Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Book Review: Duma Key

I'll start by pointing out that I'm a Stephen King fan. While I've certainly enjoyed some books more than others, I pretty much always have fun with his work. He balances serious supernatural/creepy stories with gallows humor and a love of old rock 'n' roll in a way that never fails to entertain me.

I was excited as usual to be starting a new King book (big thanks to Recycled Books & Music in Denton, TX for always having used copies in awesome shape available on the cheap). This was different from any other Stephen King books I've read. It's not that the story was a complete departure. It was different, yes, more mystery than straight up scares throughout most of the novel. It's also not just the setting, although setting the action in Florida instead of Maine made for an immediate shift in perspective.

There's just plain something different about this book, and I think it really comes down to a combination of all the little tweaks that he made in his own style while building this story. Whether you're a fan or not, I recommend giving this one a shot - especially if you're an art fan. It made me want to pick up a paint brush and let the vibes flow while cranking up some good tunes, and that alone was well worth the price of the book.
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