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Book Review – Duma Key by Stephen King

Posted by bunchgrasser on January 4, 2009

duma-key-picSince I read so much – I thought adding an occasional book review might be helpful. I don’t plan to offer a deep analysis or anything like that – just a few words to express whether or not I enjoyed a particular book.

My friends and family know that I mostly prefer reading creepy, horror fiction. I’ve read quite a few books outside that genre – but I keep coming back to authors like Stephen King & Dean Koontz for some reason. I also read quite a few detective novels from authors like James Patterson and Jonathan Kellerman. I guess I like the continuation of the primary protagonists.

I recently finished Duma Key by Stephen King and found it very entertaining. I’ve read most everything from this author and most of his novels I found to be quite creepy (some of them clearly over the line). Duma Key didn’t feel that way – although it clearly had the level of “scariness” that I’m used to from King.

Was the book long? Yes. Were the characters real? Yes. Was the storyline believable? Well, not really – but how many of King’s other novels fall into this category? King has the ability to suck you into a story no matter how far fetched the “believability” factor is. The sign of a great writer in my opinion.

I enjoyed reading Duma Key and consider it not the best, but certainly one of King’s better works.

My rating: 4/5 Stars

Image courtesy of Amazon.com

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Finally…”Once a Runner” novel going back to printer

Posted by bunchgrasser on October 21, 2008

I just read on Kelly Johnson’s Run Oregon Blog that “Once a Runner” by John L Parker Jr. is finally going back to the printer and will be available this spring.

I heard about this inspiring, fictional novel when I started training for my first marathon last year and wanted to get a copy. However, the book is in such high demand that finding a copy is near impossible, unless you want to pay $60-$90 or more on Ebay for a used copy.

You can pre-order your very own copy of this book from Amazon for April 2009 delivery. I’ve already ordered mine and I can’t wait to read it. Check out some of the reviews below:

“By far the most accurate fictional portrayal of the world of the serious runner. . . a marvelous description of the way it really is.” — Kenny Moore, of Sports Illustrated

“I hate to use a clich, but I couldn’t put it down.” — Joe Henderson, Runner’s World

“I’m jealous. This is very close to the kind of book I’ve wanted to write for years. . . [Parker] has shown an ability to find that vein that runners have within them, and write about it better than anyone ever has.” — Don Kardong, of Runner’s World

“I’ve read `Once a Runner’ six times and still enjoy it immensely. It continues to renew my heart to `go after the fire, not the smoke.” — J.A. Sandoz, Olympia, WA

“My 17-year-old son was transfixed with `Once a Runner’. . .” — Jon Boon, Columbia, MD

“Perhaps the best novel ever written about running. There are parts of Once a Runner that are pure poetry. I have never read descriptions of what it is to run and race as accurate and compelling as Parker’s.” — Tom Jordan, Track & Field News

“The best piece of running fiction around. Beg, borrow, or buy a copy, and you’ll never need another motivator.” — Dave Langlais, Runner’s World

“There is a remarkable parallel between the pacing of this novel and a well-run race.” — Ed Ayres, Running Times –This text refers to the Paperback edition.

(reviews and image compliments of Amazon.com)

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