The book is tied to The Shining and yet it pulls away and makes itself its own beast. The antagonists are well thought out, and described in ways that can be readily understood and appreciated as their own entities, removed from, yet tied into the evil of the Overlook Hotel.
Danny was the best written character. When hearing this story, I heard a little bit of King himself in Dan. I heard his pains, the way he felt certain rejection through the late 90s and early 2000s, his trouble with alcoholism, and in a way - his trouble with critics. Danny was an insightfully written character, and had transformed so much from the character of the Shining that I needed to remind myself that this was indeed same character.
The way this book deals with dealing with a bad situation (with a woman) and trying to move on from it, and yet still being haunted by it hit unfortunately really close to home. I felt those nightmares as I've had my own nightmares. The way Danny was horrified on some levels and yet the way he was strong on certain levels really spoke to me. It was unique, and a bit on the harrowing side.
The book was exceptionally well paced up until the very end. The characters are well developed, the setting is well described, and the plot is well drawn out. However, the book suffers from quick finish syndrome. Instead of a reasonable and fulfilling conflict with the antagonist, the author leaves the final conflict to be a marginal 5 minutes. Many elements in the story don't pan out, and make you wonder if Cottam put those in just to try to bring about scares any way he possibly could, or if he innocently ran out of steam while writing this book. Basically, it just felt unsatisfying after all the foreplay.
Without a doubt. There is something special here, but too many ideas were not fleshed out and too many things were left open ended. Too much happens off screen, too much is left to exposition. This book would be well serviced by a companion book that paints the pictures that the exposition briefly skims over. The audience would be well served by such a venture, and the book would feel complete.
I would. But not the way that Audible has promoted this book. This book was a biography of The Warrens written in 1980. It has been repackaged and given audio to tie in with the screaming success of The Conjuring. The book itself plays as a worship piece. Softballing questions to The Warrens and allowing them to circumvent facts with phrases like "clearly you can see" when they have really explained a skeleton of what they are talking about. if the friend was interested in the Warrens story, then yes, I would recommend it. But as a horror book, as Audible packaged this book as, I was vastly disappointed.
Having seen the movie and having vastly enjoyed the movie, it was interesting comparing this novel, which was the original draft, to the movie. To see what scenes were left out, what scenes were added, and what was altered in the film. I can see, budget wise, why changes were made, but I do believe this was the best draft and what Zombie should have followed in his bringing this great story to the main screen.
"Black Herman" struck me as a fantastic character. His final moments are definately, well at least for me, the most emotional in the entire story.
Tries. Too. Hard.
All of the cast is certainly memorable in their own way. They each have certain nuances that the bring to the story, and honestly the story wouldn't be the same without them.
Having come off of Pines from Blake Crouch, a novel which I thought was exceptionally well written, intelligent, and astounding... I was looking forward to seeing how this novel ended up, especially considering the mountain of positive reviews this material had been getting. So I hunkered down to enjoy it, and it started off well enough... but then became a drivel mess. However not for the reasons that most would have you believe.
I had no problem with the premises of the novel, even though it did seem a bit in the vein of Cell or Haters, but it was the main cast of characters I didn't like. The biggest problem was the wife and the children. Both were shrill, unsupportive, and idiotic. Every time they began to open their mouths I was ready for their part to be over. Was this a little unfair of me? Perhaps. But it is the first book in a long time I found myself walking away from.
The book was presented to readers as a ghost story novel with a creepy door leading to new and extended possibilities. That part had all of about... 30 minutes in the novel. The rest of the novel focused on a series of
Dean Koontz' 77 Shadow Street.
I actually really enjoyed the pilot (Chip). His narrative was compelling and interesting. Far better than any other character in this mess pile.
There is an entire subplot dealing with a cult member trying to have the pilot committed. This isn't a spoiler because nothing is made with this plot. In addition the cult member who is the psychologist is annoying and one dimensional. I would have loved to have seen this entire 3 hour waste of time removed.
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