I am sorry to follow up with another Stephen King book review so quickly but I have a huge backlog of books I need to review and this is one of them.
Colorado Kid is one of Stephen King’s crime books and also happens to be a novella. I like both the his books with a crime strain and also his shorter books. I was so excited to read this one as it had been sitting on my kindle for ages.
This story follows Stephanie who is currently interning at a small paper and she is talking to the two owners/editors. They begin to tell her a story about how a man was found washed up on the beach and noone had any idea where he had come from or how he got there. Some deduction at the time meant that they discovered the man’s name but how he got there was still a total mystery.
I liked this. It had a noiresque feel to it, which I can really connect to. It does not finish all wrapped up like a number of crime books and that made me like it even more. This includes some of the slight glimpses into the future that Stephen King does so well and again (like in The Cycle of the Werewolf) he manages to scale his descriptive work back. This has encouraged me to discover more of these titles and I think the next stop for me is Joyland!
Format: As always for me Kindle
Approx Pages: 184
Goodreads Rating : 3.18 ( I gave this a 4)
If you have read this blog before you will be aware of my love for Stephen King. I just have one issue with his work – his books seem to be too long and strung out. Sometimes irrelevant details are added and the stories can take a long time to get off the ground.
This why I wanted to try a novella.
This book follows the story of Tarker’s Mills a small town in Maine where every full moon someone is being found killed. There is a joke throughout the town that there is a Werewolf but soon this joke starts to look very real. Later on in the year and a local disabled boy has taken some fireworks out into the back garden when the werewolf comes for him. Quick thinking means that the throws a firework in the beasts face as and a result the creature loses an eye. There is just one person in the town wearing an eye patch and it is hard to believe it could be him committing these murders…
This book is almost a horror and crime mixed in one and it is nice to see that Stephen King has not swayed from his typical setting (I kind of like the small town in Maine stuff). The books’ chapters are set up into months and there is great a funny afterword written by the author.
His usual descriptive flair is present here but it is scaled back, the reader can really enjoy the story without being bogged down by the details. I believe this is book number 11 I have read by King and it is the only one like it. This book would be great to read around Halloween and I don’t think it is too gory or scary for 11+ children.
Probably my favourite thing about this book is that the one person quick witted enough to not be killed by the werewolf (and to ultimately stop him) is the young boy in the wheelchair. This is not done in a patronising way either. I would certainly recommend it to people who are new to this author or the genre in general.
Format: Kindle ( I have something like 56 Stephen King books on there!)
Approx Pages: 128
Goodreads Rating: 3.58 (I gave it a 5)
We all have them – a huge pile of books (or a large folder of them on your kindle) that we need to get to and here are mine:
- Doctor Sleep – for those that don’t know this is Stephen King’s follow on to the shining he explained in a recent interview that he always wanted to know what happened to the young boy years after the event. Well we are about to find out.
- Necessary Women and The Mean Time – These are two of Karin Slaughter’s short stories. Every single on available for order or pre-order I own I have found these stories to be interesting, engaging and very different to what we would normally expect from this amazing author.
- The rest of the Jack Reacher Series- I read somewhere that one of these books is meant to be bought every four seconds, no wonder these are outstanding! I have just finished book seven and cannot wait to continue.
Thanks for reading what’s on your to read list? Tell me in the comments below.