I have at least two full posts dedicated to my love of Stephen King. One of the most interesting things about challenging myself to read the authors back catalogue is when I discover a book I felt ambivalent towards the first read, and now ADORE.
That was Pet Sematary for me ( and No,that isn’t a typo). The book follows the story of Louis and his family, when they move to a new town for his job. The main themes are heritage, secrets and grief. I read this novel in two parts whilst traveling to and from Birmingham, it’s a fairly quick read at 424 pages and a real page turner. As I reached the hundred or so pages I was internally screaming at Louis. It’s well written, constructed and fairly unpredictable. This is a sad story, but a good story.
The interesting this is I really disliked this book when I read it as a young teen, and I remember being so irritated by the film. Which I am now keeping everything crossed ends up on Netflix soon.
If you try this book let me know what you think, keep track of my reading challenge here.
I am extending my Stephen King reading challenge. If you didn’t read my initial post, I set myself the challenge of reading twelve of the authors books in a year and I didn’t reach my target. I blame IT (1116 pages) and Needful Things (790 pages) which I read one after the other.
I am giving myself until the end of 2017 to complete this challenge, with the below books making it onto my shortlist:
7) Stephen King Goes To The Movies 12/04/17
8) Pet Sematary 24/04/17
9) On Writing
10) Full Dark, No Stars 29/04/16
12) The Stand
The Stand is a book I picked up around seven years ago and didn’t finish, the story is incredibly compelling and the only reason for the break is that I can never put my hands on it! I tried to read Pet Sematary as a young teen, but disengaged after Church’s death. I aim to read this from cover to cover this year. The other stand out book on this list for me is On Writing, I found this in a charity shop last year and am looking forward to sampling some of King’s Non-Fiction.
Let’s see how I get on this year! You can find me on Goodreads and I will update my progress there. Technically, I’m on my third King novel of the year already with Full Dark, No Stars.*
Excluded from the original list: Doctor Sleep, The Dark Half, Christine. Though knowing how The Dark Half fits into the Alan Pangborn story line that may find its way into the main list. I also reeeeeeally want to re-read Cujo.
* I have read the first sixty pages of Full Dark, No Stars so far…