Sunday, February 10, 2008

Short Book Reviews

Duma Key by Stephen King - King channels John Farris in his latest and somewhat Southern Gothic novel. I think Farris does Southern Gothic better, but King's created a couple of his best and most memorable characters in Wireman and Freemantle, and it's this pair that carry the novel. I had some minor quibbles. It's often exposition heavy, particularly toward the last 100 pages. Horror novels resolutions should be more about atmosphere and action, and heavy exposition endings should be left for dapper dandy detectives resolving drawing room mysteries. Nonetheless, it's altogether a solid, inventive and entertaining read that sees King successfully exploring new territory. Good Fun!

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