Carrie by Sephen King – for the 4Rs Challenge

CarrieTitle: Carrie
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Horror
Published: 1974

2 weeks before the round one of 4Rs Challenge closed, I realized that I haven’t even decided what to read for the Challenge. If you remember I had done a post on it where I had listed all the horror books that were recommended. I had asked for a few of those books in the bookstore but most were out of stock and a few were not even in their database. Stephen King’s name came up repeatedly. I had tried reading a short story collection by Stephen King once but remember not being very impressed by it. I tried reading one more ‘The Eyes of the Dragon’ which although I liked, was not enough to entice me to read more of his books.

So the point here is that I read Carrie only because of the 4Rs Challenge. I was recommended ‘The Pet Semetary-Stephen King’ by Jennifer and Sandy but out of all the books only that book was out of stock and I was in no mood to check out another bookstore. So I settled on Carrie which Shelby had recommended in the comments.

Let me start by saying, ‘What a book’. I loved it. Thankfully I hadn’t seen the movie and did not know much of the plot either, so I enjoyed this book thoroughly.

Carrie is the story of a 16 year old girl who is constantly tortured in her school and is always the object of jokes and ridicule. Her mother is a tyrant with twisted views on religion. She’s the reason why Carrie is never really able to fit into school. There is an incident in the locker room where Carrie is again a subject of ridicule but on a higher scale of embarrassment. It triggers a series of events which leads to what is called The Scene of the Crime, the Prom night.

Carrie has Telekinesis, a scientific condition where a person can move objects when particularly distressed or in anger. What happens at the Prom night is the culmination of everything. The book is told in present tense where we learn what exactly happened, and intermingled with the story are the various study reports, interviews and articles on Carrie’s condition-telekinesis, in which the scientists are more interested.

This book was a page turner and a great thriller. Although you come to know very early in the novel about what happened on Prom night, I didn’t feel it spoiled the book one bit. As I said this was more of a first rate thriller for me than a horror book. The only thing that scared me a little was the picture of Carrie on the back cover.

That said I did find the book a little unsettling. I found her mother very unsettling because I’m sure there could be women like her in this world and being even 50% like her would be an awful thing. I appreciated the writing style and Stephen king’s ability to get into the mind of a 17 year old. I’m definitely going to look for more books by Stephen King, may be I’ll see if Pet Semetary is available.

4.5 out of 5 stars. Thank you so much to everyone who recommended me books for the 4Rs Challenge, I will definitely get to them at some point.

Some interesting bits:
–It is one of the most frequently banned books in United States schools and the film version was banned in Finland.
–Carrie is the first Stephen King novel to be published.
–He wrote this book because some woman said, ‘You write all those macho things, but you can’t write about women.’ I said, ‘I’m not scared of women. I could write about them if I wanted to.’
–Finally, he says about Carrie-“In retrospect it reminds me of a cookie baked by a first grader—tasty enough, but kind of lumpy and burned on the bottom”.

In fact, go read the entire Wikipedia article if you have already seen the movie or read the book. It’s very interesting.

The 4Rs Challenge…recommendations

4rsaddressbutton-269x300If you haven’t heard of the 4R’s Challenge, you should definitely check it out. It’s really simple. All you need to do is set up your profile on the Forum; write something about yourself and the kind of books you like. The other members, based on what you have written and your preference, will suggest a book for you. You have to acquire the book from somewhere, read it and review it. See? I told you it’s simple.

The 4 Rs stand for Recommend, Read, Review, and Repeat.

And moreover, the forum is very user friendly and easy to navigate. So I’m hoping to see you there.

Oh and yes, it’s a brain child of Jennifer from Literate Housewife and fyrefly. Read their 4Rs posts here and here.

And don’t forget to join the Forum. I’m sure it will be fun.

oh…and the link to my profile is here

I wanted recommendations for a horror book, something that will really creep me out.

Here are the recommendations on the 4R’s challenge Forum:

1) Whispers by Deen Koontz from Sandy
2) Pet Semetary by Stephen King from Sandy
3) The Other by Thomas Tryon from booknaround
4) Short story collection of Edgar Allan Poe from Dave.
5) The Road by Cormac McCarthy from thekoolaidmom
6) The Road, Life as We Knew It from Nymeth
7) The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson for a traditional creppy story from Nymeth
8 ) Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz from heidenkind
9) The Mummy by Anne Rice from heidenkind
10) Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop from heidenkind
11) The Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill from tokemise
12) The Haunting of Hill House and Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill from Gavin
13) Pet Sematary by Stephen King from literatehousewife

How is a girl to decide?

I own The Road and have been meaning to read it since a long time. I think Stephen King, Anne Rice, Anne Bishop and Dean Koontz should be available in the bookstore or the library. I have been searching for The Haunting of Hill House in bookstores here, but seems like it isn’t available. He said could order it for me but the price is almost 4 times a normal book.

I’m hoping to get my hands on Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill. I’ve been reading his 20th Century Ghosts on and off and really like it. I like his writing style.

I have been wanting to read something by Edgar Allan Poe but haven’t got the chance. I’m not even sure where to start.

The Other by Thomas Tryon is something that I’m particularly excited about. Booknaround says, “I still have nightmares about it and I read it almost 30 years ago.” Sounds cool huh?

I might just go to the bookstore and try my luck or I’ll see if I can get ‘The Other’ ordered at a normal price.

What do you think? Is there something else you would like to suggest?


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