Here’s what I read in October 2015. Numbers are for chronology, not rank.
1 – Carrie by Stephen King (audiobook): Some of this is so good it hurts. The meanness that inspires Carrie, the faux-historical accounts by witnesses and researchers, the positioning of all the players motives. What I hate is that the game is given up early and repeatedly, as you are told who is dead before they die in the story. Turns out this is something King does often, and I think it’s a bunch of horseshit. One hell of a first novel, though.
2 – ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King (audiobook): A modern Dracula, although a fair bit creepier. That bit where he’s sacrificing the boy? Brrrrr. Chilly. Also, nice to see where Father Callahan comes from (he shows up in The Dark Tower series).
3 – The Shining by Stephen King (audiobook): Ok, classic movie. But the book is way better. The difference is that in the movie Jack Torrance goes crazy; in the book he is coaxed.
4 – Rage by Richard Bachman (AKA Stephen King) (audiobook): Meh.
5 – Night Shift by Stephen King (audiobook): Short story collection. Some better than others.
6 – The Stand (Uncut edition) by Stephen King (audiobook): This is the very long edition. I chose this over the original, edited one because I don’t mind long, and I would never come to this version after the shorter one even if I liked it. But I didn’t like it. I thought it dragged on and on and I found it boring. I wasn’t fond of most of the characters. I thought the climax was anti-climatic. There were so many brand names mentioned I wondered if my Adblock stopped working. He gives up the game several times – the one with Harold is a big fuck-you to the reader, and the one with Stu is trite and obvious. Also, the audio by Garrick Hagon is pretty disappointing. In fairness, he gets a little better by the end, but with 48 hours or so do you want to wait around for him to find his sea legs?
7 – Cujo by Stephen King (audiobook): Apparently you can write a lot of BS and turn a dog with rabies into a whole novel. Despite that, this is a pretty decent read. The intro to Gary Pervier is golden, but the real star in this book is the WTF closet. What is it? What’s in it? It’s worth reading just for that.
8 – Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King (audiobook): I’ve seen the shittastic movie based on this. That movie is way better than this short book.
9 – The Running Man by Richard Bachman (AKA Stephen King) (audiobook): Bored until the end because this is essentially an action movie, and I don’t find car chases exciting. King nailed the ending, though. Nothing at all like the movie with the Governator.
10 – Click-Clack the Rattlebag by Neil Gaiman (short): I think I saw someone on Twitter say this was the scariest thing they ever read. Nope, not even close. But still a fun story, and it’s on YouTube read by @Neilhimself.