Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Book-Report #3 - Wolfsmond / Wolves of the Calla

I finally finished the 900+ pages of Stephen King's "Wolves of the Calla" (or "Wolfsmond" - wolf moon - as it is called in German).
I'm not entirely sure why it took me so long, because it actually was well written and I enjoyed it. I suppose it really was just a bad time for me to read such a long book which was also too thick to carry with me everywhere.

My aunt once gave me my very first Stephen King book, which was also one of the first books that I read without having to. Nowadays I would say I was too young to read something like this, but back then it didn't bother me and I acquired more of his works (but also books from other authors and genres).
It was also in those early days that I started with the first part of "The Dark Tower", of which this is now the fifth part. I didn't like or enjoy all of them equally, yet I'm determined to finish this series. Actually, I'm looking forward to the next part. Perhaps this time I don't wait so long that I can't remember what has happened before.

I can't really tell why many people consider Stephen King a good author, I just can admit that I share this opinion. It would be nice to figure out the hows and whys so that my own writing could improve from that.

On a final note, let me try to summarize what happened on those many pages ...
Roland and his friends are still trying to reach the Dark Tower, but got sidetracked by a village that needed their help. During this they found new allies and a new way to travel between the worlds and learned more about themselves and each other (most of it unpleasant). By the end of the book, they might have saved the village, but their personal losses might be greater and graver than it already seems.

Oh, and I'm still reading the Les Miserables eBook, which is back to being boring again - so there is not much progress there at the moment.

This was cross-posted on my LiveJournal Blog.