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The Dart League King: A Novel Paperback – October 1, 2008
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Initially I wasn't too impressed. Sure, the guy knew darts, but I thought the whole coke thing was just an attempt to give his characters some false sense of depth. However, about fifty pages into the story, there's a drowning scene that just really hit me; really jarred me because the victim had annoyed me, but I was sympathetic. I mean, (and if you've not read the book I'm trying to be as vague as I possibly can so I don't give much away) the lady didn't annoy me so much as I understood the character from whose perspective Morris was writing from in the chapter... but when she drowns... "man," I thought, "how cold."
That point in the story had me re-evaluate my whole opinion of the characters in the book. All of the characters are believable, quirky, a bit gritty, but human. Exception: it took me a while to consider a twenty-three year old a realistic prospect for the head of a dart league; a post normally filled by middle-aged guys.
I'd check out another Keith Morris book in the future.
I don't want to give away any details, but the book primarily takes place on the evening of the Dart Championship in a small town in Idaho. All of the characters lives intersect and some major secrets are revealed. The book has a very big twist ending that I did not anticipate. Morris had a beautiful way of tying up the story with epilogue. It's a really sad novel, with a lot of harsh realities and a few gruesome moments. I feel like it will stick with me, as I have been really thinking about it a lot in the past twenty-four hours.
One minor thing, the end of the book has the list of Dart League rules, as drafted by the main character. I wish this had been placed at the beginning of the book, as I did not clearly understand some of the rules. If I had realized that it was in the back and in no way compromised the integrity of the story, I would have used it for reference
Let me put it another way, I've read this book four times and I hate reading. Then I lent it to someone and they never gave back so I bought another copy for no other reason than to have a copy again.
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I read this book five years ago and it is still rattling around in my brain. I often think of the characters and their struggles to understand themselves and their place in the... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Marc
absolutely the worst book I have ever read. Terrible stereotypical characters. Terrible plot line. Lots of over done cliche. Overall just a poorly written book. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Tim Donley
Absolute garbage. Completely uninteresting. Who the hell writes a novel on darts???Published 17 months ago by Stephen Ogletree
I have to admit I have read this book every two years for awhile now. I have eagerly recounted the plot to many friends and family members, describing the characters that everyone... Read morePublished on July 22, 2013 by S. Roach
It was really hard to read this book and make jazz hands at the same time. I had to take my tiny polka-dot gloves off to vomit daintily. Read morePublished on March 24, 2012 by Kristen M.
I thought this book was very stereotypical and, frankly, uninteresting. The character does coke on the second page as if to say "Ooooo look at me. I'm cool; I write about drugs. Read morePublished on March 23, 2012 by Lucas Hood
Keith Lee Morris is one of the best writers at work in the U.S. He's one my favorite writers and I find his writing almost addictive. Read morePublished on October 29, 2011 by Kathleen Maher
Once the clock starts in this novel, it moves ahead relentlessly, chugging towards, maybe not the sadness that you expect, but sadness nonetheless, and after a brief moment of... Read morePublished on September 17, 2011 by Zach Powers