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Thursday, 14 February 2013

Review: Carrie

Carrie by Stephen King

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I honestly have no idea why it's taken me so long to get around to reading this being, seeing how big a King fan I am. Still, at least I got to it in the end, right?

This won't stand up there as one of my favourite King books, not by a long shot, but I still enjoyed it. What I enjoyed more than the book itself, though, was seeing where King started. It's raw, and it's obviously early King, but it's still King through and through even if he hadn't fully realised his potential at this point. In particular it was really interesting to see him trying techniques

(what kind of techniques I know you're asking aren't you)

that he uses to such great effect later in his career with sometimes limited success.

For me, the real strength of King's writing lies in his characters - how vividly they're realised, how real they seem - and I think that's where Carrie falls down. The story is there, but the characters don't quite spring off the page in the same way I've come to expect from his later work, and without those characters driving the story along it all falls a little flat.

It's a good book, and I'd read it again in a heartbeat - but, as I said earlier in the review, it's King but *not*. Not quite yet.

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