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on August 16, 1999
I love these customer reviews. I don't always write them myself, but this was one of the first books in a while which I actually didn't enjoy. I think unfavorable reviews are always more fun to write, as well as read. I logged on expecting others to agree with my dislike of this book, but found quite a few reviews to the contrary.
I've probably read 12-15 Stephen King books in my life. I love to be scared. Salem's Lot, great scary book. Pet Semetary, ditto. Two birthdays ago, my sister-in-law buys me Wizard and Glass, which I tried to start, and of course I had no idea what was going on. So I started the series at the beginning, actually listening to the unabridged audio cassettes. The first two were read by Frank Muller, whom Stephen King has named as his favorite reader of audio books. I marginally enjoyed these two, if nothing else but to hear Muller read. He is the man.
Well, Stephen King reads The Waste Lands himself. Yikes! Frank Muller must have been of vacation or something. I'd listened to Stephen King read Desperation, a much better book, a while back, and all I can say is WRITE 'EM, DON'T READ 'EM!!! King's nasally, New England drone is rather horrible for, like, sixteen hours worth of book.
But back to the book itself. I guess I just didn't care after about half of this book. It just seemed like he was dragging it out, trying to build suspense, and it just got boring. No real scares, no empathy for the characters, just a lot of wanna-be Tolkienisms. This is cookie-cutter writing of the type King is most often accused of.
That's just my opinion, though.