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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday - Mr. Mercedes & Revival by Stephen King

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
Hardcover, 448 pages
Expected publication: June 3rd, 2014 by Scribner

In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands.

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.

Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.

Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.


Revival by Stephen King
Hardcover, 416 pages
Expected publication: Nov 11th, 2014 by Scribner

A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.

This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written. It’s a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe.


That's two - yes, count 'em, two - new released for King this year, very different books in tone and subject, but both of which sound fantastic. There's something about the cold callousness of Mr. Mercedes that grabs me, and that promise of "the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written" really has me intrigued about Revival.

11 comments:

  1. Stephen King is releasing two book on the same day!?! He's awesome! Great picks!

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  2. Two books on the same day? That's kind of awesome.

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  3. Never read anything by Stephen King although I have watched a couple of the films they're just not my cup of tea. Thanks for sharing :)

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  4. I used to read Stephen King all the time. For some reason, I haven't read his last few books. Maybe I'm mad at him for ending the Gunslinger series? Mr. Mercedes sounds pretty dang good.

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    1. I thought the Dark Tower saga ended on a perfect note. I was quite happy with it. Having said that, I wouldn't mind some more 'gap' novellas like The Wind Through The Keyhole, though. :)

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  5. OOh nice! I have yet to read a Stephen King novel. Read plenty of novellas and short stories though!


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  6. Damn, Mr. King, you are killing my to-read list!

    Never used to be that big a fan of him. I'm one of those oddballs who like his recent work than his old classics...all his stuff lately has been pretty good though, and 11/22/63 was probably the best King novel I've ever read. So I make it a point to check out his new stuff now.

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    1. I was a huge fan of his early work (Pet Sematary was the first 'grown-up' novel I ever read), but I drifted away from him during the 90s (which I see as his weakest period). It was Black House, his second collaboration with Peter Straub, that really brought me back, and the race to the end of the Dark Tower saga that kept me back.

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  7. I had no idea that he had two upcoming releases, I'm not a fan of his but my boyfriend loves his books, he's going to be so excited! Thanks for the heads up!
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