Celebrating my Independence Day

So, it is now March, according to the calendar.

And I am thinking of Independence Day.

Yes, Independence Day.  In March.  March, when its cold and rainy, and we are nowhere close to being able to have a cookout, or go to the beach or even wear flip flops without freezing our feet off.

So why am I thinking about Independence Day?  Isn’t that on July 4th, when its summer in our country and we get to watch the pretty fireworks light up the sky?

Well, that’s the Independence Day recognized nationally and commemorated to recognize the birth of the United States as a country.  And its a great holiday, ensuring that winter doesn’t get to have all the holiday fun.

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While our country celebrates its Independence Day in July, I celebrate mine in March.  Mine may not be a holiday, and it may be too cold to have a cookout, watch fireworks or do anything even remotely associated with summertime but this day will always stand out on my calendar, if no one else’s.

For somewhere around the date of March 5th, 2007, I finally gained my independence.  For nearly seven years, I was trapped in a living hell of a marriage.  Things were done that I will not speak of, not even from the relative anonymity of this blog and my computer.  I married someone with the idea of being loved and honored, per the vows that I took at that courthouse.  However, my marriage was far from anything even remotely resembling words like “love”, “honor” and “in sickness and in health.”  Instead, I lived in a nightmare for seven years, either feeling desperately trapped, or denying that I was feeling desperately trapped.  I became a shell of the smart, sassy and fierce woman that I was.  Instead, I was dulled down, much like the embers of a fire when it dies:  still smoldering, but lacking any real flame.  Occasionally, the fire would reignite, but not for long, since not upsetting the management had become my main goal in most of those seven years.

But out of the blue, my ex husband did me the only favor he ever did for me:  he cheated on me.  And he didn’t even try to hide it.  I did not consider it a favor or a blessing at the time.  Rather, I was humiliated.  He had cheated on me.  Who gets cheated on? Obviously, people who aren’t good enough, right?  So if I wasn’t good enough for him, obviously I was broken.  And good enough for no one else, either.

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But, as the great Garth Brooks has said, thank God for unanswered prayers.  Being cheated on may have been humiliating and left me questioning my self worth (which had been pretty low for the past seven years anyway), but it also pushed me to leave.  And the leaving wasn’t so easy.  In fact, it was often a fight.  My ex realized who now had the power before I even realized that fact myself.  And it wasn’t him.  He had spent seven years in the driver’s seat, both literally and figuratively (as I did not obtain my driver’s license until I was 28).  But I finally got back a little of my old self.  The old self who fought and scrapped, and did not stand for any kind of injustice.  And it only took a little bit.  I used that little bit to finally break away from what had become my prison.

Finally, I was free.  I was able to secure my own apartment.  I crammed all of the important belongings into my little car and moved into that apartment as soon as I was able.  And being free was wonderful.  I no longer had to fear another human.  I could walk my normal walk, since I didn’t have to walk on eggshells any longer.

In other words, I had hope again.  And as a certain famous character in one of the greatest movies of all time said:  “Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things.  And no good thing ever dies.”

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And on that day in early March, I was given a gift.  The best gift I have ever received: hope.  Andy Dufresne was right, hope is the best of things.  And he was right about another thing:  good things do not die.  Maybe sometimes we lose them for awhile, like I did.  But no good thing ever truly dies.  I learned that lesson in that day in early March of 2007.  And it was a lesson that I desperately needed to learn.

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So, happy Independence Day everyone!  I know mine will be a happy one too!

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Fourteen things to love about 2014

Well, in with the new and out with the old, as the saying goes.  It is day 2 into the year of 2015.  Time to start afresh, as the they say.  We all have a clean slate, and its time to leave 2014 behind.

Except there were some pretty great things about 2014, lest we forget.  A new year is a great thing, but let’s not forget about the old year…it deserves some love too!

That being said, here is a list of 14 great things about 2014, in no particular order, so we avoid hurt feelings.

 

1)  The Indianapolis Colts

Ah, the Indianapolis Colts.  One moment they are the Island of Misfit Toys (especially on the offensive line) and seem to bumbling their way to a blowout loss.  The next moment they are the terror of the AFC, making a historic comeback to win the 2014 Wildcard game over the KS City Chiefs, after being down 25 points at the half and having something like a 3% chance of winning that game.  But Andrew Luck and the offense seem to say, 25 points, pish posh, now let’s go win the game.  And then they did win that game, in spectacular fashion.  The Colts have provided some entertainment in the regular season as well, putting up some Madden-like numbers in terms of points scored and touchdowns.  Even the defense got a shutout this year.  The Colts were awesome in 2014 and I am sure they will continue to be awesome in 2015.

