Saturday, August 27, 2011

Monster Mile

Mile 81 by Stephen King

* Read this short story early because of Klout Perks.
* Story will be released September 1, 2011

Sentence Sneak Peek
"You can't come, his older brother said."

"Doug Clayton was an insurance man from Bangor, bound for Portland, where he had a reservation at the Sheraton Hotel."

"Julie Vernon didn't need King James to teach her how to be a good Samaritan."

"Six-year-old Rachel Lussier shouted, " Look, Mommy!"

"A child's scream may be one of Mother Nature's more efficient survival mechanisms, but one of mankind'sat least when it comes to automotive traffic on roads with high speed limitsis the parked State Police cruiser, especially if the black bulb of the radar detector is facing the oncoming traffic."

"From where he was standing, seventy yards away, Pete saw it all."

Mini Review
This short story is a definite must read, I give it 4 gnomes out of 5 gnomesThis is a delightfully creepy story where you never know what's going to happen next. 
The structure of the story is set up as mini chapters told from different narrators.  The pieces don't seem to fit together at first but then they all converge. It starts with little brother Pete being left behind while his brother goes out to mess around with his friends.  Of course Pete has to prove to himself that he's not a little kid and should be included.  He ends off going exploring because of a story he heard.  This leads him to Mile 81, a closed rest area.  I thought it was going to go in one direction and then that all changes when a mysterious car shows up.  This car has no driver yet somehow crashed through some cones and is just sitting there.  I won't say anymore because I don't want to spoil anything.  Overall a great story about how sometimes kids can overcome outside forces much better than adults.

Favorite Quotes/Lines
"Elementary, my dear fucksticks."
"Once you started eating shit, it had a way of becoming your regular diet."

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