Friday, July 25, 2014

The Cephalopod Coffeehouse: Best Book of July

Today I'm participating in the monthly meeting of the Cephalopod Coffeehouse, where we sign up to write about the best book we've read this month.




This month I was tasked with reading 35 books for a contest, so I didn't get a chance to read much. But early in the month I finished a book I was reading in June.



I find it interesting that the book cover quotes T.S. Elliot, just as Stephen King quoted it at the beginning of the 1994 miniseries for his book The Stand.



The Stand is one of my all-time favorite books. I grew up on Stephen King novels, so he's my literary genius. If you think I should say something more socially acceptable...



I was naturally thinking of The Stand as I began reading Gone. But what was interesting was that there's a dome over their little city in the book. (You find this out early on, so it's not a spoiler.) A dome, you say? That sounds familiar, too...



It was bugging me so much, I had to look it up. Turns out, Stephen King's a supporter of Gone, which was a very popular YA series. Rightly so, since it's really, really good. Not only that--Under the Dome was released in 2009, just after Gone's 2008 release--but way too soon to have been anything but a coincidence. Even Stephen King can't write that quickly.



While the writing style is different, the story still feels very Stephen King-ish. So it's no surprise King himself is a fan.

Whether you're a Stephen King fan or not, I highly recommend this series. I, meanwhile, will be starting on book two soon.

63 comments:

  1. Funny King copied an idea from that book. Sounds like they feed off each other's ideas.

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  2. Absolutely wild! I might have had an apoplexy if I had gotten that comment about a book I wrote from Stephen King.

    It goes to show there's an energy behind ideas. I had an idea for a girl with "photographic" memory, wrote the book, queried it, and, like three books and a TV show were out the next year...

    Thanks for sharing about this series. I bet my son would love it!
    Veronica

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  3. Another SK fan here! And THE STAND is also one of my all time favorite books. :)

    I've heard of this series but I don't think I've read it - going on my TBR list now.

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

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  4. I haven't read a lot of Stephen King, but what I had read, I admire so very much. He is a true master.

    And I haven't read GONE, but it is sitting on my book shelf. Looks like I'll have to make some time for this one soon.

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  5. I read GONE last summer and enjoyed it, but didn't feel quite invested enough in the characters to go buy the second book. Thanks for the interesting review!

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  6. and so many of King's books are or are being turned into TV series.
    I watched only the first season of UNDER THE DOME and couldn't find the strength to watch the second one...

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  7. It's great to see King supporting the work of other writers.

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  8. I love SK too and if he loved Gone I probably would, too.

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  9. I'm not much of a reader...and do it more in the winter time.
    Thanks for the visit. xo

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  10. I read Under the Dome, DEZMOND, and the book was long enough to have those poor people under that dome. We're heading into the second year!!! I think they were only under the dome a couple of weeks in the book...there was a limited food supply and such, so I can't imagine how they'll live under that dome for the duration of an entire multi-season TV series!

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  11. I never read a Stephen King novel (I know... have I been living under a rock...lol)... I have seen lots of the movies. I will have to read one soon as I have heard how much better the books are♡

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  12. Sounds very interesting, I will have to add it to my TBR.

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  13. I just finished Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King. It was an audio book and now I'm curious how it would have sounded had I read it rather than listened to it.

    Either way, great novel! Not King-ish since it's more of a crime novel than anything, but there's some grotesque stuff there too, King's way. :)

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  14. I read THE STAND many years ago and couldn't put it down. Definitely adding GONE to my TBR list!

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  15. Stephen King sure always makes a hit indeed, even if tv shows off his books drag on waaaay to long.

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  16. Sounds like another good one! I may have to check it out since I seem to be on a YA book kick!

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  17. Ahh, I'll be reading the series anyway (since people keep recommending it to me) but yay, Stephen King likes the series!

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  18. Stephen King is a great author.

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  19. Sounds like a case of "great minds think alike." Cool.

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  20. I enjoyed your review, but I always laugh when I see that quotation from The Hollow Men. When I was in high school, I had an English teacher who was very dramatic. A poem was a "pwem" and she didn't teach--she made pronouncements. She pronounced those lines of poetry the most significant words written during the 20th century. It's an interesting quotation, but I don't think I know anyone who would agree with her about the importance of the words.

    Love,
    Janie

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  21. I haven't read much of Stephen King, but I plan to read a few of his books soon.

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  22. I'm not a King fan. He's a scary author for me. Too scary.

    Love the Lucy graphic.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  23. I'm glad you reviewed the book, because I saw this book on Amazon, hated the cover, and passed it over. Based on your review—and King's endorsement—I think my son will love it, though (and maybe I will, too!) so I'll put it on his wish list.

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  24. I used to devour Stephen King and Dean Koontz books, but it's been a while since I've read either. Maybe I need to get back to them. In the meantime, your "Gone" sounds like a winner. I mean, if the King likes it, I have a feeling this old Fartessa will, too. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  25. More temptation. I have never warmed to Stephen King, but have been feeling that I should try again. And starting with something he (and you) loved could be a good beginning.

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  26. I've read a few YA and hoped to find one that could hold my attention. Perhaps Gone will do it. Thanks

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  27. The Stand is one of my all-time favorite books! I read it at 15 and having been meaning to reread it. It was part of my inspiration for Pandemic.

