"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.
After a somewhat disappointing effort with Cel it is good to see Stephen King back to his his former form. Maybe he needed this book to exorcise his demons from the auto accident he had a while back. Duma Key had interesting characters and a good story leading up to the usual supernatural twists expected of Stephen King. For as long as it was it flows well and keeps you interested right up to the end.
Okay, so the book started kind of slow and I wasn't really sure what had happened to Mr. King. I hadn't heard anything about the book before getting it, so I thought maybe a new outlook on writing was in the offing. And then, it hit. The King mystique that does it all with just a hint and let's you do the imagination part. Much better than some of his recent efforts that try to shock it to you.
I think there were a lot of people who mourned the potential retirement of Stephen King, and initially, I wasn't one of them. Then I uncovered my own fascination with "The Tower" and all things associated with it. Now, as I've ventured to listen or read his non-Tower works, I find there's a brilliance and color to them all, and indeed, sometimes, even a little sweetness and light. But, just a little. Duma Key has pieces of it, but only enough to shatter your heart into bits of glass. It's astonishingly good, and while it's not the audio equivalent of a page turner, I found myself not wanting to turn my ipod off. To me, this is one of the best audio versions of King since perhaps The Talisman or Black House. I'd like to think that if a Dark Tower 8 ever comes that old man Wireman might make an appearance, somehow, or that maybe Libbet joins the cast in some way, or Edgar brings the chum, the friend, with him and sits at the right hand of Roland. In fact, there's a little ka-tet in here, just not referred by name, but the concept is there, and implemented well. Not his absolute pinnacle, but man, am I glad that King is still writing, still scratching the itch and unable to put the typewriter away.
This is another great yarn from one of my favorite authors, I would say his best in awhile. The reader was fantastic, the suspense was awesome.
Overly long but clever. I might rate it higher if I had not read many other King books which had similar themes and characters.
I have come to appreciate the thrilling twists and turns of Stephen King. This book does not disappoint one of that expectation. I loved the detailed descriptions of the scenes and feelings of the hero. Just when you think you know where it is going, it changes. Don't think you will figure out the end too early and what fun to have all the loose ends weave into a fantastic fabric of story.
This is a very long book with lots of good things about it such as character development and narration, but it just fell apart for me in the final third--too way out there and not very believable or scarey, for that matter. Very disappointing.
Though I typically shy away from King, I really enjoyed this book. Characters are very compelling and the story has some good twists. Caution to those that are sensitive to explicit language.
I just love this book, the visuals, the interspections, the interactions between characters, it is so wonderful - keep up the good work Mr. King.
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