Monday, January 23, 2012

What I Read Last Two Weeks

I wasn't sure what to expect when I first noticed what Stephen King's latest book, 11/22/63, was about. I'm not a huge fan of history, per se, but I like reading about the people in the past. Still, it was a Stephen King book, so I had to read it (because that's the kind of fan I am – and boy, wouldn't it be nice if I had fans like that!).

I really picked the perfect time to read it – in between projects. It only took me two weeks, compared to the four weeks I took to read Under the Dome. But then, 11/22/63 is a way better book. At least I think so.

Some people think his books are too long, that this could have been pared down to about 400 words (vs. the 850 it is). I say hogwash! Maybe he can go on a little long, but I love books with meat on them. Heck, I just love his writing.

This is a Stephen King book my husband could read (he hates horror). It involves time travel and has characters I really cared about. By page 600, I didn't want to put it down (It was hard going to sleep on Friday night and then going to the workshop on Saturday – all I did was think about that book – I nearly finished it that night, but couldn't keep my eyes open past 11:30. I finished it early Sunday morning).

It was a suspenseful read and even had a love story in there (yay!).

Have you read it yet? What did you think?


Jennette Marie Powell said...

Time travel? Romance? I might have to check it out! I do like his writing, it just takes so long to read one of his books. Yet I read the unabridged version of The Stand, and some of my favorite parts were the ones that got cut on the originally-published version. As someone who writes "meaty" books, you don't know how nice it is to see someone say that, when usually we hear how shorter books are so much more popular. Thanks for sharing!

James Garcia Jr. said...

Hi, Stacy. I'm way behind on my Uncle Stevie books! I think the last one I read was Duma Key. I thought that one was good, but it had one twist too many for my liking, if memory serves.
So many books, right?

Have a great week.


Stacy McKitrick said...

Jennette - That's probably why I was never much of a Harlequin fan - the stories were too short! If the book has less than 300 pages, I'm almost disappointed. I like to be in the character's lives - get to know them better.

Hi Jimmy! Duma Key was okay. Under the Dome was better than that one. But you're right about the "too many books" thing. My TBR pile just keeps growing - and it's not like I don't read!

Thanks for stopping by!

Maria Zannini said...

I'm not a King fan (too long-winded for me). But I caught him on a tv interview and it sounded like the SFF community kind of took him to task about his alternate universe. He said he'd never do another one. It was too complicated.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Hi, Maria! So nice to see you back.

Whose idea of an alternate universe would be correct? Like any of us would know! I sure could understand the complicated part (nothing I would want to attempt). Still, he made it seem real. To me, anyway.

DL Hammons said...

I'm just getting into it. We can compare notes when I'm finished. :)

Stacy McKitrick said...

Sounds good, DL!

The Happy Whisk said...

I can't read your review because I never read reviews of books that I might read. But I did want to drop in and say howdy.


I'm catching up on your blog today.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Howdy, Whisk. I can't give actual reviews - I don't like giving anything away.

Thanks for stopping by!!

The Happy Whisk said...

I didn't know that, because I was too afraid to read more, but I wanted you to know that I was here.