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Stephen King – End of Watch | Review

Title: End of Watch

Author: Stephen King

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 372

Rating: 3.75*/5

 

Stephen King - End of Watch

Stephen King – End of Watch

 

This book is the third and final book in the Bill Hodges trilogy, and it came as something of a relief. I loved Mr. Mercedes, the first book, but Finders Keepers (the second one) wasn’t up to the same standard. This one isn’t as good as Mr. Mercedes either, but it’s still pretty good, and I did like how you get to learn more about some of the characters. The whole gang is here, from notorious domestic terrorist Brady Hartsfield to Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney and Jerome Robinson.

It’s also interesting to see how Hartsfield’s ostensibly psychic powers develop and how he successfully uses suicide as a weapon. On the downside, it just didn’t feel quite right having all of these psychic powers and astral projection when the first book was basically a hardboiled crime thriller. Adding all of these other elements may be more King, but it just doesn’t seem to ring true to what the first book attempted to do. But maybe I’m only saying that because I think it kind of devalues Mr. Mercedes, which I gave 5/5 to.

There’s also the fact that I already knew how the entire trilogy was going to end from the very first book, purely because of the title of this one. When it finally happened, it felt like something of an anticlimax. The same is true with the final confrontation between Hodges and Hartsfield, which almost felt rushed after how much the reader has gone through to get there. Unless you’re a hardcore King fan who wants to read every single one of his releases, I’d suggest just reading Mr. Mercedes and then calling it quits.

I also had a few problems with King’s representations of tech, and he even says in his afterword that he’s changed some of the details to suit the story. I kept unsuspending my disbelief because stuff was happening that just isn’t possible. There was also a character who went to visit Hartsfield when I don’t think that she, as a person, would have done it. But if she didn’t, the entire book wouldn’t have happened. Bummer.

 

Stephen King Quote

Stephen King Quote

 

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P. G. Wodehouse – Thank You, Jeeves | Review

Title: Thank You, Jeeves

Author: P. G. Wodehouse

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 286

Rating: 3*/5

 

P. G. Wodehouse - Thank You, Jeeves

P. G. Wodehouse – Thank You, Jeeves

 

I was expecting so much more from this book. After all, this is the first book in Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster series, and it’s this series that established his reputation as something of a comic genius. The problem is that his humour isn’t particularly funny, and in this book it’s effectively downright racist. Much of the comedy surrounds what happens when the characters decide to “black up” to disguise themselves as “nigger minstrels” and are unable to find the butter they need to remove it.

So as you can imagine, the book hasn’t aged particularly well, and quite a lot of the situations that the characters find themselves in are no longer relevant to our lives today. Still, that’s to be expected to a certain extent with any classic, and you can’t really fault Wodehouse for it. That doesn’t make it any easier to swallow it when you’re not enjoying it, though.

It’s a shame, really, because I liked the way that Wodehouse strings sentences together. I just didn’t find the subject matter to be particularly interesting, and it also wasn’t that amusing. It reminded me of one of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels, except if you cut out the dramatic confrontation with the arch-nemesis and instead extend a card game or a round of golf to 200 pages. Like a rubbish sandwich, it was 80% filler with very little substance.

Go ahead and try the Jeeves and Wooster books if you’d like, but I wasn’t impressed. The good news is that Wodehouse wrote dozens of books with different characters. That doesn’t help much here, though.

 

P. G. Wodehouse

P. G. Wodehouse

 

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