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2)  Gotham

Well, duh, Captain Obvious.  Its Batman.  And Batman will always be awesome.  Batman is always awesome.  Even the poorly acted and written Joel Schumacher versions are awesome, although maybe awesomely bad is a better word to describe those films.

But Gotham is actually a good show.  Gotham’s secret is that it is actually not so much about Batman or even the cast of Batman villains as it is about Jim Gordon.  We see what kind of man that Jim Gordon is, before Batman became involved.  We also get a fascinating look at Gotham, as the writers of the show really want to drive home that Gotham is a corrupt place, and always will be, even if they have a caped super hero to somewhat keep things in check.  And seeing young versions of the villains, such as Oswald Cobblepot (who has no redeeming qualities about him whatsoever.  In other words, I love him) and a younger Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman) is actually pretty cool.  And the show is just getting started…I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings for Gotham.

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3)  Andrew Luck

I know, I know.  I already mentioned the Indianapolis Colts above, so this is a bit redundant.  However, Andrew Luck really does deserve special mention for the year he had in 2014.  He started off the year leading the Colts to victory in a playoff game after being down 25 points at the half.  The Colts were then bounced out of the divisional game by New England, but Luck came back to have a spectacular 2014, putting up stellar numbers and breaking all kinds of records.  2014 would have been a miserable season without the likes of Luck for the Colts.

Plus, there is Luck’s particular brand of trash talking, that has convinced some that he may be a closet Canadian.  But, closet Canadian or not, Andrew Luck and the Colts are destined for an awesome 2015 and beyond.

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4)  My marriage

Yes, I did not get married in 2014.  In fact, I celebrated my sixth wedding anniversary in 2014.  So why is this worth a mention?

Well, you are darn right its worth a mention!  Somehow, I have managed to find imprison an unsuspecting man someone who is willing to put up with my craziness.  Someone who can stand to be around me and actually likes being me.  Someone who thinks red headed female nerds with a temper are hot!  And no, he’s not medicated!  Not an escapee from a mental institution!  And funny.  And shares my love of all things Batman.  And he’s kind to old ladies when they are crossing the street…yeah, I could go on and on.

My husband has continued to show why I chose to spend the rest of my life with him throughout our 2014.  I am looking forward to a great 2015 (and beyond) with this awesome man!

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5)  Duncan

So we did the unthinkable this year.  We brought home yet another critter to add to our two cat, two dog brood.  This creature is an Australian cattle dog puppy by the name of Duncan Edward McLaughlin but we just call him Duncan (that is, when he is good.  We will not talk about the other names).  Duncan was name after Man at Arms in the He Man cartoons from way back when.  Some may also reference the move Highlander of “there can be only one” fame.  Although I think an appropriate tagline is “thank god there is only one.”  Hey, don’t judge me until you have walked a mile in my shoes that have been chewed on by an overly ambitious puppy.  But at least he’s cute, as the common refrain goes.

As a bonus, Duncan has a blog!  See, I told you blue heelers were smart…dumb dogs can’t type, silly!  Go check out his blog, he loves clicks as much as the next doggy blogger!

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6)  Arrow

Yes, I know.  I am late to the party, as Arrow has been out for three seasons.  But since I discovered it in 2014 so I get to include it on this list.

I stayed up watching this show until 3 AM a few weeks ago.  And let me tell you, it was a worthy binge watch, and I am itching to do some more binge watching.  The story line is compelling, and the acting is pretty good.  Each episode had me wanting more so that I stayed up later than any sane person should.  2015 will likely bring much more intrigue, especially when I catch up to season and am no longer late for the party.

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7)  Stephen King

Ha, if you thought you would get this far in this post on this site without something about Stephen King…well, sorry about your damn luck!

But, in all serious, we were lucky enough to see two separate books this year from the master.  Mr. Mercedes was published in June and Revival was published in November.  Both were great books, but Revival in particular is one that will stick with me for a long, long time.  I constantly thought of HP Lovecraft and his monsters while reading it.  I also loved the homage it played to Frankenstein.  And then there was the ending…its been a long time since I actually shivered when I put the book down and tossed and turned for such a long time.

