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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.

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977) The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three (Book 2 of 7)

Author: Stephen King
Date started: 30/11/15
Date Finished: 13/02/16
Read on Kindle Paperwhite
Size: 6134 locations

It took me a long time to read this. Not that it wasn’t interesting or anything but rather it was an inner struggle of kindle vs paperback. I am still getting used to reading on my Kindle Paperwhite so I had to read it in short bursts. Although, I have to say the last 12 percent I read in one go.

As you are/or not aware I am re reading The Dark Tower by Stephen King after 13 years and 13 years ago I was still learning English so I didn’t know what was going on in the book. I just kept reading for the sake of it and hoping I would understand it better. Thankfully that day had come and the Kindle vocabulary builder is so good and it helped me a lot. In this book alone I checked 80 words which I had not known the meaning of and now I am going to go through the flashcards to master them.

This book had a consistent pace which I loved. There were mini climaxes through the book and at some points it was dark and disturbing and King handled it well. You could just tell from the writing, it was more mature. The Gunslinger was just a brainstorm in my opinion, ideas scattering everywhere and thus the pace lacked and parts of it would get boring. Also there was too much back story in The Gunslinger which, for the reader, was not very appealing. King failed to create the hook to this series but as they say, read the Gunslinger one way or another and read 100 pages of The Drawing of the Three and if you still aren’t hooked then leave it. Otherwise look forward to being a tower junkie.

13 years ago the only thing I remembered in this book was whatever happens to Roland at the start of the book (keeping it spoiler free) and the air carriage encounter with Eddie. Basically Roland goes through three doors to different parts and periods of New York. Through the first door he meets Eddie Dean who is a junkie, an intelligent one at that. The second door he meets Odetta/Detta, two confused women living in one body and thirdly he meets Jack Mort who is a murdered. The three characters were interesting especially Odetta. She was my favourite. This is where you see the skill of Stephen King, how he handled such a complex character and when I say complex, I mean it that way.

I really loved the ending of The Gunslinger though. It was more satisfying answering a lot of questions and raising some too. The Drawing of the Three had good ending too but I preferred Book 1’s ending. Good book overall. Now that I’m starting to get used to Kindle, I’ll probably get to read more.

Next up is The Eyes of the Dragon.

973) The Gunslinger by Stephen King (Book 1 of 7 of The Dark Tower Series)

Read on Kindle

Size: 3384 locations

Things have advanced technology wise. The world has moved on, you can say and I am revisiting The Dark Tower. I remember when I first started reading The Gunslinger. It was 18th of December 2003 at midnight. I was listening to Radio and reading this with whatever understanding of English I had. I didn’t know English very well. I just kept reading it even if I don’t understand some of the sentence meanings. After rereading now, I found out that I have missed a lot of things.

This re read has been amazing. I did not have to fall in love with Roland all over again. I was already in love with him and he took me through the start of his journey and I enjoyed it. The first quarter of the book has a dark and perverse theme. Of magic and forbidden things. Talks of demons and supernatural.

The second quarter is about Jake and Roland. How they manage to continue the travel in pursuit of the man in black and the last quarter is when the man in black makes palaver with the gunslinger. Everything just makes so much sense and I will have a good time understanding and reading Roland’s back story in Wizard and Glass.

The only boring parts were Roland’s flashbacks. Although they were interesting, but they were dragging. Apart from that, this book is lovable if you are rereading. For the new readers, just hang in there and read these 300 pages with a bit of a salt. I assure you the awesomeness is going to start in The Drawing Of The Three. Which is up next.

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This one was crazy, like mess-up-your-mind crazy. It makes you relive your childhood fears like for me I thought of this thing coming out of the toilet while I’m going downstairs and then I would take a big jump out to save myself. Quite similar.

I first bought It and started reading it in 2005 but couldn’t get through the first few pages because I was still learning English. These books were really hard for me. I left it. I did read the Shining and the Dark Tower but I just read them without much understanding.

So last year my sister had read it then she told me you have to read this. She started reading The Stand while I started It and to be honest, I really liked it. I actually had to dump 50 shades darker to read this. I just loved the way King introduces the characters then takes us back in time of childhood then adulthood then back then a mix of past future to finish things off. It was intelligent alright.

The story was one of its kind, the drama, the horror was sick. The concept of It was scary. For me It, as a child, was always around and It only attacked me when I’m going down the stairs as the stairs were directly in front of the bathroom and It would come from the toilet. Then I would jump the whole 13 stairs and It would stretch Itself from the toilet but couldn’t get past the stairs so that is how I saved myself every time.

I read the last 200 pages in one day and the ending, I think, was brilliant. A lot of people might disagree but for me it was just superbly written even the most controversial scene. King had pulled that off really good and that scene is one of my favourites now. It was very in-character and well thought out.

To finish things off, I would say It was a good read. If you are looking for pure horror without the supernatural addition and drama and story, this is the book for you. Personally I don’t really like horror but the story line made up for it. I would give it 8/10 for the horror, the gore, the graphic scenes, 7/10 for the story. And 7.5/10 overall.

Until next time, cheerio.


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