A to Z Challenge - Favourite Books - Stephen King

Bag of Bones, by Stephen King.

I read this novel for the first time back in February, and was bowled over once again by how well Stephen King draws you into the world of his creation. I'd just reread It, and was as frightened and awed as I was when I read it at the age of 13. Bag of Bones has fewer characters, but the mysteries are all there, and the mood, and the deep links between the characters, are very much present. I also learned exactly what Melville's Bartleby the Scrivener, a story that has always confused me, is about - and picked up five new words/phrases: evoe, scantling moon, bathysphere portholes, to tump someone over, and to be monotonous, with brain-croggling regularity.

Since this is King, the main character is a writer, and there are some wonderful quotes about writing in Bag of Bones:

"I slipped in front of the word processor and wrote for an hour or so. It went pretty well, as I remember. And you know, even when it doesn't, it passes the time."

"A writer is a man who has taught his mind to misbehave."

"I like people who read actual books... Bookreaders are just as willing as anyone else to start out with the weather, but as a general rule they can actually go on from there."

Story ideas like "glimmers, little 'what ifs' that came and went like shooting stars while I was driving or walking or just lying in bed at night and waiting to go to sleep."

He didn't mention the shower...

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