Revival: Is anyone else somewhat disappointed?

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carrie's younger brother

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Like I am? While I thoroughly enjoyed the writing and the coming-of-age story, I found the last part of the book

basically a corny rehash of the Frankenstein myth

a bit disappointing and not at all fitting with the first 3/4 of the book.

And speaking of the ending...

Giant insects??? Really??? Again??? Aaaaaaarrrrgggghhhh!!!

After being very disappointed with Doctor Sleep, I had high hopes for this one. While I do like a lot of Revival, I can't say I love it like I wanted to. Joyland is still my favorite of the current crop of SK books to come out in the last few years. I liked Mr. Mercedes too, but I really don't consider that a typical SK book; I view it and the sequels to come more of a fun side project for SK and his constant readers alike.

So, does anyone else feel like I do about Revival?
 

Lord Tyrion

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When I first read this part, I found it confusing and it took me out of the story.

It went from tense to bizarre when it was supposed to be terrifying. The whole thing with the ants and insect leg wasn't intriguing. Some aspects were interesting, like the mother and alternate dimension, but the rest was over the top.

The Mary Shelley reference was heavy handed. The name reference was too much. I think her name being Mary would have been enough.

Even though I did not enjoy Mary's revival, I thought the aftermath was interesting and fit the rest of the story.
 

staropeace

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I did think the first part didn't sound like stephen. Then it hit its stride in the middle.
Lol, I thought the last part did not sound like him. Mr. Mercedes was quite a lot better. Revival was not one of his best efforts in the past few years. I much rather would spend time in Jodie, Texas with Sadie and the gang.
 

Sigmund

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That stuff is too "heady" for me. I like chatting about the book, but when it comes to those serious topics, I'm not into doing so on a message board. Just not my thing.
Hi!

There's a thread "The Other Side" to make comments after you have read the book. Comments such as the ones posted here. :smile2:

Have a good night!
 

carrie's younger brother

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Lol, I thought the last part did not sound like him. Mr. Mercedes was quite a lot better. Revival was not one of his best efforts in the past few years. I much rather would spend time in Jodie, Texas with Sadie and the gang.
Same here. Loved the first 3/4; it reminded me of Joyland in a way...

in fact, the Joyland amusement park is even mentioned

It was the slapdash ending that threw me.
 
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