Thanks to my decision to take a short break from zinestering, I’ve had more time to engage in hardcore Stephen King consumption. I finished reading The Outsider, as well as Blaze.
This is my review about The Outsider that I posted on Facebook:
“I just finished reading The Outsider. As are all of Stephen King’s novels, this one is excellent! I love the way he incorporates law, crime, investigation and detective work themes into the story, as well as supernatural elements – an aspect that is just so King.
He also tends to mix themes and events from his different novels in almost all of his books. The best example of that is The Dark Tower series. Every time he does that, in whatever book he writes, it makes me scream with excitement, effectively scaring my husband. The Outsider is no different. He incorporates characters and events from The Hodges Trilogy into the story in a wonderfully seamless way. This is something that only King can pull off so perfectly.”
And this is the one I wrote about Blaze:
“I finished reading Blaze. I found it to be one of King’s most heartbreaking novels. Blaze is a brain-damaged guy who kidnaps a baby. The way the book shifts from Blaze’s troubled childhood, and his present day’s struggles with cons and theft, caused me to feel both confused and devastated because on one hand, my maternal mind was triggered when the baby was snatched, and on the other hand, it was triggered again when I read all the horrors that Blaze went through as a kid. A kidnapper should be the bad guy in the story, I thought, but I couldn’t think of Blaze as such because he was the hero of the story and was not a bad guy at all – the way he took care of the baby and the love he felt for him was obvious and real. After I finished reading it, I felt like crying. I still do. It’s those powerful feelings that King’s writing evokes in me that keep me reading his brilliant novels. Second to none. King forever “
Now, I’m getting ready to set on the full version of The Bachman Books.
Stephen King’s Bachman collection includes The Long Walk, Roadwork, and The Running Man. But I got the original version of this book that also includes Rage, as well as an introduction by the author.
Seeing as it’s four books in one, I guess the publishers had a hard time fitting them all into a book that will not kill the reader’s hands when holding it. So they decided to kill the reader’s eyes instead and make the font super fucking small.
As if having cataract, secondary cataract, eye infections and blepharitis wasn’t enough, I will still read The Bachman Books, small font or not, because this is the sacrifice I’m willing to make for Stephen Fucking King.
The guy is a sheer genius and his books are epic. My bookshelf at home is not big enough to contain the dozens of his books that I own. And I wanna read them all again and again. Vision problems abound, but I shall keep on reading.
Bring on the fishtank glasses!
Peace, love and The Running Man takes The Long Walk on the Roadwork with Rage.