This Just Landed On My Doorstep: Sleeping Beauties, Stephen King and Owen King

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Sleeping Beauties, by Stephen King and Owen KingI absolutely love Stephen King. I pre-ordered this 1st edition and it just arrived. I may have to pull an all-nighter. What’s your favorite Stephen King book?

I’m anxious to see whether I like the combination of him and his son Owen writing. I recently read his other son’s “Fireman” and seriously thought I was reading Stephen himself – it was that good and that similar.

OK, gotta run – lots of reading to do.

The Candidate, by Lis W. Wiehl

Review: The Candidate, by Lis W. Wiehl

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I just finished The Candidate, by Lis W. Wiehl and had a couple of very distinct reactions while reading it.

The author has penned a compelling plot line that keeps you on the edge of your seat right up to the end. The characters are well drawn, even if a few of the descriptions are more in the tradition of a formula read. The story moves quickly and the predictable parts are not overly predictable. Overall I want to say “Well done”.

The Candidate, by Lis W. Wiehl
The Candidate, by Lis W. Wiehl

But twice while I was reading, there was a jarring stop in the action where the author inserted themselves as though it were a conversation and they were interrupting a story. It was weird enough for me to remember for days.

First, there was a scene where a character displayed some kind of common courtesy; I think maybe they stood and pulled out a chair for someone joining the group. No biggie. But the very next sentence was “…more manners than ever displayed by Trump.” To this point in the story, Trump had never been mentioned. Not once, even though this is a story about a Presidential campaign taking place in the current time with made-up characters.

There was absolutely no reference to Trump before that statement or anywhere in the book after. I had to stop and go read the jacket bio of the author. That’s when I found out that she is involved with Fox News, which made it even more of a puzzle and took me out of the story for a few days. Very strange.

And Then it Happened Again

The second time was less intrusive, but still weird. The main character, a news anchor, is hopping a plane to Detroit. The explanation includes the comment that this was her first time flying to Detroit (which added nothing to the story) but the next sentence I swear was just missed by whoever edited the first draft. It said: “Right? Who goes to Detroit?” I had a hard time thinking of any reason for that comment and it didn’t add or subtract from the plot other than to stop me again and make me wonder about author bias.

Now, I loved the story. It was chilling and suspenseful and because it was written earlier in 2016, there was not as much reason to think about a foreign power infiltrating our election, which later proved to be a huge concern. I thought that was a little odd as well, considering the position of the author at a major network.

My recommendation: If you like politics at all, if you enjoy a suspenseful thriller with the typical chase scene that wraps it all up in the end, if you enjoy having a defined bad guy and a flawed good guy who saves the day – read it! I really liked it.

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Do you ever feel guilty for not keeping your GoodReads stuff up-to-date? I love the concept but the caption on my list as I found it a few minutes ago says it all.

Currently Reading list at GoodReads
I can spend my time reading or I can spend my time updating GoodReads.

Some of these don’t even sound familiar and I think they land on the list when I open a book on my Kindle and get the pop-over question: “Mark as currently reading on GoodReads?”

I did stop answering that one for the most part, but some of the crap I read a few pages of and deleted are still lingering in my life now, creating stupid tasks for my procrastination list.