So get to it, Mr. King!  We are expecting more awesomeness in 2015!

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8)  True Detective

Someone thought that it would be a good idea to get together Woody from Cheers and the creepy older dude of Dazed and Confused of “alright, alright” fame and have them do a TV shows.  And that same someone hit upon the idea of these two being cops trying to solve a series of gruesome murders which involved women and children.  Add in the complicated personal lives of these two characters, and we have True Detective.

The only bad thing I can say about True Detective is that it did not win enough awards…damn you, Breaking Bad and your series finale!  This was another binge watch, although not in nearly epic proportions as number 6.  The true (see what I did there) strength of this show, however, was its writing, even though the directing and acting were no slouch.  This is another show to watch in 2015, as season two will be taking a completely different, unrelated to the first season direction.

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9)  The Dark Tower

If Andrew Luck gets his own post for 2014, then the Dark Tower series certainly deserves its own post.  The reason why (in all seriousness) The Dark Tower series is getting its own post is due to the great material Marvel keeps producing for the comic books.  This year we saw the release The Prisoner series aka biographical material on my main man, Eddie Dean.  Although not written by King himself, these comics are the next best thing.  They also offered a fascinating insight into the early life of Eddie Dean and provided a few more Easter eggs related to the King universe.

Who knows, maybe 2015 will be the year we finally get confirmation of a Dark Tower movie?  We can only hope.

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10)  Igloo

No, I did not add Igloo (my white Spitz mix) to the family in 2014.  Try 2000.  That’s right, she was born in 2000 so she is approximately 97 dog years or something like that.  She is an old gal, and I am thankful to have her around in 2014 and beyond.  Hopefully, I can be saying the same thing in 2015.

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11)  Constantine

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Yeah, NBC…you better save Constantine!  Because if you don’t save Constantine, you are on the same level as someone who kicks puppies and steals candy from babies!  But really, I think this is my favorite show of 2014 not named Gotham.  The supernatural theme, the wonderful acting (especially by the man playing the title character), interesting plot lines and the witty dialogue make it a no-brainer.  I would be very, very sad if NBC did not step and save this show, as it has a lot to offer.

But there are some encouraging signs for the future of this show.  Will Constantine be saved?  Only time (and 2015) will tell.

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12) My cooking and baking

Yeah, I am engaging in some shameless self promotion on this post.  But I am proud of all the cooking and baking I have done in 2014!  Although I will not be a contestant on Masterchef anytime soon (nor do I want to be), I am proud of how much I have grown in the kitchen.  I am getting experimental (basil infused homemade whipped cream, anyone?) and getting a good feel for what works and what doesn’t.  Plus I am just having fun…and I hope to continue to have fun in 2015.

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13)  My artwork

Again, more shameless self promotion.  Feel free to skip if you feel like it.  But again, I am proud of myself in this area…again, I have grown so much.  I have gotten more consistent and more inspired.  I have created more artwork than ever before.  I took up my woodburning again,after the tool had gone unused for too long.  I have even created my original artwork inspired by Stephen King and The Dark Tower series.  And I will not stop in 2015 either!

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14)  I started blogging!

I know, me, me and me.  But I have talked about writing for years and never really done anything with it.  Mainly because I have been afraid.  I was always on the fringe as a kid.  On the outside looking in.  The target of bullies.  Or if I was lucky, just invisible.  This is still the case in adulthood.  So I have been afraid to share any of my writing…what if they laugh at me?  What if I get pig’s blood dumped on me? Well, I know that last part won’t actually happen (at least I hope not).  But still, I’m insecure.  So I hold myself back.  Sometimes, I can barely live because I am insecure.

But then I started this blog.  And I don’t think people laughed! Or if they did laugh, it was due to my wit and humor!  I looked at the number of views and the comments on this blog (and via Facebook as well) and I felt like Michael Jordan (although much, much shorter.  And female, to boot)!  Now I just want to blog more.  And more.  I don’t want to stop.  And I even want to let Duncan share the spotlight.  Duncan is right, blogging is way more fun than squeaky toys!  And be prepared for a lot more of it in 2015!

 

Whew, here’s to the 14 awesome things in 2014…I hope no one (or no thing) feels slighted because he/she/it didn’t make it on the list…you are still awesome and I love you!  And here’s to at least 15 more awesome things about 2015…Happy belated New Year everyone!

