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You found her! February 6, 2006

Posted by thebeam in The Byways.
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Welcome to Hunting the bitch. At it’s heart, this will be the world viewed with Stephen King colored glasses. I’m going to go about this the long way at times, with science, politics, sex and religion all fair game. Don’t be surprised if somewhere along the way you have to put on a propeller beanie, get out the slip-stick, down some Jolt, and start to think geek.

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1. thebeam - February 7, 2006

I have just started reading “Wolves of the Calla” – I’m 100 pages or so into it. it has been five or six years since I finished “Wizard and Glass”, so I’m a bit rusty on the series, but I’ve been keeping my hand in with other works of his.

First impressions. Need to re-read “Wizard and Glass” ASAP – too many references that I didn’t immediately get. Next, I can still feel the pull of all of his other works, the threads of them run strongly through the fabric of this book.

You’re probably wondering why I started this while only part-way through the novels. Short answer, because it is time.

I ran into his works when “Carrie” first came out in paperback, somehwere around 1975. At about the same time I read that, I ran across some short novels, the most memorable being “The Long Walk” by Richard Bachman. When it was revealed years later that King and Bachman were one and the same, I experienced a moment that approached an epiphany. I realized for the first time how powerful his creative genius was.

Some years later, when I encountered works like “Stand By Me” (from the short story “The Body”) and “The Shawshank Redeption”, my estimate of him as just a writer of horror fiction was revised.

Life and Hearts is in session. Are you ready to “Hunt the bitch?”


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