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Finders Keepers by Stephen King

22453035Title: Finders Keepers
Author:  Stephen King
Series: Bill Hodges Triology #2
Publish Date: June 2, 2015
Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Publisher’s Description: “Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.

Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after thirty-five years.

Not since Misery has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. Finders Keepers is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life—for good, for bad, forever.

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Agent_Annie 100I truly can’t get enough of Stephen King’s writing. Finders Keepers is another of his marvels, which is the second in the Bill Hodges Trilogy. If you remember Bill Hodges from King’s Mr. Mercedes, in which we are introduced to a hard-boiled detective story outside of King’s norm of horror. Although Finders Keepers stays with the non-horror, it has a different kind of creepiness that is just as mesmerizing as his standard themes.

I do wonder at the recurring themes of “crazy” men are created by “crazy” mothers and writing, especially fiction, can take on a life of its own that fans see as more real than their own lives. Is King drawing from his own experience or does he just like exploring these avenues?

badge5v4This was also the first book I’ve “read” with the audio to e-reader and back option. I started listening to it and Will Patten is SUCH a good narrator and kept riveted, but when I was in a situation where I couldn’t listen, but could read, I was pleased at how easy the switch was. By then, I was so lured into the story, that I finished it in one sitting.

Stephen King’s gift is to ratchet up the tension, suck you into the craziness of people’s beliefs and perceptions and then bring it home with an ending so satisfying. The book hangover is in full effect with Finders Keepers. I still haven’t picked my next book! I give it a 5 and can’t wait for the final installment of the Bill Hodges Trilogy!!

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The Dune by Stephen King

“I made them especially for you.  Feel free to examine them, but please be careful.  The best of them have teeth” – Stephen King

23512999Story Title: The Dune
Title of Book: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams
Author: Stephen King
Publish Date: November 3, 2015
Genre:
Horror/Short Stories
Source:
Purchased Audio Book

Publisher’s Description:

A master storyteller at his best—the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story.

The Dune – Retired Florida Supreme Court Judge Harvey Beecher tells his lawyer about a mysterious sand dune on an unnamed island a short distance off the Gulf coastline of his family’s property. Harvey first visited the island at the age of ten in 1932, after his grandfather, a scoundrel and land speculator who’d created the family fortune, told him Blackbeard’s treasure might be buried there. Traveling to the island became a daily addiction for Harvey…and now his lawyer is about to discover the shocking reason why.

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Ruby LRuby_Lee 100ee says…

Like any young book addict in the 1980’s and 1990’s, my first real horror experiences came from Stephen King.  Every library had some of his books so there was never a shortage of material.  Pet Sematary and The Shining are two of my favorite books even today.  I still have my beat up paperback copy of ‘Salam’s Lot and I am sure that will be among my final possessions.  As a teenager, I loved Stephen King, but then something happened.  I thought it was him changing his subject matter and his writing style.  The books didn’t have the same affect on me, which was sad.  Several years later, I happened to get one of his audio books (on cassette tape) and the magic seemed to return with From a Buick 8. That’s when I realized that he hadn’t changed, I had.

As a kid, I was always finishing my schoolwork quickly.  When I was done before the other badge5v4students, my teacher would send me over to the computer room to work on speed reading.  It was the challenge to read as fast as I could while still answering all of the content questions correctly.  Over time, I became good at this and then I perfected the skill of speed reading in graduate school where they assigned more reading than a human could actually read.  Even today I fight my mind to slow down and savor each book I read and not just breeze through it.

If you are a Stephen King fan, you know that his talent for prose, descriptions, and use of words is the best of our generation.  You can’t speed through that and expect to get the whole story.  You miss the journey that takes you to the end of the story, and the journey is the best part.  So now I only listen to Stephen King books.  I can’t speed listen so I have a chance to get lost in his words.  I even listened to The Stand.  It took me almost a year but it was worth it.

Right now I am listening to The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, and I came to the short story “The Dune.” The story is magical Stephen King.  It is only about 19 pages but the premise is perfect.  He leaves the reader with just enough questions and then zings you with the ending.

I strongly recommend this story, and I am sure I will recommend the entire book once I am finished with it. Even if you are an avid Stephen King reader, I hope that everyone will try listening to one of his books.  If you close your eyes, you will almost feel like you are sitting around an ancient fire listening to the history of your ancestors and the horrors of the outside world being passed down from generation to generation.


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Drunken Fireworks by Stephen King

Welcome to Saturday Shorts where we feature short stories and novellas.  This seasonal short story is classic King.

Drunken FireworksTitle: Drunken Fireworks
AuthorStephen King
Publish Date: June 30, 2015
Genre: Suspense
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionOnly on audio! A brand-new, never-before-published Stephen King short story unavailable in any other format!

Alden McCausland and his mother are what they call “accident rich”; thanks to an unexpected life-insurance policy payout and a winning Big Maine Millions scratcher, Alden and his Ma are able to spend their summers down by Lake Abenaki, idly drinking their days away in a three-room cabin with an old dock and a lick of a beach.

Across the lake, they can see what “real rich” looks like: the Massimo family’s Twelve Pines Camp, the big white mansion with guest house and tennis court that Alden’s Ma says is paid for by “ill-gotten gains” courtesy of Massimo Construction. When Alden’s holiday-weekend sparklers and firecrackers set off what over the next few years comes to be known as the Fourth of July Arms Race, he learns how far he and the Massimos will go to win an annual neighborly rivalry—one that lands Alden in the Castle County jail.

Read by beloved Down East storyteller Tim Sample—praised by Stephen King for his “wit and talent and good-heartedness”—Drunken Fireworks makes for explosive audio listening.


Agent_Annie 100badge4v4Drunken Fireworks takes place in a small town in the backwoods of Maine. The narrator has captured the accent of a true “maniac” and has great fun in telling the story of what happened this past 4th of July at the culmination of the “2015 Arms Race”. The story echoes the style of Delores Claiborne with the first person narrative speaking and responding to an “offsite” officer of the law. It also ties in characters from other stories that King writes that take place in Maine. If you are a Stephen King fan, you will feel like you’ve come home to a story told by a venerable older Uncle as you sit around the fire and drink a beer or two.