D is for Desperation

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Locdesperationcoverated off a desolate stretch of Interstate 50, Desperation, Nevada has few connections with the rest of the world. It is a place, though, where the seams between worlds are thin. Miners at the China Pit have accidentally broken into another dimension and released a horrific creature known as Tak, who takes human form by hijacking some of the town’s residents. The forces of good orchestrate a confrontation between this ancient evil and a group of unsuspecting travelers who are lured to the dying town. This rag-tag band of unwilling champions is led by a young boy who speaks to God.  – from StephenKing.com

Coming up with a favorite book for the letter D was a really hard task – oddly enough, EVERY book that I was considering was by Stephen King.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Dolores Claiborne. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Doctor Sleep. The Dark Half was amazing. The Dark Tower Series? An epic feat of writing. And really, for those who are uninitiated to the world of Stephen King, Desperation is definitely NOT the place you want to start reading. So why did I pick this book?

Desperation is DARK. Desperation is chock full to the core of gore and torture and terror, and terrible, terrible things.

And that is exactly what I loved about it.

Desperation was shocking to me when I first read it, which was years ago, when it first came to paperback. I had no idea that there were books in the world that were SO GORY and violent and terrifying. When I was reading it, I felt like I was doing something wrong, or getting away with something.

You know that sick feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you drive by a nasty car accident and you just can’t stop yourself from rubbernecking? That’s Desperation, from beginning to end.

It’s a book of terror, not a book of horror. You should know that before dipping in. You should know that, if you do start the book and want to finish, you’re going to be wondering what it says about you as a person that you WANT to finish reading it.

Desperation is not for the weak. It’s for the people who carry a little bit of darkness inside of them, and like that about themselves… Ready to join that club?

This year I’m participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge and my theme is: My Favorite Books from A-Z

8 Comments on “D is for Desperation”

  1. This one sounds great! I’ll have to pick it up. Thanks for sharing the wonderful review! If you’re ever interested in some other awesome book reviews and musings, be sure to follow! Thanks!

  2. I never got into this one, maybe I need to revisit. I loved Dr. Sleep because to me it was a return to “old school” SK-style writing…exactly what he moved away from with Hearts in Atlantis, etc. I don’t even remember if I read Dolores Claiborne, now that I think about it…

    1. Doctor Sleep was SO good. I was so skeptical of a follow up “sequel” to the Shining, but regardless of its connections I think it’s his best in many years.

  3. I’ve never been a huge King fan – horror gets me. The only one I’ve read is The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordan. And I’ll probably never read another book by his. With maybe an exception for the Dark Tower series, simply because I have had lots of people recommend it to me.

    I’m more more comfortable with science fiction.

    1. It’s hard to judge King on one book, as his styles and stories are so different. The Dark Tower series took me years to get through and I still haven’t finished it!

    2. The two books I most love by Stephen King are The Dead Zone and The Tommyknockers, both of which I think could be considered more science fiction than horror, especially the latter. 🙂

      1. I loved most of the Tommyknockers – it’s been years since I’ve read it. I remember being annoyed by too much talk of the main character’s alcoholism and terrible choices lol! But I guess that’s King in his substance abuse years!

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