I’m sure there aren’t many who haven’t heard of Stephen King’s Dolores Claiborne. It was a pretty big hit, being made into a movie in the late 90s, which stared Kathy Bates. I have a tendency of watching the movie before I read the book, which seems to work well for me.
If you have seen the movie, you’ll know it’s about a woman (Dolores Claiborne), telling the story of how she plotted to have her husband killed, and the reasons why. While most movies from books don’t even come close to doing the book justice, this one wasn’t too bad. The series of events and specific lines even were kept in tact so you still got whole story. However, this IS a Stephen King book we’re talking about here. The book is ALWAYS worth a read.
What stands out in particular about the book Dolores Claiborne is the way it’s written. Leave it to Stephen King to really pull you in with his own unique style of writing. All the events and full story is being told by Dolores herself, with all her quirky sayings and interesting form of grammar. Hard to read? No. Interesting to read? Absolutely.
You can pick up Dolores Claiborne at Amazon
If you do decide to read Dolores Claiborne (again, highly recommended, even if you’ve already seen the movie), you absolutely must read Gerald’s Game. It’s a parallel to Dolores Claiborne, in which you’ll find the “connection” to them both, even though Gerald’s Game is set some 20 years after Dolores kills her husband.
What I loved about this book, as with many of Stephen King’s book, is it starts out with “the main event”. This particular Stephen King novel was never made into a movie for good reason – the main character, Jessie, spends the majority of the book handcuffed to a bed with her dead husband on the floor.
Only Stephen King could write a book with only one real character, and her slide into insanity. Fun dialogue includes her talking to various voices in her head, and a few unexpected visitors into the bedroom. Very dark humor, but an EXCELLENT read.
You can pick up Gerald’s Game at Amazon as well.
Other Books by Stephen King
If your craving more twisted yet somehow entertaining horror, you can find all Stephen King Books at Amazon. I love how they have a nice layout of all his books, along with author bio and interviews. I don’t think there’s many who don’t know who Stephen King is, but it serves as a nice info page for fans.
Amazon is highly recommended if your looking to buy books of any kind, since this is their main focus and there’s several buying options to chose from. The prices are excellent and service fantastic as well.