Thoughts on 2 Books #4

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Wolves of the Calla (The Dark Tower V) by Stephen King

I rated it 5 of 5 stars, “it was amazing”, on Goodreads and shelved it as alternate reality, epic fantasy, favorites, fiction, modern fantasy, novel, post-apocalyptic, sci-fi, & series.  You can read the synopsis by clicking the title above.

Being a lifelong Stephen King fan, I initially read each book in The Dark Tower series as it was published and enjoyed each book in turn. I first read Wolves of the Calla 15 years ago. As I’m re-reading the entire series now, I’m discovering that, although I remember the basics of each book, I remember very few details, so it’s almost as if I’m reading the series for the first time.

I make a serious effort to rate objectively. Regardless of how much I like an author and his or her body of work, I discard that as a consideration and judge each book by its own merits. I don’t give out 5 stars lightly. I rated Wizard and Glass 5 stars because as the central book in this 8-book series, it merits all 5 and more. If it’s the central book, though, Wolves of the Calla is the rising action of the whole epic. This one is chock-full of everything King does so well: suspense, magic, futuristic technology, plenty of excellent characters, sweeping panoramic scenery, mystery, intrigue, and relentless action. Plus Don Callahan! Can you believe I actually forgot about his presence here? I tell you, aging is not much fun.

Recommended for all King fans and lovers of good epic fantasy.

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Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes, and Politics by Charles Krauthammer, unabridged audiobook version, read by the author and George Newbern.

I rated it 3 of 5 stars, “liked it”, on Goodreads and shelved it as anthology, essays, nonfiction, political issues.  You can read the synopsis by clicking the title above.

I was pleasantly surprised by Things That Matter. Being a left-leaning political moderate, I often disagree with most of what I read and hear coming from conservative pundits and thinkers. But Krauthammer is an intellectual of a higher order than the loudest of his like-minded political thought leaders and is far more evenhanded in his tone than obnoxious bloviators like O’Reilly, Coulter, Savage, and Beck. Even though he assigns a lot of blame to liberals in general and to Barack Obama in particular, his criticism lacks vitriol and needless meanness.

Although I disagree with many of the points Krauthammer makes in this anthology, I was impressed by how effectively he makes his case and how eloquently he argues, and I found myself agreeing with him on a number of issues. George Newbern does a fine job of reading many of the essays, but I really enjoyed the parts read by Krauthammer himself. He has a great speaking voice, avuncular and warm. I’ll definitely read more of his work.

Have y’all read either of these books?  What did you think of them?

Take care, be well, and happy blogging!

Denny

12 thoughts on “Thoughts on 2 Books #4

  1. I haven’t … but I’m STILL reading Stephen King’s book lol so far almost month …its good, but not a day-or two read. His books takes ages to read :)) haha

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      1. really? lol not me…sigh. It’s a good book, very detailed, too detailed (for me). The plot is interesting. No main hero, they are all awesome, but blurry. With real life tho. Too real. And too boring wives. And it reminds me series or movie books. and I’m not a fun of series-movie-books

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      2. I won’t lol Last time I read King book – 9, 10 years ago and now ‘The Outsider’. Its enough for 8-9 years I think 🙂 then maybe I’ll try again
        Btw I love movies based on his books. Very cool.

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  2. Glad to see all systems working again on your blog! I enjoy Stephen King’s writing, and I agree with you CK’s eloquence is commendable! Happy Blogging to you, too!

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  3. I’m on Wizard and Glass right now as we speak! So glad to know you gave it a 5. Hey also, since you told me about your writing challenge a while back, really wanted to see your take on my writing challenge. It’s quick and fun and open for creativity and anonymity. Please see my latest post in my blog. The challenge is after the very very short story. Can’t wait to see your version.

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