BOOK REVIEW: On Writing, by Stephen King

RELEASE DATE: June 25, 2002
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PUBLISHER: Pocket
FORMAT: Paperback
SOURCE: Library
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“Long live the King” hailed “Entertainment Weekly” upon the publication of Stephen King’s “On Writing.” Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported near-fatal accident in 1999 — and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, “On Writing” will empower and entertain everyone who reads it — fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.

MY REVIEW 

I loved this book. Sure, I should have been working on my NaNoWriMo novel, but I felt that after a certain amount of words, I really needed some guidance. Even if the words were still coming, I felt like I needed inspiration to ensure they would keep coming. Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: Full Dark, No Stars, by Stephen King

RELEASE DATE: November 9, 2010
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PUBLISHER: Scribner
FORMAT: Hardcover
SOURCE: Library
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A new collection of four never-before-published stories from Stephen King. 

1922 
The story opens with the confession of Wilfred James to the murder of his wife, Arlette, following their move to Hemingford, Nebraska onto land willed to Arlette by her father. 

Big Driver 
Mystery writer, Tess, has been supplementing her writing income for years by doing speaking engagements with no problems. But following a last-minute invitation to a book club 60 miles away, she takes a shortcut home with dire consequences. 

Fair Extension 
Harry Streeter, who is suffering from cancer, decides to make a deal with the devil but, as always, there is a price to pay. 

A Good Marriage 
Darcy Anderson learns more about her husband of over twenty years than she would have liked to know when she stumbles literally upon a box under a worktable in their garage.

MY REVIEW (MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS) 

Maybe it’s my age, maybe I’ve seen too many movies but I remember Stephen King to be a lot scarier. Of course the stories in his latest work–Full Dark, No Stars–are disturbing and some are downright gory (such as the opening work 1922), but scary? Nah.

Don’t get me wrong, King is a great writer and a fantastic storyteller and the 4 short works in this book will definitely creep under your skin. Continue reading