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1.0 out of 5 stars Painful, 6 Mar 2009
This review is from: Lisey's Story (Paperback)
It's inevitable that when a writer reaches a certain stage in their career, there are going to be highs and lows. Sometimes they get the magical formula right, sometimes they don't.

Having read many of Stephen King's books, this is, in my opinion, a massively dissapointing low. For the first time, I found myself unable to continue one of King's books.

Even "Cell", in which the plot seemed to stagger from one bizzare turn to the next before collapsing in a rushed anticlimax was readable. "Lisey's Story" is a dull, almost painful read. I felt no connection to the characters, living or dead, and the the inclusion of nonsensical words or sayings that was supposed to highlight the intimacy of Lisey's marriage only served to frustrate me more.

I found myself skipping ahead in the faint hope that the storyline would evolve from a crawl to at least walking pace. But it was not to be.

Tried and tested King methods that have served him so well in other books, such as writing in brackets to express inner thoughts or memories, are senseless here until you find one hand gripping the book whilst the other gathers a healthy amount of hair and begins to pull.

Spare yourself the frustration, read "It" and find out just how good Stephen King (could?) can write.
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