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It's been a while since I read it - does Mike lose all his memories too?
As far as I recall he does. He does show up in Insomnia though still working in the Derry library but it is revealed that he does not have a grasp on his memory regarding It.

ETA: Or maybe rather what Mattioli said.
post #202 of 221
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SPOILERS

Yes. That's how the Losers know that they've actually killed Pennywise this time. All of them, including Mike, begin to forget. Additionally, his notebooks begin to fade. He says something about copying them, but it would be an exercise in futility because the words would cease to have any personal meaning for him.

Yeah, I've read "It" an unhealthy number of times. Now, where's my movie?
SPOILERS

I think he leaves the possibility of It coming back, or at least one of It's babies. I'd love him to write a follow up.

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It's my favorite of SK's books and I too have read it an unhealthy number of times. Although I just finished Under the Dome last night and I think that is now near the top. I think Under the Dome is definitely one of SK's best books, if not THE best.
post #203 of 221
Kind of unrelated but its been discussed in here so I'll just add- I'm in the middle of The Stand now, I'm a little worried/disappointed that so many people are down on the ending.

Also, earlier in this thread a few people were talking about Dan Brown’s Summer of Night and compared in favorably to IT. What a complete piece of shit that book was, god damn you (whoever you are) for recommending that 600 page Nancy Drew mystery.
post #204 of 221
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Kind of unrelated but its been discussed in here so I'll just add- I'm in the middle of The Stand now, I'm a little worried/disappointed that so many people are down on the ending.
If you keep in mind that God did all the heavy lifting for Moses at the Red Sea you'll be just fine. The Stand resolves very well if you've been taking away from it what King's been saying for most of the book.
post #205 of 221
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What a complete piece of shit that book was, god damn you (whoever you are) for recommending that 600 page Nancy Drew mystery.
You speak truth. By way of further answer, please refer to my comments, as well as those of Bobclark, in the "Current Reading" thread.
post #206 of 221
Finished it this afternoon. It felt vital and relevant in a way that his stuff hasn't in a long time. And, even at 1000+ pages, it moves in a way that his stuff hasn't since The Shining or Pet Sematary. The ending is bound to disappoint some, but at this point, that's just expected out of King.
post #207 of 221
I'll cop to kinda loving DUMA KEY. Edgar Freemantle feels like King's first actual character in about ten years, and his relationship with Wireman is pretty touching. Also, the shift in locale does wonders for King's prose. The Keys imagery is incredibly evocative. It's too long, but then what King book isn't?
post #208 of 221
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And, even at 1000+ pages, it moves in a way that his stuff hasn't since... Pet Sematary.
It still baffles me that a book - PET SEMATARY - in which the main plot doesn't really kick in until the last 100 pages, and the main Horror only appears for real during the last 30 pages, of a 400 page book, works so well.

I'm currently about a third of my way through DUMA KEY. Likin' it so far, though I must say King could've written this book in his sleep.
post #209 of 221
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Finished it this afternoon. It felt vital and relevant in a way that his stuff hasn't in a long time. And, even at 1000+ pages, it moves in a way that his stuff hasn't since The Shining or Pet Sematary. The ending is bound to disappoint some, but at this point, that's just expected out of King.
The ending surprised me and brought so much of what preceded it into focus. I think King went deeper than he has in a long time, if ever, without any sacrifices to his awesome, singular style.
post #210 of 221
Spielberg will turn this into a Tv show. Potential ?
post #211 of 221
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Spielberg will turn this into a Tv show. Potential ?
Spielberg has been sitting on the rights of The Talisman for 25 years. If he makes Dome before that, I will fling poo at his mansion.

Having said that, at page 200, Dome is still pretty good. I'd be further along, but the book is so fucking heavy that I refuse to bring it to work with me for my lunch-hour reading time.
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I'll be sure to Overlook that.
post #214 of 221
Finished this book earlier today. This is easily one of the more satisfying King novels I've read in some time. While the whole book is great, those last 150 pages or so is really something special. To preserve the experience for those still reading the book, I'll go to spoiler heavy inviso-text.....

The radio station blowing up and the consequences of it happening in an indestructible dome is easily one of the most horrifying scenarios King has ever written. The ecological aspect of the story is scary enough before that happens but the fire burning away almost all the oxygen and making the Dome have the atmosphere of Venus is truly frightening. To see that realized on screen with a decent budget should be amazing.

