I was supposed to write a post about WWW Wednesdays but because there has literally been next to no improvement from last weeks post, it was just a no go. Being a working adult is hard. You’re tired all the time and when you come home you just veg out and between cooking and doing household chores and the odd insert of working out reading for me has just been pushed to the back-burner (is this the right way to use this word? I don’t think so but it sounded correct in my mind).
Author: Stephen King
Published: 1 March 2013 (First published 5 April 1974)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Source: Local Library
Carrie knew she should not use the terrifying power she possessed… But one night at her senior prom, Carrie was scorned and humiliated just one time too many, and in a fit of uncontrollable fury she turned her clandestine game into a weapon of horror and destruction…
Will my review be sufficient if I just state that I loved the book? Must I reason why I love it? I guess I must I mean this is a book review blog anyway. Okay, where to start. You can say I relate and empathize with Carrie. The poor girl was horrendously bullied by her peers at school for things she has no control over and also because she was just different. Yeah, it doesn’t help that Carrie is just a very shy girl, a bit on the kooky side what with her religious beliefs but have you seen the mother??? That woman was cray… I am amazed that Carrie managed to just be SLIGHTLY kooky. If you overlook her outdated fashion and her shyness, Carrie is quite normal.
I hated that everybody just passed judgement on her without getting to know her or her backstory. I mean legit nobody in the whole effin town helped?? NOBODY??? Everybody knew Carrie had a very abusive mother yet nobody came to help her? Befriended her to ensure she at least has one friend outside her home to make her feel okay that yeah life now sucks but eventually she can leave her house and she can explore the whole world? Is it any wonder that Carrie just snapped when the pigs blood was dropped on her?
To go to that dance, she had to stand up to her mother who was at that point Carrie’s whole world? Carrie had to take a leap of faith and trust Tommy and Sue wasn’t pulling a prank on her? So, yeah when Carrie finally just had a mental breakdown and started wrecking havoc on the whole town burning everything I was like
Like look at it this way. They deserved to be burned, they didn’t help her, she owed them nothing.
Aside from having a truck load of empathy for Carrie, I also liked how Sue Snell felt confusion for he intentions in making Tommy go with Carrie to the dance. She wasn’t doing it out of the kindness of her heart and her confusion and dilemma provided a sense of realism for her character.
The only part I didn’t like in the book was how Carrie killed Billy and Chris so fast. I would’ve tortured them until they mentally break. I won’t kill them. Just mentally break them so they would suffer like how I suffered (If I was Carrie that is).
As much as I like this book, I do realize it is not for everybody. The plot is very basic, characterization is mediocre and the gore is sufficient at best but hey its only 248 pages so it won’t even take you a day to finish it. So, I say give it a go especially since it was Stephen Kings first notable work.
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish and this weeks topic is “Top Ten Books On My Monsoon – Durian Season TBR list” okay not really it was originally “Top Ten books On My Fall TBR List” but I had to tweak it becausseeee of the reasons below 😀
and most importantly
So, now if I am not mistaken we are currently in transition between the monsoon season towards the Durian season but I might be wrong, weather has been pretty funky lately with Hurricane Harvey and Irma.
Anyhoots, let’s just moooovvvee on to the TBR list.
Okay, I have recently watched the revamped film adaptation of IT from Stephen King’s novel and….
Also helped that the actor playing the new Pennywise is pretty easy on the eyes.
Not so in his Pennywise get-up but still one can appreciate a good looking Swedish man especially one who has been single since the dawn of time.
So, anyways I watched it and now I am in my Stephen King phase. I have overcome my trauma of reading From a Buick 8 and am now ready to tackle on his other works! Such as…
- Finders Keepers (Bill Hodges Trilogy #2), (Am currently reading Mr. Mercedes right now and so far so good)
- End of Watch (Bill Hodges Trilogy #3), (because you just gotta finish what you started)
- Doctor Sleep (The Shining #2) (because again you gotta finish what you started)
- IT (DUH! I loved the movie so obviously you gotta go back and appreciate the source material)
- Misery (I watched the movie adaptation for this one too and LOVED IT! The suspense the feel, THE TERROR!!!!!)
