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982) Dolly by Susan Hill

Date read: Feb 2017

Me and my wife decided to take the kids to the library and I just wanted something small to read. So I looked around the fiction section while the kids looked at their own books. I didn’t find any. The kids had already picked their books so I went for a final desperate quick search and grabbed this small 153 page novella. My son already called the cover dreadful. It looks pretty scary. 

The story is about two nine year old cousins who spend holidays at their Aunt’s mansion during a summer. The girl cousin, a spoilt brat, wanted a doll for her birthday and she got one. A haunted doll. 

To be honest, there is not much to the story. There are only two main characters and it is the story of their lifetime around the mansion of their Aunt. The supernatural didn’t come for a 100 page. Only a couple of instances were scary. 

I’m going to give this one a 4/10. Mainly I liked the dark and gothic writing. 

979) Book: The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King

Date started: 14/2/16
Date finished: 30/6/16
Length: 4275 loc
Format: Kindle Paperwhite

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After the Drawing of the Three, this medieval fantasy book was on my list of the road to Dark Tower. I am reading the connecting books in order following the mahfah (a blog post) list.

This was different. In a way, I am glad that I have finished it. It is not everyone’s cup of tea. If you like reading horror and drama then this is not for you. If you like reading Game of Thrones and the Wheel of Time then this is for you. Filled with narrations and everything. The reason it is connected to the Dark Tower is because the story happens in Delain, the world Roland the gunslinger comes from and the antagonist is a magician called Flagg. Yes, you got that right. The same Flagg from The Stand and the Dark Tower series. Except here he is different. In a way I felt he was more scarier than he was in The Stand. I know people will not agree with me here but that’s just how I feel.

The story is about a young king who gets prisoned wrongly accused of murdering his own father, the king. Flagg sees that the prince is imprisoned for life but the boy is brave and clever. A simple story with simple characters. That’s what I loved about it. And if you don’t mind reading chunky narrations and detail then this is for you.

I wanted to read this story quickly so I could move on to my next story and I am pretty excited to read that one. It is called The Talisman. I am going to start that now.

And also I am going on holidays next week for one week so I won’t be reading The Talisman but I’m gonna take a physical copy of Pet Semetary with me. Its short and easy. I think it would do a good holiday read.

20) Harry Potter and the chamber of Secrets

Author : J K Rowling

Date (I read) : 2004

Length : 256 Pages Paperback

Location : Collected

ISBN : 978-0747538486

Pace of story : Slow to Medium

Theme : Magic, school, adventure

Setting : –

POV : –

Rating : 3 Stars

Synopsis : I like this one better than the first one. The end part was brilliant. Loads of action.

19) Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Book 1

Author : J K Rowling

Date (I read) : I dont remember any of the dates of harry potter books actually. I’m guessing it is 2003 or 04.

Length : 224 Pages Paperback

Location : Collected

ISBN : 978-0747532743

Pace of story : Medium to Fast

Theme : Magic, school, study, adventure

Setting : magical school, england

POV : –

Rating : 4 stars

Synopsis : I liked the first book. It was more of a childrens book with Harry being at school with his friends. The story does not open up but the book was a good read. I enjoyed these books more than the Dark Tower.

17) The Dark Tower : The Dark Tower Book 7

Author : Stephen King

Date (I read) : Sep 2004 to 17.2.2005

Length : 736 Pages

Location : Collected

Pace of story : Medium to Fast

Theme : Horror, adventure, journey

Setting : –

POV : –

Rating : 4 Stars

Synopsis : Roland’s ka-tet is reunited, but not without cost. The last episode of the story takes them on the final stretch of their journey to The Dark Tower. Though they have rescued Susannah, there are still enemies who must be dealt with along the way and who could be their ultimate destruction. Constant readers will recognize characters from past books, who like the ka-tet, have found themselves caught in the spider’s web spun by the Crimson King? Gan? Questions are answered and others asked. The journey is long and ka is but a wheel.

The ending was remarkale. Good writing by king. The series overall was great. I remember struggling to finish this book so bad but finally I finished it the night before I flew to Pakistan to get married.

The Dark Tower Series – Total Pages = 4352 Pages

16) The Dark Tower : Song of Susannah Book 6

Author : Stephen King

Date (I read) : 9.6.4 to 16.6.4

Length : 480 Pages

Location : Collected

ISBN : 978-0340836163

Pace of story : Fast

Theme : –

Setting : –

POV : –

Rating : 4 Stars

Synopsis : Susannah, now pregnant, has yet another taking control of her. The demon-mother, Mia, uses Susannah and Black Thirteen to transport to New York City of 1999. Jake, Oy, and Pere Callahan must rescue Susannah while Eddie and Roland transport to the Maine of 1977. A vacant lot in New York is the prize that must be saved and ties these together.

I remember buying this book the day it came out. The next morning I was away on holiday to Alton Towers and London with my family. I just made it, bought it and read this book while on holiday in 7 days. Hows that?

