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Much of the start of the book gave no mention of the horror genre (nor fairies), and read as a straight fiction type of novel. As usual, and to be expected I enjoyed the King trade-marks, references to his other books (the dog looked like Cujo; the toast hailed "Long Days and Pleasant Nights"; and references to other inspired works (especially Psycho)). The references to Wizard of Oz, The Goose Girl, Goldilocks, Rumpelstiltskin I found to be a little juvenile, and I felt King could have made more of the more gruesome Grimm versions; indeed the relationship between the boy and the dog was not dissimilar to the writings of the children's authors Michael Morpurgo and Robert Westall. I admit I wasn't fond of the later (supernatural) half of the book from imprisonment to being forced to play killing games (calling to mind Battle Royale/Hunger Games/Game of Thrones); indeed King gives credit to George R R Martin. I did enjoy the boy recounting his childhood reading - advancing from R L Stein to Lovecraft, and I appreciated that the evil prince reminded him of Cthulhu; however I did wonder why a 17 year old, good at team sports didn't hang out with his friends - opting for the dog instead.
It's ok. The first act I thought was very well written, but the rest descended into cheesiness too often. The alternative world was quite lame I thought.
I hate rating a Stephen King book lower than four stars, but I think this book just wasn't for me. I loved how it began and ended (yes it has a satisfying ending), but the middle dragged. If you're into fairy tales as a whole, you'll probably enjoy it, but I needed more dialogue and more action.
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Legendary storyteller Stephen King goes into the deepest well of his imagination in this spellbinding novel about a seventeen-year-old boy who inherits the keys to a parallel world where good and evil are at war, and the stakes could not be higher--for that world or ours. Charlie Reade looks like a regular high school kid, great at baseball and football, a decent student. But he carries a heavy load. His mom was killed in a hit-and-run accident when he was ten, and grief drove his dad to drink. Charlie learned how to take care of himself--and his dad. When Charlie is seventeen, he meets a dog named Radar and her aging master, Howard Bowditch, a recluse in a big house at the top of a big hill, with a locked shed in the backyard. Sometimes strange sounds emerge from it. Charlie starts doing jobs for Mr. Bowditch and loses his heart to Radar. Then, when Bowditch dies, he leaves Charlie a cassette tape telling a story no one would believe. What Bowditch knows, and has kept secret all his long life, is that inside the shed is a portal to another world. King's storytelling in Fairy Tale soars. This is a magnificent and terrifying tale in which good is pitted against overwhelming evil, and a heroic boy--and his dog--must lead the battle. Early in the Pandemic, King asked himself: "What could you write that would make you happy?" "As if my imagination had been waiting for the question to be asked, I saw a vast deserted city--deserted but alive. I saw the empty streets, the haunted buildings, a gargoyle head lying overturned in the street. I saw smashed statues (of what I didn't know, but I eventually found out). I saw a huge, sprawling palace with glass towers so high their tips pierced the clouds. Those images released the story I wanted to tell."
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Classification décimale de Melvil (CDD)813.54 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999
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