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Short Stories Part the Third: Bud Smith’s Everything, Stephen King’s N and David Brin’s The Giving Plague

Posted on 09 July 2014 by VinnieAve

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BaBG: Stephen King’s The Stand and Revolutionary Girl Utena

Posted on 02 December 2013 by VinnieAve

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Being a Better Geek: Stephen King’s It

Posted on 27 March 2013 by VinnieAve

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Cycle of the Werewolf, Powerpuff Girls, Halloween and Scream

Posted on 19 November 2012 by VinnieAve

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Being a Better Geek: Cycle of the Werewolf

Posted on 01 September 2012 by VinnieAve

Why I picked it…Its simple really; It was the first Horror literature that I was exposed to (unless you count fairy tales, which I did not until much later).  Cycle of the Werewolf was read to my fourth grade class in the afternoons post recess.  The adult in me is sure that it was edited for our little ears but it still called to me.  By no means is it an award winning work.  The writing is very early King and that is to say sub par in key elements like depth and plot.  It was the atmosphere that captured me though. King has always been able to pull his reader into the moment, to feel what they feel and experience what they experience.  So I assign to Vincenzo the novella that started my love of Horror Fiction, and I hope that he likes it because its a long road from here.

Vincenzo’s Take

I write this as I sit in the back seat of my parent’s car, driving to Cambridge, MA for my cousin’s wedding. I tell you this because this week we read Cycle of the Werewolf, a novella by Stephen King, so if even if you are like me, you know that he loves to write his stories in New England, in this case like most of his stuff Maine. The basic premise of this tale is that there is a vignette for each month of a year with various werewolf attacks throughout the year.

There were some things about this book that I enjoyed. I will give King this he has a wonderful talent for describing and building his world. You get an excellent feel for the small town nature with more or less everyone knows everyone. You know the shops and the people the setting is great. Without a doubt this was the best part of the story. I enjoyed the main conceit of the book, being the short vignette format worked well, and it was a good way to move quickly from each month to another.

Sadly, both of the benefits came at a cost. While there are a good number of characters who you know a little bit about but there is no real main character to identify with or carry the story. I found the book to be uncompelling and not really caring who died or what really happened. The book had very little emotion to it. This made the book a bit of a failure and I would be hesitant to recomend this book to people who are not already big horror fans or are people who must read all of Stephen King’s works.

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