15) The Dark Tower : Wolves of the Calla Book 5

Author : Stephen King

Date (I read) : May 2004

Length : 816 Pages

Location : Collected

ISBN : 978-0340836156

Pace of story : Slow to Medium

Theme : –

Setting : –

POV : –

Rating : 2 stars

Synopsis : After escaping the perilous wreckage of Blaine the insane Mono and eluding the evil clutches of the vindictive sorcerer Randall Flagg, Roland and his ka-tet find themselves back on the southeasterly path of the Beam. Here, in the borderlands that lie between Mid-World and End-World, Roland and his friends are approached by a frightened band of representatives from the nearby town of Calla Bryn Sturgis. In less than a month, the Calla will be attacked by the Wolves-those masked riders that gallop out of Thunderclap once a generation to steal the town’s children. The Calla folken need the kind of help that only gunslingers can give, and if the tet agrees to help, the town’s priest-Father Callahan, once of ‘Salem’s Lot, Maine-promises to give them Black Thirteen, the most potent and treacherous of Maerlyn’s magic balls. He used it to enter Mid-World, and now it sleeps fitfully beneath the floorboards of his church. Meanwhile, in the New York of 1977, the Sombra Corporation plots to destroy the lot at Second Avenue and Forty-Sixth Street. How can Roland and his friends both save the rose and fight the Wolves? Only by using the magic of Black Thirteen, but how can anyone trust this sinister and treacherous object which is, in actuality, the eye of the Crimson King himself? Time is running out on all levels of the Tower, but unless our ka-tet can defeat the minions of Thunderclap both in our world and in Mid-World, they will never reach that great lynchpin of the time/space continuum which, even now, begins to totter . . .

After this book, I lost the plot. The story turned into this craziness that I only figure it out when I start Book 6.

14) The Dark Tower : Wizard and Glass Book 4

Author : Stephen King

Date (I read) : Mar – April 2004

Length : 896 Pages

ISBN : 978-0340829783

Location : Collected

Pace of story : Fast

Theme : Horror, love, frienship, adventure

Setting : –

POV : –

Rating : 3 stars

Synopsis : Wizard and Glass, the fourth episode in King’s white-hot Dark Tower series, is a sci-fi/fantasy novel that contains a post-apocalyptic Western love story twice as long. It begins with the series’ star, world-weary Roland, and his world-hopping posse (an ex-junkie, a child, a plucky woman in a wheelchair, and a talking dog-like pet named Oy the Bumbler) trapped aboard a runaway train. The train is a psychotic multiple personality that intends to commit suicide with them at 800 m.p.h.–unless Roland and pals can outwit it in a riddling contest. It’s a great race, for the mind and pulse. Films should be this good. Then comes a 567- page flashback about Roland at age 14. It’s a well-marbled but meaty tale. Roland and two teenage friends must rescue his first love from the dirty old drooling mayor of a post-apocalyptic cowboy town, thwart a civil war by blowing up oil tanks, and seize an all-seeing crystal ball from Rhea, a vampire witch. The love scenes are startlingly prominent and earthier than most romance novels (they kiss until blood trickles from her lip).

The love story of Roland and Susan are one of the most greatest. But I did not understand what happened in the end with the glass.

13) The Dark Tower : The Waste Lands Book 3

Author : Stephen King

Date (I read) : Feb – Mar 2004

Length : 624 Pages

Location : Collected

ISBN : 978-0340829776

Pace of story : Medium to Fast

Theme : Horror, adventure, demons

Setting : –

POV : –

Rating : 4 stars

Synopsis : Book III of the Dark Tower series continues the quest defined in the first book (The Gunslinger) with the traveling companions introduced in the second book (The Drawing of the Three).

This book is basically a group of adventure episodes: an encounter with a 70 foot high bio-mechanical bear (Shardik), relic of a past age, a strange fight with a demon, a visit to a dying suburban village, an abduction and running battle in a ghost town city, and finally a fantastic trip on a suicidal mono-rail train. Each episode provides a little more insight into Roland’s fantastical world, both past and present. By the end of this book, a fairly coherent picture of this world emerges, from its obvious high technology past, to its current sadly deteriorated state, to some of the rationale behind why certain things work the way they do in this world. The book is very action oriented; there is very little reflection on grander philosophical themes here, and continuing character development of the main characters is fairly minimal.

There is a nice variant on the old time-travel paradox. In The Gunslinger, the boy Jake is sacrificed to Roland’s determination to catch the ‘man in black’. In this story, we find Jake alive and well and still living in (our) New York, due to an action by Roland in The Drawing of the Three that caused the previous history to never occur. But both Roland and Jake have memories of the ‘other’ past, and this duality is slowly driving both to the edge of insanity. The resolution of this problem requires that Jake be brought back to Roland’s world, and how this is accomplished forms the major portion of one of the ‘episodes’.

At various points throughout this book, King makes allusions to other famous science-fiction and fantasy authors and their creations (and some of his own), from Richard Adams (Shardik and Watership Down) to Isaac Asimov’s ‘positronic’ brains of his robot stories, to J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit with its riddling games. For those who have read these works, these allusions provide an enhanced view of this world and how it works, but I am not sure how well some of this plays with readers who haven’t read these other works.

Overall, this book is a page-turner, and does a good job of holding the reader’s interest in the fate of the major characters and the overall resolution of the quest. The ending of this book is a cliff-hanger, like the movie serials of old, and for this reason I don’t recommend you start this book unless you have a copy of book IV, Wizard & Glass, handy, as you will definitely want to immediately find out the resolution to the end situation here.

This book is crazy. The riddle train called Blaine is just mind blowing and the part where the demon takes on Susannah is just brilliant. And Jake passing through the door is great page turner. I think this part is the best out of all.

12) The Dark Tower : Drawing of the Three Book 2

Author : Stephen King

Date (I read) : Jan – Feb 2004

Length : 496 Pages

Location : Collected

ISBN : 978-0340829769

Pace of story : Medium to Fast

Theme : parallel worlds, gory, horror, adventure

Setting : –

POV : –

Rating : 3 stars

Synopsis : The second book advances the story started in the first. New characters are introduced and lot more happens. The journey begins here. Eddie joins in I think as far as I can remember.