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This is the number 3 song on the A-side of one of your favorites bands newest LP. It's not the title track or the one getting the most play, but you like it. As we all know, King can tell a story and create atmosphere like no other, and for 7 1/2 hours it was fun hanging out at the local amusement park...watching the goofy dance numbers performed by the employees, eating corn dogs, riding the hammer, and getting creeped out in the Terr-O-Ride. If you are a fan of horror--you are going to be as disappointed as Clark Griswold was to find out Wally World was closed for the season, but fans of King's style should enjoy the fun light ghost story.
Listening to this round robin collaboration was like watching the *Dream Team* lose the Olympics.
The most interesting aspect was listening to each author perform in the line-up. Working with the same characters, and basic plot projection, their signature styles were highlighted, and individually, at least, entertaining. [But woe to "the one" that had the male characters all mindlessly swooning immediately over the poor imitation of a young Lauren Bacall -- really? Mercifully, this only happens during this author's chapter.] Obviously, with such a dream line-up, there was no Think Tank prior to pen hitting paper to map out the best possible scenario...I've read more intriguing plots in a bowl of alphabet soup. (My apologies to the chefs.) It was amazingly unimaginative, rote, and clichéd.
The best thing I can say about this book is that some of the royalties will go to a worthy charity (Safe Horizon). If we all buy this, if there are enough sales to cover "editor and contributor compensation", we can hope our purchase becomes a contribution...so in that case, highly recommend, with the above caveats.
A part-time buffoon and ersatz scholar specializing in BS, pedantry, schmaltz and cultural coprophagia.
I loved it. I thought Hammett was amazing before, but the Glass Key just solidified it. Definitely his tightest, most coherent novel. The characters were sharp, the pacing was quick, the plot was Goldilocks. No wonder the Coen brothers couldn't get enough.