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Portable Magic

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 Cypress House
Michael Koryta
The Outsider
Stephen King
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I am No One You Know
Joyce Carol Oates
The Return of the King
J.R.R. Tolkien, Rob Inglis
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Gwendy’s Button Box ★★★★★

Gwendy's Button Box: Includes bonus story "The Music Room" - Richard Chizmar, Stephen King, Maggie Siff

It’s odd to me that, given the emphasis in the afterward by Chizmar on getting the setting right, I don’t really recognize Castle Rock. But otherwise, this novella is a home run for me. I loved the character of Gwendy, and the mystery of the box. In true SK fashion, nothing is explained about how things work or why it happens, and it doesn’t matter at all, because the story is terrific.


The bonus story, The Music Room, wasn’t such of a much. It was more like flash fiction than a complete short story.


Audiobook, borrowed from my public library via Overdrive. Excellent performance by Maggie Siff.