There is a saying that lightning never strikes twice, but in reality certain people are struck multiple times, just as Stephen King is able to write numerous top notch novels, like the powerful Revival.
Sai King’s newest work calls upon the electricity of life.
Life can be bright and blinding and dark and scorched, and the protagonist Jamie Morton learns this painfully.
Jamie pieces together a story spanning across his life: as a young boy enamored when he first met the Reverend Charles Jacobs as he leaned over a dirt hill with a large shadow that descended upon a battle of plastic army men. Jamie remembers his first meeting vividly and this effect, the imprint, lasted, despite his not seeing Jacobs until two decades later when Jamie’s life as a successful rhythm guitarist was about to be erased by heroin.
The obsessive nature of the junkie pales in comparison to the Reverend Jacobs’s mind rattling addiction to learning more and more from “the hidden electricity” of the universe.
The writing is concise, sharp, and poignant.
King is truly at his best in terms of prose, where the effect of each paragraph carries with it a weight and a beautiful take on language.
The characters in the book are very different from King’s past works, and they are every bit as deep, interesting, and enticing as some of his most realistic individuals.
All religion aside, there is a soul to each of Revival’s people.
The reader learns to fear for a spectral event of incredible magnitude that happened in Jamie’s life, and the suspense and curiosity that accompanies this leads to an eye-opening ending that does not disappoint.
The fifth business that juggernauts Jamie’s life time and again is fascinated and consumed by the forces of electricity and his knowledge, miraculous tent revival healings, and experiments grow in a multitude of ways that leaves the reader stricken.
This R.J. Huneke article was originally published on Examiner.com.
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As one of Stephen King's most in-depth character study's, riveting suspense drama's, and deeply mysterious novels, Under The Dome seemed destined to become an equally impressive story of highly crafted words and exciting circumstances in the CBS televised adaptation mini-series; but after three episodes the TV show has ruined any semblance of the epic book that the show is supposed to be loosely portraying, and worse, it is abysmal live-action television.
Are you feeling the deeply moving wave of disappointment too?
After recently reading the magnum opus of Mr. King it seemed like a thirteen part (Friday the 13th anyone?) mini-series was the perfect way to tell the chilling tale of the good guy, and veteran, Dale "Barbie" Barbara who got trapped under an invisible barrier in Chester's Mill and tried to save the quaint town's inhabitants from themselves and the madness of Big Jim, Junior, the Chef, and all of the fun, lovingly twisted cronies that were depicted marvelously with utter depth and realism.
And then came the TV show: To kick things off, Barbie is a drug dealing murderer turned genuine good guy . . . wait . . . what?!
That throws the audience for a loop, so I took it on faith that somehow Brian K. Vaughn (who I think is an accomplished writer) and company (Steven Spielberg produced this show, if you can call it that without cracking a smile) were going to improve upon an already great character that Mr. King had devised. But that never happens.
Take the great character of Rusty, the junior doctor from the hospital, the dead sheriff Duke's widow Brenda Perkins, the fall man and lead town council member Andy Sanders, and nearly all of the other incredibly interesting and evolving characters from the book and then erase them altogether for the TV rendition, because they're nowhere to be found. Instead Julia is married to the guy Barbie kills in a dispute for drug money and Junior Rennie does not show any sign of a headache bad enough to even require Tylenol.
By R.J. Huneke
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