Thoughts of Revival~~~~~

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staropeace

Richard Bachman's love child
Nov 28, 2006
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#1
Well, as most of my friends on this board know, I did not intend to read this until Christmas. A few days ago, a few family members came to the city in order to take in a couple of shows and do some Christmas shopping. When they returned from the West Edmonton Mall they were all aglow because they purchased a copy of Revival for me. I did not have the heart to say I could not read it right away. Plus, they actually handed it to me. What is a girl to do,eh? So I read it, of course....I am a great host. These are my thoughts about the book.
Uncle Steve I loved most of the book. It was comforting and well written...like all your books. I do not want to rant at you because of the ending and will not do so. You have a right to do what you want with your characters. My atitude about the last part of the book was more confusion than dislike, though. The lovely story I was reading appeared to turn into an underbugeted B movie before my very eyes! I could almost see the zippers on the backs of their fake costumes. I would not be surprised if the director turned out of be Lovecraft. Maybe, there's the rub. I dislike Lovecraft. I was startled when the story started in this direction. I heard the crash of my disbelief falling to ground...no longer suspended. Oh well, we cannot like everything. It is the way we are wired. Your writing ability was perfect, as usual. So aside from the ending, thank you for a great read. Looking forward to the next one.
 
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staropeace

Richard Bachman's love child
Nov 28, 2006
15,192
48,699
Alberta,Canada
#4
The growing up years of the characters, I would not have missed that for the world. The sense of responsibility for the family unit. WOW. Long ago days set in a time when when honor was everything. These charcters were the salt of the earth. This sence of family is much more powerful for they show ties that bind...the stongest . We have fallen back from these days. The most importance lessons are usually learned from a mothers's knee]]
 

staropeace

Richard Bachman's love child
Nov 28, 2006
15,192
48,699
Alberta,Canada
#5
I just re-read Revival again. I enjoyed the first part much more than the first reading. Easy reading and wonderful characters..the kind Mr. King is famous for. The trouble I have with the last part of the book is still the same. I have read a lot of hard endings by Stephen before but I always felt it was necessary. This ending still does not mesh with the former part of the book. It is not so much that it is sad but more that the style just does not click. It suddenly changed to a point that I was wondering if the ghost of Lovecraft had not finished it instead. Still a goodly read though.
 

Sundrop

Sunny the Great & Wonderful
Jun 12, 2008
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#6
Thank you for stating this so respectfully, Staro. I share your opinion. I absolutely loved the storyline and the characters right up until they opened that door.......and I also felt a Lovecraftian influence. Nothing wrong with that....and I do like Lovecraft.
It wasn't quite the rollercoaster ride I was expecting after hearing/reading all the comments about how disturbing some folks found it to be, but overall, I very much enjoyed reading Revival, and will re read it in the future.
I'm so grateful that Uncle Stevie continues to write stories for us to read and enjoy.
 

GNTLGNT

The idiot is IN
Jun 15, 2007
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#10
Just finished about an hour ago, still too early to give yez all a full review--gotta digest what I've read and what-not. Tell you this, though: I liked this one a LOT.

Now I just gotta figure out WHAT I liked about it, and why--all that cerebral, analytical broohoohoozzzz...
...there weren't a lot of big words...maybe that was it?....
 
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