WHAT I'M READING: FOUR PAST MIDNIGHT BY STEPHEN KING
I thought I had read this collection of four novellas before, but I was mistaken, and honestly that was a pleasant surprise.
The Langoliers, the first story in this collection, is about a small collection of survivors on an airplane that have managed to sleep through traveling through a rip in time and space only to find themselves in yesterday, a lifeless, empty, stale plane of being. As they struggle to find a way to return to the right place, they quickly find that time really is finite. This story was adapted into a rather middling two-part TV miniseries that I DID see and enjoyed.
The second story--Secret Garden, Secret Window--was also adapted, into the film Secret Window, starring Johnny Depp and John Turturro. I havent seen the movie but quite enjoyed the story, about an author who is suddenly confronted by a crazed man who accuses him of plagiarizing a story.
The Library Policeman is an absurd concept--that of an otherworldly policeman figure who will track you down and cause great, possibly fatal harm should you be late returning your books. Absolutely ridiculous, this part-ghost story, part-something else is so delightfully written that it was my favorite.
Followed by my least favorite, The Sun Dog, about a Polaroid camera that only takes pictures of a rapidly approaching feral hound. Meant to act as a middle story in King's final "Castle Rock trilogy" (preceded by The Dark Half, which I didn't enjoy, and followed by Needful Things, which I havent read), it's effective, but I found it charmless.
All in all, a good time.
Four Past Midnight is the #68 book I've read YTD.
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