Did you actually leave the area/room/store after he handed it to you or did you just stop right there and start reading it?I read it when it was first released, let me see, oh yeah, right after Mr. King handed it to me with his signature on the title page. What a day, what a day.
....well, seeing that KRF dropped the ball....allow me to recover the fumble....TWSS!!!!!!.......I read it once when it first came out and have not reread it, though I did like it. It's just too long for me these days. I've stated this before, but as I get older my patience and attention span for rereads gets shorter and shorter.
I was making a list of the differences during the first episode (think I ran out of paper! ). Quit watching after three or four episodes. Just loved the book too much! I did watch the episode with SK's cameo.Just before the premiere of the TV show. So when they started going "off script" my Hubby would ask about the book and I'd compare the two. After a few shows into the second season that stopped because I'd get out of breath.
I didn't like it much, either ... but not because it wasn't a great story.When it first came out. Didn't like it much, but I'll likely give it another go some day.