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Revival...do NOT open unless finished book! *SPOILERS*

Discussion in 'Revival' started by ~Ally~, Nov 16, 2014.

  1. SPOTTS44

    SPOTTS44 New Member

    What do the dates represent at the end of the book? April 6, 2013 - December 27, 2013.
     
  2. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    Those are the beginning and end dates when Stephen wrote the book.
     
  3. SPOTTS44

    SPOTTS44 New Member

    Thank you very much!
     
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  4. alligatoruk

    alligatoruk Member

    I think that is a little unfair to assume that everyone who said it drags is someone who just wants a quick fix and doesn't have the intellectual capacity or patience to enjoy a book that builds slowly.

    Personally I've read a lot of King's books and many are ones that concentrate on character building and backstory but in most cases I've enjoyed this immensely (this being his strong point). I've tackled the large books like The Stand, IT and UTD but whilst there were parts of those that I could have lived without, overall I was happy with them.

    However I found that Revival got lost in the middle and didn't seem to go anywhere for a good portion of the book. It failed to hold my interest and I didn't find his language or tone even felt like King's usual style. I enjoyed the beginning portion with Jamie as a child and young man, the stuff about the Revs experiments at the Fairs were interesting but then it became somewhat repetitive for a good many chapters until it got to what was supposed to be the climax.
    Granted some of narrative in the Revs house at the end was exciting and interesting again but the frankly incoherent and stupid "ant" reveal completely ruined it for me. I know it's supposed to reference some other sci-fi themes and stories but it was just out of left field and jarred with the very human story told throughout. I know it was expected that the Rev would be trying to revive his wife and son but I would have been happier with that ending - being unsurprised but fulfilled - than the mess it became.

    Also if it had been more engaging all the way through but crap at the end (like IT!), I could have forgiven it but as it was, it was slow AND unsatisfying. Not up to King's standards at all.
     
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  5. Brian's Twinner

    Brian's Twinner Pennywisenheimer

    I just wrapped it up this morning.

    I hadn't considered the unknown electricity angle--very interesting take!!

    Concerning the bizarre Deus Ex Machina of our beloved Mother and the ants, it was as if HP Lovecraft had converted to Scientology and invented alien personages to complement Lord Xenu.

    That being said, Sai King's prose has never been stronger. The tale flowed marvelously. You felt extremely invested in Jamie and his life. And, strangely enough, there was truly little gore.

    I give Revival a 3.5/5.

    Onto Mr. Mercedes!
     
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2016
  6. Brian's Twinner

    Brian's Twinner Pennywisenheimer

    Valid points there, sai. I scratched my head at his lack of suicidal tendencies too.
     
  7. :rofl:
     

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