    Yvonne

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  28. I haven't read many King books but I've loved the ones I've read. An endorsement from him is pretty cool. Yep, probably a coincidence, since apparently he took 25 years to write Under the Dome. That also put paid to my theory that he copied the Simpsons movie. ;)

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  29. I did read a lot of those accusations about The Simpsons when I was researching the Gone/Under the Dome connection. I know the first part of the book was written 25 years ago--he states it in the book itself. But any fan of Stephen King can tell he took 25 years to write it because the beginning of that book is CLASSIC Stephen King. I was hooked...then the book started becoming newer Stephen King. I love his work, but his writing has definitely changed since the 80s...and I can't pinpoint what.

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  30. I honestly can't say that I red any of Stephen King's books although some of my friends who live a more leisurely lifestyle do.

    If I had more spare time I probably would read some but I may not finish them. I'm not a fan of being scared to death before bed time.

    Hugs,
    JB

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  31. Fascinating coincidences and similarities. And how cool for the author to have SK support the book!

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  32. Funny how two different authors can get the same idea at the same time, yet do different things with it. Well, we see that in movies all the time, so it's like the idea is floating in the aether or something.

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  33. I'm a huge fan of Stephen King. Now I've a new book to add to my TBR list! Thank you and have a great weekend. :)

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  34. Wow, the ultimate compliment, kudos from Steven King. Wouldn't that just make your day, year, life?

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  35. I have to admit I never read a Stephen King (I know, I know) but the Lucy gif made me week! hehe

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  36. I am a big Stephen King fan and I would be over the top if her made that comment about my book. How cool to have SK as a fan!!! :) I haven't read this series- but it is on my list now. Thanks for sharing!

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  37. You know, I've never read any King. I've always meant to, but I've never gotten to it.
    The interesting thing about that is that my writing is frequently compared to King.

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  38. Hi, Stephanie,

    Thanks for introducing GONE... Sounds like a cool series.

    I must check it out. Since I write Y/A, it's great to find a good series in this genre....

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  39. I'm not sure I could read any of Stephen King's books again, LOL, I read Salem's Lot years ago and it scared me so much, stayed away from him ever since :)

    You do like his writing!

    betty

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  40. If Stephen King himself is a big fan, this book is definitely worth checking out! The Stand is my favorite Stephen King book. I went through a big SK phase when I was a teenager. Quite a coincidence about that dome...

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  41. I've read way too many stories about domes lately. I think it's time for something else ;-) Have a lovely weekend.

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  42. Whilst I used to like SK's work as a teenager I hadn't read any of his books until I came across Needful Things a while back. A great read, I thought it quite different to the stuff of his I read all those years ago.

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  43. I love to read! aww how many books! I read King sometimes, but some othem are impressed!
    xo

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  44. Great review and it seems these ideas cross over from one author to another and then there are TV shows etc... You are a busy lady to read(or try to)35 books

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  45. Yep, it's pretty much killing me, Birgit! That was way too many to try to read in a month. I kind of agreed to do it before I knew it was going to be that many in that little time.

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  46. The only King book I've read is 11/22/63. I know it's not his usual genre, but it loved it.

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  47. I read that one, Bijoux. It's not his usual...but it is a little reminiscent of books of his like The Dead Zone in some ways...

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  48. Love Stephen King. The Talisman...man. Blew me away when I was a kid and read it in junior high. I've literally read it every year of my life since then. Good stuff :)

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  49. I have been meaning to start the Gone series at some point in time but it is good to know you liked it. :)

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  50. I love King. The very first book I read for my own enjoyment was Cujo and I was 16 years old. I've been reading ever since.

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  51. I like King in small doses :) He overwhelms me a bit though, lol.

    I haven't read Gone yet but I really want to at some point!

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  52. Oh yes I heard great things about gone but haven't read the books there I confess. Maybe one day.

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  53. Is Gone the book the new TV series is based on?

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  54. Sony bought the rights to the series to make it into a TV show--but I don't see any news about a TV series actually airing, unless I'm missing something:

    http://www.pagetopremiere.com/2013/07/sony-acquires-rights-to-michael-grants-thefayz-gone-series-to-adapt-for-tv/

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  55. King is a creative GENIUS so I'm highly interested in the GONE series. I'm going to ask a couple of the teens I work with if they have read them yet. I feel like they have mentioned GONE so hopefully, one of them has a copy lying around=)

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  56. Sounds like an interesting series, and it is funny how when we read lots, we see similar writing and story flow styles.

    Good luck with the contest.

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  57. I love The Shining. I watched it as a young one, read the story in 8th grade, it scared me so much I had to leave my lights on. Lolz
    I met King in Maine, Lewiston. I was going to a doctor's appointment & somebody said "that's Stephen King". I was 15. I walked right up to him & shook his hand.
    Very gracious, obviously shy.
    I was starstruck but played it cool.As cool as a 15 year old could Lolz.

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  58. Oh, I love Stephen King and the Stand. The Dome was okay and worth reading, but not my favorite.

    A series? Hmmm...Gone sounds like a great alternative. I'll bet my son, Gonzo, would be all over this, too.

    Gone gets a place on the read list!

    Thanks!
    Cherdo
    www.cherdoontheflipside.com

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  59. I love King too, and just added Gone to my list. Thanks :)

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  60. Interesting! I haven't read Gone, but Under the Dome was fascinating. Especially what was revealed about the dome near the end... Scary stuff!

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