Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King- I loved Stephen King books as a kid, but I stopped reading them because they disturbed me too much. While I love horror, it doesn’t usually scare me. King seems to have a direct line to my nightmares.
Recently, I’ve been reading more horror because I’m back to my roots, integrating horror back into my writing. So if I’m going to read it, I should read what scares me.
Bazaar of Bad Dreams is an anthology of short stories. King introduces each of his stories with what gave him the idea or some other related tidbit. The introductions were almost as interesting to me as the stories themselves. Some of them were funny, some were disturbing, but they all had that special sauce a la King.
I enjoyed this book as both a reader and as a writer. As a writer, I deconstructed the stories and gleefully declared, “Ohmygosh, he used that technique there!” As a reader, the integration is seamless, and you wouldn’t know unless you were looking at it. Stephen King really is a master at his craft.
One Plus One by Jojo Moyes– I couldn’t put this book down while I was reading it. As with all of her books that I’ve read so far, this one is strangely addictive. I couldn’t tell you what I liked so much about it now that I’m reflecting on it.
I’ll probably read it again at some point to see if I can find the magic, but the thing about magic is that if you can see it, it disappears. So I’ll just say this: if you’re looking for a fun romance novel to read on a snowy or rainy day, I’d highly recommend this one. It just screams for you to curl up under some covers with coffee or tea (and a fireplace, if you have it), and read the day away.
So far this year, I’ve read all books I’ve liked. It’s a nice way to start the year. Let’s see if I can keep on like this!
Have you read either of these books? What did you think?