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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.

Currently reading

A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle, #1)
Ursula K. Le Guin
Whisper Network
Chandler Baker
Progress: 54 %
Invisible Man
Ralph Ellison
Progress: 28 %
The Mystery at Lilac Inn
Carolyn Keene
100 Hair-Raising Little Horror Stories
Gary Raisor, Richard Chizmar, Al Sarrantonio, Avram Davidson
Progress: 70/512 pages
Leading Change
John P. Kotter
Peanuts Classics
Charles M. Schulz
Progress: 66 %
The Bungalow Mystery
Carolyn Keene
Progress: 192/192 pages
The Bungalow Mystery #3
Carolyn Keene
Progress: 192/192 pages
The Mystery at Lilac Inn
Russell H. Tandy, Mildred Benson, Carolyn Keene

Salem’s Lot ★★★☆☆

'Salem's Lot - Stephen King, Ron McLarty

Somehow, one of my all-time favorite classic horror stories just didn’t stand up to time and my adult reading habits on this re-read. The scenes I most enjoyed as a teen were as creepily nightmarish as I remembered –

Mike Ryerson digging Danny Glick’s grave, Danny at Mark’s window, the boys in the woods, the guys delivering the box in the basement, Marjorie Glick’s awakening,

(show spoiler)

etc., etc., etc. But where teenaged me found Susan Norton a little annoying, middle-aged me wanted to give her a swift kick. Their romance (unfortunately like most of SK’s romances) was laughably implausible. I wanted to gag both Jimmy Cody *and* Matt Burke. The opening and closing scenes felt clumsily tacked on.


Overall, though, the time spent on the re-read was well worth it, even if only just for those individual scenes.  


Audiobook, via Audible. I don’t know why, but Ron McLarty’s voice just grates on me. I seriously can’t explain why. I read this for the 2018 Halloween Bingo. I’ve decided to use Stephen King for my Wild Card author, but I’m holding onto it for now until I decide where best to play it.