Book of the Month: Fire-Starter, by Stephen King

It finally happened! After a long eight (or so) months, I’ve finally finished Fire-Starter! If you read my last blog on the topic, you know it’s been a bumpy road. I started another book in between when I didn’t think I was going to finish this Stephen King classic (more on that one later). But now it’s done, and I can finally move on with a sense of accomplishment.

One thing I have to say about Mr. King, the man knows how to describe EVERYthing. Even at the end, when I knew there was just a page and a half to go, he was introducing new characters. They couldn’t play a significant role in that short a time, but they still mattered. I’m not one to add a ton of detail to a story, I like to leave some things to the imagination, but some readers may like a brightly painted picture.

Overall, the story was catching. The man also knows how to build suspense, and do one of my favorite storytelling tricks I like to call reintroduction. It’s when a certain detail is introduced early in the story, and then brought up again at the end. This creates a satisfying full-circle effect.

To celebrate this finishing feat, I think I’ll watch the movie to see how it compares. Plus, Drew Barrymore was a pretty cute kid, so it can’t be all that bad.

Next up: Cecelia Ahern, The Time of my Life. Not only is she the author of P.S. I Love You—which became one of my favorite movies—but the premise is unique, and a lot more my speed. Here’s how Amazon describes it… One day, Life shows up at Lucy Silchester’s door, in the form of a sloppy but determined man. Life follows her everywhere – from the office, to the bar, and to her bedroom – and Lucy learns that some of the choices she has made and the stories she has told aren’t what they seem. Now her half-truths are about to be revealed, unless Lucy tells the truth about what really matters to her.

Please feel free to read along with me this month and let me know what you think. If you have recommendations for a future book of the month, please leave it in the comments below. Happy reading!

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