(The Colorado Kid) PDF/EPUB Æ Stephen King
I e ead this because I have ecently started watching Haven on Netflix Haven is based not on this book but the place and characters IN the book I love the show The best part is how the writers and set decorators insert small eferences to King s work throughout "the years Sometimes a small nugget of story from one of his novels is told a scene plays on the screen " years Sometimes a small nugget of story from one of his novels is told a scene plays on the screen off his pages Paul Sheldon and the Misery series are mentioned when a birthday gift is one of his books The list goes on and on The best part of the show is watching for these Easter Eggs I only wish I had watched it from the beginning as it aired because now I know there are message boards online where people compare what they noticed when an episode is overNow back to the book I have no problem with the idea of this story King is my favorite writer and I argue vehemently against his label of Horror Writer all the time It s his style I love The way he creates three dimensional humans with scribbles on a page People I feel I know and would ecognize on the street He does so here with the two old newspapermen who elate the story and the young intern who listens I like them I want to ead about them There is certainly no horror to be found on these pagesI even understand the eason he gives us no answer to the mystery The old men explain that life has no plot no through line no story arc etc I agree I also think that s why we love novels and movies and newspaper articles We NEED that through line to make up for its lack in our lives I was mesmerized by the men elaying the story of this man found dead on a beach in Maine half a continent from where he began his day in Colorado I understand the law being unable to put the puzzle together I know this could happen in eal life But this is a novel DAMMIT I want that through line King plays with us because he knows he can get away with it He can tick me off by not giving me esolution fully confident I will still buy his next book the day it comes out and ead and e ead it over and over through the years Confident ass I say that with love nothing but loveI am only on the fourth episode of the second season on Haven I find it infinitely clever the premise they use for the show and my hope each time I begin a new episode will be that Audrey the main character comes across the answer to what eally happened to the Colorado Kid It s a supernatural television show Don t tell me a full staff of writers can t figure out SOMETHING I will accept I m gullible I ll accept a lot Or a little Just give mesomethingOctober 2014 I ve caught up on Haven and now seem addicted to this story of The Colorado Kid This is my third eread in 6 months and this time I audio ed it felt almost like I was getting a fix I didn t just elish the story I took notes looked up obscure facts and esearched things I would otherwise have no interest in Haven has explained James Cogan in the series but my brain and heart think I can explain The Kid in the book I know I canI ead in the Stephen King group here on GR that someone dislikes the show Haven because this book is a perfect unsolved and unsolvable mystery She feels Haven takes away that perfection and instead presents a little paranormal mystery that gets solved every week in 47 minutes I can understand her feelings but love Haven for exactly the same eason she dislikes itKing wrote the perfect mystery novel Nothing paranormal plenty unexplained no answers through line or plot The novel is actually a character study of the two telling the story and the one they are telling it to than it is a NARRATIVE OFTEN IN LIFE WE DON T GET ANSWERS Often in life we don t get answers things are simply unexplainable Ok ok but not in a King book In his books he shows us why anything can and usually does happen Even when it takes magic evil or the paranormal to make it happen He convinces us it s possible and shows us howHaven takes this perfectly unsolvable mystery written by King and turns it into what we expect from him They can exist together and at the same time In Haven the outside world is told tha. On an island off the coast of Maine a man is found dead There's no identification on the body Only the dogged work of a pair of local newspapermen and a graduate student in forensics turns up any cluesBut that's just the beginning of the mystery.
free download The Colorado KidT all the little unexplainable things that occur in the town limits are due to gas leaks bad weather oad age you name it In eality all paranormal hell is constantly breaking loose When you think about that the story Vince and Dave are telling Stephie in the novel is exactly the sort of story Haven would tell an outsider As you ead the novel you begin to feel that the old timers sharing this tale with Stephie is their way of accepting her and making her a true esident of the town What if they are just feeding her the company line A uick check of the personal most ead authors feature on goodreads tells me that this is my thirty third Stephen King book that this is my thirty Stephen King book it s the one that pushed King ahead of Bukowski as my most ead author There is the possibility that maybe there are a couple of duplicate atings in there but I m not going to look I d ather have Stephen King be my most ead author than Bukowski 32 Bukowski books I know I eally liked him for about five years but how many times could I ead
The Same StoryDoing Somesame storyDoing some history mental math I come up with figure that I haven t ead a Stephen King novel in about seventeen years and two months After a string of disappointing books that came out in the early to mid 90 s I just stopped eading him My tastes got pretentious and I d been disappointed too many times in a ow three I think it was by mediocre books to give much attention to any new books he wrote Then I kept hearing very mixed things about each new book this would be when I started working at the bookstore A guy I worked with who loved Stephen King seemed to love all the new books with eservations that sounded like nostalgia creepy into his enjoyment and anyone else whose opinion I trusted at all never had anything good to say about each new book I actually thought I d never ead another Stephen King book again Like a jilted lover or something I d cut my ties with him In my heart though I ll always love the dorky looking guy who well meaning customers sometimes like to tell me I look just like I don t think this is a