Revival by Stephen King

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As Stephen King gets older his work output is not waning – if anything he is more prolific now than ever before. In both 2013 and 2014 he released two books in each year; in the last 6 years he has released 7 books, 2 of which run to close to 1000 pages. King’s books are also aging well – Under the Dome and 11/22/63 both examples of some of his best work. Revival is no exception in this great run of form. I will always be inclined to enjoy a new King novel, but I can always distinguish between the good ones and the really good ones. Revival starts off as the former but the ending is quite brilliant.

Revival is the story of a man, Jamie Morton, starting out when he is just a very young boy and following his life through to his sixties. It is the story of Jamie and his relationship with Charles Jacobs, a church minister in his home town, which he meets throughout his life at different junctions. Continue reading

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is quite a behemoth of a novel; it is pretty daunting in its length and scope. It is the type of novel, that for me anyway, you have to be in the right frame of mind for to start, knowing that it’s going to take some time finish. I started reading it in August of this year and did not finish it until early November – I did read quite a few books in between as well, but always returned to where I had left off. The novel is very accessible, there is not an over-abundance of characters to try and keep track of, and the story is quite simple at heart; this really helped when I was chopping and changing my reading. I didn’t feel like I had lost track of what was going on and it didn’t detract from the novel.

The Goldfinch is about a boy, Theo, who very early in the book gets caught up in a terrorist attack on a museum in New York, it is at this point that two overriding factors that affect the entire novel thereafter occur Continue reading

Mr Mercedes by Stephen King

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Mr Mercedes is the second King novel I’ve read this year and the fourth in the last 12 months. Two of the other three novels have been re-reads (Under the Dome and Pet Semetary) and the other was Doctor Sleep (the sequel to The Shining). Whilst King is renowned for writing horror fiction, and these other three novels are based in the supernatural with horror elements (especially Pet Semetary), Mr Mercedes is a pure, hard-boiled crime thriller. Continue reading