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StephenKing.com Announces “Mr Mercedes”

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Mr. Mercedes has now been officially announced on King’s official site. The release date is set to June 3rd 2014. He calls it his first hard-boiled detective book about a deranged terrorist with a bomb. King said he began it before the Boston Marathon bombing, but the events were “too creepy for comfort.”

As I can’t seem to get enough of the hard-boiled genre, This has excited me more than the announcement for Doctor Sleep and I can only hope that it matches the level of emotion of, hard case crime outing, Joyland

Who knows how good it will be but with a release date of early June us Constant Readers wont have to long to find out

Check out Cemetery Dance for a special slip cased edition. I got their 25th anniversary of IT which was stunning.

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Doctor Sleep – Stephen King Book Review

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‘Stay away from the woman in the hat, Honeybear.’

‘She’s the Queen bitch of Castle Hell. If you mess with her, she’ll eat you alive.’

If you have read my earlier post, leading up to the release of Doctor Sleep, you know that while I was looking forward to reading, macabre maestro, Stephen King’s latest offering, I wasn’t as excited as I normally am for one of his new books. I’ve been a “Constant reader” for the last ten years and, while he is one of my favourite authors, betting on a winning horse just isn’t quite the same as the discovery of a hidden gem. It’s must be a similar feeling to supporting a team who constantly wins, but after finishing book 64, there isn’t anything quite like THIS winning horse. There’s nobody that can touch a nerve like Stephen King.

Doctor Sleep picks up with the now middle aged Danny Torrance following in the footsteps of his father…an alcoholic. Like father, like son. Dan’s justification is that the booze suppresses his “Shining”, his supernatural abilities that plague his everyday life and rules his nightmares. The drink holds back the ghosts of The Overlook.

Dan eventually lands in rural New Hampshire and begins working in a hospice where, with the help of the hospice cat Azzie, he helps the elderly pass on with his ‘Shining’ ability. This earns him the nickname Doctor Sleep and with regular AA meetings and good people around him, Dan finally has all he really wants.

On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless – mostly old and married to their RVs. The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the ‘steam’ that children with the ‘shining’ produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Dan meets Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining he’s ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival.

A few things make this book great, King’s own battle against drug and alcohol addiction makes Dan’s AA scenes completely believable, as are Dan’s thoughts towards the drink and himself. King books are known for giving nods towards his other works but even though they’re still there, the biggest nod goes to his son’s fantastic horror novel NOS4R2, which sent a shiver up my spine.

King is, and probably will always be, my favourite author. His characters breathe the same air we do and even though most of their road blocks are based in supernatural settings, the ways in which they have to deal with them are entirely human.

This book will attract some negativity because The Shining is so well loved, but Doctor Sleep is a brilliant sequel. The author is a completely different person to the drug filled alcoholic who sat down to write about Jack and the Outlook Hotel as are his constant readers and the thought of King evolving his style and outlook on the craft excites this constant reader

Doctor Sleep is published by Hodder and Stoughton and is available now.

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Stephen King – Doctor sleep. How excited can a “Constant Reader” be?

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I dipped in and out of reading when I was younger, only picking up the most interesting covers from the library, namely books from the GooseBumps series and the occasional Harry Potter. I remember going into W.H.Smith, when I was a lot older, and seeing Duma Key in the paperback chart.

Stephen King is probably the best writer there is, mate,” my dad said. “But that one is pretty awful.”

Being the stubborn child I was/am, I bought it anyway and absolutely fell into the pages, not able to put it down. I was spending ridiculous amounts of time on my PlayStation, so anything that got me off that was a blessing. A good few years and a great many books later, I’m still excited to have a new King novel but…

…Doctor Sleep (Shining 2) is not The Dark Tower. I’m not saying it won’t be good and that I wont enjoy it, because I am biased, and I’m not saying I want him to continue with the Dark Tower, but a part of me knows I won’t get the same reaction as with those defining novels.

Here’s the teaser from http://www.stephenking.com/promo/doctor_sleep/

“On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless – mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant “shining” power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in Stephen’s canon.”

Joyland, King’s offering from earlier this year, was excellent.  Review here: https://europaoutlaw.wordpress.com/2013/06/04/stephen-king-joyland/

This may have slightly dampened the excitement for another novel.

After hammering his books for the last five years, I do feel I’ve had his best and that makes my eye wander up the spines of someone else’s books.

That’s a good thing, right? Shouldn’t we always be inspired to sample as many different opinions as possible?

King will always be one of, if not my favourite author but I’m ready to go for something different. I want to be somebody else’s ‘Constant Reader’ and have the same feeling of total immersion I had for his work early on.

When I get to the end of “Doctor Sleep” I know I’m going to love it, but does that take an edge off it? Is the film you expected to be shite but turns out fantastic a better feeling than going to see a safe bet?

The only thing you can say, without any prejudice, is nobody knows. I’m sure it’s that air of doubt that keeps people coming back for more and even though 95% of me thinks this will fall in line as another good novel, that other, cheeky 5% is swinging back and forth from thinking it’s going to be amazing to utter rubbish.

One last thing is I really don’t like the UK cover.

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Which one would you pick? I’ve recently spotted a new book called Cat Sense, all about the psychology of cats, with pretty much same cover, but then again a lot of people did buy a Street Cat Named Bob…. Perhaps this says more about the animal loving British public and that a cute cat will probably appeal more than a rotting face…

Pre- order Doctor sleep Now published by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd in the UK

http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/stephen+king/doctor+sleep/9447644/

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Stephen King – Joyland

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“You saved the little girl, but dear boy! You can’t save everyone”

As anyone who knows me will tell you, Stephen King is one of my favourite authors. I would probably buy his shopping list in hardback if he would grace us with it. So I was understandably excited to hear Joyland was being released, even though King’s major new work “Dr Sleep”, about grown up Danny Torrance from The Shining, will also be coming out later in the year. With this one, I got my King fix early.

Devin, the books narrator, is telling this story as an old man looking back on his defining moment when his childhood was lost forever. At the time the book starts he is coming to terms with the loss of his first love, Wendy Keegan, who breaks off the relationship painfully over the course of months. He is lost without her but when the opportunity comes along to work at a nearby amusement park he thinks this is the best way to take his mind off her. Joyland defiantly does this and a lot more. Devin walks in as a boy but leaves a man by being emotionally and physically tested in ways only King could come up with.

Not long after Devin joins the Joyland carnies, he is told about a horrific homicide that happens years previously, where a young girl is taken into the into the Horror House by her suspected boyfriend and is killed and dumped onto the tracks. The ghost of Linda Grey is said to be still haunting the ride. At first this is dismissed by most parties as a local legend but when Tom, a newly made friend of Dev’s, takes a ride and claims to have seen her, his interest in the case starts to take shape.

A reason why I love King’s style so much is his ability to make real, breathing people I genuinely care about. None more so than Mike, a child with a life-threatening condition called Duchene Muscular Dystrophy and his single mother Annie who Devin meets on his walks along the beach to work. These two nearly had me in tears, so much so I had to take a break from reading to hold them back.

I saw an interview with King online, where he explained why this book wasn’t being released in Ebook format. It wasn’t a slur against Ebooks, as he is a fan of them, it’s more the idea of people walking into a bookshop and connecting with it in a way the online market place will never be able to replicate.

I loved this book. It’s a tight; less than 300 page thrill ride and contains his trademark ability to place absorbing and natural characters right in the middle of a supernatural story. The supernatural never takes centre stage, it’s the people you remember and I will remember these guys for a long time.

Joyland is published by Hard Case Crime.

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