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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Watcha Readin' Wednesday

At long last, I've finished Duma Key, by Stephen King. And yes, I did finally have to "get my own copy".

After middle-aged construction baron/millionaire Edgar Freemantle is struck by a construction crane, he loses an arm, much of his vocabulary, his wife, and frequently, his temper. But what he gains from the accident - a connection to something, dark, evil, and ancient - is the focus of his story.

Edgar's voice is authentic, your average midwestern guy. (I imagined Jack Nicholson.) The other characters are vivid, the story - at least to me - realistic. For the most part, I didn't find this novel quite as creepy as most of King's work, but that's okay. Edgar's not alone in his fight against evil. He gets help from his friends Wireman and Jack, and also from a little old lady who well knows the power he's up against.

I'd rate this book a

Keeper. See ratings system below.

Got romance?

Get Your Own Copy! A book you love so much, no way are you loaning it out. Worthy of high praise and frequent recommendations – but trust us, if you let someone borrow this one, they’ll “forget” to return it. Don’t miss the next title by this author.

Keeper. You won’t regret either time or money spent with this book. It has a permanent spot on your shelf. Recommend it freely and lend it carefully to that trustworthy “inner circle” of reader friends. Put the author on your To Be Read list.

Nice Bang for Your Entertainment Buck. Well worth your time and money, but not necessarily worth a re-read. Pass it on to someone who’ll enjoy it and keep the author on your radar.

Borrow It. An okay read, but try to borrow it from a friend or library. This author will likely improve with experience, so remember him/her.

Don’t Bother. We won’t sink into varying degrees of badness – one size fits all in our “not worthy” category. Do remember, this is just one opinion, so take us with a grain of salt.

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