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Reviewsday: The Gunslinger by Stephen King

Long Days and Pleasant Nights Await in "The Gunslinger"!

The first book in King's seven-book 'The Dark Tower' series, 'The Gunslinger' will be nothing like anything you've read before. 'The Gunslinger' introduces us to Roland Deschain of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger, on his quest to reach the mysterious Dark Tower. Western Gunslinger 'knights' meet interdimensional travel in an eery dreamlike narrative. You'll never be able to predict what turn the book takes next. Far from being disorganised chaos, you will need to pay particularly close attention when reading 'The Gunslinger' and the rest of The Dark Tower series to truly appreciated just how incredibly finely-woven this story is. Not a single detail is mentioned without reason - everything comes back to the Dark Tower in the end...

A seamless blend of fantasy and Western, it won't be long until you'll be back for the second book, 'The Drawing of the Three'.

- Caitlin, QBD West Lakes

Red Cover. Stephen King. This will be good.

 

The master of suspense is back in May 2018 with a thriller that will leave you gasping for more!

"There are some covers that grab you from the moment you see them, and the new Stephen King had me right from the colour red. I cannot wait to get my hands on this book!" - Shannon for QBD

When an eleven-year-old boy is found murdered in a town park, reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town's popular Little League coach, Terry Maitland, as the culprit. DNA evidence and fingerprints confirm the crime was committed by this well-loved family man.

Horrified by the brutal killing, Detective Ralph Anderson, whose own son was once coached by Maitland, orders the suspect to be arrested in a public spectacle. But Maitland has an alibi. And further research confirms he was indeed out of town that day.

As Anderson and the District Attorney trace the clues, the investigation expands from Ohio to Texas. And as horrifying answers begin to emerge, so King's propulsive story of almost unbearable suspense kicks into high gear.

Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy but there is one rock-hard fact, as unassailable as gravity: a man cannot be in two places at the same time. Can he?

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About the author:
Stephen King is the bestselling author of more than fifty books. His novels include Carrie, The Shining and Revival. His novel Under the Dome is now a major TV series. His novel 11.22.63 won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association.

Many of his books have been turned into celebrated films including Misery, The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. Over the years, King has had various cameo roles in film adaptations of his books as well as playing rhythm guitar in the Rock Bottom Remainders, a rock and roll band made up of some of America's bestselling and best-loved writers

He was the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives with his wife, novelist Tabitha King, in Maine, USA.

QBD Reviews: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King

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All it took was the title to get me hooked on this book. With the title The Bazaar of Bad Dreams Stephen King creates an immediately moody image of a dark marketplace, full of creatures with eyes glowing as you walk past. Who knows what you’ll see at the next stall, your only guarantee is that it won’t be pleasant. What comes after this title doesn’t disappoint with King proving that talent doesn’t age, in his newest book he’s still scary as hell and funnier than ever. The eclectic collection shows King trying on a bit of everything, from the subtle to the far-out unbelievable. Although most famous for his scary monsters, stories like ‘Morality’ and ‘Premium Harmony’ see him concentrating on the human world. He creates realistic characters whose worlds seem to stretch beyond the short stories in this book. These stories are something of a respite between the horror King weaves with unique concepts from deep in that twisted brain of his.

Although far from King’s first collection of short stories he immediately sets this book apart by introducing each story to his audience. This is my favourite part of the book as he peels back the curtain a little and allows his Constant Reader a glimpse into the process of creating these nightmares. It’s fascinating to see how the simplest of things can trigger a whole tale and he’s great about giving credit to those who inspired by him.

Don’t let the phrase ‘short’ story deter you, there is plenty of King to sink your teeth into. The horror will have you on the edge of your seat, rooting for the hero. Did I mention the laughs? His pop culture references are worth looking out for (Beliebers beware!), especially when he’s referencing his own cultural impact.

~Megan, QBD Miranda

QBD’s 25 Books of Christmas: #23

Book23social Our elves love a good thriller- and who better to give you one than Stephen King!

A thrilling collection of twenty stories - some brand new, some published in magazines, all entirely brilliant and assembled in one book for the first time. With bonus introductions to each story by King.

Perfect for: Anyone that loves a quick read, short stories or chills running up and down their spine!

In THE BAZAAR OF BAD DREAMS there is a curio for every reader - a man who keeps reliving the same life, repeating the same mistakes over and over again, a columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries, a poignant tale about the end of the human race and a firework competition between neighbours which reaches an explosive climax. There are also intriguing connections between the stories; themes of morality, guilt, the afterlife and what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past.

Reviewsday: Finders Keepers by Stephen King

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Finders Keepers is the edge-of-your-seat sequel to bestseller Mr Mercedes, King's first foray into the crime fiction genre. And if there's one thing Stephen King can do better than anyone else, it's suspense! From the first page, this book will grip you by the throat and refuse to let go. I finished it in a day, I just couldn't put it down!

Reclusive author John Rothstein awakes in the middle of the night to find himself the victim of a home invasion. But this is no random break-in, and the violent masked men are after something more than money. They want his unpublished manuscripts. Behind one of the masks is an obsessed fan, enraged by the emasculating ending to Rothstein's famous 'Johnny Gold' series. He is out for vengeance after watching his favourite character, his kindred spirit, 'sell out' for a white picket fence and career in advertising.

Fast forward more than two decades, and young Pete Saubers makes the discovery of a lifetime. Buried beside the creek near his house lies a long-forgotten chest, filled with cash and notebooks. Hundreds of notebooks filled with the post-retirement writings of the famous John Rothstein. Deciding to use the cash to help his family, and keeping the notebooks hidden away for his own reading, Pete squirrels away the loot for safekeeping. Little does he know that the man, the very dangerous man, who buried that chest has spent the intervening years in jail for another crime, waiting for the day his parole is granted and he can finally retrieve his treasure...

9781444788648Eventually our favourite retired detective Bill Hodges is called on the scene to investigate Pete's suspicious behaviour, and he teams up with old pals Holly Gibney and Jerome Robinson to find and rescue the boy, if the newly released psychopath doesn't reach him first...

Horror? Done. Fantasy? Done. Non-Fiction? Done. Crime Fiction? Done. Is there anything Stephen King can't do? These crime novels are as well-crafted and suspenseful as the legends of the genre, and I for one can't wait for this series to keep going.