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Love (literally) Hurts: A review of Lisey’s Story

I remember reading a long time ago, that Mark Twain, when he was 16, made a statement that his father was the dumbest man alive.  But when he talked to his father when he was 20, it was amazing how much the old man had learned in four years.

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This is not to say I ever thought my parents were stupid.  In fact, they were smart when I was 16 and they are smart now as I am going on 37 (love you Mom and Dad, thanks for the Christmas hookup…hahaha).

Seriously, though.  I read the Stephen King book Lisey’s Story about 8 years ago.  I trashed it at the time.  I thought it was awful and that King should have indeed, stayed retired from writing (love you Mr. King, thanks for all the book hookups…hahaha).

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However, I have been making it a point to re-read certain books (not just King either) that I either loved or hated many years ago, to see what perspective my almost 37 year old self would have.  Lisey’s Story was one book on my list.  And I am glad that I took the time to read this work again with fresh eyes.  My almost 37 year old self had a completely different view of things than silly, daft 28 year old me.  And now wants to give silly, daft 28 year old me a good smack on the head for not taking the time to appreciate the finer things in life, like craft beer and Lisey’s Story.

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Synopsis

Lisey’s Story is a complex novel that defies categorization, like much of King’s work.  On one hand, it is a horror story.  It does have monsters and some scary imagery.  However, Lisey’s Story is a little more than a horror story.  In his typical fashion, King also deals with “real world” topics, such as child abuse, marriage and fans that love a little too much.  King is able to weave these topics into a story that also contains major elements of both horror and fantasy, and also make a good story with characters that we wind up emotionally invested in, along with settings that are both familiar and alien.

The book starts out with Lisey (Lisa) Landon attempting to sort and clean her late husband Scott’s study.  In life, Scott had been a wildly successful writer, credited with several best selling novels.  She also has to deal with some persistent admirers of his work, who want her to donate his unfinished work, as they are convinced that there is actually a book (or maybe two) buried in there, ready for posthumous publication, which would make someone rich.  We also learn that Scott was relatively young when he passed away, and that Lisey is still processing his death, as Scott has only passed away 26 months prior.  It is all ordinary and mundane…but not for long.

At the beginning of the book, we are also introduced to Lisey’s family.  Lisey is the youngest of four children, all of whom are girls.  King focuses on her relationship with all three siblings, but gives particular focus to Lisey’s sister Amanda.  Amanda suffers from mental illness and is almost considered a “black sheep” in her family.  We learn that Amanda is a “cutter”.  In other words, she is given to self mutilation.  She also appears to suffer from bouts of extreme depression.  Lisey is tasked with keeping watch over Amanda, as she and Scott became very rich due to the success of his novels and can afford the best care.  Lisey also seems to share a certain rapport with Amanda, and if often able to reach her when no one else can.

As the book progresses, we learn that Scott’s fans are an insistent bunch.  In particular, Lisey is harassed by a man calling himself “Zach McCool.”  As if that were not enough, Amanda experiences a severe decline in her mental health, becomes catatonic and needs to be hospitalized.  This is very stressful for Lisey, and causes her to recall her years of marriage to Scott, and some interesting experiences.

Lisey begins to recall her years of marriage to Scott.  We learn about how they met.  We learn about their struggles and successes.  We also learn that Scott was no ordinary man.  This is where the supernatural part of the story comes into play.  Scott (akin to many King characters), was possessed of extraordinary abilities.  One of them was his writing ability.  The other was his ability to transport himself to another world entirely.  Scott nicknamed this world “Boo’ya Moon.”

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We also learn that Scott suffered a horrendous childhood.  Mental illness was rampant in his family.  He grew up with a father who constantly abused Scott and his older brother Paul.  Scott sought refuge in his relationship with Paul, who sent him on what they called “bool hunts” or a kind of scavenger hunt that consisted of riddles.  Paul would then reward Scott with some small prize.  Scott also sought refuge in the world of Boo’ya Moon.  Scott used the world of Boo’ya Moon to escape (often with Paul) the horrible abuse brought on by his father.  Scott also used the powers of Boo’ya Moon to heal the injuries that he and Paul suffered at the hands of his father.  Scott’s childhood is somewhat bearable for a time, but only for so long.  When Paul is ten years old, he succumbs to the insanity that runs in Scott’s family.  Some sufferers become comatose and some sufferers turn into violent, non-human killing machines.  Unfortunately, Paul becomes one of the latter varieties.  He becomes a creature who does not recognize right from wrong, let alone his family members.  He is unable to speak but instead communicates in animal like sounds.  He also sets out to kill anything and anyone in his path.  Unfortunately, this includes Scott and his father.  The two attempt to restrain Paul and try to find a way to cure of the insanity.  Unfortunately, there is no cure.  Scott’s father euthanizes Paul in the same manner someone would euthanize a rabid dog that attacked a child.  Scott then transports himself and his brother to Boo’ya Moon, in the hopes that he can possibly cure his brother.  It turns out that he cannot, and Scott buries his brother in that other world.

