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The Eyes of the Dragon por Stephen King
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The Eyes of the Dragon (original 1987; edição 1993)

por Stephen King

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In the kingdom of Delain, a young prince must struggle against powerful forces to gain his rightful inheritance.
Título:The Eyes of the Dragon
Autores:Stephen King
Informação:Time Warner Paperbacks, Paperback, 427 pages
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  TORTOSAGUARDIA | Sep 28, 2021 |
3.5⭐️ ( )
  deannachapman | Sep 15, 2021 |
I haven't, in the rereading of King's work, read his collaboration with Peter Straub as yet. I'm saving [b:The Talisman|59219|The Talisman (The Talisman, #1)|Stephen King|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1170530286l/59219._SX50_.jpg|3324421] and [b:Black House|10607|Black House (The Talisman, #2)|Stephen King|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1388263466l/10607._SX50_.jpg|1738813], along with the Dark Tower series until the end.

I consider The Talisman to be his first misstep, the first time I read something by him and was disappointed, but I'd put it down to the perenially disappointing Peter Straub (yeah, yeah, yeah, I know, I know, he's good blah blah blah. I do not like his stuff. Get over it.)

But with this book, King officially produced his first solo stinker. King is a very versatile writer, and he can write horror, thrillers, mysteries, coming of age stories...he's good in so many areas. But when he turns his hand to either SF or Fantasy, I'm sorry, but he simply stinks. The things that save the Dark Tower series (and believe me, there are times when it stinks too), is that, while it's essentially fantasy, he throws everything in that pot. Westerns? Sure. Horror? Yep. SF? Definitely. Comics? Why not? Harry Potter? What the hell, it takes all kindsa critters to make Farmer Brown's fritters, right?

So, ugh. Eyes of the Dragon. This was likely more of a chore the second time through, because I knew there was really no payoff. The first time, at least I could anticipate something (please God, anything) happening.

King trots out every damn fantasy cliche here. The befuddled ineffective king. The good king that is prevented from ruling. The pathetic king ruled by someone else. Prison towers. Unendingly loyal subjects. And even a half-assed dragon.

Remember when King wrote two books side-by-side, [b:Desperation|10584|Desperation|Stephen King|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1395764566l/10584._SY75_.jpg|14015] and [b:The Regulators|10596|The Regulators|Richard Bachman|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1554402378l/10596._SY75_.jpg|955346], one under his own name, one under the Bachman tag? They had some passing similarities, but they were also remarkably different in tone, story, and quality? Yeah, I feel like this is the same thing.

Stick with me here for a moment. So, remember King's excellent Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption novella from [b:Different Seasons|39662|Different Seasons|Stephen King|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1329662611l/39662._SY75_.jpg|2248680]? Of course you do.

So, to me, it feels like King borrowed some Dark Tower names, stuck them on Shawshank Redemption characters, then moved the story to a fantasy setting, so now, instead of Andy Dufresne taking years to escape Shawshank, you've got Peter the Good taking years to escape the Needle. But with none of the engaging prose, characterization, or heart.

Even Flagg, a character he's had fun with in a few books up to now, and who actually starts out fairly creepy in the start of this story, turns into a drooling, raving idiot by the end. And he, like everyone else in the story, has no motivation whatsoever. Peter is good because he's good. Thomas is ineffectual because, well, dad didn't love him enough. Flagg is a mustache-twirling Snidely Whiplash type here.

Yeah, this book deserves to be buried deep and forgotten, perhaps surviving only as a footnote about a not-very-good curiousity, oddly connected to his Dark Tower series.

Like I said. A stinker.

His next one would be [b:The Tommyknockers|17660|The Tommyknockers|Stephen King|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1394210331l/17660._SY75_.jpg|150226], but we'll deal with that particular stinking pile when we get there, won't we? ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
Started on a Kindle and finished with an Audiobook.


Very interesting book and it was great to see Flagg mentioned outside of the Dark Tower series (again). It seems like this happened before the stand? Either way it was great to read a book by King that was a little bit different than his other stuff - in a way of a fairytale.

Highly recommend - I really enjoyed the read and the characters seemed very real. ( )
  jhavens12 | Sep 1, 2021 |
The Eyes of the Dragon​ isn’t your usual Stephen King novel. For one thing, it’s squarely in the young adult genre (aside from an early reference to “The King’s Iron,” a.k.a. the royal penis). The book is also relatively short, clocking in at a modest (for King) 384 pages.

Both traits impressed me; changing your writing style is no easy thing. But King does so deftly, using short, punchy chapters and lean vocabulary to relate his fantasy of a kingdom thrown into turmoil by a devious magician who frames the crown prince for the king’s murder. Throughout, King’s narrator frequently slips into first person, often to speak directly to the reader. (One such digression is an apology for having to report that the old king, when left alone, liked to pick his nose and eat the results.) The overall effect is that of a bedtime story—which isn’t surprising once you learn that The Eyes of the Dragon originally grew out of a tale King used to tell his children.

Elements of the horror King is best known for still filter in: the old king dies rather horribly, and the magician eventually morphs into a bloodthirsty demon. The pacing is familiar too, with a plot that zigs and zags like a series of switchbacks up a mountainside. And fans of King’s other works will recognize a more direct link: Randall Flagg, the magician, is a recurring character in King’s literary universe. (Flagg first appeared in The Stand, and features heavily in The Dark Tower series.) I’m not sure I really need multiple iterations of the consistently heinous Flagg, but it’s an interesting way of connecting otherwise disparate books and keeping the reader’s mind on your whole catalog.

Judged on its own merits, however, The Eyes of the Dragon is a perfectly good story—and about the only one of King’s I’ll let my daughter read until she’s (quite a bit) older.

(For more reviews like this one, see www.nickwisseman.com) ( )
  nickwisseman | Aug 3, 2021 |
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This story is for my great friend Ben Straub, and for my daughter, Naomi King.
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