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A good book, but it dragged a lot
on 24 March 2017
I wish I could give this more than 3 stars. I mean, it's one of King's most famous books that has been given high praise by most people. But it was just okay to me.
Don't get me wrong, 3 stars is still a good score. I thought it was quite a good read. The main thing that really bothered me was that it took nearly 300 pages to get to the exciting part of the story. I'm not saying that I want vampire action on every page, but I just found the set up just dragged on for too long, and slightly repetitive in places.
The characters were just average, compared to King's high standards when it comes to character development.
I just think that I may have been spoiled in reading some of King's better works before reading this. I know it's his second novel, but I enjoyed The Shining much much more than this. I was looking for a scare with this, but was left a little disappointed.
Overall though, there weren't any parts in the story where I thought that it was bad. There were enjoyable parts where I was genuinely glued to it. But after these short stints, I lost the urge to keep turning the pages. I thought Mr Barlow was very good. The scene with him and Callahan was one of my favourite parts. Mark was a great character, probably the best in the book. Reminds me of Jake from the Dark Tower.
This will not stop me reading other King books. I am very much looking forward to the rest of the Dark Tower novels, IT and Desperation to name a few.