March 2012's SK Flavor of the Month - Desperation

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March 2012's SK Flavor of the Month - Desperation

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Mar 1, 2012, 8:59 am

I thought I'd start the thread for this month's book. This is one I like a lot. Looking forward to reading it again. Also the made for TV adaptation isn't terrible either. It's not great...but anytime you have Ron Perlman involved, it helps.

Also as a pastor, I enjoy reading King's interpretations of God. I always joke that when I get older and the kids are grown, I'm writing a book called "God is Cruel: The Theology of Stephen King." I think that phrase and this book sum up a lot of how God's been presented in King's books. It is an interesting presentation all together, at least for a theological/King dork like me.

Mar 1, 2012, 10:40 am

Beat me to the punch!

I've been looking forward to rereading this one too. The one/two punch of Desperation and The Regulators make up one of my favorite Stephen King reading experiences.

My details about the book are a little hazy. I remember the first time I read Desperation/The Regulators I had jury duty. In those days you were expected to sit in the jury pool room all day if you weren't called on a case and were expected to keep doing that until your jury time ran out. Reading these books really made that break from work seem welcome.

Mar 1, 2012, 12:58 pm

I've actually just finished rereading both Desperation and The Regulators - sorry, I hate reading to schedule!! I remembered that the first time I read them, whichever it was that I read second I just found a bit confusing with the way it sort of had the same characters but didn't.

That sentence sounds really confused itself!

Anyway, this time I had less of a problem with that, which was a bit of a relief.

Mar 8, 2012, 1:32 pm

I just started Desperation (I was finishing up another book that I wasn't too crazy about).

I love the opening of the book. The immediately nasty detail of what's on the sign, the heat and desolation of the desert and the description of the towering cop, visible only a little at a time through the car window...

King was on fire here and it is so refreshing to see him write in a setting that is so different from his usual stuff.

#1 - I remember seeing the beginning of the TV adaptation, but not the rest. I think I had to leave before watching the rest. I'll have to Netflix it after I finish the book.

Mar 20, 2012, 1:54 pm

Hey guys. I took the last week off from work and accomplished shockingly little reading. I forget what page I'm on, but the still small voice just reminded David about the soap.

Anyhow, I am an irreligious person and don't spend much time discussing theology. But I have to say that so far, I am siding with David's mom. I know her personality is grating right now, but her points seem awfully valid to me.

When David was discussing God's cruelty with the pastor, the pastor mentioned how forgiving God is. But within what has been discussed in this book, there seems to be precious little forgiveness.

I had very similar feelings with God's actions in The Stand.

Sorry. I don't mean to turn anyone off. But the theological angle is so much a part of this book.

Mar 22, 2012, 10:39 am

While I don't think King's presentation of God is orthodox or a representation of how many believers have experienced God over the centuries, it is an interesting one.

As I see it, God for King here and in the Stand is the general in a war. Like generals in WWII. Yeah, they sent millions to die on all sides, and sacrificed men in some heartless ways in order to win the war. But you as a soldier had to follow orders and die doing it if necessary, even if you think it's a load of crap. I don't think that's a full accurate picture of God, but one that King likes to explore. God as Supreme Commander.

Abr 1, 2012, 12:47 pm

Today is April 1st, but I've still got about 100 pages of Desperation left. I love how King worked in the leaves and the fishes.

I'm really looking forward to rereading The Regulators and seeing how King connected the two stories.

#6 You (and further reading) have convinced me to tone down my dislike for God (in the book). Which is more than I can say about His actions in The Stand.

Abr 5, 2012, 10:41 pm

Just finished Desperation. I don't understand why it isn't ranked higher in King's canon.

I do think Johnny's transformation came a little too easy though.

Really looking forward to starting The Regulators. I'm hoping to be a little more chatty this month.

Abr 10, 2012, 9:12 am

Well, I watched the TV movie of Stephen King's Desperation.

I think the casting was excellent, but the movie felt too middle-of-the-road to me. It was like all the things Mick Garris attaches his name to. A very good idea, but Garris is just too lackluster a director.

I've always hoped a director with vision would adapt both books and film them back-to-back with the same cast.

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Maio 12, 2012, 3:15 pm

I finally got around to starting Desperation this morning. I have only read the first chapter and I'm already creeped out.

Jun 1, 2012, 6:48 pm

I liked this one a lot--the creepiest parts I thought had to do with Mary (poor Mary!) when she was captured by "Ellen" from the movie theater and when she woke up in the room with all the creepy-crawlies and dead bodies. *shudders*

Out 22, 2014, 9:25 pm

I'm way behind in my King reading. I just finished this book.

I had a hard time giving a voice to the bad guy cop. If the dialog was more menacing, it would have worked for me. The "YEE HAW" "GOSH DARN" phrases disrupted the story. He reminded me of Andy the Robot in Wolves of the Calla. That is favorable, as Andy's cool. Once the cop's story line finished, and the new bad people took over, I thought the story worked better. Reading reviews and this thread has made me want to read the Regulators.

This is a good book, but doesn't break into my top 10 King books.

Nov 26, 2014, 1:42 pm

This thread peaked my interest about The Regulators. I checked it out of the library a few weeks ago, and just finished it. I had assumed the storyline of the books would be the same, but was wrong. I enjoyed the plot of Desperation more than The Regulators, but thought the dialog of the bad guy worked better in The Regulators.