While I liked each individual novella in this collection, when considered together, there's no escaping the commonality between them. This is a collection of four very cynical, dark, and - at times - difficult to read stories. There isn't much hope to be found in its pages, but it remains entertaining despite its grimness. 4/5
Advice needed: Is leaving honest reviews (2-5 stars) of novels written by other writers who are non competitors “unsupportive?”
I consider myself a reader first. Reviewing for other readers. Some think it‘s not appropriate to leave reviews of fewer than 5 stars for ANY book if one is a professional writer. Could use input on this! Thoughts, avid readers?
Just a reminder that March‘s #LosersClub read is #IfItBleeds Put your library holds in now, search your shelves, or buy a new copy, and check back on or about October 1st, when we begin reading this one. Discussion will be at the end of the month! #StephenKing #StephenKingInOrder #KingFromTheBeginning #ConstantReader #ReadAlong #BuddyRead #BookDiscussion
Big Driver: This is a brutal story, with some of the most visceral and jarring depictions of assault I've read. The upshot is the unrelenting catharsis of the back half as one of the most relatable protagonists I've seen King conjure gets down to the business of revenge.
This book has always felt to me like King took the wanton destruction of Castle Rock and its inhabitants seen in Needful Things and cranked it to 11. While entertaining, this remains a tough read. People you love will die in cruel and senseless fashion, and they will do so throughout. The main and supporting cast are well-written and (mostly) likeable, but that ultimately makes this a very tense read as you dread their possible end. 5/5