I went past the bookstore the other day and I ran across a little book with Stephen King’s name on it. Not wanting to dish out £14 for something so tiny, I went up on Audible and downloaded the Audio version to listen to on my way to work and back.

Looking back, I think I made the right choice. While the book is good, it’s not extraordinary enough to warrant £14 (which I normally pay for a leafy hardcover).

Well, I suppose Mr. King has to keep his income going!
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Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Scribner; First Edition edition (October 30, 2018)
Language: English

The Story

Do you remember Thinner? Without a hex in the mix, Scott Carey notices something odd about his weigh-ins.
He doesn’t look any different but he’s been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn’t want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis.

ae9e12d3-76b1-4555-826b-68244726b629.jpgIn the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of many of King’s most iconic stories, Scott is engaged in a low grade—but escalating—battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice. Both are trying to launch a new restaurant, but the people of Castle Rock want no part of a gay married couple, and the place is in trouble. When Scott finally understands the prejudices they face–including his own—he tries to help. Unlikely alliances, the annual foot race, and the mystery of Scott’s affliction bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.

Themes: small-town bigoted people, lesbian couples trying to make a living out of a vegan restaurant, people ignorant about where their dog poops. And of course an inexplicable illness which drives people to re-connect and form meaningful supportive connections.

Conclusion
Story can be summed up as: A married lesbian couple moves to town and opens a restaurant and gets push back from the conservative populace, until a breakthrough is achieved.
King’s writing is comfortable and familiar, but this feels lazy and like little effort was put forth. Cannot understand the rave reviews from some media outlets.
Should’ve been a free, introductory type book to attract new king readers and hold over existing ones until the actual new novel.

Note: There was a second story on the audio-book about a man who gets a dog for his birthday after his wife passed away and he finds he loves the small dog. The pup then finds one of his friends while being eaten by a crocodile and it turns out that the pup was a good boy because he barked off the crocodile away from his master. Yawn.

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