Friday, January 21, 2011

Read Just After Sunset

I just picked up Stephen King's compilation of short stories "Just After Sunset" from the library and rekindled my love for King's writing.  I had forgotten how he can just wrap me up in his characters and get me concerned for what will happen next.  This is even more amazing to me as these are all short stories and I would think much more challenging to create the backstory and emotional attachment to characters and level of detail I am used to.  Some of these stories like Gingerbread Girl I could easily see being made into a TV movie.  It was really fun to hear him mention Case Western University in one of the stories as I had worked there a number of years ago.
A very enjoyable read and I think I'll pick up another one of his books for my next read too.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

read Quitters Inc

I've always been a fan of Stephen King, so when I saw that he had an available title on the library's ebook service I jumped at the chance.  It's not a very long book, but very much a stephen king one.  The premise is a cigarette addict meets up by chance with an old friend and asks how he quit and his friend refers him to Quitters Inc.  This place takes a new and very drastic way of motivating clients to quit their habits, pain and torture to loved ones.
The premise is pretty good, but not new it seems.  The twists are rather predictable and the characters are not overly developed like most king novels are.  This largely comes from the lenght of the piece I suppose, but it would have been more compelling if I was a little more attached to the main character.
Not a bad book by any stretch, just short and to the point.