#TerrorTomes | #BookReview | SLEEPING BEAUTIES by Stephen King & Owen King @StephenKing (September 26th 2017, Hodder & Stoughton @HodderBooks) #BeatTheBacklist

SLEEPING BEAUTIES by Stephen King & Owen King
26th September 2017, Hodder & Stoughton

In this spectacular father/son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?

All around the world, something is happening to women when they fall asleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed, the women become feral and spectacularly violent…

In the small town of Dooling, West Virginia, the virus is spreading through a women’s prison, affecting all the inmates except one. Soon, word spreads about the mysterious Evie, who seems able to sleep – and wake. Is she a medical anomaly or a demon to be slain?

The abandoned men, left to their increasingly primal devices, are fighting each other, while Dooling’s Sheriff, Lila Norcross, is just fighting to stay awake.

And the sleeping women are about to open their eyes to a new world altogether…

Okie doke. Where do I even start with writing a review for this book?! 

SLEEPING BEAUTIES always intimidated from the moment I held it in my hands – mainly due to its sheer size (I have the UK hardback at 713 pages) and I knew it would take me longer than most books to get through! I don’t mind that too much. Sometimes it’s nice to take your time with a book to really get yourself invested in it. Rewind five years and it took me THREE WEEKS to finish IT!! 

I’ve not read a lot of Stephen King (I have a fair amount on my TBR for this year though!) or even Owen King for that matter. Let’s not forget that this book is a collaboration with father and son! From what I have read of Stephen’s work, SLEEPING BEAUTIES is so far one of my favourites. 

If you are looking for a fast paced fantasy/horror novel, then I would look elsewhere. This is not one of those books. What this book does VERY well is embrace the slow burn. We spend a fair amount of the book learning the background of many of the ensemble characters, which a smidge of the ‘action’ (the action being the sleeping sickness). This continues to build until the balance shifts and the female characters are faced with a new world in which to learn how to live again. 

What I loved so much about this story was how you can take some of the themes from the ‘real world’ and with certain scenes and writing can be turned into horror. The treatment of women plays a large part in this story and their survival. Each female character has their own unique back story and how they react. From a feminist point of view, it makes for an outstanding read!!

I would encourage EVERYONE to read this book!

You can buy SLEEPING BEAUTIES from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

-S.

#BookTag | #Friday56 – GWENDY’S BUTTON BOX by Stephen King @StephenKing & Richard Chizmar @RichardChizmar (16th May 2017, Hodder & Stoughton @HodderBooks) 04/08/2017

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Title: GWENDY’S BUTTON BOX
Author:
Stephen King & Richard Chizmar
Publisher:
Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: 16th May 2017

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Blurb;

The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told… until now.

There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong (if time-rusted) iron bolts and zig-zag up the cliffside.

At the top of the stairs, Gwendy catches her breath and listens to the shouts of the kids on the playground. From a bit farther away comes the chink of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball as the Senior League kids practice for the Labor Day charity game.

One day, a stranger calls to Gwendy: “Hey, girl. Come on over here for a bit. We ought to palaver, you and me.”

On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat like for a suit, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat…

 

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-S.

#BookReview | GWENDY’S BUTTON BOX by Stephen King @StephenKing & Richard Chizmar @RichardChizmar (June 27th 2017, Hodder & Stoughton @HodderBooks)

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GWENDY’S BUTTON BOX by Stephen King & Richard Chizmar
(June 27th 2017, Hodder & Stoughton)

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The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told… until now.

There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong (if time-rusted) iron bolts and zig-zag up the cliffside.

At the top of the stairs, Gwendy catches her breath and listens to the shouts of the kids on the playground. From a bit farther away comes the chink of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball as the Senior League kids practice for the Labor Day charity game.

One day, a stranger calls to Gwendy: “Hey, girl. Come on over here for a bit. We ought to palaver, you and me.”

On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat like for a suit, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat…

 

So what did I think?

Well, this is a short, sweet and pretty creepy story from a perfect collaboration between King and Chizmar.

