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Christine Mass Market Paperback – May 31, 2016
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"Vintage King...breathtaking...awesome. Carries such momentum the reader must force himself to slow down."—New York Times Book Review
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“Dazzlingly well-written.”—The Indianapolis Star
“Terrifying…King is a terrific storyteller.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Truly gripping…some of the best writing King has ever done…the master has returned with a vengeance.”—Publishers Weekly
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About the Author
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes The Bill Hodges Trilogy—Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel), Finders Keepers, and End of Watch; the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams; Revival; Doctor Sleep; and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic series, The Dark Tower, is the basis for a major motion picture from Sony. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
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The Ugly: The elephant in the room is the fact that in 1958 Plymouth only made the Fury in Beige. The reason this is “the ugly” is because of the change. I know why he made it red, and someone could have just as easily painted the car, but still. It kind of bothers me. Something as trivial as that as “the ugly” shows how much I like the book.
The Bad: I have to struggle to think of things I don’t like about this book. As I know it is anything but perfect, it is still had for me to think of what I don’t like about the book. If anything, I would say this. Not really a spoiler to the end of the book, but there is a point in the book when a few of Arnie’s enemies are destroying the car. If the car can rebuild by itself and drive by itself why didn’t it just destroy the greasers’ right then? I know it’s because of the suspense and horror of the story, but still.
The Good: See, I had to struggle to think of something bad about this book. Now, for the good. And I don’t even know where to begin. The characters: they could have easily been one dimensional from the start, but they weren’t. Arnie’s slow change the typical nerd to the greaser was told through the eyes of others, and it only helped. Dennis could have easily been considered the dumb jock. He wasn’t. And the fact that he was still friends with the awkward Arnie all the way through high school tells a lot about him. Leigh was the typical pretty, new girl of the school, but once we started to get to know her we find out that isn’t all there is to her. The car was the best part of the characters. It is its own character. It has its own character development.
Final Thoughts: Mind you, King wrote this book while he still had a few monkeys on his back. And yes, I do see the semblance of the story to what his personal demons were at the time. All the same, I strongly recommend this book. I absolutely love it.
While I found that the story dragged a bit at times and at times I skipped over some of the "internal" dialogue of the narrator (he analyzes himself a lot and those thoughts are a running part of the narration--and sometimes too long winded), I found that overall the character development was exceedingly well done. I took my time reading the book, just 20 pages or so a day, but it was fun that way and I looked forward to going back to it.
The violence isn't really that disturbing in the book and you have to suspend disbelief so much to accept the plot to begin with that the violence doesn't seem that real anyway. In fact, the whole premise is so ludicrous that if it wasn't for the great writing, you'd toss the book back down after a few chapters. But, because the characters are so strong and their motivations so real and believable, you stick with it. Again, at times thing dragged on and if I were his editor, I could have easily chopped out 50 pages and not disturbed the story in any way. But hey, if you like the characters, like the storyline, who cares if it drags on now and again. Also, the point-of-view changes from first person to third person to first person in the three sections of the book, which is a kind of interesting twist.
Overall I think this is a really interesting read and probably worth the read just for diversion sake. If you're looking for reality, King is (in this book at least) the wrong place to look. But if you have a kind of "what if..." imagination, I think this classic work will entertain you a lot. I loved it. Oh, and if you are a writer, you'll learn a lot about your craft.
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