90% Stephen King and not mad about it

I read a lot of Stephen King this round, partly because I have a personal goal to read all of his books in my lifetime, and partly because the second-hand bookstore was selling his work for 50 cents a paperback. 

I can't remember where we were driving, but my other half and I were discussing words. I noticed that words beginning with "H" seemed to mean something light and airy: happy, hilarious, honourable, helpful, humble, healthy. Then I was counteracted with the word "horror." We think of an eerie green glow beyond the horizon, the silent creepers, the midnight lurkers, the window watchers, eyes behind the cracks, dead children at the end of hallways, The RingThe ExorcistThe Conjuring. We also think of Stephen King.

1. Dreamcatcher - Stephen King

If one thing is memorable from this book, it is the "shit weasels." A story of a different kind of alien encounter, the story travels back and forth between the lives of its characters to choices they made when they were young that ultimately might decide the fate of the planet.

2. Dolores Claiborne - Stephen King

This seemingly "out of character" King novel was disturbing because it was entirely possible. The protagonist is slowly losing her mind and decides to admit all the terrible things she has done in her life, including pushing her husband down an empty well and smearing the walls of her house with poo when she didn't get her way. 

3. Hearts in Atlantis - Stephen King

I'm not exaggerating. This was the worst book I have ever read. Stephen King's non-horror books, such as The Green Mile receive my utmost praise, but this was a travesty, a train wreck, a disaster in slow motion. 

4. The Tommyknockers - Stephen King

King sure does love his aliens. A fabulous take on what would happen if humans discovered an alien ship buried on earth. In exchange for their assistance in the excavation, humans are endowed with incredible power, unbeknownst that their new gifts of genius are leading towards the ultimate galactic smack down. From A.I to AA, one drunk man has the capability to stop the whole humanoid feast fest, if he will only toss the sauce.

5. The Stand - Stephen King

A must read, a classic, and a monstrous novel. The end of the world is upon us and every one left is picking a side. The book begins by traveling from the perspective of an airborne virus and ends with the final face off of good vs. evil.

6. When God Was a Rabbit - Sarah Winman

This author's writing style reminds me of John Green (Searching for Alaska) in the sense that it is very much like falling into a life, living through all the love and loss, and then being pulled back out when the book closes. From the self-discovery of childhood to the eventual acceptance of old age, the story is emotional and real. 

7. The Red Dragon - Thomas Harris

Simply brilliant, and so scary it actually gave me nightmares. At 23-years-old the author was working as a journalist and was sent to a prison to interview a doctor who murdered his gay lover. It is said that the character Hannibal Lecter is based off his encounter with that doctor - both a remarkably intelligent man and deeply twisted. If you want to get inside the mind of a madman, this book is a crack in the door to insanity city.