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Last month, I suggested that you start reading the “Fablehaven” series by Brandon Mull. If you caught interest in that series, you may still be working on getting caught up, and you may be excited to read the new release that will be available to the public this month! Is so, you can track the progress of the new release here.
If not, don’t worry. Not everyone enjoys young adult fantasy. Some of our more hardcore readers are looking for something a little darker, scarier, more honest, and more real. When I think of horror, I think immediately of Stephen King. No, I’m not going to suggest you read any of his more famous books like “Carrie” or “Cujo”. If you enjoy horror books, you’ve probably already read these classics once or twice. However, I will suggest a lesser known Stephen King novel that is just as genius as all the rest.
“The Bazaar of Bad Dreams” is a collection of short stories, all written by Stephen King. I picked this book up at the library a week ago, and though I haven’t had the time to finish it yet (it’s not exactly the type of book you crack open right before you fall asleep), I have enjoyed every second that I have spent reading it.
I’m certain that you’re familiar with Stephen King and (at least) his popular works, but if for some strange reason you’re not, here is a little synopsis:
“Stephen King is the author of more than 50 books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Finders Keepers, Revival, Mr. Mercedes, winner of the 2015 Edgar Award for Best Novel, Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome, now a major TV series on CBS. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by the New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
My favorite quote from this book, so far, is: “Human nature has no bottom. It is as deep and mysterious as the mind of God.”. If you’re wondering what this lovely piece of literature entails, look no further. The book review from Good Reads states the following: “There are thrilling connections between stories; themes of morality, the afterlife, guilt, what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. “Afterlife” is about a man who died of colon cancer and keeps reliving the same life, repeating his mistakes over and over again. Several stories feature characters at the end of life, revisiting their crimes and misdemeanors. Other stories address what happens when someone discovers that he has supernatural powers—the columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries in “Obits;” the old judge in “The Dune” who, as a boy, canoed to a deserted island and saw names written in the sand, the names of people who then died in freak accidents. In “Morality,” King looks at how a marriage and two lives fall apart after the wife and husband enter into what seems, at first, a devil’s pact they can win.
Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of King’s finest gifts to his constant reader—“I made them especially for you,” says King. “Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth.”
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