The runway was busy but the bus stop was free

I took this photograph the other day near to Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

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Stephen King Special

Stephen King‘s new book is out soon!!! Here’s the blurb…

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed forever.
If you had the chance to change the course of history, would you? Would the consequences be worth it? 

Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.

Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane—and insanely possible—mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life—a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time. 

It sounds really great and I can’t wait to read it but I should hold up my hand and admit I only just finished reading King’s story collection Full Dark, No Stars. These are all good stories but a couple of them are especially good.

‘1922’ is exceptional; a simple, straight-forwardly told tale of a man who thinks killing his wife will solve all the problems of his life but slowly learns otherwise. It’s understated and slow-paced and yet amazingly suspenseful.  ‘Big Driver‘ is about a woman who is raped at a roadside and her struggle for survival and revenge. It achieves a level of suspense that I’ve never found in prose before; makes you feel like you’re watching one of those films where you want to shout “don’t go in there!” at the screen. The part where the woman hunts down her attacker felt weaker and the satnav and pet cat developing imaginary voices seemed a bit too wisecrack-ish (I know… it’s not a word). ‘Fair Extension‘ was funny in a very dark way but nothing special.

A Good Marriage‘ was amazing! The best story of the lot, it focuses on a woman who discovers evidence in the garage that her husband is a serial killer. This is so underplayed and realistic that I just couldn’t stop reading. Again, suspense levels are sky high (I don’t know any other writer who can do this!). The wife’s reactions were completely authentic and grabbed me from the start. This is a truly great story; not in a literary sense maybe but for sheer visceral honesty. Creating suspense in writing is phenomenally hard and many so called literary authors could not possibly affect the emotions the way Stephen King does in this story.

On top of all this we have King’s e-book Mile 81 which also looks intriguing. I haven’t really got into reading on a screen yet; haven’t got a Kindle or any gadget of that type. My main problem with the reading machines is the fact that I love reading in the bath and I don’t know whether me and my rubber ducky would get fried alive if I accidentally dropped the thing into the water. Sounds like something that might happen in a King story!

Anyway that’s the end of my Stephen King special. If you have read any of the stuff I’ve mentioned above I’d love to hear your comments/recommendations etc. Please squint hard to find the COMMENT button below.