Two More Kings Down - Understanding Eli

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Two More Kings Down

In my quest to read everything that Stephen King has ever written - which is a feat not easily done considering how often King releases new material - two more have been ticked off the list. I'm not going to bother to write any reviews per se, as I don't want to spoil too much for anyone, but I will note the achievement.

'11/22/63 ' was the first of the two recent works that I completed, and was one of the best fiction books that I read in my life. I realize that I am extremely biased towards my favourite authors works - though can be critical too, as anyone who heard me talk about Insomnia can agree - but, that doesn't take away from the fact that it was a tremendous piece of work. I couldn't put it down on most nights... but of course, that had something to do with having 'Wind Through the Keyhole' waiting for me as well. Even without that book waiting in the wings however, '11/22/63 ' was a whiz of a read. The characters, story, pacing, everything about it was delicious, let alone the fact that it surrounded one of my favourite characters - um, people - in history. For King lovers or even those who've never read a word of his before, I highly recommend this book.

With regards to 'The Wind Through the Keyhole ', I was super excited to jump back into the world of Roland and the gang. The very next night after finishing - and it might have been the same night now that I think about it - I cracked this book open. After finishing the main seven novels of the Dark Tower series a few years ago now, I was anxious to see what King was going to add to the world(s). Like everyone else, I was rather surprised that he opted to dive back into that world at all, though I suspect it's difficult for him to not do so after being in there for so long. Regardless, I was quite ecstatic to have it as an addition to the epic tale. I will say however, that I was tad disappointed to discover that it was less about Roland and his Ka-Tet than I would have liked. This book was more of a tale from the Gunslinger - a tale within a tale at that. With only minor disappointment in realizing only brief moments at the beginning and end were about the main group, I did very much enjoy the book. It seems I got through it very quickly and I do love that world that Stephen has created. It was truly a treat to enter that world again. For DT fans, I suggest you check it out. For those who haven't read the series yet, I'd personally wait until the end to tackle this one, even though it takes place between books 4 and 5. Read as they were released I say. That's my suggestion anyway. Maybe it's better the other way, who knows?

So that's two more complete... and I have no idea what I'll tackle next. I have time to think about it anyway as I have several not Stephen King books piled up bedside which I need to read first.

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