At only 171 pages, GWENDY’S BUTTON BOX is one of those books that you can devour in one sitting – but the story will stay with you forever. I do feel that amongst Constant Readers, I am missing out as I’ve seen lots of references to ‘The Man in Black’ which links back to the Dark Tower series… Is this coincidence? Or a glimpse into this character from another series?

For such a short story, you get all the character development with Gwendy you need. We as readers are taken on a journey through her school life, as she is met with situations where she could call on the box at anytime, knowing that there can be catastrophic repercussions. Gwendy surprises me as where you think you know how she will react, she side steps the reader and does the opposite.

If presented with the button box by the mysterious Mr.Farris, the only question to ask is; “If you had the button box….what button would YOU press?”

You can buy GWENDY’S BUTTON BOX from the following booksellers

Amazon (UK) | Amazon | Book Depository | Waterstones

-S.

 

#BookTag|#GoodreadsMonday 24/07/2017 |GWENDY’S BUTTON BOX by Stephen King @StephenKing & Richard Chizmar @RichardChizmar (June 27th 2017, Hodder & Stoughton @HodderBooks)

Title: GWENDY’S BUTTON BOX
Author:
Stephen King & Richard Chizmar
Publisher:
Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: June 27th, 2017

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The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told… until now.

There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong (if time-rusted) iron bolts and zig-zag up the cliffside.

At the top of the stairs, Gwendy catches her breath and listens to the shouts of the kids on the playground. From a bit farther away comes the chink of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball as the Senior League kids practice for the Labor Day charity game.

One day, a stranger calls to Gwendy: “Hey, girl. Come on over here for a bit. We ought to palaver, you and me.”

On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat like for a suit, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat…

For something a little different – I have bobbed GWENDY’S BUTTON BOX onto my TBR for July. A collaboration with Stephen King & Richard Crizmar, this is a short read, but that by no means takes away from the quality of the writing. I know that I am in for a treat!

That cover alone is enough to make anyone feel uneasy. I can’t wait to get stuck in!

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-S.

#BookTag | #ThrowbackThursday 13/07/2017

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Throwback Thursday is a weekly book meme created by the lovely Renee at It’s Book Talk.

“It began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of my old favorites as well as sharing books that I want to read that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on my TBR list while I continue to pile more titles on top of them:)! I like that these older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere.” (Credit; It’s Book Talk)

My pick for this week is a book I read back in 2015….

MISERY by Stephen King
Published; July 7th 2011, Hodder & Stoughton

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“Misery Chastain was dead. Paul Sheldon had just killed her – with relief, with joy. Misery had made him rich; she was the heroine of a string of bestsellers. And now he wanted to get on to some real writing.

That’s when the car accident happened, and he woke up in pain in a strange bed. But it wasn’t the hospital. Annie Wilkes had pulled him from the wreck, brought him to her remote mountain home, splinted and set his mangled legs.

The good news was that Annie was a nurse and has pain-killing drugs. The bad news was that she was Paul’s Number One Fan. And when she found out what Paul had done to Misery, she didn’t like it. She didn’t like it at all.


MISERY is only the second Stephen King book I have read, but I’m already seeing a trend in his writing. It’s all about the suspense, leaving parts to your own imagination. This was an excellent read…not sure I’m ready to watch the movie.

UPDATE – I watched the movie and although I enjoyed it – it also upset me so much as there are key scenes written in the book which we were not played out how I imaged on the big screen. The hobbling scene for example!
Until next week – Happy Reading!

-S.

#GoodreadsMonday 26/06/2017 | THE STAND by Stephen King @StephenKing (May 12th 2011, Hodder & Stoughton @HodderBooks) #ConstantReader

Title: THE STAND
Author:
Stephen King
Publisher:
Hodder & Stoughton (UK)
Publication Date: May 12th, 2011

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This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death.

And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides or are chosen. A world in which good rides on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abigail and the worst nightmares of evil are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the dark man.

THE STAND has been on my bookshelf now for a whole year and I STILL haven’t read this yet 😦 the size itself intimidates me – at 1325 pages, it will be the second longest book I have ever read…the first being IT by Stephen King. IT took me three whole weeks to finish, in between full time work and general life things. So I need to make sure that I have a clear enough calendar to give THE STAND the attention it deserves!

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-S.