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Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.

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The Moving Finger ★★★★★

Nightmares & Dreamscapes - Stephen King

Another favorite SK short story classic. Meekly polite accountant Howard Mitla goes to war against an intruder creeping out of the bathroom sink’s drain hole. My favorite part of the escalating lunatic battle is when

he hears that last tiny voice of sanity speaking to him, asking him not about the dubious reality of the moving finger, but “Are you sure you want to trust your life to a pair of electric hedge clippers you bought on sale?”

(show spoiler)


I enjoyed this as much on this re-read as originally back in 1993, but there is some pretty cringeworthy stereotyping of a Vietnamese shopkeeper. It could be interpreted as the main character’s perceptions, rather than the author’s, but I don’t think so, as it's beside the point of the story.


I read this for the Creepy Crawlies square in 2016 Halloween Bingo