Review: Revival by Stephen King

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Description from Amazon.com:

A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.

This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written. It’s a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe.


The Enchanted Alley’s Review *some slight spoilers*

I’ve been a fan of Stephen King for as long as I can remember. I started with It and then went on to Pet Cemetery, Carrie, Firestarter, and a whole slew of others. I feel about Revival the same sort of way I feel about It. They both seem to follow the same formula: watch kids grow up and see how events of their childhood affect them as adults. And while I loved 90% of both books, they both fell flat for me in the same place. They both got weird at the end. I really enjoyed both books until the last couple of chapters. Then, aliens?

Revival was one of those books that I couldn’t put down. I would read standing in line at the grocery store, waiting between classes, and any other chance I got. I wanted to know so much what the “secret electricity” was and wanted to see how addiction and religion affected the characters on the deepest level. Those parts of the novel were absolutely wonderful. I loved every word, every page. I loved going back to that after the weird chapter with the alien “mother” creature.

In all, I would recommend this book. Minus one or two chapters, it is phenomenal.

4 Lamps

 

Enchanted Rating: 4 


UnknownEssential Info:

Title:  Revival 

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Scribner

Length: 405 pages

Price: $11.99 Kindle, $13.60 Paperback

Release Date: November 11, 2014

Amazon Link: Buy it HERE

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Book Review: On Writing by Stephen King

On Writing is a two part book: part story, part instruction (kick in the ass) for writers.

From Amazon:

“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King’s On Writing. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999—and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it—fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.

The book begins with a very inspiring story of King’s path to becoming the megastar writer that he is today. He goes through his childhood, young adulthood, struggles with poverty, drug and alcohol addiction, and major life change after being hit by a van. Through it all, he maintained one commonality: writing. He never stopped writing, even when he knew it wasn’t good enough or when he knew it wasn’t good at all.

The latter part of the book is a good swift kick in the pants for writers. It offers suggestions such as blowing up the TV, reading during dinnertime, and killing all your darlings. The overall message is that to be a writer, you have to read voraciously, write constantly, learn the craft, and never give up.

On Writing is a “must read” for anyone who is an aspiring author or just likes Stephen King.

king-on-writingESSENTIAL INFO:

Title:  On Writing

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Length: 320 pages

Price: $9.76 Kindle

Release Date: October 3, 2000

Amazon Link: Buy it HERE