My opinion is simple... Steven King's well has run dry. I can not help but be bewildered by all the 5 star reviews exclaiming ?Steven King Is Back!? I just don't get it. The book feels like someone just passing the time. Page after page of babble. It ends like a cheap hollywood movie script. I love Mr. Kings work in generall, but I feel very strongly that since the Gunslingers quest came to an end, so did Mr King's greatness. Sorry brother, i still think you rock though. Actually i think you are one of the greatest writers of our time, just not latley.
this book went on forever, like many stephen king books. I did not like it. It could have ended much sooner. It was just weird.
FINALLY Stephen King is back!!!!! Duma Key is an awesome story. Of course it has King's normal twists but unlike his other recent works it doesn't just end, leaving you sorry you invested so much time in it, like Cell did.
Based on the large number of 5-star reviews at Amazon and elsewhere, I was a little disappointed by this book. It struck me as an average Stephen King novel, with the same strengths (gripping, ingenious plot) and same weaknesses (wordy and folksy dialog, mostly 1-dimensional characters).
I was tempted to give the rating an extra star because a) I appreciate the fact that Stephen King probably revealed quite a bit about his recovery from his own accident in the story of Edgar Freemantle, and b) I'm pleased that he's back in the saddle after considering retirement. But this is not his best work, and I'd be lying if I put it in the same category as other 4-star novels that I've recently read.
The narration was so-so -- he's no George Guidall, but it certainly did nothing to detract from the tale.
I haven't been too crazy about most of Stephen King's recent books, but this one was great. I didn't want it to end.
As with just about all King novels, this one had good suspense and good dialogue. As is also true, no character is safe--something I like about his style. Since this is a review and not a discussion, I will only say that I saw little sense in the demise of the last character who died. But maybe that's just me. This novel had a good story. If you are a King fan, I recommend this novel. Even if you're not, you're likely to enjoy the ride. I enjoyed the narrator and thought he did an excellent job.
I usually enjoy Stephen King's books but for some reason I just couldn't get interested in this one, and believe me I really tried!
I was expecting this book to be very good, but it turned out to be a disappointment. It's full of negativity. I only got about a third of the way through before I had to give it up. I kept expecting it to take off, but it dragged on until I lost all interest.
I wanted to enjoy this heavily promoted book much more than I did. The entire story felt flat to my ears and uninspired. I finished the audio book out of sheer force of will and determination. In a word I hated it.
Sadly, my expectations based on past King works are sky high. I truly am a devoted King enthusiast. Mr. King will always be a favorite of mine and I will continue to read everything he writes. I am thankful he survived his accident and happy that there is potential for another great King novel. This one is not it.
P.S. Why reincarnate the Freemantle name for no apparent reason? This could have been a cool prequel to The Stand.
always looking for my next 'driveway' book
Fantasy/horror fans will probably eat this up like free ketchup at rotten Ronnies. All other fans of "meaty" authors like Ken Follet, Jeffrey Archer, Michael Connelly, and my fave Trevanian STAY AWAY!