May's Flavor of the Month - Gerald's Game
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Gerald's Game is nowhere near my favorite King book (in fact, it, Insomnia and Rose Madder seemed to be a point where to me King lost his way for a while). Maybe I'll appreciate them all more this go round.
Whatever my feelings for Gerald's Game, it has the single scariest moment in any book I've read. I'll go into it more when I'm actually reading the book (otherwise I might run out of stuff to talk about!).
anyway...I'm reading the dog scene now. ugh. I think it works to cement in our minds exactly how trapped she is. thanks for the visual, Mr. King.
I think in this one he dives deeper into the damaged woman pool. He was definitely in the shallow end of it for Pet Sematary. Between this and Dolores C he's over his head. Not sure how I feel about it since I can't remember the other book too well. After a couple of fresh reads I'll figure it out though.
I'm gonna go try and finish Hellstrom's Hive tonight and get crackin' on this one tomorrow!
I like Jessie's voices and am wondering what happened to her in the past (I've completely forgotten this part).
She's just now being visited by the former Prince. Oh, reading that section makes me mad! He's just a fictional character, but I wanted to find Mr. Sutlin and slug him!
My wife and I are animal lovers and aside from books, our house is filled with rescues. A guinea pig, two dogs and nine(!) cats.
As I read through the book, I'm picturing it as a stage play. If it were done right, it could be very suspenseful.
Reading Gerald's Game now, I have no clue why I didn't like it the first time. I must have been having a bad time otherwise that effected my reading or something, because this book is rockin'!
I do think that all of Stephen King's 'eclipse' books were a certain period in his life. Gerald's Game, Dolores Claiborne, Insomnia and Rose Madder all fit together as a group, don't they?
Somewhere in this tangent he started to lose me. I didn't groove on my original read of Gerald's Game (though now I'm questioning why), I didn't read Dolores Claiborne (though I think the movie is one of King's best, so I'm looking forward to that), I really disliked Insomnia (I'm curious to see how that reread goes) and I actually quit Rose Madder.
He got back on track with The Green Mile and Desperation/The Regulators (which are a couple of my favorites).
I'm kind of hoping my newly discovered positivity towards Gerald's Game extends to Insomnia and Rose Madder.
Back to GG though, yeah, it's one-dimensionality of location would make for a good play and I think that's what turns some people off. It's really pretty stifled for a King novel in terms of action, locations, supernatural aspects and characters. In a way it seems almost like it was an exercise for him - a test to see if he could write successfully within such confines.
I'm talking of course about where she sees the earring. The appearance of the Space Cowboy is creepy and unsettling. Very eerie. But then we half suspect that he is a figment of Jessie's damaged senses.
Then we find out (in painful detail) exactly what happened when the sun went out. You sort of forget that scene. Or at least put it on the back burner. It was too weird by half. Had to be a hallucination. But when she sees that earring, you know. It wasn't some sort of Freudian ghost. No, this stranger is real. And it's only midday. But Jessie's got nowhere to go. And you know he's coming back.
The biggest fear I have is waking up to find that someone else is in the room (which is why I'm a sucker for UFO abduction stories even though I know that it is just electrical activity in the brain causing people to feel that alien presence). Or looking out of our sliding-glass door at night and seeing a prowler there. And King captured that feeling so well.
Now, from outside I can see that this is some shaky plot construction. The plot twist is just too outlandish, unlikely and coincidental. I think the Space Cowboy is part of the reason people really dislike the book. I know that it is why I remembered the book as weak.
But regardless, that earring on the floor has stayed with me since the first time I read the book almost twenty years ago.
In fact I will admit that I got up and turned the PC back on just to write this post because it seemed preferable to closing the book and turning off the light.
In terms of plot well, I'm forgiving because the execution was so deft.
Man, I was kind of dreading the reread. I was wrong. I'm hoping on finishing the book today.
Now, I know in this case that I am the one being unrealistic, but reading her thoughts about his fate made me hate her, just a little bit.
Ah well. I should finish the book tonight. My previous rating (based on my hazy recollections of a read fifteen+ years ago) was three stars. I'll have to revise that.
Despite having the most outrageously unbelievable plot twist I've encountered in any Stephen King book, the story grabbed hold and never let me go in a way that few books do anymore.
The gruesome bit? The escape from the handcuff, obviously. I cringed all through it, I'm very squeamish.
The scary bits? Joubert. The scariest? When he recognised her in court and raised his arms. Horrible. Earlier scenes with Joubert were great scares/jumps but just that. That last scene was horrible.
The eclipse flashback? Extremely well done considering the subject matter but cheapened by the rest of the plot, which had too much going on. The link to Dolores Claiborne wasn't as effective as the other way round, it seemed to serve no purpose.
The Joubert parts were pure horror, and didn't seem to have a place in this sort of book. He was also a victim of child abuse (and an even more appalling abuse at that) but he was barely human, more or less a monster. And I think Jessie was having enough bad luck without the worst serial killer in modern Maine history showing up.