Not a horror story like so many of Kings books although there were plenty of horrible things that happened... A story of coming of age in a turbulent time.
Too hard to pick a favorite
I was unprepared for the impact of this novel. Some of the details of childhood weren't familiar except in a very general way, but King's account of the era resonated in my heart as no other author's has. And so, to my children's generation, I say: read this book. This is how it was when I was young and impressionable. It explains some things, why it saddens me to remember my friends who were newly returned VietNam vets, most as thoroughly screwed up as Sully, why It depresses me that the idealism of the civil rights, anti-war, and environmentalist movements produced so little lasting change.
Yes, this book is very personal for me and really captures the coming of age stages of growing up quite well.
The closest thing I could think of is the movie "Stand by me"
The first segment of the book through the point of view of 11 year old Bobby Garfield
The end when an important character told another how brave they were in living their life.
I would but I would make sure they know that the story is only 10 hrs not 20 at the Audio book suggest.
I hated William Hurt at first but after 30 minutes I realized that he was the only one who could of told this story.
No they kind of ruined it by the story that followed something about the war.
Felt very disconnected. As if two stories were put together and (other than a character in a different time and setting) had no relation to the other.
Fist the good. The first story is great. Puts you into the 50s America where the Crimson King is up to no good. Good characters and read very well by William Hurt. It's comparable to insomnia as the storyline goes.
Now the bad. Everything after the first story is filler. All about college and war and nothing Stephen King. Maybe it's because I wasn't 18 during the Vietnam War but I don't understand his motivation to write this and put it out for his readers. It's read by Steven King... so if you like his voice you're good. If you don't than stop after the first story.