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Dec 8, 2017
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Manchester, England.
#1
What a great subject for a story.

To my knowledge, I’ve never read ANY kind of book on libraries or librarians before. Strange, considering that’s where the majority of our books are stored.

The last time I visited a library (outside of school/college) was when I was 16, and revising for my ‘O’ Levels. I used to go there with a friend who didn’t like studying on his own. Incidentally, he ended up playing professional football for Manchester United, and I ended up... well doing what I’m doing.

It’s no wonder SK pounced on this idea when one of his sons happened to mention; he didn’t like ‘the library police’ one day whilst they were having breakfast together.

I believe that one of the traits of successful people, is that they first recognise and then take their opportunities when they come along. A bit like a quality striker, such as Ex-England footballer Gary Lineker. You just knew if he got a sniff of a chance anywhere near goal the ball was going to end up in the back of the net. It’s a pity we’ve not had anyone like him since - we can only hope (and pray).

I think, as kids, we all feared the library to some degree. Predominantly, for the reasons SK points out in his prologue. However, he takes the library fines to a whole new level. The child rape scene, he describes, is nothing less than shocking.

This is another SK story where the tension just builds and builds climaxing with a final-double-twitht.

When I put the book down, at the end of the story, I was actually sweating!

Regards,
Andy.
 

Doc Creed

Well-Known Member
Nov 18, 2015
14,669
64,687
United States
#3
When I put the book down, at the end of the story, I was actually sweating!
I had similar reactions to The Dark Half and Gerald's Game. Reading The Dark Half, I kept thinking
Stephen King wouldn't let one of these babies die, would he? Surely not. Then I remembered the ending of Cujo, LOL. It was one of his best nail biters.
I still don't know how he made this story work; it was scary despite being outlandish and humorous. I want to reread this one and the other three in that collection. I enjoyed your commentary.
 

doowopgirl

very avid fan
Aug 7, 2009
6,571
22,380
60
dublin ireland
#6
What a great subject for a story.

To my knowledge, I’ve never read ANY kind of book on libraries or librarians before. Strange, considering that’s where the majority of our books are stored.

The last time I visited a library (outside of school/college) was when I was 16, and revising for my ‘O’ Levels. I used to go there with a friend who didn’t like studying on his own. Incidentally, he ended up playing professional football for Manchester United, and I ended up... well doing what I’m doing.

It’s no wonder SK pounced on this idea when one of his sons happened to mention; he didn’t like ‘the library police’ one day whilst they were having breakfast together.

I believe that one of the traits of successful people, is that they first recognise and then take their opportunities when they come along. A bit like a quality striker, such as Ex-England footballer Gary Lineker. You just knew if he got a sniff of a chance anywhere near goal the ball was going to end up in the back of the net. It’s a pity we’ve not had anyone like him since - we can only hope (and pray).

I think, as kids, we all feared the library to some degree. Predominantly, for the reasons SK points out in his prologue. However, he takes the library fines to a whole new level. The child rape scene, he describes, is nothing less than shocking.

This is another SK story where the tension just builds and builds climaxing with a final-double-twitht.

When I put the book down, at the end of the story, I was actually sweating!

Regards,
Andy.
I was never afraid of the library or the library police. For me it was sanctuary. I loved the way the story got so much more involved and that twitht! Brilliant!
 

doowopgirl

very avid fan
Aug 7, 2009
6,571
22,380
60
dublin ireland
#7
I had similar reactions to The Dark Half and Gerald's Game. Reading The Dark Half, I kept thinking
Stephen King wouldn't let one of these babies die, would he? Surely not. Then I remembered the ending of Cujo, LOL. It was one of his best nail biters.
I still don't know how he made this story work; it was scary despite being outlandish and humorous. I want to reread this one and the other three in that collection. I enjoyed your commentary.
Stories that shouldn't work, but do oh so well are what keeps me coming back to SK for all these years
 

Neesy

#1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side
May 24, 2012
56,320
204,753
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
#8
What a great subject for a story.

