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Fairy Tale
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
168 posts | 82 read | 19 reading | 81 to read
Legendary storyteller Stephen King goes into the deepest well of his imagination in this spellbinding novel about a seventeen-year-old boy who inherits the keys to a parallel world where good and evil are at war, and the stakes could not be higher--for that world or ours. Charlie Reade looks like a regular high school kid, great at baseball and football, a decent student. But he carries a heavy load. His mom was killed in a hit-and-run accident when he was ten, and grief drove his dad to drink. Charlie learned how to take care of himself--and his dad. When Charlie is seventeen, he meets a dog named Radar and her aging master, Howard Bowditch, a recluse in a big house at the top of a big hill, with a locked shed in the backyard. Sometimes strange sounds emerge from it. Charlie starts doing jobs for Mr. Bowditch and loses his heart to Radar. Then, when Bowditch dies, he leaves Charlie a cassette tape telling a story no one would believe. What Bowditch knows, and has kept secret all his long life, is that inside the shed is a portal to another world. King's storytelling in Fairy Tale soars. This is a magnificent and terrifying tale in which good is pitted against overwhelming evil, and a heroic boy--and his dog--must lead the battle. Early in the Pandemic, King asked himself: "What could you write that would make you happy?" "As if my imagination had been waiting for the question to be asked, I saw a vast deserted city--deserted but alive. I saw the empty streets, the haunted buildings, a gargoyle head lying overturned in the street. I saw smashed statues (of what I didn't know, but I eventually found out). I saw a huge, sprawling palace with glass towers so high their tips pierced the clouds. Those images released the story I wanted to tell."
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Nessavamusic
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Bailedbailed

I‘m bailing on this about half way through. It‘s too long and I do not like the shallow depiction of characters that basically say pretty = good and ugly = evil. DNF
#bookspinbingo

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Cortg
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Pickpick

An excellent adventure as only King can portray. Charlie, who I adored, befriends a curmudgeon neighbor and his trusty pup Radar. He soon discovers an underground fantasy world with dark fairy tale vibes. Prince Charlie must save the kingdom and find his way home, in a way.

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AllDebooks
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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#NovelNovember #Readathon

A successful readathon although I did get distracted by The Giant Dark, so good.
🌲 Fairy tale is still in progress
🌲 Ladyparts 3⭐️
🌲 Braiding Sweetgrass progressing nicely for #NaturaLitsy
🌲 Twelve moons completed 4⭐️ Published in 2023.
🌲 Bonus - listened to The breath of a whale on audiobook. 4⭐️ Review posted.

Great weeks reading with a pretty eclectic mix.

Thank you @Andrew65

Andrew65 That‘s brilliant. Thanks for playing along 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂😍 2d
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Nelnjali
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Pickpick

4.75 ⭐ I absolutely adored this book and hope to have more in this style from King one day. Those who are fans of The Dark Tower books will find plenty of nods, and those who like to create theories (conspiracies?) of the interconnectedness of King's works will find plenty to play with here. Those who are new to King will find a delightful and at times, horrifying fantasy novel full of magic, dark creatures, and heart.

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Alora
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Had to buy a case of Coca Cola ❤ #IYKYK

#Readathon #NovelNovember

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Nelnjali
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Oh no...I'm trapped and can't get up...I guess I'll just have to keep reading Fairy Tale!

#CatsOfLitsy

Leftcoastzen 👏😄😻 2w
RaeLovesToRead Awwww floofy 🥰🥰🥰 2w
wanderinglynn So sweet! ❤️🐱 2w
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candc320
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Pickpick

King is such a superb storyteller. He just has this way of pulling this reader into the story so I see, hear, smell, and feel everything. I especially cherish his stories that center around kids/teenagers dealing with these insane situations while just trying to grow up, which is hard enough. This was such a good audiobook that it made having to power wash my driveway feel like a treat 🤣! 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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EatSleepRead
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Pickpick

Loved this epic fantasy about a boy and his dog on a quest. There is definitely less gore and more lore to this one. If you love dogs, Radar will steal your heart.

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these_dreams
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Thank U, Next 🤣

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Christy2318
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Pickpick

I really loved this. It‘s a slow start that builds but it works. I loved Radar, Charlie, & all the nods to fairy tales. I still have some questions, but there is magic in not knowing all the answers. 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌕

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Decalino
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Pickpick

This absorbing novel synthesizes fantasy and fairy tale tropes into an otherworldly and sometimes gruesome boy-and-dog adventure.17-year-old Charlie Reade helps an elderly recluse, Mr. Bowditch, after he falls and breaks his leg. His affection for Mr. Bowditch's dog Radar leads him on a fantastic journey into grave danger, & transforms him in the process. I meant to read it over Halloween, but it made for good Blood Moon lunar eclipse reading too.

