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

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BeverleyMarsh

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I have another question. I didn't pick up on the idea that the story was being told through Jamie's writings in his journal until Jamie mentioned his journal late in the story. Was the entire story told through his journal similar to how Jonathon Harker told his story?
I picked up on it at the beginning personally, I think he mentions that he is writing at the beginning. I can't recall precisely when but I know when I read that I thought about the Green Mile and thought it would be similar ( journal writing) .
 
Somewhere early on he talks about glossing over some detail but that he may as well be honest in his writing (reminded me of Jake Epping and his journal).

I had questions on why Jacobs needed Jamie for the "final act" since he had Jenny (and had cured her too). I'm going with the idea that they (Jacobs and Jamie) were connected from the beginning so Jacobs chose to use Jamie as his conduit. (?) But surely if Jamie had escaped, he could have continued on with Jenny right?
 

GNTLGNT

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I don't remember leatherheads being in Lisey's Story. :umm: Time for a re-read methinks.
From their description in UTD I've always felt The Leatherheads were
nothing more than "aliens", and the alien children were simply playing with the Dome for entertainment to watch these creatures (humans) that were alien to them suffer.
...UTD...
 

GNTLGNT

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Michael Whelan illustrated them as beetles, so there must be something somewhere in LSOE where it says what they looked like? When I read the story that is how I pictured them. I'm too tired to look it up right now.
...there is, and "beetlelike" is as good as anything...my impression was one of a cross between a beetle and cockroach...
 

AnnaMarie

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Somewhere early on he talks about glossing over some detail but that he may as well be honest in his writing (reminded me of Jake Epping and his journal).

I had questions on why Jacobs needed Jamie for the "final act" since he had Jenny (and had cured her too). I'm going with the idea that they (Jacobs and Jamie) were connected from the beginning so Jacobs chose to use Jamie as his conduit. (?) But surely if Jamie had escaped, he could have continued on with Jenny right?
I think he would have tried, but didn't think he would have been as successful.
 

Grillo

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I have a question about Revival that i would like an opinion on. I loved the book but it was one thing i'm not sure i totally got. When the ending at Skytop takes place but then there is the aftermath. The Revs cures going mad and killing themslves and some others. But Jamie is basically OK. He has the talks with the psychiatris, true but he never even has urges to do things like all the other cured did. The only difference between him and them is that he was there, at the Skytop, when it happened. But i don't see why that should save him from any urges to kill, commit suicide or become really mentally ill (like his brother). Has i got it totally wrong? Did i miss something or whatam i overlooking? Opinions, Please!!!
Jamie muses that he's been spared so far only because Mother is saving something extra nasty for him because he shouted "no!" and rejected her on the other side...
 

Paul Childs

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Just finished yesterday and have to say it's my favourite King novel for a good few years. Had a feel of Pet Semetary about it mixed with Frankenstein and Lovecraft. The whole afterlife section had me thinking of the ending of The Black Hole and also the Hieronymus Bosch painting The Garden Of Earthly Delights. Hints of Dante's Inferno too (although King's description doesn't fit with any of Dante's circles).

I loved the way, as he often does, King manages to speed up your reading towards the denouement - as he ramps up the tension he gives us shorter sections and chapters meaning you are less likely to put the book down ("I've got a minute or two... I'll just read 'one' more bit...")
 
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Just finished yesterday and have to say it's my favourite King novel for a good few years. Had a feel of Pet Semetary about it mixed with Frankenstein and Lovecraft. The whole afterlife section had me thinking of the ending of The Black Hole and also the Hieronymus Bosch painting The Garden Of Earthly Delights. Hints of Dante's Inferno too (although King's description doesn't fit with any of Dante's circles).

I loved the way, as he often does, King manages to speed up your reading towards the denouement - as he ramps up the tension he gives us shorter sections and chapters meaning you are less likely to put the book down ("I've got a minute or two... I'll just read 'one' more bit...")
I love your mention of The Garden of Earthly Delights. Bosch's imagination was as scary as SK's :)
 

Kati33

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Finished it yesterday. So many thoughts- not enough time to write them tonight. I also thought (similar to a previous post) that Daniels was going to try and use his electricity to bring his wife and son back. Also, the Mother scene seemed much too short for me. Similar to the way I felt about the spider scene in It. I guess I'm having a hard time picturing the leg (no problem with the ants... *shudder*) and wanted more details. Really good and was a quick read. Definitely going in the re-read pile.
 
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Finished it yesterday. So many thoughts- not enough time to write them tonight. I also thought (similar to a previous post) that Daniels was going to try and use his electricity to bring his wife and son back. Also, the Mother scene seemed much too short for me. Similar to the way I felt about the spider scene in It. I guess I'm having a hard time picturing the leg (no problem with the ants... *shudder*) and wanted more details. Really good and was a quick read. Definitely going in the re-read pile.
I did a double take on the leg scene too. I was reading along, couldn't stop, had to know what would happen next, and then... Leg? Did SK say leg? I reread the passage again and sure enough, SK said leg. I don't think my visual matched SK's lol.

What kind of leg did y'all visualize?
 
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carrie's younger brother

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I did a double take on the leg scene too. I was reading along, couldn't stop, had to know what would happen next, and then... Leg? Did SK say leg? I reread the passage again and sure enough, SK said leg. I don't think my visual matched SK's lol.

What kind of leg did y'all visualize?
I don't even remember what "leg" you two are discussing. Refresh my memory please?

And as for the ants... I think everyone knows my opinion on that subject by now!
 
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I don't even remember what "leg" you two are discussing. Refresh my memory please?

And as for the ants... I think everyone knows my opinion on that subject by now!
Excerpt from page 381...
The marching dead turned toward my voice. The ant-things did likewise, their mandibles gnashing, their loathsome eyes(loathsome but intelligent) glaring. Overhead, the sky began to tear open with a titanic ripping sound. An enormous black leg covered with tufts of spiny fur pushed through it. The leg ended in a vast claw made of human faces. Its owner wanted one thing and one thing only: to silence the voice of negation.
It was Mother.

(Kinda sounds like a spider leg?)

You have an opinion regarding the ants :umm:

:rofl:
 

carrie's younger brother

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Excerpt from page 381...
The marching dead turned toward my voice. The ant-things did likewise, their mandibles gnashing, their loathsome eyes(loathsome but intelligent) glaring. Overhead, the sky began to tear open with a titanic ripping sound. An enormous black leg covered with tufts of spiny fur pushed through it. The leg ended in a vast claw made of human faces. Its owner wanted one thing and one thing only: to silence the voice of negation.
It was Mother.

(Kinda sounds like a spider leg?)

You have an opinion regarding the ants :umm:

:rofl:
Oh, THAT leg! No wonder I forgot about it. :a24:
 
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