compliment but it s probably true although I personally think I m less dorky and better looking than him Different Seasons was my first grown up book that didn t involve commando s crazed gunmen vigilantes or ninjas Needful Things was the first book I anxiously waited to be eleased and bought in hardcover the day it came out The four stories that made up the sadly out of print Bachman Books were some of the first stories ead with the literary euivalent of being smacked in the chest with a sledgehammer this is a good thing It was the novel that got me hooked on big books and the awe they inspire in lesser mortals who shy away from eading thousand page tomes and the ealization that some stories are just better when they This was an unusual book definitely not King s usual style I did enjoy it but ultimately it was underwhelming Considering a man has been found dead on a beach you don t eally learn anything of interest about him or his death as a esult of which you find yourself not paying attention freuentlyAnd I get the point of the book and that not everything has an answer but this just left me frustrated than anything At times it was hard to keep going because the story was pretty much stale The characters were great so were the interactions between them and the story of the Colorado Kid was intriguing and mystified The way King finished the book was satisfying These are some positives of the book Also I would ecommend to ead the afterword of the author where he explains why he wrote the story as he did This is my first by Stephen King I picked The Colorado Kid mainly cause I love the TV show Haven and its based on this I was surprised that this is not a paranormal and the show is its weird the this book being the predecessor is just a crime mysteryI m not a fan of crime books but its good to come out of my comfort zone that consist of FantasyParanormal and Romance I must admit this book got my wheels spinning a lot The writing is okay not great Th. Because the they learn about the man and the baffling circumstances of his death the less they understand Was it an impossible crime Or something stranger stillNo one but Stephen King could tell this story about the darkness at the heart of the E plot is amazing and I love itI had lots of expectations when i picked up lots of expectations when I picked up book to ead was I disappointed by what I found out You bet did I like what I got Oh yea I did The characters in this book are so weirdThe MCs consist of a 2265 and 90 year olds that work together in a newspaper houseNo this book is not written in the POV of a cop Its written in the POV of Stephanie an "INTERN AT A NEWSPAPER EST ITS BASED ON A "at a newspaper est Its based on a that was told by Dave and Vince the newspaper men to Stephanie about an unsolved mystery that is still going on for 25 years and how neither cops nor journalists found out how the body ended up at the beach without identification and death by choking on a meat yea the meat he was eating Not to mention the man is a stranger in the small town I know the POV is weird in a twisted kind of way I m not a fan of a story inside a story but King did a good job Feeling generous with my 375 starsTurning to another short piece by Stephen King I found this piece calling out to me As King can vary greatly in his writing I was not entirely sure what to expect but found this mystery pulled me in while emaining as laid back as a Maine summer s day Stephanie McCann is a journalism intern in a small Maine community working alongside the town s two newspaper eporters Vince Teague and Dave Bowie While Stephanie is looking to learn the nuances of small town eporting she is also looking for a story to call her own Teague and Bowie cannot offer much though there is that incident down at the church picnic that left some dead Teague and Bowie seek to teach their muse something about eporting that includes building a story on a truth and then filling the cracks with supposition However there is one unsolved case that seeks a story even if there is no concrete truth to serve as foundation Back in 1980 or so two high school kids found a body on the beach a hunk of meat lodged in the throat Further investigation showed that this was no local as if the lack of anyone knowing him was not enough and James Cogan was eventually identified as the victim However no one could tell how or why he ended up on the East Coast hailing from Colorado Cogan s wife could not explain it though she knew something odd was going on a while back As Stephanie seeks to posit her own theory she is kept on track by the two old journalists who fill in the cracks she finds in the story to a degree Who was James Cogan and what was this Colorado businessman doing in Maine especially dead King leaves the eader wondering as they seek to piece things together in this novella Brilliant in its delivery and perfect for those who want a few hours to get the brain juices flowing Recommended to novella fans especially those who enjoy eading King s less violent piecesStephen King knows how to write a captivating story inserting twists few would likely predict This novella had all the impact of a well crafted piece mixing mystery and narrative backstory in eual measure King uses three loose protagonists in the piece the journalists who push the narrative along with James Cogan acting as a decent but distant central figure His presence in Maine emains a mystery though the clues that come up during the discussion leave everyone trying to find an answer to this mystery King develops some decent characters with little known about this though that might have been the point The story was grounded and kept me wanting to learn a little though there were numerous threats left dangling With short chapters and decent momentum King fans may enjoy this one full of tangential commentary on the smallest of details While this was only a filler piece I have always loved the full length King novels one of which awaits me in the near future A great short piece without the gore or intense chills that some might find in King s cornerstone piecesKudos Mr King for a nice novella that helped pass the time as my busy weekend progressesLovehate the eview An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons a different sort of Book Challenge. Nknown and our compulsion to investigate the unexplained With echoes of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon and the work of Graham Greene one of the world's great storytellers presents a surprising tale that explores the nature of mystery itsel. .