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It's a good one, isn't it? I read it long ago when I was a teen, had a hard time with the slow start, but oh did it ever pay off! The details are so fuzzy at this point though I could probably read it again and enjoy it as much if not more than I did the first time.


This was really good. It did move sort of slowly, but it was worth it in the end. I'll hold on to my copy as I think it is one I might just want to revisit someday. It was the perfect RIP read, that's for sure!


It does sound quite good but I'm thankful for the warning. Not every story picks up in the end. I haven't read a lot of Stephen King (actually only Carrie but watched a lot of movies based on his stories and read reviews) but this does remind me of some of the books. Did you think there was a similarity?
I might consider this next year.


I wondered what you would think of this book in the final analysis. I'm really glad that it turned out to be a worthwhile read. I find that very few stories manage to be truly spooky, so it's intriguing to think this one is. That being said, I would probably handle it with kid gloves, too, as I like the idea of an affective story, but would probably have to pick the best time to read it (bright sunlight, people around, etc)!


I knew going in that it was going to be a story that moved slowly, so it was fine for me, but I think if a reader wanted something a little more intense and fast moving they might not keep reading. I thought it was well done and am contemplating watching the movie as I think it was filmed a number of years ago. I've not read much by Stephen King either--maybe only The Shining (though have also seen a lot of the movies). It's been quite a while since I read him, but I do think they are similar--Straub writes well and there is a lot of good storytelling within the story (if that makes sense). I'd be curious to know what you make of it.


Scary is very hard to do--I agree. This was very creepy and you don't know what exactly it is that is 'haunting' the men, so the uncertainty and imagery left up to the imagination is what made it scary for me. For a while I wouldn't read it at night or on the bus when I knew I had to get off and walk in the dark, but by the end I just had to know what was going to happen!

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