Sunday, January 21, 2007

Lisey's Story by Stephen King

I just finished this book this morning so here is my review:

Lisey Landon has to go through her husband’s papers in his writing room. But there are quite a few people who would love to own stuff that Scott Landon never published and more. Some people get down right mean about it. Scott had always told her about a place he would go to escape and she had even gone there a few times. But she never could imagine how much that place would help her in her life. She also has to help her sister Amanda who in turn eventually helps her out.

This is my first Stephen King novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Yes at times it got pretty creepy and pretty gory. But I found that Mr. King’s descriptions brought everything to life for me. I had always heard that he was an amazing writer and I saw that in the pages of this book. I really enjoyed the stuff that Lisey found that Scott had written so you could get the picture of what happened through his way of telling things. Now things got pretty vivid at times but I could see that coming and was able to get through the parts that were a little scary to me. One of the main reasons I picked this one up is because it dealt with a writer and the place he would go to do some of that writing. At times, I can even say that I dipped into a pool like the one talked about in the book.

The character that stood out to me was Lisey. She had so much work to do and was not sure she would be able to complete it. Once, she finally got some help that was needed the job was easier than she thought it would be. I think that is how it is in real life when we really buckle down to do something, it takes a lot less longer than we ever thought it would. I could really relate to what she went through because journeys are not always easy and you have to battle things along the way. I know I have had to do that on more than one occasion but then I never had someone wanting to kill me. Lisey was a strong woman and she finally came to realize that by the end of the book. I would not have been happier with any other way than that. There is more to that of course but I do not want to give too much of the story away.

This book was good not only for the fact that it was about a writer but it also dealt with personal journeys through the dark regions Lisey had to come to grips with in her life. It was not an easy task but she knew she had to finish it. The writing was phenomenal and completely believable when it came to the situation Scott dealt with in his childhood to all Lisey had to work through. I would give this a 5/5 because some people touch this topic but none so well as this author Stephen King. He can take you to the depths of despair and back without blinking an eye. Lisey’s story has changed my life and made me look into my own a little more deeply.

I can't believe I have read four chunksters. :) I am going to start Blood on the River by Elisa Carbone. :) It is about Jamestown in 1607. I heard about it through one of my yahoo groups and decided to give it a try. :)