Anyway, today I'm going to tell you that I bought this with a gift card from Christmas:
Can I tell you? I haven't been this excited about a book in a while. I love to read. But lately? Haven't come across anything that made me look forward to finding a few minutes (or God willing! a few hours!) to sit and read.
I am a loooooong time Stephen King fan. And this one? So far is not disappointing. But it's HUGE. A whopping 1074 pages long (that includes the author's note). The problem with a book this big? Too many characters (I keep getting them confused). Luckily, dear Stephen is killing off characters right and left - so maybe by the end I'll only have a few to keep straight.
Also (as Man-Child has pointed out on many occasions) I read too fast and don't savor the books (yes, that is a quote from my child - how many teens do you know that would put it that way? Hmmmm; maybe he is my child after all.....). This is true; which leads to me missing out on some key things. It also ensures that (usually) after I've moved on to another book - I kind of completely forget about what I've just read. Hmmmm; pretty much means I don't have a future in a book-club....because, seriously? There would be no way I could possibly discuss what I've read (particularly if I've read something else after reading the appointed book - which I totally would - I know me too well.).
There have been many discussions that have gone kinda like this:
Friend: "have you read xyz?"
Me: "no, what's it about?"
Friend: "It's about this man who everyone thinks killed his wife; but then it turns out that she went undercover to save her marriage, the nation and the world."
Me: "WOW! That sounds great! Can I borrow it?" and then I get home and open the book excitedly, only to realize after reading the first page - that I read this book last month!!!
But usually, I will forge ahead and read it anyway; mainly because I have to have something to read and because I've forgotten the ending (which is understandable since I've read approximately 6-10 books in the interim).
But this book may have the ability to stick with me for a while (kinda like Precious did - which totally, totally killed me; almost no way I can see the movie now - too devastating). I've only just begun (am only on page 287) but so far I can heartily recommend it; if you've the fortitude to face 1074 pages and many, many characters.
Have got to give Stephen kudos - I can kinda get how he gets is ideas. But to put them into some kind of order; create characters, a plot, sub-plots and come up with a gigantic book? And to make it into the kind of book that I can't wait to get back to? That rocks. Big time.
Other than that - it's still cold (yes, I know that some of you are much, much, much colder - but come on - cut me some slack! Here in the South we aren't used to this kind of weather on a daily, much less weekly!, basis!) but good news! The weatherman (if he can be believed) informed me that on Wednesday we could be looking at highs in the 50's!! Whoo-hooo! Maybe I'll be able to feel my toes again.....