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Response to Lexiconlover's 30 day Book challenge day 2

This is in response to Lexicon’s 30 Day book Challenge. Her original post is here .

Day 2 is (your) Current read

My current read is Stephen King’s On Writing. I’m about 30 pages in and I’m already loving it. I only bought it (again, at a dollar bookstore) because I’d been told it was a good book. In general, I find most of Stephen King’s books disappointing. He creates wonderful suspense, but the endings of the books that I’ve read are letdowns.

The present book, subtitled A Memoir of the Craft , hasn’t really discussed writing much yet. Of course, at this point he’s about 8 years old. The tales he tells of his young life are funny and poignant at the same time. I imagine there will be a lot more about writing later on, but I think a general audience would be entranced as well as moved by the tales of his brother’s science fair project gone mad—it blew a transformer—and of the baby-sitter who cuddled him, swatted him upside the head and passed gas in his face. No reader can miss the humor or fail to feel the revulsion inherent in these stories.

King also uses interesting words. He speaks of vomiting as child, but he doesn’t use the non-age appropriate term “vomit,” or even “puke.” Four-year-old Stevie “yarks.”

I looked at the back of the book where King has his recommended reading list. I confess that I’ve never heard of most of them. And some of them fill me with horror (not the fun kind):

“The Sheltering Sky” by Paul Bowles. To be fair, I’ve never read the book, but if it’s half as dreary as the movie, simply drink liter of vodka and play some heavy old-fashioned Russian music. That’ll get you in the mood.

“Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad. Now this I did read. After your Shostakovich “Seventh Symphony” download has played out, you may want to slip in a Doors tape, because the next thing is associated with will be Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries,” and that means people are going to die.

“Lord of the Flies” by Williams Golding. Crash an airplane with a bunch of schoolboys on an island and it’s just like high school all over again.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. I know I’m in a minority here, but I dislike this book heartily. Why a fellow damnyankee like King lists this book, I can’t begin to guess.

Well, I did go in a bit, didn’t I?



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wolfgirl569 wrote on July 13, 2015, 5:47 PM

I love s but dont know if I would lke that. Might try reading it sometime just to get an idea of where his thoughts maybe come from

msiduri wrote on July 13, 2015, 5:53 PM

At this point, he really hasn't discussed anything like that so I can't say that you'll be satisfied, but this is an enjoyable book so far. But if you do read it, please let me know what you think.