Lisey notices that Scott is unusual even when they are dating.  Scott is able to heal himself very quickly from a self inflicted, very nasty cut on his hand.  Lisey notices that Scott appears to vanish, but chalks it up to a hallucination.  Scott then demonstrates that he is in fact able to vanish, when he takes Lisey to Boo’ya Moon with him, proving that his abilities and the place are real.  Lisey also learns that Scott has demons.  As in actual demons, in the form of an otherwordly creature Scott calls the “long boy” or the “piebald creature.”  This is the creature that would ultimately be responsible for Scott’s death.  However, Boo’ya Moon brings mostly good things to their marriage.  When Scott is shot by a deranged fan at a public speaking event, he is able to harness the powers of Boo’ya Moon and save himself from certain death.  He is able to use those powers many times, although he does pay the ultimate price in the end.

We also learn that Boo’ya Moon seems to be a refuge of sorts for mentally ill people who have fallen comatose.  Lisey learns this when Scott slips into catatonia about 8 years prior to his death.  She must use Scott’s abilities (which have transferred to her) to make the journey to Boo’ya Moon and bring Scott back.  She is successful, and Scott and Lisey enjoy a few more happy years together, and Lisey basically represses any memory of Boo’ya Moon and the strange incidents.

Lisey learns that Scott has basically left her a “bool hunt” upon his death.  Lisey must learn how to harness the powers of Boo’ya Moon on her own, as Amanda’s health depends on it.  And only the powers of Boo’ya Moon will rescue her from the rage what is turning out to be a very insistent, deranged fan.  With a little help from her dead husband, and a lot of strength that she did not know she possessed, Lisey is able to rescue her comatose sister and dispatch of her late husband’s deranged fan, although she literally inherits Scott’s “long boy.”  The book ends with a final trip to Boo’ya Moon, where Lisey discovers the prize at the end of the “bool hunt”:  her husband’s accounting of what happened to his deranged father.  Lisey reads Scott’s final words, and is able to put Scott to rest, along with the “long boy” (somewhat).  She able to final clean out his study and donate his last work to the appropriate people, and achieves peace in her life and also with her family.

My Thoughts

This time around, I felt there was a lot to love about Lisey’s Story.  One of my favorite parts of the story was the detailing of Scott and Lisey’s relationship.  King gives us intimate knowledge of Scott and Lisey’s marriage, which makes us become invested in the characters.  When Lisey “inherits” Scott’s demons (the “long boy”), I saw that as a metaphor for taking on the burdens of a loved one, in much the same manner as Sam taking the Ring from Frodo in Lord of the Rings and carrying the burden, so that Frodo may achieve some peace.  Lisey does take on many of Scott’s burdens (his demons, his troubled childhood, etc) but does so out of pure love for her husband.  This gives great insight into both characters, especially Lisey, showing that she is more than just Scott’s wife, but actually his gatekeeper.

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Stephen King often writes about mental illness.  Lisey’s Story is a great example of his ability to deal with mental illness in a compassionate way.  In particular, King does an excellent job of his depiction of Lisey’s sister Amanda.  Amanda does not start off as a sympathetic character.  She is seen as more of annoyance.  However, this quickly changes, as King shows us the relationship between Amanda and Lisey.  We slowly come to like Amanda on her own merits, as opposed to the fact that she is Lisey’s sister.  We come to see Amanda as a fiercely loyal protector of Lisey, willing to do anything to protect her sister.  Amanda also travels with Lisey to Boo’ya Moon, never doubting its existence and completely deferring to her sister so that both of their lives may be saved.  Amanda is never shown as strong despite her “deficiencies.”  Rather, her perceived deficiencies turn out to be assets.

