February 18th, 2010

Book 1 - The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

book 01Title: The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Psychological Horror

Plot: While on a family outing along an Appalacian Trail, Trisha leaves the path for a moment. Her family doesn't immediately notice she's gone, and Trisha finds herself lost in the woods and unable to locate anyone around. What follows is a personal rite of passage, where Trisha draws upon reserves of strength within her to survive and confronts her own faith and demons before the end.

My Thoughts: I think, had I read this book before ever experiencing any of Stephen King's other stories, I might have enjoyed myself more. It was a good book, but I found myself constantly expecting a villian that did not come. Iit was only after I finally gave up and researched the book on wikipedia to see if I was waiting in vain (I was) that I was able to finally let go of my expectations for the book and just enjoy the ride. Unfortunately, by that point, the book was three-quarters done, so much of the niggling anticipation petered out in a flat rush that gave me no joy.

I did enjoy King's descriptive powers. While I personally found the heroine of the book, Trisha, to be a bit too mature for the age he offered, I also accept that she was going through some life-changing events that would have matured her more. I do admit that I was disappointed more time wasn't given to the brother. King, at one point, takes a bit of time to point out how haunted he appears, and I was hopeful that it would be further explored, but it really was a simple aside.

Would I read this book again? Yes, and likely enjoy it more now that I'm aware of what it's about, and what to expect. For me, it's one of the few where the suspense being gone actually helps.


This is my first entry to this community, but I look forward to continuing along and meeting my 50 books in a year goal. I haven't been reading nearly as much as I should, and I miss it.

My List

Book 5

Book 5: Daughter of Ancients - Carol Berg
Genre: Fantasy

Plot:When a woman appears (D'Sanya) claiming to have been held captive for thousands of years by the Zhid, those who know that Gerrick is still alive ask him to meet the woman and see if she is telling the truth - both in this and in her claim to the most extraordinary parentage. In order to do this, Karon must help Gerrick by posing as a desperately ill man who will be housed in D'Sanya's house of healing. But as Gerrick gets to know D'Sanya better...

My thoughts:Once I got to about the middle, I was unable to put this book down. Wow.

Rating: 4.5 stars (out of 5)

5 / 50 books. 10% done!
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