top5in2016

Top 5 Reads in 2016

Dark Matter This book absolutely blew me away.  Given that people were rather secretive on the overall plot by throwing out testimonials like, “Just read this, you won’t regret it”, how could I pass it up?  Keeping in the tradition of the aforementioned praise, I will continue to refrain from spoiling the events in Crouch’s…

Pet Sematary by Stephen King

Pet Sematary

Just like The Shining and Salem’s Lot, my first exposure to Pet Sematary prior to reading the novel had been from a Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror episode.  You know, the one where Bart reads this incantation from a book of black magic in hopes to raise their beloved cat Snowball I from the dead but…

Salem's Lot by Stephen King

Salem’s Lot

Following the death of his wife, author Ben Mears returns to Jerusalem’s Lot, the town in which he spent his childhood, to continue work on a novel.  However, it wouldn’t be a Stephen King story if there wasn’t something sinister lurking in a small town.  Did I mention this takes place in Maine? King has…

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

Lately I’d been going through a bit of a reading slump.  I picked up and put down a number of novels before deciding on King’s latest short story collection, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams.  While I skipped Uncle Stevie’s most recent release, “Finder’s Keepers” – I wasn’t big on its predecessor Mr. Mercedes – I…

Revival by Stephen King

Revival

Once upon a time, I would have said we choose our paths at random: this happened, then that, hence the other. Now I know better. There are forces. After a less than stellar shot at crime fiction, King makes a triumphant return to his bread and butter: old school, balls-to-the-wall horror.  In his new novel…

Misery by Stephen King

Misery

Acclaimed novelist Paul Sheldon, badly injured in a car accident, is held captive by deranged super-fan Annie Wilkes.  A former RN, she vows to aid him back to health until he’s well enough to make the trek to a hospital.  However, it’s on one condition; he write a new novel featuring his signature character Misery…

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

Mr. Mercedes

Retired Detective Bill Hodges is toying with the idea of ending it all.  Alone in his home, he spends the majority of his golden years in front of a TV, stuffing his face with processed food and keeping a watchful eye on his father’s gun; his passport to the afterlife.  Everything changes when he receives…

Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla

Dark Tower: Wolves of the Calla

The Ka-Tet of Nineteen’s skills are requested when a gang of marauders threaten an entire generation of townsfolk.  As Gunslingers, Roland and company are unable to refuse those who seek their assistance so they quickly begin preparing for battle.  Susannah Dean, pregnant with a demon’s child, has yet another personality arise during her sleep.  Her…