a direction that I had not expected. A fantastic story!
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