Saturday, May 21, 2016
Review: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams (The Bazaar of Bad Dreams #1-20) by Stephen King
Summary from Goodreads:
A master storyteller at his best—the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story.
Since his first collection, Nightshift, published thirty-five years ago, Stephen King has dazzled readers with his genius as a writer of short fiction. In this new collection he assembles, for the first time, recent stories that have never been published in a book. He introduces each with a passage about its origins or his motivations for writing it.
There are thrilling connections between stories; themes of morality, the afterlife, guilt, what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. “Afterlife” is about a man who died of colon cancer and keeps reliving the same life, repeating his mistakes over and over again. Several stories feature characters at the end of life, revisiting their crimes and misdemeanors. Other stories address what happens when someone discovers that he has supernatural powers—the columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries in “Obits;” the old judge in “The Dune” who, as a boy, canoed to a deserted island and saw names written in the sand, the names of people who then died in freak accidents. In “Morality,” King looks at how a marriage and two lives fall apart after the wife and husband enter into what seems, at first, a devil’s pact they can win.
Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of King’s finest gifts to his constant reader—“I made them especially for you,” says King. “Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth.”
I tend to stay away from short stories, I don't know why but I'm not a huge fan. However, I'd been craving some Stephen King so I decided to pick up his latest batch of short stories and it was an enjoyable read.
It was a hodgepodge of different genres, horror, fiction, and poetry, and that was an interesting aspect of the collection.
My favorite tale was Ur, which is able a kindle that accesses content from different universes, it was so unique!
Mile 81 was a great horror tale as well, and it made me finally check out Christine because of the killer car element. Bad Little Kid was a classic horror from King and I'd been missing his horror novels lately.
And the last story I wanted to point out was Summer Thunder, it had a Sons of Anarchy (a show that King was on) reference and a cute dog. :)
I recommend checking this out if you enjoy King's writing.
Four Stars Out of Five Stars