- Thinner (Not much reason aside from I already own it and might as well read it)
Now, I didn’t put Carrie or The Dark Towers series in because, one, I feel that Carrie already has so much exposure and I know what you’re gonna say. IT has a lot of exposure too, I agree with that, BUT IT is a mammoth of a book with its pages clocking in at MINIMUM 1100 pages whereas Carrie is only roughly 200-ish pages and for The Dark Towers series, well it’s a series and I am not good in keeping up with a series especially if they ain’t free and publicly available at the library.
So far these are books I am planning to read before the end of the year is up. It might take me awhile what with saving my money and buying them and whatnot. Before I log off this post, tell me which Stephen King book are you interested in reading and most importantly DID YOU WATCH THE MOVIE IT??? DID YOU LIKE IT????
Title: From a Buick 8
Author: Stephen King
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Published: 13th October 2011 (First published on 24th September 2002)
Rating: 2/5 Anythings
Come close, children, and see the living crocodile. A vintage ’54 Buick Roadmaster. At least, that’s what it looks like . . .
There is a secret hidden in Shed B in the state police barracks in Statler, Pennsylvania. A secret that has drawn troopers for twenty years – terrified yet irresistibly tempted to look at its chrome fenders, silver grille and exotic exhaust system.
Young Ned Wilcox has started coming by the barracks: mowing the lawn, washing the windows, shovelling snow; it’s a boy’s way of holding on to his father – recently killed in a strange road accident by another Buick.
And one day Ned peers through the windows of Shed B and discovers the family secret. Like his father, Ned wants answers. He deserves answers. And the secret begins to stir . . .
Hello and Assalamualaikum! I finished reading this book last year-ish to be exact (at least I think so, it was either end of last year or early of this year.. I can’t remember) and since I have been SO preoccupied with brush lettering (my new hobby/obsession) I haven’t had the time to finish anything I am currently reading. I think I am slowly going into the dreaded reading slump *GASP*.
Anyhoots, to the review!
This book I wanted to give it either a 2 or 5 rating but because I am predominantly a feelings or emotions type of reader I decided to stick with the 2 rating.
The reason for this is because the book started to be a real drag in reading after it hit the mid-point mark. The narration and the writing was so immensely slow, you really start to think is this book worth finishing (and undergo this slow torture of forcing myself to read said book?). Apart from the writing/narration, the plot becomes recycled towards the end where its the same old weirdness going on with the car. Nothing new happens and you are just waiting for the punchline but it never comes so you just stand there/read there looking like some idiot just waiting and waiting for the plot twist that never comes and when you finally get to the ending (Thank God!), it is unsatisfactory. There are no answers to your questions. Nothing is solved and you are just left with the uneasy truth that some things will just remain unsolved.
Now, as to why I had an urge to give it a 5 rating.
This reason correlates to the same reason I gave it a 2 rating. In the above statement I said there was nothing new, it was the same weirdness with the same weird car but as I was reading to the reviews in Goodreads it struck me was this Stephen Kings intention all along?
I mean yes the book was slow but was it to give you a feeling of how the characters felt like with said weird car? and didn’t I myself just admit that even though weird things still happened I have now become used to it being weird that it is now ‘normal’?
Have I become like the characters? So used to the anomaly made by the car that it is now my normal. Which brings me to the question of what is our normal?
I feel like I am Neds dad where he just can’t let the car go much as I can’t stop reading the book. You know deep down it isn’t going to give you the answers you seek yet you’re still there hoping for a different outcome.
All in all this book has deterred me from reading anything from Stephen King but maybe after tentatively reading his other book titled ‘Thinner’, I will start liking his works.