Thoughts So Far... (It's ELECTRIFYING!)

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Nov 14, 2014
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I'm about a quarter of the way into Revival, and I'm wishing I had a nifty magical stopwatch that could freeze time, like something out of The Twilight Zone, so that I could hunker down and just finish this thing without having to worry about extraneous nonsense like feeding myself, going to the bathroom, and spending time with family and friends.

Of course, if such a device actually existed, there would no doubt be a price--isn't there always? I'd freeze time and lie in bed, burrowing deeper and deeper into the book, and then I'd start to see movement out of the corner of my eyes, and of course it would be the darting forms of the creatures that live between seconds--I think they call themselves Inbetweeners--and they'd get closer and closer, until everything got all blurry and weird, and I found that I could no longer unfreeze time, and that I myself had become an Inbetweener.

So maybe I should just enjoy Revival at a normal pace that doesn't infringe upon the firmly established rules of reality.

So far, soooo good. Reflective King is my favorite King. I thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Mercedes (there were times when King managed to thoroughly and authentically transform his voice into something entirely new), but Revival is functioning upon a different level. Mercedes is solid, but it's simply a story--one in which King is mining his experience as a reader of crime fiction. Revival isn't coming from a place of pastiche/inspiration--it's coming from the heart. Like The Body, It, and Hearts in Atlantis, Revival is rooted in King's own childhood, and like those books, it sings.

I'll reserve judgement until I'm finished reading it, of course, but right now, it seems to me like this might be one of the monumental ones. As a Constant Reader for most of my 39 years on this deranged planet, I find myself a little giddy over how damned good this book is so far...

Now, where's that stopwatch...
 

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Neesy

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I'm about a quarter of the way into Revival, and I'm wishing I had a nifty magical stopwatch that could freeze time, like something out of The Twilight Zone, so that I could hunker down and just finish this thing without having to worry about extraneous nonsense like feeding myself, going to the bathroom, and spending time with family and friends.

Of course, if such a device actually existed, there would no doubt be a price--isn't there always? I'd freeze time and lie in bed, burrowing deeper and deeper into the book, and then I'd start to see movement out of the corner of my eyes, and of course it would be the darting forms of the creatures that live between seconds--I think they call themselves Inbetweeners--and they'd get closer and closer, until everything got all blurry and weird, and I found that I could no longer unfreeze time, and that I myself had become an Inbetweener.

So maybe I should just enjoy Revival at a normal pace that doesn't infringe upon the firmly established rules of reality.

So far, soooo good. Reflective King is my favorite King. I thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Mercedes (there were times when King managed to thoroughly and authentically transform his voice into something entirely new), but Revival is functioning upon a different level. Mercedes is solid, but it's simply a story--one in which King is mining his experience as a reader of crime fiction. Revival isn't coming from a place of pastiche/inspiration--it's coming from the heart. Like The Body, It, and Hearts in Atlantis, Revival is rooted in King's own childhood, and like those books, it sings.

I'll reserve judgement until I'm finished reading it, of course, but right now, it seems to me like this might be one of the monumental ones. As a Constant Reader for most of my 39 years on this deranged planet, I find myself a little giddy over how damned good this book is so far...

Now, where's that stopwatch...
You are not a bad writer yourself! - well done :biggrin2::thumbs_up:
 
Nov 14, 2014
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I need to re-read the sequence in which Jamie and Astrid visit the cabin, as the storm rolls in and the lightning strikes and strikes and strikes. One of the most perfect and beautiful sequences King has ever written. (Hell--I'm not even done, and I think I need to re-read the whole dang book.)
 

Neesy

#1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side
May 24, 2012
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I like how the glasses bisect his eyes here. Subtle, insectile menace.
This explains why the hairs on the back of my neck are standing up. That and those things, supernatural. Time to break out the Braun (electric) hair trimmer I guess.
Just be careful not to accidentally cut off your own head. Better to do it on purpose...
I do believe those Brits (or Irish) were trying to make him look menacing on purpose! (from what I have heard he is the nicest guy in the world!) - there - I blew his cover!

(Actually if you read the posts of those on here who have met him in person, I think they would agree).
 
Nov 14, 2014
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Becky was gonna pick this up last week but I said I wish not to read it till Christmas day. I try to hold off so I can have a Stephen King book to read on that day even if it means months. It is special for me and the anticipation is special on it's own account.
I have to deliver a novel in January. I told myself that I would buy Revival on release day and set it aside until after I was done with my own book--Revival would be my reward for finishing it.

Didn't work out...
 
Nov 14, 2014
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New Orleans
I do believe those Brits (or Irish) were trying to make him look menacing on purpose! (from what I have heard he is the nicest guy in the world!) - there - I blew his cover!

(Actually if you read the posts of those on here who have met him in person, I think they would agree).
I briefly met him a few years back, and he was kind and generous. By all reports, yeah--a great guy. I know he gets annoyed when photographers wanna get too goofy--gravestones and fog. That **** flew in the 80s, when everyone was insane. Not so much now.
 

Neesy

#1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side
May 24, 2012
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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
I briefly met him a few years back, and he was kind and generous. By all reports, yeah--a great guy. I know he gets annoyed when photographers wanna get too goofy--gravestones and fog. That **** flew in the 80s, when everyone was insane. Not so much now.
Everyone was insane? - Oh so this is why I recall the 80s so fondly! :question_pig::yes_pig::my_bad:
 

FlakeNoir

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"Something happened to YOU. Something happened to YOU." That dream sequences is one of the scariest things King's written in years. Holy deleted expletive.
I have to admit when [something happened] I got to this bit, it was a little disturbing how easily that rolled off my tongue and became a quick and quiet mantra, it felt like I'd been temporarily painted with the Tourettes/OCD brush. :Oo:
 
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