nose in a book

first of all, mirror project #2. what fun it is finding shiny things!

secondly, due to not feeling real well yesterday, i found that laying on the couch reading a book was more my speed than the frenetic pace of reading some blogs and fixing others and, you know, living on internet time. so. what did we have in the house that i hadn’t read yet? hearts in atlantis. interesting in that this was the book stephen king was writing at the time of his accident, and it’s really two different books, divided into before/after the accident: the first part with the usual paranormal suspects and references to the gunslinger/dark tower series, the second, picking up a thin thread from the first book and going off into the sixties and the anti-war movement, in a normal world now free of creepy car-monsters and aliens in yellow coats. the whole thing chock-full of 60’s references and me completely swept up in that period of history, which i experienced as a person too young to grasp it all, but all of it completely familiar.

i expect to be done within a few hours here, and things shall return to normal internet-wise, but right now i’m off to hang out in the sixties some more. fierce nostalgia. fierce.

6 thoughts on “nose in a book

  1. actually, the book ends up spanning four decades (you know, kinda like me) and examining the impact of the war, and the protests, and … it’s quite wonderful, really. you can really see the dividing line in King’s life, between the first part which started out introspective, almost a coming of age piece but with the horror theme, to the second part which abandons the supernatural plotlines and follows various characters all tied together by pivotal events in their lives.

    it was a perfect time for me to read this book.

  2. did someone say peace symbols and ankhs and make love not war baby? 60’s? I remember the 60’s. I started them at 9 and finished them at 19 😉 ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh dem were da days!
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  3. I was soo pleased when I read Hearts in Atlantis and found the references to the Dark Tower series in there. (I am completely in love with the Gunslinger/Dark Tower series. If I ever had a crush on a fictional character, it is Roland.) I love anytime I find a reference to Roland’s world in one of his other books. Makes me a happy girl.

  4. it was, all in all, an awesome book (or collection of books, really). i think i hadn’t read it yet because chris said it wasn’t good, that the line between before/after the accident was too clear, like King had lost his heart for horror. i would disagree — he wove the threads together quite well, and i think the horrors of war were every bit as horrifying as any other monster he’s written about.

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