The Shining by Stephen King Review

The Shining by Stephen King book review
The Shining by Stephen King, ISBN 9780450032202, 447pp

The Shining by Stephen King was my third King read in October and the scariest! Things that go bump in the night and me don’t usually get along. I don’t like scary movies so I approached this book cautiously. And while I found it all kinds of scary, it was also a damn good book and a great example of suspense in a cabin fever setting.

The Shining is about a family of three: Jack Torrance, his wife Wendy and their extraordinary five-year-old son, Danny. Jack is a man with issues. He’s a writer and was a university teacher until his drinking and violent behaviour sees him lose his job. A friend pulls some strings and gets him a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel, high in the Colorado Rockies. Jack and his family are to live in the empty hotel when it’s shut down over the winter. Empty of guests and employees, it’s just the three of them in a huge hotel that has a colourful and scary past. It’s a place where there have been many violent incidents over the years. It’s also a place that gets cut off from the world as the snow blocks all the roads allowing no one in or out.

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The Green Mile by Stephen King Review

The Green Mile by Stephen King book review
The Green Mile by Stephen King, ISBN 9780743210898, 399pp

The Green Mile by Stephen King was my fourth Stephen King read in October. It was also my favourite. Although I saw the movie long ago, I had forgotten what happened. So it was great to read the novel and rediscover the story.

The Green Mile was first released as six serial installments over 6 months in 1996 like Charles Dickens did back in the day. (You can see in the photo that my husband collected the originals). It was a huge publishing risk at the time as publishers didn’t know if readers would embrace the formats or want to keep buying the installments. Continue reading

Misery by Stephen King Review

Misery by Stephen King Review
Misery by Stephen King, ISBN 9780340920961, 368pp

My husband owns a huge Stephen King book collection and has been bugging me for ages to read some more King books. So, at the start of October I picked up the classic Misery to read. Misery is actually a good choice for a keen reader and writer like myself as the protagonist is a bestselling author who wakes up after a car accident to find himself with broken legs lying in the bedroom of his number one fan. This fan is Annie Wilkes, an ex-nurse who lives on a rural property and just loves author Paul Sheldon. Paul is known for his series of books about a character named Misery. Misery has made him a fortune, but in his last book he killed her off so he can move on in his writing. But Annie doesn’t like this one bit and she’s not going to let Paul leave until he writes a new book that brings Misery back to life. Continue reading

Carrie by Stephen King Book Review

Carrie by Stephen King book review
Carrie by Stephen King, I read an edition not pictured ISBN 9780340920947, 242pp

Carrie by Stephen King is one of those classic King books that everyone has heard about – or they’ve seen the movie. This month I decided to raid my husband’s Stephen King collection and try some of this author’s earlier books. Carrie was Stephen King’s very first published novel and it almost wasn’t published after Stephen threw his draft away. Luckily, his wife found it in the trash, dusted it off and urged him to keep working on it. And the rest is history. Continue reading

Elevation by Stephen King Review

Elevation by Stephen King review
Elevation by Stephen King, ISBN 9781473691520, 132pp

Elevation by Stephen King was a quick and easy read (which is why I chose it). My husband has been bugging me to read a book from his vast Stephen King collection for quite a while. I chose Elevation because it’s new and on the short side (only 132 pages).

Like many of Stephen King’s books, it’s set in the small town of Castle Rock. (A place I wouldn’t want to live because weird stuff always happens there!)

Scott Carey is experiencing medical issues – he can’t stop losing weight. He is losing weight without doing exercise or changing his diet. And he looks exactly the same (muffin top and all) even though scales are registering the kilos coming off fast. Continue reading

13 Writing Tips from Stephen King

The stories of prolific author Stephen King are popping up everywhere at the moment as many of his books are being adapted into movies and TV series. This year alone there’s been the new IT movie, The Dark Tower movie, Gerard’s Game and 1922 on Netflix, the Mr Mercedes TV series and Castle Rock is coming soon.

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On Writing by Stephen King ISBN: 9781439156810, pp 291

My husband loves reading Stephen King and is currently working his way through The Dark Tower series and we’re enjoying all the TV and movie adaptions as they come out. While I’ve read quite a few Stephen King books over the years, my husband is definitely the biggest fan in our household. My favourite Stephen King book is not one of his fiction books, it’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. I read it many years ago and, searching for inspiration, have just read it again. Its advice remains useful, relevant and practical. Plus, it’s inspiring to read about Stephen King’s personal writing journey. His books may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but he certainly knows how to craft a story for his audience and knows who he is as a writer.

Here are my favourite tips from On Writing by Stephen King

1. On coming up with story ideas…
“There is no Idea Dump, no Island of the Buried Bestsellers; good story ideas seem to come quite literally from nowhere, sailing at you right out of the empty sky…Your job isn’t to find these ideas but to recognize them when they show up.”
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