Never have I ever reviewed a Stephen King book on my blog. The thing is, it’s really intimidating to take on a masterful writer with mediocre writing. Does that makes sense to you? It sure makes sense to me.
For as long as I’ve been a reader, I’ve never considered reviewing the master’s books because I’m afraid I won’t do his work justice. But this year, I set out with a goal to review every single book I read and I happened to pick up a King book in March.
Pet Sematary was on my TBR as soon as I realized there’d be a new film adaptation. I haven’t seen the original, but now that I’ve read the book – I can’t wait to watch both adaptations!
Let’s jump into my first ever King review, shall we?
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
The road in front of Dr. Louis Creed’s rural Maine home frequently claims the lives of neighborhood pets. Louis has recently moved from Chicago to Ludlow with his wife Rachel, their children and pet cat. Near their house, local children have created a cemetery for the dogs and cats killed by the steady stream of transports on the busy highway. Deeper in the woods lies another graveyard, an ancient Indian burial ground whose sinister properties Louis discovers when the family cat is killed.
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One of the things I admire most about King’s writing is simulatneously the reason I often struggle with his writing – it’s so, so wordy. He likes to really get into the descriptions of things – which works for when he’s describing the horror his characters encounter, but can be too much when it’s tedious and not so horror filled.
I can only take so much. Also a wise man once said to me “Brevity is the soul of wit” and so you can imagine why I feel this way.
That said, the wordiness of King’s writing is the reason it sometimes takes me a solid month to read his works. This one took me a week, so it really says something about how captivating the story was. There were days when I read more than 100 pages because I wanted more. I think I just really enjoyed the main character because I could relate to him.
I came to understand that the plot of this novel is loosely based on King’s own life as a University of Maine writer. What I want to say in this vein of topics is I truly loved the dynamic between Louis and Rachel. They have a strong relationship that’s only really tested toward the end of the book.
Also, I still just can’t get over the fact that King basically made a fart joke in this book. It’s been over a week since I read the line and I still joke with my husband about it. Basically, the relationship between Louis and Rachel reminds me (mildly) of my own relationship.
The kids are funny, they treat each other with kindness, and without the horror aspect of it, I can picture King and his family in Maine because of this book.
Listen, this isn’t even close to my favorite King book, but it is the fastest I’ve ever made it through one of his novels. It was so well written and the plot was so interesting I burned through this at an incredible rate. Church weirded me out a little, but Gage was terrifying. This isn’t horror in the sense that it was so unbelievably scary – it was horror in the sense that if this actually happened to me, I can’t imagine making it out alive if the events of this novel happened to me!
Like I said, I can’t wait to watch the film versions now that I’ve finally read the book.
What’s your favorite King book? I am a new reader of his work, so let me know your favorites so I can add them to my list!
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