To my knowledge, I’ve never read ANY kind of book on libraries or librarians before. Strange, considering that’s where the majority of our books are stored.

The last time I visited a library (outside of school/college) was when I was 16, and revising for my ‘O’ Levels. I used to go there with a friend who didn’t like studying on his own. Incidentally, he ended up playing professional football for Manchester United, and I ended up... well doing what I’m doing.

It’s no wonder SK pounced on this idea when one of his sons happened to mention; he didn’t like ‘the library police’ one day whilst they were having breakfast together.

I believe that one of the traits of successful people, is that they first recognise and then take their opportunities when they come along. A bit like a quality striker, such as Ex-England footballer Gary Lineker. You just knew if he got a sniff of a chance anywhere near goal the ball was going to end up in the back of the net. It’s a pity we’ve not had anyone like him since - we can only hope (and pray).

I think, as kids, we all feared the library to some degree. Predominantly, for the reasons SK points out in his prologue. However, he takes the library fines to a whole new level. The child rape scene, he describes, is nothing less than shocking.

This is another SK story where the tension just builds and builds climaxing with a final-double-twitht.

When I put the book down, at the end of the story, I was actually sweating!

Regards,
Andy.
I was never afraid of the library or the library police. For me it was sanctuary. I loved the way the story got so much more involved and that twitht! Brilliant!
I had to smile when I saw the title of this thread - that lisp of his did add something to the story - made it even creepier.
 

Wayoftheredpanda

Well-Known Member
May 15, 2018
64
196
14
#10
What a great subject for a story.

To my knowledge, I’ve never read ANY kind of book on libraries or librarians before. Strange, considering that’s where the majority of our books are stored.

The last time I visited a library (outside of school/college) was when I was 16, and revising for my ‘O’ Levels. I used to go there with a friend who didn’t like studying on his own. Incidentally, he ended up playing professional football for Manchester United, and I ended up... well doing what I’m doing.

It’s no wonder SK pounced on this idea when one of his sons happened to mention; he didn’t like ‘the library police’ one day whilst they were having breakfast together.

I believe that one of the traits of successful people, is that they first recognise and then take their opportunities when they come along. A bit like a quality striker, such as Ex-England footballer Gary Lineker. You just knew if he got a sniff of a chance anywhere near goal the ball was going to end up in the back of the net. It’s a pity we’ve not had anyone like him since - we can only hope (and pray).

I think, as kids, we all feared the library to some degree. Predominantly, for the reasons SK points out in his prologue. However, he takes the library fines to a whole new level. The child rape scene, he describes, is nothing less than shocking.

This is another SK story where the tension just builds and builds climaxing with a final-double-twitht.

When I put the book down, at the end of the story, I was actually sweating!

Regards,
Andy.
Pardon me asking, but why would kids be afraid of a library?
 

Neesy

#1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side
May 24, 2012
56,320
204,753
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
#12
Pardon me asking, but why would kids be afraid of a library?
...these days I’m not sure kids even know what a library is...
Oh - you mean the lie-berry?

Urban Dictionary: Lie-berry


When I was in grade five to grade eight we went to a rural school - we always looked forward to the lady in the bookmobile visiting once a week - she would let us take out any books at all and never cared if they were age appropriate.

I remember reading some Victorian era romance/thrillers as well as some other more adult themed books. When I brought them home my Mom didn't mind either - she was just happy to see that I love reading (she loved reading as well).
 

GNTLGNT

The idiot is IN
Jun 15, 2007
80,511
303,886
56
Cambridge, Ohio
#14
That's a trifle mean, plenty of kids still enjoy books.
....no offense intended.....it's an opinion based on the amount of young faces I see stuck up against a smartphone or tablet screen...it's not like the long ago days of my youth when a Bookmobile or trip to the library meant discovering worlds of wonder or completing a school project.....and to comment further, King-as was mentioned above-summed it up pretty good when he described some of the off-putting aspects of libraries for the young-especially back when he and I were similar callow youths....it also depended a great deal on the personality of the librarians, since some of them were pretty ferocious.....
 
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