Saturday, April 7, 2012

Constant Reading Project: Full moon fever

I actually finished this book Monday night, but I thought I'd wait to talk about it until the night of the full moon, which was yesterday. (M-O-O-N, that spells moon.)

Yesterday turned into a very busy day for reasons I won't get into. So here's the wrap up:

It's short. Incredibly so. As I mentioned in my introduction, if it wasn't for the illustrations, this would be a short story. Not a successful one, either.

While the monster gets introduced right up front, we don't meet our wheelchair-bound protagonist until halfway through the book. Following one great scene in which Marty Coslaw encounters the werewolf, he's gone for another two chapters. The nature of the story causes much of King's traditional character development to fall by the wayside. We get only the barest of details about anyone.

But where did all of those details go? King isn't one of those writers who could leave such things alone. Everything we need to know about Marty (and the great supplier of fireworks and bullets Uncle Al) shows up in his screenplay re-titled "Silver Bullet." I won't go so far as to say "Silver Bullet" is a great movie, but it does make for an interesting companion piece to Cycle of the Werewolf. 

Going off on a tangent here, you know what would be interesting? (Or horrible, depending on how rooted in the 1980s you are.) Try and see if you can sit through "Silver Bullet," "Watchers" and "The Lost Boys" all in one day. It's the Corey Haim horror triple-feature.

Let's get back on track. Not much else to say.

I would like to have seen how this would have played out as a calendar, as originally intended. There's not enough King-related art out there. I have other literary-themed posters, but no King posters. This needs to be corrected.

I'm writing this from work, which means I don't have my running total handy. If I recall correctly, this should put me at 6,235.

I'm a few pages into The Talisman, so watch for that soon.

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