Also.....(more invisotext)

Is King working up a new mythology with this book and "N"? In the short story, King describes and undescribable snake like creature with a leather head and in this book the children are described as having leather faces that can't truly be seen. Are these creatures related in some way or does King just like using leather to describe the indescribable these days?

I guess it's time to open up the post release thread since people are finishing this book. Lots of thoughts on this book are swirling in my head. Always a good sign of a great book.
post #215 of 221
I'm about a hundred pages in and am really enjoying it. It feel good to be excited about a Stephen King book again. I just hope he doesn't drop the ball. Still it's the closest thing he's written to one of his classics in long time.
post #216 of 221
The plot is also very similar to the comic Girls.
post #217 of 221
Holy fuck Rennie needs to have death visited upon him, and fast. I've never HATED a character so much in a long time.
post #218 of 221
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Holy fuck Rennie needs to have death visited upon him, and fast. I've never HATED a character so much in a long time.
Which Rennie? Because they're both complete assholes, but in entirely different ways.

Although I am assuming you are referring to Big Jim. And you're right, the guy is a fucking megalomaniac demigod to whom death wasn't visited soon enough.
post #219 of 221
After a later reread of Dark Tower I'd made my peace with it. But after From A Buick 8 and The Colorado Kid -- both of which pissed me off much more than DT (which at least actively fucked up, not passively) -- I just couldn't muster the stones to try Cell or Duma Key (despite the good things I heard about the latter and half of the former). I really am not sure why I picked this up, probably only because of the mega-sale on amazon.

Tore through it like a motherfucker, pissing off my family over Thanksgiving by stealing away to get a few more pages in when I could. I loved the whole damn thing, and it's still rolling around in my head. So did not expect to be as invested in all the various outcomes that I was. Even characters we didn't get a POV from until the last 50-100 pages, I was wrapped up in.

Seriously: How the hell did King manage to get me so affected by the fate of Ollie Dinsmore, even though the whole situation was obvious as to where it was going, and so very Spielbergian heartstring-pulling? Probably the steady death count going on at the north side of the Dome. Christ, I did not see him slowly letting children and a dog die like that, but it seemed like every other page someone was pointing out a corpse to someone just waking up.

As it began, I was afraid the book would be another all-premise-no-story affair like Buick 8 and TCK, but King assembled a great cast of characters and let the characters drive the plot once the premise was plopped down. I didn't even mind the psychic dog(s)! Which were thankfully only brief elements.

This was so much better than I was expecting -- not sure if I'll throw it up with his 70s-80s greats... YET -- he just sold me the paperbacks for the ones I let go by this decade. I can handle the fuckups, knowing he can still pull off a winner with both scope and style. He earned a couple future flops too, what the hell.

[Overdue edit, so as to not slur a great McQueen film]
post #220 of 221
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I'm responsible for the snide title of this thread, and despite being a lifelong King fan, news of this book was initially enough to make me throw up my hands in irritation. After the way the Dark Tower ended, and a decade where the best he could come up seemed to be passable, I thought this bloated terrible sounding book might be the last straw. But then the glowing word of mouth pre-hype, the $9 Amazon price, and admittedly, the sweet ass dusk jacket got me in.

I've barely scratched the surface at almost 200 pages, but it's already clear that this is a fucking blast. This is one of those cases where I'm delighted to have been wrong. It's great! But no more from me till I'm done. I don't want a damn thing spoiled.
post #221 of 221
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Originally Posted by Arjen Rudd View Post
I'm responsible for the snide title of this thread, and despite being a lifelong King fan, news of this book was initially enough to make me throw up my hands in irritation. After the way the Dark Tower ended, and a decade where the best he could come up seemed to be passable, I thought this bloated terrible sounding book might be the last straw. But then the glowing word of mouth pre-hype, the $9 Amazon price, and admittedly, the sweet ass dusk jacket got me in.

I've barely scratched the surface at almost 200 pages, but it's already clear that this is a fucking blast. This is one of those cases where I'm delighted to have been wrong. It's great! But no more from me till I'm done. I don't want a damn thing spoiled.
Arjen,

Not to nitpick, but it's a dust jacket (to keep out the dust). A dusk jacket is a cool piece of evening wear, I'd imagine
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