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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Book Review: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King

Posted by Susan C.

This hardback collection of short stories The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King (Finders Keepers: A Novel, 2015) begins with an introduction of King’s musings on why he writes short stories.  This introduction reads like a novel in itself. To the readers delight, King also provides a back story for each tale that entices the reader with a memory or scenario that has prompted the birth of each story. Some of the stories have been previously published. Some have been polished and revised. Ur was originally written as a “Kindle Single” for Amazon, who was looking for a well-known author to write a short story with a Kindle as a plot element. Initially hesitant to go down that path, Kings fascination with new technologies led him to write Ur. Veering from a short story format, King published Tommy as a poem in Playboy in 2010. For baseball fans, watch out for the unexpected ending in Blockade Billy. The Little Green God of Agony hints at how life experiences shapes King’s stories.

VERDICT: The stories in this book are riveting and sometimes haunting as is King’s style. Surprise endings abound. King is in a class all by himself.  Recommended for those who are prepared to read voraciously.

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