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smalldogs_bigbooks2419
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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I‘ve reach a new level of book nerd. I‘m on Chapter 15 of Fairy Tale by Stephen King using the Books app on my iPad, and my husband just convinced me that I needed a physical copy of it as well. This feels slightly unnecessary but, in his words “You never know what might happen with a digital copy”. 🤨

Bklover He has a point! Always have a hard copy of SK books! 3w
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ItsAnotherJen
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Pickpick

I liked this! My favorite King book is still 'The Stand' (and probably always will be) but his unique way of story telling shone bright throughout his latest book. I simply like the way this guy a writes. I like all the details. I like how he gets you to really care and relate to a character. The way he gets you to imagine an entire world under a world is pretty darn neat in my opinion.

It gets a 4 star rating from me. #recommendread

TNbookworm Great review 🙂 3w
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forestandcrow
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Pickpick

I wasn't expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. Definitely recommend it to everyone.

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forestandcrow
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Almost done with this book. Doing my best trying to get it read before it's due as I can't renew it. 😭 it's so good.

ItsAnotherJen Oh gosh. You can only check it out for 7 days if its a popular title?? 3w
forestandcrow @ItsAnotherJen yes 😭😭😭 some are 2 weeks. It's awful sometimes lol 3w
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Alora
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Weird idea that we gain an hour tonight⏳️🕐

Really don't care for it and wouldn't mind if they actually got rid of Daylight Savings like they keep saying!

But I'll take my extra hour and spend it reading!

Do you prefer to read books with the cover on or off? Especially for larger books I find I like to take the book cover off.

Page 120/598 🙃

#StephenKing #CurrentlyReading #Cozy

CoveredInRust Cover off definitely! I'm gonna rip that sucker otherwise 🤣🤣 4w
Alora @CoveredInRust Hahaha yesss agreed! They annoy me and never stay on right lol. I love hardcovers with pretty designs as well! I don't really have any cool ones yet but there's so many I want lol 4w
Ann_Reads Dust Jacket comes off. It just seems to get in the way and I'm always worried I'll tear it. 4w
DaveGreen7777 This is going to make me sound so shallow, but I find hardcovers and dustjackets so cumbersome, I never actually read hardcovers, they‘re just for show on my bookshelves! 🙈 If I own a hardcover version of a book, you can be sure that I also have a paperback or eBook version of it as well for actually reading it! 😳 4w
Alora @DaveGreen7777 I get that!! I like hardcovers for collecting but they are sooo heavy and take up room lol. @Ann_Reads I feel the same way!! 4w
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BookwormM
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Pickpick

Loved Radar this was a comforting read as weird as that may sound. It reminded me of being back on the beam, I loved the blend of fairy tales and pop culture. This is King at his best.

Alora Loving it so far!! Love this cover 4w
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forestandcrow
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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This book genuinely took me by surprise. I can't put it down. I have really enjoyed it so far.

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BookishMeandering
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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My first Stephen King book, Fairy Tale, is about halfway through. I‘m starting to love it, and can‘t wait to find out what happens with my book buddies.

ItsAnotherJen I'm starting this one tonight 😊 4w
BookishMeandering So awesome! 😊 4w
Leftcoastzen Awwww! Cute! 4w
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Alora
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Late posting my hours for the #readathon #scarathlon2022

I read for 2 more hours during week 4

#Spookoween2022 +20
#31by31 +20
#20in4 +20
#Pointsathon +20
+5 words found +25
+1 participation

= 106 points #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick

Clwojick Great job! Thank you for joining us, and all your participation!
4w
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forestandcrow
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Saw it at the library. Thought I would give it a try.

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Bookworm04
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Tonight‘s reading

BethM Love the mug! 1mo
Bookworm04 Thanks got it when went Asda food shopping. 1mo
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TripleS
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Gloomy day home sick gonna get lost in this “Fairy Tale” By Stephen King

TheNeverendingTBR How are you finding this one? 1mo
TripleS @TheNeverendingTBR Loving it so far! I‘m about halfway through and I can‘t put it down! 1mo
tpixie Hope you are all better! 2w
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ElizaMarie
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Pickpick

As always, Stephen King just delights!

#BookSpinBingo
@TheAromaOfBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1mo
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NovelGirl82
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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This is how I will get through the family visit… This and trips to the gym.

