Reading King


I learned today that while Lisey’s Story by Stephen King is a bit slow in the action department for awhile, it picks up.  Emotionally. 

Big time.

In fact, I learned not to ever, ever read one of his books while sitting in a freaking public service seating room (for nearly three hours!) waiting for my daughter to take her permit test. 

I almost titled this post “Bawling at the Permit Building.” 

At first, reading this protagonist’s disjointed thoughts had me getting a little annoyed.  (Yeah, life is probably a bit too hectic for me to be reading this type of book right now, but come on… it’s KING, baby.)  I’d put the book down then pick up again when I thought I’d have a little more time to pay attention.  

Lisey’s thoughts spiral in and out and around and she uses a lot of made-up words or stretches regular ones out just enough to have you scrunching your forehead.  (Like I need that!  One wrinkle, I have.  Right in the middle of the old brows there.)  But mostly, it was like experiencing life through someone with an advanced case of ADHD.  Or maybe two cases. 

She would introduce something interesting only to back off.  I’d keep reading to find out what happened, get another tease, then she’d back off again.  This is peppered in with a lot of rambling. 

My CP, Rachel, loves the book and we usually share similar tastes, so I went on reading.

Glad I did.  Wow.  The love story grips you by the heart and just squeezes.  And there are some emotionally ripping scenes that had me okay… maybe not bawling, but quietly sobbing.  Very ladylike and all

I’m bummed I have to work tonight.  I’d like to keep reading and figure out what has been hinted about Lisey’s husband, Scott.  I’d like to know if Lisey is going to fight back against this creepy bad character who likes kitchen appliances. 

Funny enough, when Rachel told me about this book, I said I’d had trouble with a couple of King’s books and it had been a while.  Turned out we had difficulties with the exact same books.  She suggested I give this a try.   Glad I did.  🙂


About Rinda Elliott

Writer.I love unusual stories and credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept us amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children. I’m represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency.
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9 Responses to Reading King

  1. Which books? I wanna know if they’re the same ones I had trouble with, too.

  2. Carol says:

    It took me forever to get in to but loved it once I pushed past the odd narration style and made up words. The relationship between the Dad and brothers and the love story with the troubled young man, killers. And the bad guy is so bad. The sister’s relationship is so well done. Now I had a problem with “Gerald’s Game and a couple of others. Loved his older stuff, Salems Lot and It and The Stand. His characterization is just so damned good.

    BTW, my faerie now has a name, Boudicca Andraste Fowler (Ande) and she’s driving me nuts to get out. Carol

  3. X. Dell says:

    You got the advantage over me. I haven’t yet made it through a single King novel. Not interested. But if you like this one, maybe it’s worth a look-see.

    Three hours at the DMV? That sounds like a horror novel unto itself.

    Thanks for posting about the Apex short story contest. I wouldn’t presume to provide you with any serious competition, but I’m game.

  4. relliott4 says:

    X, it is difficult to get into. Like I said the narration is so disjointed. The characters and the relationship they had are making me continue with it. The bad guy is really creepy though, so if that’s not your thing… You might like his book called, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. It’s not horror, but a survival story with a young girl as protagonist. Very good.

    Oh and I’ve seen your writing. Competition wouldn’t be presumptuous… it would be fun.

    Heather, I’ll have to look up the titles, but it was one about a car (not Christine) and one about a woman tied to a bed.

    Carol, Gerald’s Game might be one of them. Serious memory lapse happening here. But the STAND?

    Oh, the STAND. Read that massive sucker twice. I just loved it. My other favorite was The Talisman. But my all-time favorite King story is The Running Man. That movie made me so freaking pissed! Had nothing to do with such a fantastic story.

  5. It was Gerald’s Game and From a Buick 8. I have them both, but couldn’t finish them. But I’ve loved every single other book he’s written. I’ve read the Stand at least four times. I used to read it (and Swan Song by R.R. MacCammon) ever summer of college.

    And yeah, I was kind of amazed that Rinda and I both named the exact same two Steven King books that we couldn’t get into. Great minds, and all, huh? 😉


  6. Erica R says:

    I’m a long-time King fan. I was on the fence for this book, but now I’ll definitely have to read it. Thanks!

  7. Rinda, you knew I’d weigh in on this one. 🙂 If you liked The Talisman, I have its sequel The Black House. Loved both of those. Another really good one is Desperation. Good vs. evil and the theme “God is cruel”. And they did justice to the movie! I have it if you want to watch it. In fact I have them all .

  8. carol Shenold says:

    Swan, and other McCammon books, one of my faves of all time next to The Stand and Salem’s Lot. Carol

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