Review – Revival by Stephen King

revival“Home is where they want you to stay longer.”

I finished Revival yesterday and am no closer to being able to articulate my thoughts about this ‘return to horror’ by Stephen King.  There are so many quotes that I want to include for you.  So, rather than force a synopsis and review, I’ve decided to just give you some hashtags that might work.

#oldschoolstephenking

#losingmyreligion

#itselectric

#firstlove

#rockandroll

#comingofage

#family

#monkeyonyourback

#carnies

#everychoicehasconsequences

#whatsontheotherside

#antsantsants

#mother

5/5 stars and I’m pretty sure I’ll need a re-read to truly understand this one.

4 thoughts on “Review – Revival by Stephen King

  1. I just finished reading this one. I have to agree, it’s difficult to put into words how I feel about the book. On the whole, it was good. It kept me coming back. I would think about it at work and looked forward to reading it when I got home. I would set it down at times because I didn’t want to finish it too quickly. HOWEVER, I did keep waiting for some action. For some THING to happen. Yes, I know, suspense and tension and such make for great books but it seemed this whole book was a set up for the last 20 or so pages. Again, yes, I understand many a good story are told that way but…still….I just kept waiting.
    Now, that being said, I do love his knack for nostalgia writing. His characters can take you back in time to your own time growing up. In the book, Jamie talking about his childhood in the 60’s made me think of my childhood in the 70’s and things I did growing up. That part of the book (and many of his other books) was fantastic. It conjured up so many good memories for me and gave me some good, warm feelings.
    The last 20 or so pages were very, very good. There were some quotes on Mother that were very creepy and made it worth it.
    I have to also add that a part of me was hoping for a small authors note at the end about death or Heaven/Hell and his own thoughts on the matter and that maybe the book didn’t necessarily reflect his own views on the subject.
    All in all, I enjoyed it. I don’t know if I would recommend it, right away at least, to a casual reader of King. I would recommend Mr. Mercedes or Dr. Sleep before this one.

    • Thanks for the comment. I agree with a lot of what you said. For some reason I did like this one better than Mr. Mercedes and to be honest I still haven’t finished Dr. Sleep (I really need to get back to it.)

      I think King uses a lot of his own life and things he is going through to drive his writing. It would have been interesting if he had told us his personal feelings about death and the afterlife.

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