I’d been putting off reading this book for a while for a couple of reasons. First I had gotten burned out on King and wanted to read something different for a while. Secondly I’m not a big fan of compilations. Not sure why but they rate down there with live music albums on my enjoyment list.
That being said I enjoyed quite a few of the stories in this compilation though there was one that I didn’t care for at all because it’s a theme that has been used to death in my opinion. The one I’m talking about is where the main character finds a picture and the scene in the picture changes as the story progresses.
Quite a few of the stories were very good and there is even one about the Gunslinger in his early years that is a real stand out along with one where a woman keeps playing out the same events over and over again, King describes it as what he thinks Hell might be like and I’d agree with that in a way.
Over all the stories (14 in all) are very good and I liked that most of them have notes attached to them from the author to describe why he wrote the story and such. If you like King you’ll like this book, if you like short stories then it’s right up your alley as well. I’d rate it 3 stars out of 5 and while I would recommend it I’d save it for a time when I don’t have one of his better books handy.