Booking Through Thursday

BTT – After the Honeymoon

Here’s something for Valentine’s Day:
Have you ever fallen out of love with a favorite author? Was the last book you read by the author so bad, you broke up with them and haven’t read their work since? Could they ever lure you back?
I am slowly falling out of love with Stephen King. When I was in high school, I read a ton of his earlier works. Carrie, Firestarter, It, Insomnia, Rose Madder, Desperation, Misery, Pet Sematary, The Shining, the list goes on and on of what I read in high school. I just absolutely loved all of his books and read them like crazy! I could hardly wait to get my hands on the next one I could find. That being said, last year I read Lisey’s Story. I hated it. Plain and simple. Could not stand it. And all I could think of the whole time was … could he possibly get any stranger? And what’s so ironic about that question is that that is what really drew me to him in the first place. I liked his books because they were so unlike anything else I ever read. But with Lisey’s Story I just have no explanation with what happened. I still am not sure what the point of that book was supposed to be. It was just terrible for me. I would like to say that I am looking forward to his latest, Duma Key. But I’m simply not. I’ve read the blurb on the back of the book the last two times that I was in the bookstore, but I simply cannot make myself pick it up because I don’t want to spend the money on the hardcover version and then end up absolutely hating it. BUT … I’m not quite ready to throw in the towel yet. What I’m probably going to do is go back and read some of his older ones again, the ones that I loved so much in high school, and see if my opinion of those have changed as well. But I’m almost on the brink of giving up on his newer books.
4/5, AUTHOR, Book Review, Fiction, Read in 2008, U-V-W

White Crosses by Larry Watson

White Crosses
by Larry Watson
Copyright: 1997
Pages: 371
Rating: 4/5
Read: Feb. 12-14, 2008
Challenge: No challenge; personal read

First Line: When Sheriff Jack Nevelsen got the call from the dispatcher about the accident out on Highway 284 — single car, two fatalities — his first thought was, kids.

Sheriff Jack Nevelson is called out on a fatal accident. However, what he finds is that the two in the car had no business being together at all. He finds Leo Bauer, the principal of the elementary school and June Moss, a recent high school graduate. What were these two doing heading out of town together? Nevelson has to make a decision … does he try and figure out what was going on with these two, or does he try and save Leo’s reputation by concocting a story that seems to adequately explain what these two were doing together?
I loved this book! I picked it up and could barely put it down. I felt that the choices that the Sheriff made were wrong, but I still understood what he was doing at the same time. Sometimes I felt like the author took a few liberties in regards to the language and writing style – he could have made it more readable in places, but overall it was well written. I highly recommend this book!!