DiskuteraSeptember 2011's SK Flavor of the Month - Insomnia
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I remember not really caring for this one on my first read. The synopsis sounded excellent. But I was disappointed to find that it was basically a Dark tower spin-off. We'll see how it goes this time I guess.
Maybe because I hadn't read any DT books at that point, I didn't find it disappointing in that particular way that you mentioned.
I haven't started the book yet. I've been slacking and not getting my reading done.
I can see why I didn't like it my first time through. The book just sort of meanders along with no real plot or driving narrative.
I like the writing, I like the characters and I have a general idea of where the book is going based on my past read and the clues dropped into the story. But it doesn't seem to be in a hurry to get there.
And I'm pretty sure the book does tie in to the Dark Tower later. There's already the mention of the Crimson King, but I'm pretty sure there's more than that. Time will tell I guess.
Here's a re-edited post from the Thing(amabrarian)s That Go Bump in the Night group. It probably should have been posted here in the first place:
I'm about 200 pages in. It's getting by on its charm right now. I'm enjoying the book, because of the personality of the characters. But boy it sure is light on story. I don't want to say it is plotless. It's not. But the pacing is slooooooooooow.
Which is to say that two hundred pages in it is mainly "The Life and Times of Ralph Roberts: Sleepless Old Fart" Not that I would quit reading it. I enjoy the characters enough to read the whole thing.
There IS a story here (I've read the book before, so I more or less know what is coming), it is just not in any hurry to unfold. Right now, it is a portrait of a widower coupled with a pro-abortion-rights screed. I agree with King's politics. I can only imagine how uncomfortable the book would be for those who don't.
Ralph and Lois have just visited the shelter. It may be that I have been rediscovering comics just recently, but the book almost has the feel like a superhero tale. At least the last half anyway.
I can see why I didn't like the book originally. I'm not wild about it this time. I do think it leans a bit too heavily on The Dark Tower.
I used to collect comics. When I did, I always avoided the most popular super-hero books. One of the things that pushed me away was that you would be reading a story only to have it continue in some other title, or have details from some unfamiliar title impact the story you are reading. Insomnia felt a lot like that to me.