I love most of King's work and I've gotten plenty of enjoyment out of all aspects of his craft, characterization, storylines, humor, atmosphere, surprise suspense. I don't just read him for the scares. That being said, he is first and foremost the master of horror and among his bibliography there are three books that jump out as really frightening to me. The Shining, Pet Cemetery and Desperation. It grabbed me from the first page and would let me go. The characters are varied and wonderful. It has frightening elements from the most mundane of dangers to the most supernatural perfectly interwoven throughout it. I first received it in hard-back as a Christmas gift in about 1997. I couldn't put it down. Remembering back on it, I decided to download the kindle version and re-read it last month. Everything about it was just as fresh, captivating and frightening. If you want your spooky to be SPOOKY, your terror to be terrifying and to want to make sure all the doors are locked at night...
When I first got into Mr. Stephen King back in middle and high school, it was this book that really put him on the map for me. Reading this book again for the first time sixteen years later, I know why.
I wanted to go back and re-read all of the classic King books before I started getting into his new stuff (I sort of fell off from The King after I read Dreamcatcher and then Just After Sunset - wasn't a terrible fan of those, sorry to say) and I finally made it to my all-time favorite and that is this one, Desperation.
I particularly loved this book because it was so remote. I've read the in-book reviews comparing this one to his other epic, The Stand, and in some ways I can see why that is. The handful of characters in Desperation do have to make a stand of sorts, but this one on a much smaller scale. Besides that, the characters in The Stand were all over the place. The evil in that book was of a massive scale. I really loved how this very haunting story took...
As a "constant" reader of King's I always enjoy his ability to put fiction and fact along with probable and the supernatural. The somewhat, albeit, necessary, aspect of the religious aspects of the book's core was a bit offputting, but only somewhat. More serious was the errors in geology: as a professional PhD in geology, geophysics, and including Post-Doctoral work in Sweden and Germany, the references to "hornfels" as "cooked shale" is incorrect, and the Devonian is a Period, not an Era. Hornfels is formed from contact between any sedimentary rock containing clay, silica, and other minerals, with igneous masses. Magma is the term for the molten material forcing its way through the earth's mantle and is not lava, which is what such material becomes only when it reaches and erupts above the surface. Hornfels, which comes from the German, meaning a rock that has the roughness of horn (animal horn), is a metamorphic crystalline rock that is very hard and...
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