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FantasyChick
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Can I just take a second to admire the AMAZING wrapping on this?!! Thank you so much @BookishMadHatter for this awesome package. Everything is SO on point! Those ghosts are adorable and will have a permanent home on my horror shelf for life! I absolutely love the book sleeve! You've got a talent for sure 🤯 The books are perfect and I LOVE the journal! The mug is amazing as well. I wasn't sure about the candle but it smells absolutely amazing ⬇️⬇️

FantasyChick And is burning already. We've dug into the candy. I haven't had Airheads in YEARS! The books are perfect and I can't wait to dig in to a spooky story with a full blown sugar rush. I feel fully spoiled 🥰🥰 1mo
FantasyChick Thabks also for organizing another sucessful swap @wanderinglynn Already looking forward to next year! #HHS #HauntedHollowSwap 1mo
LeahBergen Those ghosts are so cute! 1mo
wanderinglynn Those ghosts are adorable! Love it all! 🎃 1mo
BookishMadHatter I'm so happy you like it! Happy Halloween! 1mo
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Chrissyreadit
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Cynthia!! This is a very fun and generous #ahrs package!! Thank you so much! I love the books you chose and all these fun goodies! 😘😘😘😘

Avanders 😍😍😍 1mo
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peaknit
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Pickpick

My vacation read. 600 pages I wasn‘t sure I‘d ever finish. It was a fairy tale to be sure, a little too YA for me usually but that said, I‘ve been reading King for 40 years and cannot betray my master, my first love 📚 . I think he could write gibberish and I would find something redeeming. This would be a so-so from me for any other author, to keep it real. I pledge fealty to King. After all, his name is not King for nothing.

TrishB Lol! That sounds like me reviewing King. 1mo
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wen4blu
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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It may be #firstlinefriday but I‘m loving the whole first paragraph.

#currentlyreading

Texreader Yea I agree. That‘s a great opener 1mo
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RyanMHoward
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Pickpick

When young Charlie befriends an elderly neighbor, he also falls for the neighbor‘s old dog, a sweet German Shepard named Radar. Later, Charlie discovers a portal to another world in the neighbor‘s shed. Charlie and Radar enter this fantastical realm and begin an epic quest.

King gives us the origins of our worlds fairy tale‘s with this fable. Add in elements of classic King terror, and this becomes one dark adventure full of heart and horror.🏰💀

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Bookboss
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Pickpick

The cover shows a boy and a dog at the top of a spiral staircase that seems to go down forever. I felt like I went down that staircase myself — I was transported into another world. Charlie is a high school senior who starts helping out an elderly man. He finds a portal to a fairy tale world complete with giants, curses, and a princess. King is a master at building worlds that are both familiar and fantastic. I enjoyed every minute of this story.

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Bookworm04
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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No internet sky broadband is down I quickly have quick update using mobile data. I plenty to read i good don‘t need internet 😂😂😂 as for my 2 teenagers they going crazy.

RenePenn Enjoyed Cuckoo Land and Silent Patient. 1mo
Bookworm04 I up to ch 18 in silent patient not started cuckoo. 60 pages into fairy tail 1mo
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Alora
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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3 hours read for week 3 (Pic is my total time)
It was a rough weekend but I'm really enjoying the tagged book that I started. This is my second read by King and once again I am hooked from the start.

#Readathon :

#OutstandingOctober +30
#31by31 +30
#Spookoween2022 +30
#Pointsathon +30

Word search +260
+1 participation

Total points = +381

#Scarathlon2022 #TeamSlaughter
@Catsandbooks @TheSpineView @DieAReader @Andrew65 @Clwojick

DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 1mo
Ruthiella 😻😻😻 1mo
TheSpineView Fantastic 1mo
Leftcoastzen 👏😸😻 1mo
Catsandbooks Adorable reading buddy! ❤️ 1mo
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brushlo
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Pickpick

stephen king is a legend…he is a national treasure. go read this book! it is not just the fantastical worlds he creates but instead how he grounds his characters in their humanness…and creates an emotional landscape. so good.

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NikkiCureton
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Pickpick

I listened to this audiobook, and Seth Numrich was a fabulous narrator. The story is quite imaginative and compelling, but he did an excellent job giving life to the written words.

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Bookworm04
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Omg yes!!!!!!!!! Got the quoted hardback and it library reservation well happy

JacqMac That is beautiful! 1mo
Bookworm04 Not bad didn‘t expect this one available at library. Will be buying it once read this. Just for hardback and quote. 1mo
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Follow.my.read
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Closing up the camper for the season but trying to fit a few pages in!

Alora We just closed ours up yesterday and I'm reading the same book lol 👌🙃 1mo
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SweetP1967
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Pickpick

Pretty good read overall. The author‘s writing skills are on display here, although the fairytale component wasn‘t as enjoyable as it could‘ve been.

