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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

The Bungalow Mystery
P.M. Carlson, Russell H. Tandy, Carolyn Keene
The Remains of the Day
Kazuo Ishiguro, Simon Prebble
Duel of Eagles: The Mexican and U.S. Fight for the Alamo
Jeff Long
Progress: 11/431 pages
The Secret of Shadow Ranch
Carolyn Keene
I am No One You Know
Joyce Carol Oates
The Return of the King
J.R.R. Tolkien, Rob Inglis
Progress: 13 %

Four Past Midnight: The Sun Dog ★★★★★

Four Past Midnight: The Sun Dog - Tim Sample, Stephen King

I don’t understand the disdain this novella gets from other SK fans. In discussions of the “past midnight” collection, The Sun Dog is usually listed as the weakest, with all the love going to The Langoliers. How buzzing, hopping little balls of teeth that eat reality can trump the idea of an alternate reality trapped inside a Polaroid camera, waiting only for stupid old you to accidentally release it, I don’t know. This is SK’s take on Behind the Looking Glass, but the creatures on the other side are King’s creatures. How can anyone not love greedy and conniving Pop Merrill or the ridiculously gullible Mad Hatters?


Audiobook version, borrowed from my public library, with an excellent performance by Tim Sample. I especially love his voicing of Pop’s character.