Lisey's Story: A Novel Paperback – Sep 9 2008
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Since his first novel was published in 1974, Stephen King has stretched the boundaries of the written word, not only bringing horror to new heights, but trying his hand at nearly every possible genre, including children's books, graphic novels, serial novels, literary fiction, nonfiction, westerns, fantasy, and even e-books (remember The Plant?). With Lisey's Story, once again King is trying something different. Lisey's Story is as much a romance as it is a supernatural thriller--but don't let us convince you. Who better to tell readers if King has written a romantic thriller than Nora Roberts? We asked Nora to read Lisey's Story and give us her take. Check out her review below. --Daphne Durham
Guest Reviewer: Nora Roberts
Nora Roberts, who also writes under the pseudonym J.D. Robb, is the author of way too many bestselling books to name here (over 150!), but some of our favorites include: Angel's Fall, Born in Death, Blue Smoke, and The Reef.
Stephen King hooked me about three decades ago with that sharply faceted, blood-stained jewel, The Shining. Through the years he's bumped my gooses with kiddie vampires, tingled my spine with beloved pets gone rabid, justified my personal fear of clowns and made me think twice about my cell phone. I've always considered The Stand--a long-time favorite--a towering tour de force, and have owed its author a debt as this was the first novel I could convince my older son to read from cover to cover.
But with Lisey's Story, King has accomplished one more feat. He broke my heart.
Lisey's Story is, at its core, a love story--heart-wrenching, passionate, terrifying and tender. It is the multi-layered and expertly crafted tale of a twenty-five year marriage, and a widow's journey through grief, through discovery and--this is King, after all--through a nightmare scape of the ordinary and extraordinary. Through Lisey's mind and heart, the reader is pulled into the intimacies of her marriage to bestselling novelist Scott Landon, and through her we come to know this complicated, troubled and heroic man.
Two years after his death, Lisey sorts through her husband's papers and her own shrouded memories. Following the clues Scott left her and her own instincts, she embarks on a journey that risks both her life and her sanity. She will face Scott's demons as well as her own, traveling into the past and into Boo'ya Moon, the seductive and terrifying world he'd shown her. There lives the power to heal, and the power to destroy.
Lisey Landon is a richly wrought character of charm and complexity, of realized inner strength and redoubtable humor. As the central figure she drives the story, and the story is so vividly textured, the reader will draw in the perfumed air of Boo'ya Moon, will see the sunlight flood through the windows of the Scott's studio--or the night press against them. Her voice will be clear in your ear as you experience the fear and the wonder. If your heart doesn't hitch at the demons she faces in this world and the other, if it doesn't thrill at her courage and endurance, you're going to need to check with a cardiologist, first chance.
Lisey's Story is bright and brilliant. It's dark and desperate. While I'll always consider The Shining, my first ride on King's wild Tilt-A-Whirl, a gorgeous, bloody jewel, I found, on this latest ride, a treasure box heaped with dazzling gems.
A few of them have sharp, hungry teeth. --Nora Roberts
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Following King's triumphant return to the world of gory horror in Cell, the bestselling author proves he's still the master of supernatural suspense in this minimally bloody but disturbing and sorrowful love story set in rural Maine. Lisey's husband, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Scott Landon, has been dead for two years at the book's start, but his presence is felt on every page. Lisey hears him so often in her head that when her catatonic sister, Amanda, begins speaking to her with Scott's voice, she finds it not so much unbelievable as inevitable. Soon she's following a trail of clues that lead her to Scott's horrifying childhood and the eerie world called Boo'ya Moon, all while trying to help Amanda and avoid a murderous stalker. Both a metaphor for coming to terms with grief and a self-referencing parable of the writer's craft, this novel answers the question King posed 25 years ago in his tale "The Reach": yes, the dead do love. (Oct.)
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He has a way of writing that pulls you in and, before you know it, you're deep into a story, caring for characters and waiting with anticipation to find out how everything will finish up. With a King novel though, things never go in the direction you think they will.
That's part of what makes him a great writer. He always keeps the reader guessing and still manages to shock them after writing for decades. Not every writer can stay fresh over such a long period of time. King is constantly changing, developing and trying new things. It's what sets him apart from everyone else.
His crowning achievement, in my opinion, is Lisey's Story.
Now, I know that he's not everyone's cup of tea, but Lisey's Story will satisfy even the pickiest reader. Stephen King has really written a literary love story that has little horror but lots of emotion.
Lisey Landon is a grieving widow. Her husband, prize winning novelist Scott Landon, has died and Lisey is cleaning out his office. While she goes over the pieces of paper and old manuscript pages, she is assailed with memories long forgotten of a place Scott used to tell her about: Boo'ya Moon. A place where shadows breathed and the impossible was possible.
Lisey has more to worry about than old papers and painful memories, however. There is a crazed fan, a man with no morals. He believes that there is a lost novel by Scott Landon and will do anything it takes to get his hands on it. Even if it means killing Lisey.
Although trying to fight memories that are coming to the surface, Lisey must remember everything she has forced herself to forget or she may die before her own story has finished its run.Read more ›
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Engrossing as usual but not one of my favourites. I will read anything of his that is not horror though.Published 4 months ago by Anne
I found Lisey's Story to be one of Stephen King's more beautiful works, a love story rich in imagery that takes you away to another world, where adventures in the dark forest reach... Read morePublished on March 6 2012 by Ila France Porcher, Author of The Shark Sessions
I wanted to like this book, but after getting 50 pages into it, I simply gave up. I read books for my own enjoyment, and if the author can't offer me anything interesting as a... Read morePublished on Dec 8 2009 by Jason Dunn
In general, this was a good story and I'm glad I read it, but I have to agree with the others. The first few chapters, possibly right to the middle of the book or so, were... Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2009 by WP
I find that I either love Stephen King's books or want to throw them, but they never leave me feeling neutral, that's for sure. Read morePublished on July 25 2008 by Samantha
I have not enjoyed this book so far, but on reading reviews I think I should "stick with it". Many reviewers had problems with the beginning chapters. Read morePublished on Aug. 10 2007 by NJD
I found it difficult to become engaged in this book. There are a few stylistic quirks (like interrupting a sentence at the end of the chapter) and reprising certain scenes over... Read morePublished on July 9 2007 by lilian
I must begin with the admission that I am a devoted King fun. However Lisey's Story is not the King I am used to reading. Read morePublished on March 12 2007 by David