Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Reviewing Hearts In Atlantis by Stephen King

(This post brought to you early courteously of BC Ferries and their early morning sailing to the mainland. Okay, so, BC Ferries doesn't really know that they have anything to do with this post. So, please let's keep it our little secret. 
The ferry leaves at 7:40 am. Really? Hmm, that's just too early. : ) )

From the back of the book:  As the characters in Hearts In Atlantis are tested in every way, King probes and unlocks, the secrets of his generations for us all. Full of danger, full of suspense, and most of all full of heart, Stephen King's new book (released in 1999) will take some readers to a place they have never been...and others to a place they have never been able to leave completely.'

What attracted me to this book:  -the book was written by one of my favourite authors.
-the central theme (1960s)

My thoughts:  Hearts In Atlantis is a cleverly designed story. The four chapters--1960, 1966, 1983, 1999--could read like stand-alone short stories and novellas. What weaves them together are relatable characters. Like the master storyteller he is, King isn't afraid to waltz between first and third person point of view as he moves from chapter to chapter. Chapter one and three read like a Stephen King story. What I mean is that he sets you firmly in reality and then takes you to places you could never go without his help. Chapter two and four have surprises of their own but your feet never leave the ground. Thank you, Mr. King for this entertaining read.
Me:  I've packed my bags. 
You:  That's nice, Leanne. Where are you heading?
Me:  (beaming) Well, to a writers' retreat.
You:  That's exciting. Have you been on a writing retreat before?
Me:  Yes, it's very exciting. And no, I've never been to a writers' retreat before. But I have been on a writer's retreat that I designed back in June.
You:  Tell me about the writers' retreat you're going on.
Me:  Well, ... (link--scroll down to Federation of BC Writers Annual Writers' Retreat)
You: Please tell me about it when you come back home.
Me:  Thank you, for your interest--I will.
Work on work in progress
My first reader came through in a big way. And now my muse and I will have fun dancing from The Sweater Curse:  a novel to the sequel to A Long Way From Her. Oh, yes, I'm going to have fun. 
Next post:  Interviewing Leanne Dyck
(Knowing that I wasn't going to be home to promote an author post I racked my brain trying to come up with an alternative. I hope you enjoy this diversion. And if you do can you please do me a huge favour. Please promote the post on facebook or twitter or Google +. I would greatly appreciate it. Type to you soon.)

1 comment:

Laurie Buchanan said...

Mum's the word...your secret is safe with me :)