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An uneven collection overall, but a solid read.
on 22 September 2017
More like 3.5 out of 5, but not a 4 so I had to slightly mark this down. As a collection this is a decent bunch of stories, but lacking that ‘x-factor’ that early Stephen King stories had. Technically superior to his earlier work, but at the cost of a little of the soul.
That being said, I’d been surprised if you weren’t entertained by the book as a whole, and especially enjoy a couple of the stories. I enjoyed ‘N’, ‘Willa’, and ‘The Things They Left Behind’ the most, stories that made me think a little after I had finished them. A couple of stories felt like a writers version of doddles, scribbling that were thrown in to fill out the book.
Let’s call this middle of the road King. Solid, strong in parts, entertaining enough, but perhaps not very memorable.