Well I don’t know if I’m going to get a smackdown from the mods for two different book threads on the front page, but it’s a different author!
I love Stephen King. In one of his intros, he talks about bad trash and good trash in books, and that’s what King is to me - good trash. It’s not serious books, but I can pick it up and finish it in a couple of days. My hunger for reading is satisfied, and I’ve been entertained.
However, does anyone else feel sometimes his endings are weak? Let’s see:
It. The monster was a spider? How unoriginal! And the gangbang? Made me distinctively uncomfortable. (Don’t get me wrong, I like sex in books, but this seemed so inappropriate). I thought I was the only one until I noticed someone else on this message board comment on it. The whole forgetting home wasn’t great, either.
The Stand. What a godamn unbelievable ending to an otherwise great book. After all the heroism, the strength, the faith the good guys exhibit, the bad guy is defeated by what comes down basically to an accident? WTF? Even Nadine was brave and it was all for nothing, if everything was just going to get blown up by the giant God-figure.
Christine. The smashing up of the car was good, but there was a lame-ass attempt to make it seem like Christine might still be out there, somewhere. Searching. She was crushed into a cube, it ain’t happenin’.
The girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. It wasn’t a real monster? It was just a bear?
The Green Mile. An excellent book, but he just gets older, and older, and older…
Hearts in Atlantis. I am willing to acknowledge I didn’t get it because I wasn’t born until '75.
Insomnia. Loved this book - but the ending got VERY confusing.
Salem’s Lot. Altogether stupid ending, I think.
Well I could go through a whole lot more of his collection. I think sometimes he succeeds - Pet Sematary I think was an excellent ending and got me started on him in the first place. But it seems more often than not, he screws it up.
Anyone else with me this far?
(I realized looking at the website, how much of his stuff I really have read, including the short stories. The only thing I haven’t touched is the Dark Tower stuff.)