I was ready to get hurt again. OK, being a bit dramatic, but about a year and a half ago, I treated myself to the latest Stephen King book, specifically the audiobook. I went in unspoiled, didn’t even read the premise, and was excited to experience it blindly. It was The Institute. It was really boring.
So, here we are and Stephen King has released another book, this time called Later. The advantage is that this one is much shorter, so the commitment is much less. I decided to go for it again.
I really liked this book. It’s about a young man who sees dead people. He says it isn’t like that “Bruce Willis movie”, but it really kind of is like that. He lives with his mother, has no idea who his father is, and ends up helping with some ongoing criminal investigations by, you guessed it, interviewing dead people.
This is a shorter Stephen King novel and that serves it well. Nothing in this story demands a 500+ page book and its short length serves it well.
Did anyone else read this one? I listened to the audiobook and the narrator did a great job.
I haven’t read Later yet, but Joyland is quite good, and I enjoyed The Colorado Kid as well.
Similarly, has anyone watched The Outsider? I’m binging it through HBOMax right now. I’m about to start episode 8. I read the book when it first came out, but I don’t remember much of it to compare to the miniseries.
I’m just at the beginning of it now. So far I like it. Stephen King has been inconsistent in some of his writings, particularly the more recent ones, which is hardly surprising for such a prolific writer. Sleeping Beauties, a novel co-written with his son, was perhaps a new low – the first King novel that I ever abandoned and simply couldn’t be bothered finishing. But I enjoy the escapism of good storytelling and horror, and in Later, King seems to be back to the simple style of plot and storytelling that has served him so well all these years. But as I said, I’m just through the first half dozen short chapters, and I may yet change my mind!
For the first, there’s a moment early on seems to also see a ‘ghost’. It helps explain where the ability came from, it’s familial.
For the third, I can’t find the link but I remember seeing an interview where King said it’s not the same type of creature as It, but may come from the same “place”, Todash Space - kind of the space between universes where monsters hang out. There’s speculation that that’s where the critters in the The Mist came from too.
It popped up on my online lending library hold list so I read it in one night last night since I was having trouble sleeping. Good, short read. I thought King did a good job writing from the point of view of a young guy, 22-23, who was not an experienced writer but had a story to tell.