Because I just got around to it and burned through it in two days and that old thread is old!
It scared the crap out of me in the middle. In that bit where
he goes downstairs to get something to eat and the guy is STANDING IN HIS KITCHEN
the UPS man rang the doorbell and I quite literally almost peed my pants. There is nothing figurative about it; pee almost hit panty in that split second. The hairs stood up on my arms and I was eeked the fuck out.
But then we got to the end, to the big set piece finale, and… eh. Which is a usual problem with King - when you don’t know what the monster is, it’s scary. When you do, it’s like a Buffy episode - it’s a ____ demon, it’s scared of __ and __, you kill it by ____ing it. This one did work a lot better than most of his endgames, though - I think I really liked the device about
sitting in the dark holding the flashlight, and you don’t have another hand so you can’t tell if you’re spilling it or not, and your hand is getting numb…
but it wasn’t what I’d call climactic and horrifying.
People complain about how he’s written umpteen books now about “man has horrible accident and what happens next”, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. (At least this guy wasn’t a writer!) I think it’s possible we may look back and see this as a great body of “post physical trauma” work, although most of the recent books have kind of sucked. I think this has really been the best one in a while, although there was some good stuff in Lisey’s Smucking Story (but not enough to carry a book.) I mean, it must have been good - I couldn’t put it down for love nor money, and I finished it in less than eight hours or so. There went my day off.
On the whole, thumbs up. Anybody else just finish the thing?