Misery – Review

Misery by Stephen King

Published in 1987

Pages: 338

Genre: Psychological horror, thriller

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In the wake of finishing the manuscript to his latest novel and celebrating the killing off of one of the characters that he hated the most, author Paul Sheldon decides to drive to the West coast from his hotel in Colorado after drinking a bottle of champagne (as one does). Adding to his precariously blurred situation, a snowstorm blows in and causes him to wreck his car. Legs shattered to pieces, Paul wakes in a groggy stupor to find himself in the care of Annie Wilkes; his umber whunnn fayunnnn…erm, his number one fan. Such a savior would be welcome if she weren’t a psychotic ex-nurse whose favorite character he had just killed off in his final book of the Misery series. Taking place in the confines of Annie’s isolated homestead, Misery follows Paul’s suffering and torture at the hands of his number one fan as he fights to placate her in order to make it out of the cabin alive. Continue reading “Misery – Review”

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Coraline – Review

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Illustrations by Dave McKean

Published in 2002

Pages: 160

Genre: Children’s literature, fantasy

“Coraline discovered the door a little while after they moved into the house.”

No one seems to get Coraline’s name right. Though, this may be expected when the adults in her life seldom pay much attention to her in general. About a precocious and intelligent little girl, Neil Gaiman’s Coraline initially follows the mundane account of a lonely child stuck inside during summer break due to bad weather. She explores the house that her family lives in and meets the neighbors, but it isn’t until she sees a door that leads to (what seems to be) nothing but a brick wall that things turn truly interesting, though not necessarily for the better. Continue reading “Coraline – Review”

In Cold Blood – Review

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Published in 1966 (Originally serialized in four parts in 1965)

Pages: 343

Genre: Creative nonfiction, true crime

“The village of Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call “out there.”

If asked, none of the citizens of Holcomb could have imagined even the slight possibility of what would occur on November 15th, 1959. In Cold Blood tells of the grisly murder of the Clutter family by ex-convicts Perry Smith and Richard Hickock. Written by Truman Capote, the book follows the events of the crime all the way through to the conviction and execution of the murderers. Along the way, however, character studies into the minds of the criminals show the mental instability that was present to drive two men to such a gruesome act.

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The Color of Magic – Review

The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

Published in 1983 (Also known as The Color of Magic in the U.S.)

Pages: 210

Genre: Fantasy, satire

“In a distant and second hand set of dimensions, in an astral plane that was never meant to fly, the curling star-mists waver and part . . .”

A disc-shaped world sits upon the back of four elephants astride a great turtle. This is the setting for the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett and is introduced in The Color of Magic. Twoflower, a tourist from the Agatean Empire, has come to the city of Ankh-Morpork with a sentient chest filled with gold. This fortuitous arrival sets in motion events that change the life of Rincewind, a failed wizard, and sends him on an adventure that isn’t exactly what he had in mind. Continue reading “The Color of Magic – Review”