Friday, June 26, 2009

23/52: "Lisey's Story" by Stephen King

Book 23/52: "Lisey's Story" by Stephen King, 1/5 Stars
This book is, perhaps, my least favorite King book. Ever since he began to insert more reality into his fantasy, I’ve not been a huge fan of his writings. The last book that he wrote that I liked is, in fact, what I think is one of his greatest works, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon; it is one of the few books that I’ve read that’s made me cry.

In Lisey’s Story, I know what he’s trying to accomplish because it’s a similar theme that I’ve been working with in the writing of my first book. King tries to balance the now and the past with alternate worlds and he ends of up with a bit of a mess. I found it difficult to connect to the story or the characters when they weren’t in the same place or the same time long enough for me to establish a relationship with them. Add to that the Kingesque style of grotesque physical horror and you’ve got a book that makes you wonder more about the author’s state of mind rather than Lisey’s.

I did like King’s attempt at trying to show the process of the mind in words. But, because I never got into the story or the characters, it turned into a personal exercise of skimming torture. There is always one thing to learn from every person you meet and every book you read, unfortunately, that one thing in this book, to me, was a “what not to do” when it comes to representing the inner-workings of the mind in a book.

Bool. The End. Have a Coke and a Smile.

[I gave this book away in my #freebook experiment... read about it!]

GOAL: 52 books in 52 weeks!

Book #22 = "My Favorite Place on Earth" by Jerry Camarillo Dunn, 4/5 Stars
Book #21 = "Wisdom 2.0" by Soren Gordhamer, 4/5 Stars

Book #20 = "Oath Of Gold" by Elizabeth Moon, 5/5 Stars
Book #19 = "The Age Of Engage" by Denise Shiffman, 3/5 Stars
Book #18 = "What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20" by Tina Seelig, 4/5 Stars
Book #17 = "Animal Farm" by George Orwell, 4/5 Stars
Book #16 = "Divided Allegiance" by Elizabeth Moon, 3/5 Stars
Book #15 = "The Curious Incident of the Dog..." by Mark Haddon, 2/5 Stars
Book #14 = "The Sheepfarmer's Daughter" by Elizabeth Moon, 3.5/5 Stars
Book #13 = "Love Is The Killer App" by Tim Sanders, 4/5 Stars
Book #12 = "Fight Club" by Chuck Palahniuk, 4.5/5 Stars
Book #11 = "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger, 5/5 Stars
Book #10 = "The Finder" by Colin Harrison, 3.5/5 Stars
Book #9 = "Veronika Decides To Die" by Paulo Coelho, 1/5 Stars
Book #8 = "By The River Piedra I Sat Down & Wept" by Paulo Coelho, 3/5 Stars
Book #7 = "Stiff" by Mary Roach, 2/5 Stars
Book #6 = "Love in the Time of Cholera" by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, 1/5 Stars
Book #5 = "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy, 3/5 Stars
Book #4 = "Eleven Minutes" by Paulo Coelho, 2/5 Stars
Book #3 = "The Good Guy" by Dean Koontz, 3/5 Stars
Book #2 = "My Ishmael" by Dan Quinn, 2/5 Stars

Book #1 = "The Zahir" by Paulo Coelho, 3.5/5 Stars


1 comment:

Robert Zamees said...

I left this book in Chicago's Midway airport with a note that said, "READ ME... free book!" The person that picked it up just sent me an email to thank me and state that the book made it to Austin, Texas. Hopefully, she will pass it along!