Current Reads: The Gunslinger

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I am currently reading

The Gunslinger
The Gunslinger

(The Dark Tower #1)
By: Stephen King
Genre: Horror-fantasy-western
First published in 1982

In The Gunslinger, Stephen King introduces readers to one of his most enigmatic heroes, Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner, on a spellbinding journey into good and evil, in a desolate world which frighteningly mirrors our own.

I am reading this book for the Stephen King/Horror theme week over at the #AYearaThon GR group. So far it hasn’t quite been my cup of tea. There have been some sentences regarding women that I’ve rolled my eyes at. Stephen King isn’t one of my favourite authors – I don’t dislike his books, but I don’t particularly like them, either. My sister said that one of the books – I think it was the third – had some really scary stuff in it, so I wanted to check the series out.

I am also reading The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black, and The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers.

Recently I Finished

The King of Elflands Daughter The Call of Cthulhu
The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany – 3/5 stars
The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft – 4.5/5 stars

What is up next

The Causal Angel NOS4R2 Something Wicked This Way Comes
The Causal Angel (Jean le Flambeur #3) by Hannu Rajaniemi
NOS4R2 by Joe Hill
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

I will be choosing from these three books. Either I’ll continue my October Spooky Reads challenge, or throw a science fiction book into the mix.


Thoughts on Salem’s Lot

‘Salem’s Lot
by Stephen King
First published in 1975
(click the image to go to GoodReads)

‘Salem’s Lot is a small New England town with white clapboard houses, tree-lined streets, and solid church steeples. That summer in ‘Salem’s Lot was a summer of home-coming and return; spring burned out and the land lying dry, crackling underfoot. Late that summer, Ben Mears returned to ‘Salem’s Lot hoping to cast out his own devils… and found instead a new unspeakable horror.

A stranger had also come to the Lot, a stranger with a secret as old as evil, a secret that would wreak irreparable harm on those he touched and in turn on those they loved.

I like vampires a lot. I also like to read different authors’ takes on them. What I don’t like is reading about regular people doing petty evil things. Unfortunately for me, ‘Salem’s Lot contains both of these elements.

I was cautiously intrigued in the beginning. Ben Mears, the author who moves into ‘Salem’s Lot after many years away, was an interesting enough character, and I did like him. Ben learns that some people have bought the local murder house. Late one night, he sees a light in the window. The people have moved in. My, doesn’t that sound delightfully creepy and intriguing! Now let me tell you about the milkman and the farm boys for a while!

Yes. I was intrigued by the vampire, and even more so by his henchman, Straker. I liked the main protagonist group who tried to stop them. It was everyone else I didn’t care about, and often King chose to write about everyone else. I didn’t like the villagers, and there were long chapters that followed many different villagers, usually doing nasty things. I don’t want to know about the dump owner who shoots rats while pretending that they are townspeople. I don’t even particularly want to follow the grouchy milkman who isn’t doing anything wrong, but is just delivering milk and being grouchy about it.

About 300 pages in, halfway through the book, things start to happen and the pace picks up again. This was too late for me to become very invested in the book. The main characters’ story is still interrupted by accounts of the villagers. Although on some level I do understand what King hoped to accomplish by adding those chapters into the book (emphasizing the shift from natural to the supernatural that was taking place in the town), it still doesn’t make me care or be interested.

In short: Wasn’t feeling it. This book was not for me. I might have liked it better if a lot of the chapters about the villagers were taken out.

Favorite character: Mark Petrie. That little boy was bad ass.

It’s Monday, what are you reading?

I am currently reading

Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
From: The library

A writer moves to a creepy town. Things happen.

I haven’t read too many Stephen King books. I’ve only read The Shining and On Writing, and I think I read Carrie in high school. I liked The Shining okay – those hedge animals were so scary – and I’ve wanted to read Salem’s Lot for a while now. I’ve been into vampire books ever since reading The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice in 8th grade. I’m interested in seeing how this book tackles the issue.

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
My sister

A 17 year old American girl travels in Europe following the instructions left by her aunt in 13 envelopes. My sister loaned this to me for some light summer reading. I’m halfway through and so far this is okay, nothing too special.

Last week I read

Chew, Vol. 1: Taster’s Choice by John Layman and Rob Guillory
– crime graphic novel / a cannibal agent investigates
The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1: Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba
– superhero graphic novel / a group of quirky superheroes save the world
Locke and Key, Vol. 2: Head Games by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
– horror graphic novel / the Locke children continue to investigate the keys of Keyhouse
City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, book 2) by Cassandra Clare
– YA modern fantasy / teenage hormones and a fantasy battle of good vs evil

“It’s Monday, what are you reading?” is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.