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Carrie – by Stephen King, book review



Carrie White wasn't a bad person. She wasn't ugly, stupid or weird. Yet the peers laughed at her. They made fun of the way she dressed, pimples, fanatical mother, retrogressive behaviour and lack of knowledge about sex and growing up.
Being bullied and not very popular at school is a drama of many teenagers and the topic is very deep. But Carrie wasn't just a regular teenager, she had a power. A power to end all the laughter... Power to stop people teasing her. Power to get a revenge for all the humiliations.

Stephen King approaches a telekinesis in an almost scientific way. Although science does not recognise the phenomenon of telekinesis as there is no reliable evidence of its presence, King tells his story as there was a telekinesis in our universe and Carrie's case was not by it means isolated.
The cited scientific texts explain telekinesis as a mental ability, genetically recorded, inherited in a similar way to haemophilia. In this aspect, Stephen King is truly capable of making the impression of authenticity.

"Carrie" was King's debut. Since then, his horror writing skills have grown to perfection. And as a debut, his first novel cannot be criticised. The idea and main plot are very interesting. The characters are real and the situations that take place in this book are amazing. Although the book is cruel and shocking but not as scary as it could be expected from King. A girl using her mind power to close the doors, throw people in the air or making the explosion from the distance does not became a monster to me. All the horrible things she is doing made me stunned but still I even cheered on her. To me Carrie is just a lost teenager.

Is "Carrie" a horror? I honestly don't know. To me it was more of a psychological novel with moments of horror. But I did enjoy it as I always do all the books written by Stephen King.

I do recommend this author and his novels to everyone on every chance I get. If you go through my book reviews you can find a few more of this author such as: "It" and "Cujo".

Hope you will like his books just as much as I do :)

The Chosen Child – Graham Masterton, book review

I must admit I am in a all in a mood for bloody horrors lately and surprisingly I do not find it weird :) After I was one with few books written by Stephen King (such as "Cujo", "Carrie" and "It") .
I decided to change the author and reached for another book from Graham Masterton.
I already wrote one review of Graham's books; "Trauma" left me with great respect towards this author even though in his performance there are more and less successful books, but in my opinion The Chosen Child (alongside "Trauma") belongs to the first group especially for the multitude of interesting characters and their colourful scratches and an extraordinary story of the murderer from the canals.


The action of the novel takes place in Warsaw, Poland. It is a series of unexplained and brutal murders. An unknown offender deprives his victims of body parts that are found throughout the city. One part was discovered at the construction site of the modern Sanacki Hotel.The owner of the place is not very happy about the situation happening as he is afraid of investment delays. The Police is unable to capture the offender so the investor; Sarah Leonard manage to get a retired Chicago cop - Clayton Marsha to come and work together with Polish officer Stefan Rey. They lead the investigation, which slowly brings them to the traces of the killer. As it turns out, he lives in the canals of Warsaw and seems to be more than a man...


Personally I decided not to be very bothered by authenticity or not quite accurate presentation of Poland as what's important is the main plot of The Chosen Child and that is what Graham told us in a best way.
I focus here on the most important element that is the character of the killer himself traversing the canals of the capital city of Poland. 
Masterton in his mind probably has an infinite number of stories in which the mythical monsters and unspecified creatures of legends are dominating. In the case of The Chosen Child the figure invented by the author and the story attributed to him is merged into a neat whole, which falls within the framework of good horror.

I highly recommend this book to everyone who likes a good horrors. It is certainly Masterton at his best. Enjoy :) 



It – by Stephen King, book review

A week with over one thousand pages, seven sleepless nights and a new fear of clowns. This is what Stephen King brought on me with his great novel “It”.
I was shocked, scared and amazed at the same time. This book was definitely written in his peak form. One of the best of the bests.
Although the book is very famous and has its films counterparts I decided to write a review about it with a hope you guys will join me and became a huge Stephen King’s fans.

The author knows how to focus readers attention and capture their minds. He returns to his favourite small-town climates (the same small town we have read about in “Cujo”) The story is about the fight between good and evil that has been there for centuries.

In 1958, in fictional small town of Derry a series of cruel crimes take place. The brutally murdered children are found, both the police and parents are convinced it is a serial killer doing… they could not be more wrong.
Then seven friends; six boys and one girl are witnesses to strange events and are able to see children’s murderer in his most common mask - clown. The bunch of friends decided to face the beast and put an end to the circle of this brutal events.

The action is built gradually and unhurriedly with great descriptions. The characters are tailor-made - living figures, each with unique qualities, each memorable, each with its own history. All of this makes this novel a perfect read, intense narration doesn’t let the curiosity leave the readers even for a minute - and what I must admit is a big achievement as the book is not one of the shortest.
It is a novel about growing up, discovering the world, the power of friendship, the worst nightmares of childhood haunting over adulthood. It forces the readers to widen their imagination, look into their dusty nooks, and what's important - to discover if there is fear that is caused by IT.

Stephen King again (alongside "Carrie" and "Joyland") invites readers to travel through the uneasy childhood and recesses of the mind of growing up.

As I mentioned above I was thrilled by this book. And with a clean conscious I recommend this book to every reader out there.