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I finished "Lisey's Story" by Stephen King today and livejournal is doing its' level best at stopping me from saying how much I didn't like this book. I've attempted to post four times now, so who knows, maybe big business has control over the internet after all.

The book is about Lisey Landon (it's pronounced LeeSee) and her husband Scot, a wildly successful sometime horror book author who lives in Maine (sound like anyone we know?). Unlike King, however, Scot Landon is critically acclaimed, dead and able, it seems, to send messages to Lisey from the "other side."

The book irritated me for four reasons. On a personal note it reminded me too much of my wife. Not because they were similar but because it would use a turn of phrase that would send me down memory lane. Intellectually I know I should be over it by now, but it still makes me smart on occasions and reading tis book was one of them.

The second reason it irritated me was the name Lisey. You give that sort of nickname to a 7 or 8 year old kid. Not a fully grown 50 year old. It's an irrational reason I know, but a reason all the same.

The third reason why it irritated me is because of the relationship between the couple. I like "relationships of equals" and this relationship wasn't one of them. All the power lay in the guys hands, and that makes me uncomfortable.

Finally, the book reminded me of three previous King books, The Black House, The Talisman, and Bag of Bones. For those of you who are big King fans (or haven't read those books), this might not be a problem, but for the rest of us it was a little frustrating.

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