woensdag 17 oktober 2012

50 Books Challenge 2012 - # 44: The Mist by Stephen King

Title: The Mist
Author: Stephen King
Story: It's a hot, lazy day, perfect for a cookout, until you see those strange dark clouds. Suddenly a violent storm sweeps across the lake and ends as abruptly and unexpectedly as it had begun. Then comes the mist...creeping slowly, inexorably into town, where it settles and waits, trapping you in the supermarket with dozens of others, cut off from your families and the world. The mist is alive, seething with unearthly sounds and movements. What unleashed this terror? Was it the Arrowhead Project, the top secret government operation that everyone has noticed but no one quite understands? And what happens when the provisions have run out and you're forced to make your escape, edging blindly through the dim light?
Start: october 9st 2012
End: october 16th 2012
Comment: Off course I've seen the movie, which is amazing, but I wanted to start this book without compairing it to the film. Stephen King is known for creating a mysterious atmosphere, you never quite know what's going on. Just a simple weather phenomenon makes it happen this time and maybe because you don't know what's going on it gives you the chills. From the moment David and his son Billy enter the supermarktet it becomes scary. Weird creatures come crawling or flying from the mist and because Stephen King describes them in detail it's not that hard to picture them. It's terrifying. And although this is very unlikely to happen, King writes so convincing you almost believe it can really happen. There are a bunch of characters in the book. We get to know David the best. A nice family father who does everything in order to keep his son safe. He's likeable, but I don't understand the way he acts towards Amanda. Miss Carmody is the town nut, a well written character. She has all kinds of theories for what's happening. Weird thing is, desperate people start believing her and follow her lead. This is the proof of how people in distress would react. Only thinking of being safe, not caring about others. Ollie Weeks was my favorite character. A goodhearted man, with guts and he's one of the few who does think of others before thinking of himself. When I finished the book, I did start to compair it to the movie. One conclusion: I loved the book as well.
Rating: 4,5/ 5

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