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Book Review – Later by Stephen King

Later by Stephen King
Later, by Stephen King

Interesting premise (a boy can see and talk to the dead/solves a crime) and the writing style idea (a novice writer tells/writes his story and improves his writing as he goes). I was hooked because the book is written in small segments and I was able to continue reading, though I might have put it down and never finished reading otherwise. I was bugged that the narrator used slang that set the novel in the 60s/70s, sometimes earlier than that, though it was supposed to be set in the late 90s/2000s. I kept hoping that at the end of the novel this would be explained, but it never was. I was hoping it was part of the plot.

For all that, it was a decent horror story, a fun read, and typical Stephen King in that there was plenty of supernatural and the relationships between the main characters showed a bonded mom and son (“me and you against the world”) that often reminded me of The Shining, but was nowhere near as well written. I did not think this was Stephen King’s best, but, naturally, I was drawn in and read the novel in a few hours-it’s by Stephen King, after all.

Promise

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(100 word challenge)

“I’ve been thinking about what I said about not being able to love you the way you love me.  I can’t love anyone like that and I hope that makes you feel better.”

“I don’t care about feelings anymore.  But I am glad that you are feeling better.”  We are still separating.

He thought they’d stay together; she was not the person he wanted her to be.

Later, he yelled at her.  She declined to yell back this time and imagined her own place, smiling.  No one would yell at her there.  Ever.

Life opened to life.  She grasped it.

Single-minded

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(100 word challenge)

“You’ll find someone perfect for you!” Katrina clasped Heather’s hand and gave it a squeeze as they walked the densely populated beach together.

“But you don’t understand the violation that is. I like who I am. I look forward to grad school, to writing, to my own place.”

“I didn’t mean – I guess I was self-projecting.”

“No worries. A new partner is what you’ll find when you are healed. Healthy attracts healthy and he will be a good man. As for me, I am single-minded. I really am happy.”

They hugged, both facing a new beginning.

“Cheers,” they whispered, smiling.

Change

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Someone You Loved

By Lewis Capaldi

I’m going under and this time I fear there’s no one to save me
This all or nothing really got a way of driving me crazy
I need somebody to heal
Somebody to know
Somebody to have
Somebody to hold
It’s easy to say
But it’s never the same
I guess I kinda liked the way you numbed all the pain

Now the day bleeds
Into nightfall
And you’re not here
To get me through it all
I let my guard down
And then you pulled the rug
I was getting kinda used to being someone you loved

I’m going under and this time I fear there’s no one to turn to
This all or nothing way of loving got me sleeping without you
Now, I need somebody to know
Somebody to heal
Somebody to have
Just to know how it feels
It’s easy to say but it’s never the same
I guess I kinda liked the way you helped me escape

Now the day bleeds
Into nightfall
And you’re not here
To get me through it all
I let my guard down
And then you pulled the rug
I was getting kinda used to being someone you loved

And I tend to close my eyes when it hurts sometimes
I fall into your arms
I’ll be safe in your sound ’til I come back around

For now the day bleeds
Into nightfall
And you’re not here
To get me through it all
I let my guard down
And then you pulled the rug
I was getting kinda used to being someone you loved

But now the day bleeds
Into nightfall
And you’re not here
To get me through it all
I let my guard down
And then you pulled the rug
I was getting kinda used to being someone you loved

I let my guard down
And then you pulled the rug
I was getting kinda used to being someone you loved

Still I Stand

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I forgave. Everything.
I thought I expected nothing in return.
But acceptance and respect I have never received.
The dismissing, the mocking, the insults remain.
These things you feel I deserve.
I am not a joke.
I am a human being, that forgave as I once had been forgiven.
My decision has been made. You speak as if we will continue on.
What you said to me a year ago, and have never apologized for–as if you could–remains foremost in my mind while I consider. I am more than the list of your grievances and criticisms and insults.
I am.

Dandelions

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(100 word challenge)

She picked the dandelions and made a bouquet because they were hearty and beautiful, just as she was.

“Silly woman.  Those are weeds.”

“In the eye of the beholder.”

“Everyone knows they are weeds.”

“It does not matter to everyone.  Only to some.”

“They make me sneeze.”

“Deal with it.”

The discord, deeper than a shallow grave, sprouted dandelions.  She picked them because she chose to embrace them.  No corpse would generate “weeds” that she could not harvest and make something beautiful.

“Nonsense as usual,” he said.

“Beautiful nonsense. Authentic, beautiful nonsense that mystifies and makes perfect sense to me.”

Dance

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I Can See Clearly

By Johnny Nash

I can see clearly now the rain is gone
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sun shiny day
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sun shiny day

I think I can make it now the pain is gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is that rainbow I’ve been praying for
It’s gonna be a bright (Bright), bright sun shiny day

Look all around, there’s nothing but blue skies
Look straight ahead, nothing but blue skies

I can see clearly now; the rain is gone
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sun shiny day
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sun shiny day

Untitled

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(100 word challenge)

Rows apart,
hearts grow closer.

Friendship sprouts beneath a new dawn.
All a sign of spring.

A harsh winter ended.
Death chilled the earth, the harvest long ago.

Soil tilled, gently unexpected but welcome,
new life has arrived.

What will grow is unknown.
It is new and undiscovered.

Between us the breeze whispers softly.
Can you not see and hear?

Yes, the weeds will come.
Have faith! The Gardener will pluck them!

Let the soil not be packed with expectation!
Loose the need to control what Nature sows.

Rows apart friendship grows from the seed.
This is all we need.

It’s Time

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It’s My Turn

By Diana Ross

I can’t cover up my feelings
In the name of love
Or play it safe
For a while that was easy
And if living for myself
Is what I’m guilty of
Go on and sentence me
I’ll still be free

It’s my turn
To see what I can see
I hope you’ll understand
This time’s just for me

Because it’s my turn
With no apologies
I’ve given up the truth
To those I’ve tried to please

But now it’s my turn
If I don’t have all the answers
At least I know I’ll take my share of chances
Ain’t no use of holding on
When nothing stays the same

So I’ll let it rain
‘Cause the rain ain’t gonna hurt me
And I’ll let you go
‘Though I know it won’t be easy

It’s my turn
With no more room for lies
For years I’d seen my life
Through someone else’s eyes

And now it’s my turn
To try and find my way
And if I should get lost
At least I’ll own today

It’s my turn
Yes, it’s my turn
And there ain’t no use in holding on
When nothing stays the same

So I’ll let it rain
‘Cause the rain ain’t gonna hurt me
And I’ll let you go
‘Though I know it won’t be easy

It’s my turn
To see what I can see
I hope you’ll understand
This time’s just for me

Because it’s my turn
To turn and say goodbye
I sure would like to know
That you’re still on my side

Because it’s my turn
It’s my turn

It’s my turn
To start from number one
Trying to undo
Some damage that’s been done
But now it’s my turn
To reach and touch the sky
No one’s gonna say
At least I didn’t try
It’s my turn
Yes, it’s my turn
It’s my turn
It’s my turn
It’s my turn