Update on the Killer Thriller Reading Challenge

6 10 2010

I have now read book 7 and 8 on the list. They are:  And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie and The Shining by Stephen King.  I can’t really say I took to either of them.  The Agatha Christie book was just not for me, and the end of it was so lame, and far-fetched I couldn’t believe anyone actually goes out of their way to read her  books.  At least I can say I have read it and add it to my list.

The Shining, which I was thoroughly expecting to be engrossed in really did not grab my attention.  It was a great book.  Probably Stephen Kings best, certainly a melding of what he does best – horror and psychological thriller.  Considering that I once was a die-hard King fan I was very surprised not be a big fan of this one.  I just wasn’t and I was amazed at how dated it was.  I know all writers are of their time and have to use their current time and place as a reference point but this book just felt past its prime.

I do remember that I loved the movie, I may have to watch it again.

I am about to start reading Truman Capote’s In Cold  Blood.  This one I have read before and it is a chilling account of a true story.  I think this one will definitely be worth rereading.

Both books were borrowed from the library.


Under the Dome – Stephen King

24 02 2010

Library book

So, this is the book that started the blog.

I was in the library recently picking up a book I had on hold and saw this in the new release section. I almost didn’t take it out, not because of the length of it, over 1,000 pages but because the last time I read Stephen King I swore I would never read him again.

Boy, am I glad I took the chance on this one. The reason I had decided that I wouldn’t read any more of his books is that they seemed to be variations on the same theme and I was also having a hard time with his use of slang and I guess what were supposed to be the characters personal speech idiosyncracies.

I have to say that I really enjoyed Under the Dome by Stephen King. For me, this one was back to the Stephen King that I have been a fan of since I was a teenager. Yes it was long and sure some of the sub-plots could have been left out and the story would not have been less interesting, but the main characters were well drawn out, the description of the town and its inhabitants was great and his true grasp of the human condition really shone through. There were times when it got so ugly I wanted to put it down, or so frightening on a psychological scale that I wanted to stop reading it but I was totally hooked.

I think Stephen King was right on the money with his portrayal of mob mentality and human nature. The “good” people trying to do the right thing and the “bad” people who know how to use fear and anger for their own purposes.

The end was a bit weak but really I can’t see another way he could have ended it. 

So, hats off to Stephen King for this one, a return to the old style that I love.