more contemporary (and less daunting) work. Finished Revival two days ago, had lingering thoughts and was led to SKMB.
First: good book, not AMAZING, but definitely very enjoyable. Likeable characters, compelling story and it moved along at a typical SK quick pace. (One of the few King novels I can think of that is written from a solely first-person perspective??? Interesting...)
Second: I thoroughly enjoyed how this novel describes Jamie’s family during his coming-of-age, and when reconnecting with them as an adult. Having grown up with siblings in a busy household, I felt a personal connection/nostalgia reading about J’s brother and dad tinkering with cars, crowded summer days when each kid has their own group of friends over at the house, etc. The novel also touches on how families handle/overcome tragedy, and how adulthood and life catches up with us and how we may fall out of touch with our families. Very intimate and realistic portrayal.
Third: did anyone else see a connection between J playing with his green army men in the beginning (essentially playing God, presiding over his minions) and the ending? (His vision of the Null, where we the humans are soldier/slaves, marching off to oblivion, and the ants-our overlords. An interesting concept....or maybe not hahah. Either way, very bleak and disturbing view of the afterlife and a solid SK read.
ps: sorry for the split double post