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Pet Sematary Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2001
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Renowned for its superior productions, BBC radio may have outdone itself by adapting Stephen King's Pet Sematary to audio. A clamorous cacophony of talking, whining, whistling, and howling, Pet Sematary is a quick, entertaining earful for those who don't have other auditory distractions to contend with, such as a car full of talking whining, whistling, howling children. However, the melodramatic prose marries well with the acting; such is the case when one reader--whose voice bears an uncanny resemblance to Kramer's from Seinfeld--tells another about the effects of the Pet Sematary: "Heroin makes junkies feel good when they put it in their arms, but all the time it's poisoning their mind and body--this place can be like that and don't you ever forget it!" (Running time: three hours, two cassettes) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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In this BBC dramatization of King's (Wizard and Glass, Audio Reviews, LJ 2/15/98) 1983 best seller, Dr. Louis Creed moves his ideal family from congested, urban Chicago to the rural simplicity of Ludlow, ME. His property sits near a long-established pet burial ground and a mysterious Indian burial ground from which the dead can be raised. The program effectively draws us into the characters' world: marriage and family, then shock, grief and madness as we explore the nature and mystery of death. Presenting a multivoiced dramatization rather than a reading of the novel, the actors work together, with added music and sound effects, to create King's macabre world. Recommended.?Kristen L. Smith, Loras Coll. Lib., Dubuque, IA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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This is, famously, the book that King himself considers the most frightening he has ever written. He has expressed regret over publishing it, claiming that it’s too dark, too bleak, that it goes too far.
I understand why he feels that way. Reading Pet Sematary as an adult has been a horrifying experience. I’m now at a point in my life where I have an acute fear of mortality—both my own and that of those I love. Pet Sematary exploits that very fear.
We all know what it’s like to lose a loved one. What if there was a way to bring them back? Would you do it, even if it meant opening a door into the depths of darkness and terror? We all want to feel like we have some semblance of control, like we’re not at the whim of an indifferent universe where death can strike at any time. But at what cost?
As Pet Sematary’s Louis Creed grapples with these very questions, we feel an overwhelming sense of dread. We know tragedy and horror await he and his family, and all we can do is sit back and watch it unfold, secretly hoping that if given the chance, we wouldn’t make the same mistakes. After all, as Louis’s neighbor Jud warns, “sometimes dead is better.”
Pet Sematary had me in its grip from the first few pages and never let up. It’s a masterful story about death, love, grief and the hopelessness of trying to escape the will of the universe.
The thing that really took away from reading this book is that I've already seen the movie. Sure, it was years ago and I don't remember it exactly but as I was reading, I recalled the scenes from the movie. I think one of the things that made Pet Sematary so scary, initially, was the shock value. When that's gone, it's only a macabre story.
That's not to say that it's not enjoyable. I enjoyed the characters immensely and the progression of the story was interesting to read. Stephen King, in his later works, has the tendency to use strange cliche phrases that don't seem to fit within the dialogue, or at least for those characters. In his earlier works, those cliched phrases are not present, as it is not present in Pet Sematary.
Honestly, it's a great book and as a person who enjoys reading Stephen King, this was a pleasure to read. I just wish I hadn't seen the movie first.
I had to think about this book for a long time after finishing it before I could write a review. Why? Because I honestly wasn't sure how I felt about it.
The beginning half was pure King. He's the master of getting a reader to identify with his characters and to see them as "real." That's why the second half of his books--when his story truly takes off--can be so damn frightening. I always feel like I know the people all these horrific things are happening to.
This book began the same why. I got to know the Creeds while simultaneously getting hints about the scary stuff that waited in the second half of the story. I was even greedily anticipating it. There was so much promise! An ancient burial ground. A zombie cat. A guy with half a head visiting Louis. Great "creepy" factor!
But then something went "wrong." I think the problem was in making Gage the "monster." While I was moved to tears by his death, I simply couldn't get past the idea of a two-year-old being scary. I kept picturing Monty Python and the Holy Grail with the killer rabbit. Picturing Gage holding a scalpel seemed comical rather than scary. Having a two-year-old coming after an old man and then luring his mother simply makes me unable to suspend my disbelief. He's just so damn small! (I think perhaps my inability to see him as scary is why the Chucky movies never did much for me.)
Look, I'll buy a killer car. I'll cringe at a telekinetic prom queen. I'll even scream at a creepy clown. But Gage--a cute little toddler who barely talks? It was just too absurd for me to swallow.
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