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Dreamcatcher by Stephen King

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No one suggested Dreamcatcher to me; I found it on my own when I was searching Amazon for a dreamcatcher for my room. The cover got my attention and the plot seemed interesting, so I decided to get it. While the overall story was interesting, the plot fell a little flat for me.

Henry, Jonesy, Pete, and Beaver have been friends since childhood. While in their adolescence, they stood up to bullies who were bullying a boy with down syndrome. The boy was Douglas Cavell, or Duddits, and he kept the others connected past childhood and into adulthood. And while they were able to visit less as they grew up, they never forgot Duddits, his ability to "see the line," and the "gift" he shared with them, that ended up saving two of them one day. As adults, they are on their annual hunting trip. Jonesy is not really feeling the need to kill an animal after an accident earlier that year. However, when he thinks he spots a deer in his scope, he is excited. Only it is not a deer, i…

The Outsider by Stephen King

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The Outsider is Stephen King's most recent novel. After Sleeping Beauties, I was a little worried as I did not really like that one. I was sure if it was because it was co-written, the disappointing ending, or both. While I did not love this one as much as The Stand or Doctor Sleep, I definitely did enjoy it.

In the small town of Flint City, Oklahoma, a child was sexually assaulted and murdered. The perpetrator is obvious. There are many eye witnesses, along with DNA and fingerprint evidence. But when Terry Maitland is arrested, the entire town is blindsided. Terry is a good guy; he's a teacher, coaches little league, good husband and father. It just does not seem possible. But Terry has a rock solid alibi with eye witnesses and fingerprint evidence proving he was far away at the time of the assault and murder. How can one man be in two places at once? They cannot. When things turn for the worst, the lead investigator has to pair up with Maitland's attorney, along with oth…

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

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Doctor Sleep is the sequel to The Shining, and while it wasn't on my original list, after starting The Shining and talking to a few people, I decided I definitely needed to read it, and I am so glad I did!

After Danny Torrance survived the horrors of the Overlook Hotel, he hoped that the worst of his problems would be over, but he was mistaken. He is not only haunted by the ghosts of the Overlook, but also the troubles of his shining. As a child, he swore he would never drink; but, as an adult, he finds that drinking mutes his shining and makes life easier. Well, easier until he is broke, starting fights, and stealing money from his one night stand. When he finally hits rock bottom, he moves (again) and ends up in the small town of Fraizer, joins AA, and life begins to turn around for the better; he even gets a job in a hospice and has a knack for helping people cross over. And then he starts getting messages from a little girl named Abra. Abra shines brighter than Dan did, even a…

The Shining by Stephen King

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I was a little hesitant to read The Shining because I remember watching the movie in my early twenties and being disappointed. I attribute this to a few facts: it was late and I was tired; I had probably had a few drinks; and I knew that Stephen King was not thrilled with the final movie. I did not want to be disappointed in the book, was scared that I would be. The book not only did not disappoint, but also scared me, something that a book has not done since I was a child and read Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz. I was so pleased with the book that I plan on watching the movie again and hopefully debunking the first two facts (nothing can change Stephen King not liking it, so I will probably never love it).

Jack Torrance has been offered a position as caretaker of the Overlook Hotel during the off season. He does not want it, but it is his last chance at getting a job and not losing his wife and son after drinking and anger caused a rift in the family and the loss…

The Stand by Stephen King

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Wow! That is really all I have to say. Wow-it's a long book! Wow-it's a great book! Wow-it really makes you question everything! The Stand is one of my books on the 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list, and after reading it, I can definitely see why. While I do not think I will read it again soon, I definitely know I will read it again.

Through a simple flaw in the security system of a military base, a man escapes the base and unknowingly carries a disease known as Code Blue across the United States. Rapidly, Code Blue, also known as Captain Tripps, the superflu, and more, knocks out 99% of the population. It seems that the only people who are spared are those with active dreams (although nothing is confirmed on this theory). After the initial purge of people, the survivors begin to find themselves draw to one of two destinations: to Mother Abigail in Hemingford Home and travel west (and end up in Boulder, CO); or follow Randall Flagg, the Dark Man, to Las Vegas. Everyone that…

IT by Stephen King

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Sometime around the year 2001, I watched IT for the first time. My mom had shown me Poltergeist and Carrie, and I loved both of them, and they still rank in my top 25 movies. When I told this to a friends mom, she rented Christine, Pet Semetary, and IT for us to watch. We started with IT. All of these years later, the only thing I remembered was Georgie being pulled into the storm drain by It (which after reading the book, I see the irony in this). Since then, I have been terrified of clowns and avoided storm drains like the plague. My friends and family have used this against me in the past. So I decided it was time to get over my fear of IT. "Fear of the name increases fear of the thing itself." The book has been sitting backwards on my shelf since September, because even the spine of the book caused me fear. When I decided to do this whole Stephen King kick, I knew I would finally have to read it. Just like the last time, I had my mom select one of the folded pieces of p…

Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

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I am jumping in with both feet into the world of Stephen King. I have read a few of his books already and know I enjoy his work. But now I am ready to take the full plunge. I have six of his books already, so I wrote down the titles, folded them up, and then had my dad pick one (because if IT had been the first selection, I wanted the blame for my nightmares to fall on him). The first pick is Full Dark, No Stars, which is a collection of short stories. It is also a relatively short book compared to some others on the list, so it is probably a good place to start.

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In 1930, Wilfred Leland James is writing his confession for what happened in 1922. He and his son, Henry Freeman James, murdered his wife, Arlette Christina Winters James, because he could not bare to think of her selling her fathers land to the Farrington's hog butchery, but she refused to let him cultivate it. So the only solution was to kill her. He turns Henry against her, and then one summer night, they kill her…

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

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The Crucible is a classic. When you think of literature about the Salem Witch Trials, you think of Arthur Miller's The Crucible. Written at a point of turmoil in American history about another point of turmoil in American history, it is easy to see why Miller was inspired by the events that transpired in Salem, Massachusetts. Published in 1953, it is still a profound book that shows how easily it is for the human race to speak against another for selfish means.

The Crucible focuses primarily on the Proctors and Abigail Williams. Prior to the events of the witch hunt, John Proctor committed adultery against his wife and had a brief affair with Abigail, who was at that time the Proctors servant girl. Elizabeth Proctor found out and John felt terrible for his actions, and Abigail was sent from the house, and replaced with Mary Warren. Now, Abigail has seen an opportunity to regain John's affection. After a group of girls, Abigail being one of them, was caught dancing in the woods…

The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner

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The Shape of Mercy came most recommended by my book group for books about witch trials. While it was decent, it was also outside my realm of books as it has a heavy Christian influence. It was a quick read, though, and it kept my interest.

Lauren Durough is from a wealthy family and has a lot of expectations thrust upon her. So instead of going to Stanford, like everyone else in her family, she chooses a state school. And although she does not a job, she gets one anyway. Enter Abigail Boyles. Abigail is an elderly woman who is also privileged. She has hired Lauren to transcribe a diary from the seventeenth century that belonged to a distant relative; a relative that was convicted of witchcraft-Mercy Hayworth. The further into the diary Lauren gets, the more enveloped she becomes in Mercy's tale, even though she knows how it ends. Abigail, for as much as she wants the diary transcribed, seems to keep the whole project at arms length and gives away very little about herself. But whe…