On Writing – Review

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

Published in 2000

Pages: 291

Genre: Nonfiction, memoir

“I was stunned by Mary Karr’s memoir, The Liar’s Club.”

It is difficult to find a more well-known contemporary writer than Stephen King; often seen as either the king of horror (pun slightly intended) or the harbinger of the demise of “true literature” (whatever that is), King can be polarizing, but it is difficult to argue he doesn’t know his stuff. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is his attempt to put to paper what he knows about the craft, what formed him as a writer, and other advice to aspiring authors in one volume that is as illuminating in its content as it is refreshing in its execution. Continue reading “On Writing – Review”

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The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger – Review

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger by Stephen King

Illustrations by Michael Whelan

Published in 1982

Pages: 224

Genre: Fantasy, western

“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.”

It is difficult to find a more enigmatic line among Constant Readers (Stephen King fans) than the opener to The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger. Beginning the tale of the eponymous character and his trek toward the mysterious Dark Tower, The Gunslinger combines the genres of high fantasy, Westerns, and horror to create an earnest, if somewhat problematic, introduction to King’s magnum opus. Continue reading “The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger – Review”

The Eyes of the Dragon – Review

The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King

Illustrations by David Palladini

Published in 1987

Pages: 326

Genre: Fantasy

“Once in a kingdom called Delain, there was a King with two sons.”

The first line of The Eyes of the Dragon begins like many fairy tales about knights, kings, and dragons; the difference, however, is that this book was written by Stephen King. Stepping away from the horror niche he is so often put into, King wrote a work of epic fantasy that tells the tale of King Roland and his sons, Peter and Thomas. Betrayal, intrigue, and the use of wit to overcome astounding odds can all be found in The Eyes of the Dragon. Continue reading “The Eyes of the Dragon – Review”

Misery – Review

Misery by Stephen King

Published in 1987

Pages: 338

Genre: Psychological horror, thriller

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In the wake of finishing the manuscript to his latest novel and celebrating the killing off of one of the characters that he hated the most, author Paul Sheldon decides to drive to the West coast from his hotel in Colorado after drinking a bottle of champagne (as one does). Adding to his precariously blurred situation, a snowstorm blows in and causes him to wreck his car. Legs shattered to pieces, Paul wakes in a groggy stupor to find himself in the care of Annie Wilkes; his umber whunnn fayunnnn…erm, his number one fan. Such a savior would be welcome if she weren’t a psychotic ex-nurse whose favorite character he had just killed off in his final book of the Misery series. Taking place in the confines of Annie’s isolated homestead, Misery follows Paul’s suffering and torture at the hands of his number one fan as he fights to placate her in order to make it out of the cabin alive. Continue reading “Misery – Review”