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I have read quite a few Stephen King Novels, I've listened to just about the same amount. Through all those stories I hadn't read this one, I just couldn't find it until just last year. Sure, I have seen it recommended on Amazon and the like, but I prefer books to digital especially where my favorite authors are concerned.
I was reading Needful Things and finally was simply too interested in Allan Pangborn's involvement with Thad Beaumont to ignore The Dark Half any longer, and boy am I glad I did.
After buying a copy of the book at a used book shop that I came across, along with the audiobook (obviously) I have found my new favorite King novel.
As usual, the writing is superb. Filled with awesome characters and Allen's shadow puppetry, where can one go wrong with this book. Not only that, but the story has one of the Darkest tones King has written.
Let mw tell you, buy this book. If you love old or new Stephen King you will be riveted by this creepy book.
Also, "The sparrows are flying again."
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I love the way King gives a “thank you” to the late Richard Bachman at the beginning. If you don’t know who Bachman is and how appropriate his mention is to this story, be sure and Google him. It’ll give you a much greater appreciation for this novel. I originally read this back when I was in high school, so it was a nice treat to revisit this story. I especially liked reacquainting myself with Alan Pangborn. When I originally read this, Needful Things wasn’t out yet and it would be several years before I read that one, so it was nice to hear about Alan’s life before Polly (who even gets a mention here) and his life with his first wife, Annie. The sheriff that replaced one of Cujo’s final victims (George Bannerman, who had ties to not only Cujo, but The Dead Zone) has come a long way in the land of King. For an additional Easter egg, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing a small cross-reference to the annoying Billie from Creepshow. As for the story, I love the duel nature of a writer being fleshed out between Thad Beaumont and George Stark and the fact that Thad is a little torn over what he has to do near the end. On top of everything this book has to offer, King gives a masterful nod to Alfred Hitchcock’s the Birds with this finale. I absolutely love this story and it rates as one of my all-time favorites.
Grover Gardner’s narration was perfect in every way. His attention to detail helped the story flow smoothly and his interpretation of Stark was on the money.
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