Painfully Detailed

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Dec 19, 2017
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Just a little rant-ish thing. As I think it every time I open the book. (PLEASE NO SPOILERS!)

Mr. King, God love him, has a way with narration. (I think) We can all agree that he loves to spin a yarn between plot points his novels. I love this about the man's work. He has a Hemmingway-esque nature to his "wordiness." His prolonged way of describing simple actions or transitioning between "scenes" may not add to the plot, but adds an essence of real-ness, a way for the reader to feel like this story could be happening anywhere to anyone, to a character we all know.

That being said. I am on page 226 of Black House (please no spoilers!) and it has been like pulling teeth. When the plot moves, I'm into it. I want to know what happens. But sometimes I have to reread whole paragraphs because I have no idea what I just read. Then it turns out it was only describing someone getting out of a car or walking down the hall. I might sound like a crazy person, but did/does anyone else feel like this while reading?

The Talisman was a rough start for me, but once Jack met Speedy I was more or less on board with the exception of some (imo) boring spots. Black House, however, is just dragging for me. I've been trying for like a month now and I still have to force myself to get through the words.

Does this get better? Is it worth it to keep trying? As a rule I try to finish every book I start. I'm enjoying the plot, but the writing.... Can I blame it on Straub? :rolleyes:
 
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The plod shall remain blameless then :p I've been working my through his whole library, so nothing but King for about the last year and a half. I was just contemplating if maybe the difference I am not liking is the combo of their styles. I've never read anything by Straub before
 
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It's worth it to keep going. Black House is in my top 5. I see what you mean by the excessive descriptions/narrations however. It was a slow start for me but, on the second read, I was easily able to follow the crow and move through the introductions. Great book! I cannot wait for the third one from King and Straub (although I have been).
Ah! I didn't know they were writing a third. Despite helpful social media, I'm not as on top of King-news as I should be haha. That is even more motivation to keep going!
 
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