"Edgar, does anything make you happy?"
"I used to sketch."
"Take it up again. You need hedges...hedges against the night."
Edgar leaves for Duma Key, an eerily undeveloped splinter of the Florida coast. The sun setting into the Gulf of Mexico calls out to him, and Edgar draws. Once he meets Elizabeth Eastlake, a sick old woman with roots tangled deep in Duma Key, Edgar begins to paint, sometimes feverishly; many of his paintings have a power that cannot be controlled. When Elizabeth's past unfolds and the ghosts of her childhood begin to appear, the damage of which they are capable is truly devastating.
The tenacity of love, the perils of creativity, the mysteries of memory, and the nature of the supernatural: Stephen King gives us a novel as fascinating as it is gripping and terrifying.
©2008 Stephen King; (P)2008 Simon and Schuster, Inc.
An enjoyable SK novel I thought. A little weirdness, a little horror, and located in the keys.
Not as "heavy" a novel as his in the past or maybe I'm just getting older.
A nice listen.
So this was overly long for no apparent reason. Great book to muli-task with as there is a long stretch inbetween "actual story points" to which I ask myself "what was the point." Luckily I was at work concentrating on an excel file so the book served as chatter in the background. For those who use audio books to make your gym cardio go by...skip this book as it will add to your torture.
The light and easy dialog and narration at first are enjoyable. Later, when things get heavy they just seem flip and kind of stupid. King is a great story teller but his commitment to throwing in gratuitous horror is his ball and chain, to our deficit. He's done this before in books 5-7 of the Dark Tower series and it annoyed me then as well. This book also reminds me of book 7 of the Tower series in that in ends weakly.
I don't really recommend this audio book and if you're new to King (especially), don't start here.Sample his pre-accident (1999) works first to get a sense of his brilliance.
hot glass lass
I listen during my 20 mile each way commute. Made me want to go to work, just to hear what was next. Thoroughly enjoyable, from beginning to end.
I found myself drawn into this one, my first audio book experience was a really great one! John Slattery's reading of this was amazing, a perfect fit. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a good Stephen King book.
The best story I've heard in a long while! I hated to see it end - I'd just met these people and wasn't ready to say good-bye....
Brilliant! 21 hours flew by in a second! Hints of The Shining came to mind; the old Stephen King novels that left you hungry for more. John Slattery's narration rivaled my favorite, Scott Brick. The way he would pronounce Reba saying "you nasty man" was just the best! I would laugh every time and sometimes replay it.
This has got to be one of Stephen Kins best books in a long while. It was excellent. Allot spine tingling sections, didnt take forever to get into the story, he just jumped right into it for once, no long setup. Great ending. Must read....
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