A Novella by Stephen King
I am a fan of Stephen King. I've been a follower of his work since junior high school, during a time when I had difficulty fitting in with the other kids because I was always the new one. It was tough, but reading of giant slugs, sucking eyeballs flat, dogs approaching your porch in Polaroid photos and black sludge eating you alive in abandoned lakes always got me through.
I recently read Elevation, erm... listened to Elevation, read by Mr. King himself. Did this one carry me through as well?
Elevation is the story of Scott Carey, who suddenly wakes to find he's suffering from a peculiar illness. What's happening to him is on the inside, somehow, but you can not tell from the outside. It's hidden deep and there's no rhyme or reason as to why it's all happening. But what does take place is horrific, because soon he'll be gone...
Elevation is a novella; it's runtime is about 3 hours 46 mins. It's written in S.K. fashion, but what gets me is how similar it is to another novel he's written. Now, no, it's not the same. The situations are completely different but they're still related- and not simply because of the author. I can't tip you any further than that without giving anything away. You know, I don't do SPOILERS.
What I cans share is that Elevation is sad. The story leaves you thinking of the fear and loss Carey goes through (that's not a pun either), and how those who are with him are left looking up to him. It's like reading The Green Mile without all the heartache, death and little girls. There's no magic or fascinating activity that has you cringing or anything like that. This is different. It is a King book, but not like the ones you're always looking for.
What this book carries is a special message about handling hardships in your own fashion. Making good of the time you have with people around you and doing the right thing. It's a form of message that you find in most of his books about middle graders (i.e. Stand By Me, It, etc.). That's what helped me continue with the book. The surprise to this audiobook was, there's another story at the end. It's called Laurie, about a widower and a gift he's given. It's adorable and a bonus to the download!
I guess, for me, Elevation is a nice read. It's one for an anthology of shorts from him. Knowing me, I'll be purchasing the physical book to go on my shelves of King books, but probably not one I'll read, reread and then some though. It's not scary enough. Not creepy enough and definitely not nightmare-invoking. LOL But still a good read.
Check out Elevation; I'm moving on to the next read. Cheers!
Written & Narrated by Stephen King
Published by Simon & Shuster
Released October 2018
Runtime: 3 h 46 mins
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