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Finders Keepers: A Novel (The Bill Hodges Trilogy) Hardcover – June 2, 2015
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An Amazon Best Book of June 2015: For those of you who spent part of last summer being thrilled by Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes, this worthy sequel arrives just in time for summer 2015. Of course you can read Finders Keepers on its own if you’re so-inclined—King takes time to introduce new characters and new crimes in the first half of the book before carting out some familiar faces from the past. The story begins with a murder (of an author) and a robbery (of the author’s notebooks, including at least one unpublished manuscript). The crimes will linger in your mind, but what might linger most is when King explores his obsessions with, well, obsessions: obsession with reading, obsession with writers, even the need to get revenge. The book is well-plotted, but there remains an organic feel to this series, like the characters are writing themselves to some extent. As a character in Finders Keepers puts it, “a good novelist does not create events, he watches them happen then writes down what he sees. A good novelist realizes he is a secretary, not God.” Amen. That's why we love you, Stephen King.--Chris Schluep
Praise for Finders Keepers
“Stephen King’s superb new stay-up-all-night thriller, Finders Keepers, is a sly,often poignant tale of literary obsession that recalls the themes of his classic 1987 novel Misery…a love letter to the joys of reading and to American literature… wonderful, scary, moving.” (Elizabeth Hand, The Washington Post)
“[A] taut thriller about the thin line separating fandom from fanaticism…Bellamy is one of King’s creepiest creations—a literate and intelligent character whom any passionate reader will both identify with and be repelled by. His relentless pursuit of a treasure that his twisted thinking has determined is rightfully his generates the nail biting suspense that’s the hallmark of King’s best work. A sharp closing twist suggests Hodges will be back.” (Publishers Weekly)
“King’s many, many fans will want this, especially those who enjoyed Misery, but the second volume in King’s projected trilogy will appeal to anyone who enjoys suspense and action, or anyone who finds enlightenment in reading about the internal struggle between right and wrong. It’s not necessary to have read the previous book to enjoy this one.” (Library Journal)
“As in Misery and TheShining, King swan dives into the looniness lurking at both ends of thewriter-reader transaction…the narrative hums and roars along like ahigh-performance vehicle…a rip-snortingentertainment; one that also works as a sneaky-smart satire of literarycriticism and how even the most attentive readers can often miss the wholepoint.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)
"The new book is sogood, being at least mildly obsessed with it is understandable. The finest thing about it, however, is thatthe author has another story to tell before the finale of this excellent series.” (USA Today)
Praise for Mr. Mercedes
"Classic Stephen King. Creepy, yet realistic characters that get under your skin and stay there, a compelling story that twists and turns at breakneck speed, and delightful prose that, once again, proves that one of America’s greatest natural storytellers is also one of its finest writers." (Associated Press)
"On one level, Mr. Mercedes is an expertly crafted example of the classic race-against-the-clock thriller. On another, it is a novel of depth and character enriched throughout by the grace notes King provides in such seemingly effortless profusion. It is a rich, resonant, exceptionally readable accomplishment by a man who can write in whatever genre he chooses." (Washington Post)
“Think of Mr. Mercedes as an AC/DC song: uncluttered, chugging with momentum, and a lot harder to pull off than it looks. . . . King has written a hot rod of a novel,perfect for a few summer days at the pool. Mercedes-Benz commands drivers to demand ‘the best or nothing.’ In pop-fiction terms, that motto still applies to Stephen King, too. With apologies to AC/DC, the highway to hell never felt so fun.” (Christian Science Monitor)
“A taut, suspenseful race-against-time book . . . [King is] in reliably fine form.” (The New York Times)
"A taut, calibrated thriller . . . The majority of the book is merciless and unforgiving, and the scariest thing about it is how plausible the whole scenario is." (Miami Herald)
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These two books... Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers, though the books didn't have any other worldly characters or monsters, doesn't make it any less terrifying and leaves to our imagination that there may be some very real monsters who may live next-door and we just don't know about it.
These two books are classic King which means a total page turner and gripping suspense to the last.
Stephen King has said that he doesn't write about extra ordinary people who deal with normal things but instead he writes about regular people who are in extraordinary situations. That's almost a direct quote from him.
I enjoyed every part of it. I listened to the audible versions of these two books and say that the narrator was one of the best that I've ever heard and was so completely appropriate for these Stephen King books. Only having Stephen King narrate them could have been any better.
I highly recommend these two books and state unequivocably that this is the best "King" writing that he is done in about five years.
I haven't read Mr. Mercedes so I found myself playing catch-up with the characters in a few places. I would recommend reading that book first, though Finders Keepers was plenty enjoyable by itself. What made this novel particularly pleasurable, was that it was about a writer. Think Catcher In The Rye, and you have the series The Runner, which is at the heart of Finder's Keepers.
Morris, a young man, raised by a domineering-intellectual monster of a mother, falls in love with the series The Runner and decides to rob the elderly writer for two reasons. First, is because Morris believes that Rothstein might have written more than the three books that are published, and second because he's so disappointed at how the series hero, Jimmy, sold out. Because it's a Stephen King book, things go wrong for Morris from the first page and we watch as his frustration is honed to a razor's edge until Morris is a ticking time-bomb waiting to take out the innocents of the novel.
King has his characters bump into each other in synchronistic ways that made me want to weep for the poor Peter, the young boy who only wants to help the family that he loves. King uses a high school english teacher to comment on what makes a novel a classic, which is fascinating to me. King is giving us insight into his views on other writers, and his own psyche. It's obvious that King is tapping into his fears about how crazy fans can get when obsessing over characters who aren't even real. I really appreciate how honest King is as a writer, which is probably what gives his characters such depth which makes us care for them, which of course is at the heart of a great suspense novel. If we didn't care about the characters, we wouldn't care if they were eaten by the monster.
To get back on the moment at hand, this was a great story. I loved Mr Mercedes and I loved seeing the gang again in Finders Keepers. I think Holly is a very cool lady, as an older man Hodges gives me hope, and Jerome is a really good guy. Based upon how this book ends, I think we may have another visit or two with them.
And Mr King, I am still having fun and I look forward to many more stories from you. Thank you, I have enjoyed them immensely. A good read!!!
My advice is to read Mr. Mercedes and then read Finders Keepers.
Stephen King is one of a very few authors that I remember the characters and plots I have read. I read all the time and sometimes books are enjoyable but they don't stick in my head. Stephen King's books stick in my head. How can anyone forget some of his characters? I can't!!!!