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The King is back...,
This review is from: Lisey's Story (Hardcover)
I loved, loved, loved this book. It was wonderfully original, with really well drawn characters and powerful description. King claims World Fantasy Award winner Graham Joyce as an influence in his book On Writing, and I can totally see that in this book.
I did end up wondering just how autobiographical this novel was. Aside from the fantasy elements, which were fabulous and chilling, there seemed an awful lot in here that matched with what I'd read about King's life. His huge study, playing music as he worked, the wife who is his second reader and love of his life. Obviously, it moves on from here. This novel explores mental illness and abusive upbringings, as well as taking you, quite literally, to another world.
I found it slightly hard going at first, and the language he invents did bother me for a few pages, but I got over that and when I did the book took wing for me. I couldn't put it down. It was good for all the reasons that most of King's books are good. Powerful, tight writing and a plot that drags you along and into places you're not sure you want to go. If you're expecting a blood fest you might be disappointed but if you want a great story about love and loss and life and death, brilliantly written, buy this book.