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Stephen King * The night shift * Strawberry Spring

Strawberry Spring” takes place at a fictional New England college, New Sharon College. The main setting for the story is March 1968, specifically starting on March 16, 1968, when the strawberry spring, a “false” spring much like an Indian summer, arrived.

4f30662fbfeb2-imageAnd when night came the fog came with it, moving silent and white along the narrow college avenues and thoroughfares. The pines on the wall poked through it like counting fingers and it drifted, slow as cigarette smoke, under the little bridge down by the Civil War cannons. It made things seem out of joint, strange, magical. The unwary traveller would step out of the juke-thumping, brightly lit confusion of the Grinder, expecting the hard clear starriness of winter to clutch him . . . and instead he would suddenly find himself in a silent, muffled world of white drifting fog, the only sound his own footsteps and the soft drip of water from the ancient gutters. You half expected to see Gollum or Frodo and Sam go hurrying past, or to turn and see that the Grinder was gone, vanished, replaced by a foggy panorama of moors and yew trees and perhaps a Druid-circle or a sparkling fairy ring. Continue reading “Stephen King * The night shift * Strawberry Spring”

A planet called Treason * Orson Scott Card

If you haven’t read this book already, I recommend you find it and you read it. Even trying to summarize it for others will make you look like a total weirdo! This book here is sci-fi in all its glory – an alien price of super strength and regenerative abilities grows a pair of boobs and gets exiled and cut off from the throne. In his travels, he goes to a country where people live in trees where he is almost seduced by a lesbian who then wants to kill him/her. He escapes, gets captured as a slave, grows some limbs, gets a symbiotic evil twin, gets healed by people who can talk to rocks and then learns how to move time fast forward or very slow. He finds out that all the rulers of kingdoms are illusionists who can make others see them as something different and invent false memories of them and goes off to eradicate an entire nation. Then meets his twin, heals him and goes back to his initial sweetheart and they grow old together.

Did I lose you at the part where he grows soft and plump breasts above his rock-hard abdomen? Or where he goes into quick time and can move as fast as Quicksilver? Or where he grows a new arm from the middle of his neck and uses it to scratch his back?308908

I don’t think you’ve ever read a book like this (as I surely never did) and it will definitely keep you entertained for days!

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Stephen King – Quitters Inc.

OMG! If you ever want to stop smoking or lose weight, read “Quitters Inc” from the master of horror, Stephen King. The story is not terrifying because of supernatural elements but there is a constant feeling of threat permeating through from beginning to end.

The get-go is simple – a guy meets and old friend in an airport and he’s looking fit and healthy and the secret of his appearance is a secret – all he gets in response is a business card of a place called “Quitters Inc”. Little did he know the effort it took to get it to happen. Continue reading “Stephen King – Quitters Inc.”

Stephen King – I know what you want * Night shift

From the Night Shift comes another wonderful creepy story about a couple in love. Well, when they met they weren’t a couple. And when they broke up, they had a story to tell to raise the hair up on your arms.

I know what you need.

Like the voice of a submarine captain tolling off fathoms, the words he had greeted her with followed her down to sleep.

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Stephen King * Carrie

Carrie stood among [the girls] stolidly, a frog among swans. She was a chunky girl with pimples on her neck and back and buttocks, her wet hair completely without color.

Imagine you were an ugly duckling in school and your mom was a religious fanatic who thought that pregnancies were the direct result of sex and any sex is sinful. Imagine you are going though puberty with no liberty and no-one to tell you what a period is. Imagine Carrie.

 

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Stephen King * The night shift * The man who loved flowers

if there is anything more beautiful than springtime, it’s young love

The Man Who Loved Flowers

In May 1963 a man buys flowers for his girlfriend, Norma. As he walks into an alley, he sees a woman walking down the alleyway, and he rushes up to her. He calls her name, and she looks around.

“I’ve bought some flowers for you, Norma.”

The woman tells him: “You must be mistaken, my name is-” She then sees a hammer in his pocket and opens her mouth to scream.

She backed away, her face a round white blur, her mouth an opening black 0 of terror, and she wasn’t Norma, Norma was dead, she had been dead for ten years, and it didn’t matter because she was going to scream and he swung the hammer to stop the scream, to kill the scream, and he swung the hammer the spill of flowers fell out of his hand, the spill spilled and broke open, spilling red, white, and yellow tea roses beside the dented trash cans where the cats made alien love in the dark, screaming in love, screaming, screaming. He swung the hammer and she didn’t scream, but she might scream because she wasn’t Norma, none of them were Norma, and he swung the hammer, swung the hammer, swung the hammer. She wasn’t Norma and so he swung the hammer, as he had done five other times.

poster-the-man-who-loved-flowersThe man kills the woman because she isn’t Norma.. and then walks off. After an unspecified amount of time, he leaves the alleyway. Through the narrator, we find out that “Norma” has been dead for ten years, and the grief most likely drove the man to insanity, convincing himself that nearly every woman is Norma. The young man says that his name is Love.

His name was love, and he walked these dark streets because Norma was waiting for him. And he would find her. Some day soon.

Deep blue sea * Theatre

Sometimes I like taking advantage of the perks of having a Cineworld Unlimited card – it means I can go and see a theatre play, in the cinema, with only £8 (or abouts). I saw “The deep blue sea” a few weeks ago and it’s only now I managed to put aside some time and talk about it.

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A flat in Ladbroke Grove, West London. 1952.

When Hester Collyer is found by her neighbours in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge begins to emerge.

With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion. Behind the fragile veneer of post-war civility burns a brutal sense of loss and longing.

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Stephen King * The running man (Bachman books)

There are a few Stephen King books which I read in an afternoon or two and the Bachman books are some of them. I loved “Rage” and Blaze and Thinner and also the Running man. The book was adapted into a movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger but I must say I loved the book more.

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In the year 2025, the best men don’t run for president, they run for their lives.

PS (the book version I had said 2005 which is long gone)

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“The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak

Finished the book in tears.

It’s a small story, about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Death is recalling the story and Death will be the one to visit Liesel three times.  During the second World War,  Death has never been busier. People dying on both sides – the English, the Russians, the Germans sent to fight on foreign fronts and Jews.

Mass extermination is well known and all I could think of when reading this book is how could it be, that now, in the 21st century, there are people that still think that Second World War never happened and the Holocaust is a massive conspiracy. You don’t believe me? Just google it and you’ll be surprised what some people believe…

With this in mind, thread carefully into to the book and the life and adventure of Liesel as she goes to her new adoptive family on Himmel street.

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