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Desperation - A Feeling and the Place.
Desperation - Stephen King
Member Name: Karonher
Desperation - Stephen King
Advantages: Unusual storyline
Disadvantages: A bit too unusual.
I had fallen behind with reading some of Stephen King's books and although this was written a number of years ago I have only just read it. Often I read his books so quickly I miss things and have to re read at least parts to find clues and events that I missed the first time. With this however I needed to concentrate all the way through so as not to miss the vital bit of information that was going to explain just what was going on.
This is a book that is based on largely unseen horrors and for me the fear comes when imagining the confusion that must be felt by the abductees. There are a few parts that made me feel a bit queasy, but nothing worse than I have read in other books.
Desperation is a mining town in Nevada and there are an unnatural amount of people going missing. The abductions are carried out by the Deputy Collie Entragian, but clearly there is something unusual motivating these abductions.
It is clear from the beginning that Collie in involved and the first couple we read about being abducted soon find out that there are many who have gone before them - all arrested in the same way of being either accused of a crime or Collie claiming to be protecting them from danger that in reality does not exist.
The story is then based around the need Collie has to keep prisoners and their need to escape. Others know there is a problem in Desperation but the point of the story is to find out who is the stronger the good people who want to do right and end what is happening or the ones working for evil who want it to continue. You never quite know what will be the strongest, the will of the abductees to live or Collies need to fulfill whatever it is that is forcing him to keep acting as he does.
As with many of Stephen Kings novels there are winners and losers and it takes until the end of the book to see who the ultimate winners are or were. It can be a bit of a torrid read at times, but it is worth it in the end.
I found this one of the more unlikely of the tales Stephen King has told. It is well written and all of the unusual events are explained, but there is something here I can't identify with in the same way that I can with other books he has written. It could be that there is no one I thought stood out as a character I liked. Some are clearly good but I don't think that it is enough.
I would recommend as there is something that certainly made me keep reading, but I doubt I will read it again. It is also one of the few Stephen King books that have been made into films that I doubt I will watch.
Summary: Glad I read it.