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Bellawether
Fairy Tale | Stephen King

The Psycho House was a rambling slump-roofed Victorian, once probably white but now faded to a shade I‘d call Feral Barncat Gray.

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Leftcoastzen
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Pickpick

I took a hard pause on life today to rest & finish this book.I , like many , liked the early part of the book,Charlie helping out & getting to know Mr. Bowditch.The Fantasy elements of the book did feel a little YA to me. The last 100 pages seemed to pull it all together & grab my interest .King is always a great storyteller, his cultural references always make me smile.I enjoyed the ride enough to rate a pick.

Bookwomble Glad to hear you made time for yourself today, Linda 💖 1mo
Leftcoastzen @Bookwomble thanks , I needed it. 1mo
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Simona
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Mehso-so

This story about fairytale world and classic fight between good and evil feels like YA adventure story. I was listening audiobook, it was fun experience … but I think that physical book would be DNF for me. Pick for the first part of the book, and pan for adventure part of the book.

Leftcoastzen I‘m about 100 pages of finishing and feeling the same way. 1mo
BarbaraBB I‘ll pass 1mo
Simona @Leftcoastzen I wasn‘t prepared for YA adventure, but as you said in your review - King is good storyteller. 1mo
Simona @BarbaraBB Maybe his next book will be more ‘suitable‘ for us😘 1mo
BarbaraBB I am not a fan, so I don‘t think I‘ll try! 1mo
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TracyReadsBooks
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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King knows how to tell a good story. This one begins when Charlie comes to the aid of a crotchety old neighbor &, inexplicably, a genuine friendship develops. The old man has secrets & after his death, a cassette tape he left for a Charlie reveals the biggest one of them all—that the old man was guarding a portal to another world. Of course there is a quest filled with danger, adventure, & a dog Charlie will do anything for. An entertaining read.

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Follow.my.read
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Almost done! I am anticipating a major book hangover when I‘m done!#FairyTale#StephenKing

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DisneyFan
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Mehso-so

I rarely enjoy fantasy, but read this one because I‘ve loved a few King books in the past and because it seemed everyone was raving about it. Yup, still true, I don‘t like fantasy.

#litsylovereads
#bookspinbingo

AmandaBlaze I loved it as teenager and young adult. Now, it's hard for me to get into unless it's mixed with something like horror or mystery. I think I just read to much of it way back when. 1mo
DisneyFan @AmandaBlaze I feel like reading Lord of The Rings and Princess Bride at a young age set my fantasy bar REALLY REALLY high. 1mo
AmandaBlaze That will do it. 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Haha! I don‘t either!! 1mo
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Alora
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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This mornings #bookhaul
Soooo excited to add all of these to my shelf!

The newest Harry Potter illustrated is HUGE!
Same with Fairy Tale! Long reads ahead!! 📚

#scarathlon2022 #readathon
#31by31 #OutstandingOctober #spookoween2022 #spookoween #pointsathon

@Andrew65 @TheSpineView @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES @Catsandbooks @Clwojick

DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
Catsandbooks So exciting! 💕 2mo
TheSpineView Score 2mo
Andrew65 Hope you enjoy them. 2mo
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sprainedbrain
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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No lies—I love Stephen King. Even when I don‘t love his books, I still at the very least like them. I was probably predestined to love this one, and I did.

King‘s amazing storytelling, a bunch of characters I couldn‘t help but have strong feelings for, humor mixed with a teensy bit of horror, a whole lot of fairy tale fantasy, and fun SK Easter eggs. I enjoyed every minute of this audiobook, read beautifully by Seth Numrich.😍

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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tessavi
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Mehso-so

This story was exactly what I expected based on the title, but I was hoping for more. Between a so-so and a pick.

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MissLucyIrene
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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So much for not adding to the TBR…

Also, any suggestions for good book blogs? I‘m thinking of starting one, but would like to research first.

julesG There are lots of Littens with a book blog, maybe start with some of those and then widen the scope? I'm just saying this, because I keep forgetting whose blogs I read regularly. 🙈 2mo
MissLucyIrene @julesG Thanks for the suggestion! I have to admit I am always a bit lost with blogging, I‘ll have a look around :) 2mo
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BookMaven9
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Mehso-so

🌟🌟🌟 A mis of Grimm + Lovecraft + Ray Bradbury all woven into this story quite well, kudos to Mr. King. The first part of this book comes in strong. King is masterful at building characters and relationships. Sadly when you reach the fantasy portion the book slows down and loses steam for me. Nothing will compare to the Talisman.