Revival – Week Two Discussion

Hey everyone!! This is it!!! The final discussion for our Revival readalong! Thank you to everyone who joined in the fun!! Everything is open for discussion here, so if you haven’t finished the book yet COVER YOUR EYE HOLES!!! Also, please let us know how you enjoyed the readalong & discussions…we’d love to keep doing these periodically and are always open to suggestions on how to make things better or more engaging. Again, thank you for joining us!!!

1. What are your overall thoughts on the book? How would it rate compared to other King books you’ve read (if you have)?
2. Is our world similar to THE MATRIX & that’s the real world? Or is that what the afterlife is actually like (within Jamie’s world?) Or something entirely different altogether?
3. Any favorite scenes from the book?
4. How about those Frankenstein vibes at the end? Do you think Mary Fay was named in honor of Mary Shelley?
5. Do you think this is an extension of the Cthulhu Mythos by Lovecraft?
6. Did you think King spent enough time in the “other world” or should he have expanded upon it? Would you want to see Stephen King explore The Null/Mother in future books?

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Revival – Week One Discussion

Hey friends!!! Thanks so much for joining in our Revival readalong! How are you enjoying the book so far?! These questions are just a guideline…feel free to answer as many or as few as you’d like (it’s not a test!). Additionally, if there are questions you want to ask of the group, go right ahead! If you’ve read ahead, PLEASE be mindful of that and keep things SPOILER FREE!! On the flip side, this discussion is for chapters one through seven, so if you fell behind…YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!

1. Have you read Stephen King before?
2. ‎What do you think of Revival so far?
3. ‎Who is your favorite character?
4. ‎Did chapter 3 murder you with feels (IF IT DIDN’T, WHAT KIND OF GODDAMN MONSTER ARE YOU)?!
5. What is the “secret electricity” that Jacobs is using? Supernatural/higher power/placebo effect/a rift in time & space?
6. To this point, would you categorize Revival as a horror novel?
7. Is there any such thing as a reliable first-person narrator?

 

 

Pork Pie Hat – Peter Straub

“Back then, I didn’t know anything about grief, and Hat wore grief about him daily, like a cloak. Now that I am the age he was then, I see that most of what is called information is interpretation, and interpretation is always partial.”

This novella is about a jazz saxophonist, his memories about something horrible that he experienced on Halloween night when he was just 11 years old & the journalist he recounts his story to. In ways, this could be considered a coming-of-age story about childhood horror. That childhood horror then lapses into something much more. Real harrowing adult fears like addiction, aging & prejudism.

I received this in the Stephen King Nocturnal Reader’s Box. I have yet to read anything by Peter Straub (I STILL need to read The Talisman novels with King. I know. I KNOW!) so this was my first introduction to his writing (that I recall, anyway!)

I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had a bit of time to squeeze in a shorter read before jumping into a MASSIVE FANTASY EPIC OF STABBY EPICNESS. You know, my usual kind of read! I read it in a day, which isn’t all that impressive, considering how short the book is. But it was an entertaining enough autumn read! Straub is obviously a competent writer & I will definitely be checking out more of his work outside of his books with King.. because there isn’t a question about those. I will literally read the phone book if King wrote it!

Inside the physical book is quite lovely. Not only are the black & white illustrations fantastic & atmospheric, but the extra details on the pages are quite pleasing to my eye! Cemetery Dance did a nice job with this, for sure!

-Holly

 

Final Girls – Riley Sager

Synopsis: Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past. 

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished. Continue reading “Final Girls – Riley Sager”

Summer of Night – Dan Simmons

Synopsis: It’s the summer of 1960 in Elm Haven, Illinois, and five 12-year old boys are forming the bonds that a lifetime of changes will never erase. But then a dark cloud threatens the bright promise of summer vacation: on the last day of school, their classmate Tubby Cooke vanishes. Soon, the group discovers stories of other children who once disappeared from Elm Haven. And there are other strange things happening in town: unexplained holes in the ground, a stranger dressed as a World War I soldier, and a rendering-plant truck that seems to be following the five boys. The friends realize that there is a terrible evil lurking in Elm Haven…and they must be the ones to stop it. Continue reading “Summer of Night – Dan Simmons”

Gwendy’s Button Box – Stephen King & Richard Chizmar

“I am what you might call a rambling man, and America is my beat.” 

Would you take candy from a stranger.. in a park.. wearing a bowler hat.. who wants to “palaver?” Hmm. But what if he offered you a magical box filled with special animal-shaped chocolates & silver coins & various buttons & WORLD DOMINATION?! Or something like that.. yeah. No. I’m good. Thanks, but no thanks. Continue reading “Gwendy’s Button Box – Stephen King & Richard Chizmar”

Summer of Night – Week 2

Welcome to the week two discussion, all! How are you making out? Things got BONKERS in this section! And incredibly heartbreaking ::SOB::

Again, this is an open discussion, so feel free to ask the group any questions you may have too! Continue reading “Summer of Night – Week 2”