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Reading Challenge 2016: 1 of 50

It seems that by the time I’ll put to good use my photo camera and my airplane tickets I will have to bore you with my reading challenge. Yeah, the one I’m so excited about that I already read the first book and am halfway through my second.

I have to admit I had a hard time finding some of the books I chose and I am not quite sure I will get my hand on some of them and might have to change some choices but for ensuring a good start I chose to start with one of my all-time favorites: Mr. Stephen King.


I started reading “The Bazaar of Bad Dreams” last Friday and I had it finished by Sunday. My chaotic sleeping pattern in that period might just be explained by the effects Mr. King’s writing has on me.

 One of my favorite things in Stephen King’s collections of short stories is the fact that he takes the time to explain the sources of his ideas and his creative process while addressing his Constant Reader directly.

I, a faithful constant reader, enjoy this maybe as much as I enjoy the stories that make me think and feel so strongly.

 There’s not deeper fear for me other than that caused by Stephen King’s writing. Yes, I have bigger frights on my own hearing a door creak in the middle of the night, or I might be terrified by a horror movie scene or a friend jumping from behind the dresser when I’m lost in thoughts but those are superficial frights.

Instead, the fear or unease created by Stephen King goes a lot deeper and touches all the delicate issues that we tend to avoid thinking about: death and what’s before and beyond: failure, pain, violence and all those primal fears we can never put into words or justify in this time and place of safety, light and comfort.

 My favorites from his latest collection were chosen with difficulty.

  • My favorite and least scary, actually appealing is called Ur and it’s about a Kindle with which you can go through to other dimensions and read the books famous authors have written there.( some are the same, others were never written, their lives being completely different in term of quality and span)
  •   Then I would go for Mr. Yummy, a story about the things that make old people feel their time is over or almost over.
  •  Afterlife deals with  thoughts that cross my mind more often than they should so I really enjoyed reading it and thinking about it afterwards.

 As the author himself says, these being Stephen King stories they all have double sharp edges or claws but some bite or cut worse than others.

I got bitten a few times and cut myself in thoughts I usually put aside easily and because of this I must give my first book of the challenge 5 golden stars out of just as many possible.


 I wanted my second book of the challenge to be Brokeback Mountain but I had the nice surprise of finding out that I have downloaded a version in Spanish. I wanted to give it a go nonetheless but my Spanish being so rusty it would have probably taken me the whole year to finish it.

  I skipped it for now and went straight to the category: A science fiction novel where I had chosen Neuromancer by Wiliam Gibson. I am halfway through it and I cannot express an opinion I’ll get back to you on that once it will have and end and hopefully a conclusion.

This is an account of my first book in the reading challenge. Because good and beautiful things never come alone just today I found an interview of Mr. King taken by another author I’m starting to like a lot: Neil Gaiman.

I share it with you because it’s fun and brilliant like the two characters and it contains an anecdote I just love, told by Mr King:


I was down here in the supermarket, and this old woman comes around the corner this old woman – obviously one of the kind of women who says whatever is on her brain.

She said, ‘I know who you are, you are the horror writer. I don’t read anything that you do, but I respect your right to do it. I just like things more genuine, like that Shawshank Redemption.’

And I said, ‘I wrote that’. And she said, ‘No you didn’t’. And she walked off and went on her way.”

– See more at: http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2012/04/popular-writers-stephen-king-interview.html#sthash.rAQcjIwG.dpuf


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