While this was not a scary book, there were definitely elements of horror.  For example, Scott describes Boo’ya Moon in detail.  We are told that is a good place by day, but extremely dangerous at night.  We are also told to never eat any of the fruit of Boo’yah Moon once night falls.  Scott also describes the creatures that inhabit Boo’ya, calling them “laughers”.  We also learn about Scott’s accidental trip to Boo’ya Moon at night, and his description confirms it is indeed a horrible place when the moon rises.

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However, the most terrifying part of the novel to me was the “pie-bald creature” or “long boy.”  At first I was reminded of the Purple People Eater…

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But later I started thinking more in terms of Lovecraft and his horrifying creatures, and the closest I could come to seeing it in my mind’s eye was an image of a monstrous worm.  Regardless, King’s description of the monster was very scary.  We are told that the creature is also not necessarily limited to Boo’ya Moon, as Lisey begins to see it on reflective surfaces such as mirrors and drinking glasses, and begins to fear for her sanity and her life.  It is implied that the monster has Lisey’s “scent” in much the same way a bloodhound can find a scent from a piece of old clothing and is therefore in its “thoughts.”  Scott’s final bool hunt does bring some form of closure to this, but we are still left with the impression that Lisey’s trip to Boo’ya Moon and confrontation with this creature will have some disturbing long term consequences.

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All monsters aside, King again displays his ability to juxtapose supernatural elements with familiar, everyday problems.  As mentioned before, this book spends much time discussing mental illness, with its descriptions of Amanda, Scott’s father and Scott himself.  King also dives into the issue of child abuse and the failures of adults to do right by their children.  The descriptions of the abuse endured by Scott and his brother when they were children are horrifying, but also heart-breaking.  Scott’s account of the murder of his brother and later his father are also harrowing, leaving us sad for what he endured as a child.  As in his other works, King’s description of non-supernatural horrors add an element of realism to the story, reminding us that it is perfectly possible that there is a world not far from our own, where eating the fruit at night could kill us and that sometimes looking in mirrors is a task better not undertaken if we are smart.

Stephen King, its amazing how much you learned in eight years.  Thank you for making this book so much smarter.  And thank you for opening my eyes, yet again.

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Connections

As most Constant Readers know, all of Stephen’s King books are connected and are part of a much larger universe.  Lisey’s Story is no exception.  I have listed the connections I found below:

-Much of the story takes place in Castle Rock.  Cast Rock is the setting for many King novels, including Needful Things, The Dark Half and The Dead Zone.

-Andy Clutterbuck and Norris Ridgewick are mentioned multiple times in the book.  Ridgewick and Clutterbuck appear as characters in the novel Needful Things.

-The town of Derry is also mentioned.  Derry is the setting for It, Bag of Bones, Insomnia, and several other King works.

-The town of Harlow is another town mentioned in this book.  Harlow is the setting for The Body and part of the novel Revival.

-The phrase “Lit for the Territories” is used multiple times in the book.  The Territories is the world visited by Jack Sawyer in The Talisman and Black House.

-Scott Landon talks of “booming” or transporting to another world.  The ability to teleport to other worlds is similar to Sheemie’s ability in The Dark Tower series.

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-The effects of the insanity suffered by Scott and his family appear similar to the effects of the “secret electricity” discussed in Revival.

-The effects of The Pulse in Cell are also similar to the effects of the “secret electricity” and are similar to the insanity suffered by Scott’s family.  This makes for an interesting connection between Cell, Lisey’s Story and Revival.

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-The description of another world close to ours is similar to the description of the parallel world that is discussed in Revival.

-The “mother” creature in Revival is also somewhat similar to the “piebald creature” in Lisey’s Story.

-Scott describes “orbs of light” around the lake in Boo’ya Moon that are similar to balloons.  This immediately brings to mind the balloons in the book It.

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-A recurring theme in Lisey’s Story is the “bool.”  I understood that the bool was a riddle, kind of similar to a scavenger hunt.  Of course, readers of the Dark Tower series will remember that Blaine the Monorail, a character in that series, was very fond of riddles.

And if I may go deep into nerdy territory for a moment here (given the name of the blog, no one should be surprised at this).  I believe that the term “bool” may actually be derived from the term “Boolean logic.”  Boolean logic is a special kind of mathematics and has to do with logic.  Logic is very important in computer science and is used widely in many other areas.  Since Blaine was a sentient monorail created by computer programming, this is an extremely interesting parallel to the Dark Tower series, even if it is a bit indirect.

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