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Sömnlös (1994)

av Stephen King

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Old Ralph Roberts hasn't been sleeping well lately. Every night he wakes up just a little bit earlier, and pretty soon, he thinks, he won't get any sleep at all. It wouldn't be so bad, except for the strange hallucinations he's been having. Or, at least, he hopes they are hallucinations, because here in Derry, one never can tell.… (mer)
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    sturlington: Both are set in Derry. There are many references to It in Insomnia.
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  Joe901 | Nov 7, 2021 |
As per usual, it's been over twenty years since I read this novel, having burned through it in a few days immediately after its publication date, 23 years ago tomorrow. But I held very few memories of this, beyond the main character being older, not being able to sleep (well, duh...), and watching something weird happening on his street with shadowy figures. And some dim recollection that this tied in with the Dark Tower series somehow.

This time around, I now believe this to be one of the weaker efforts by King. The basic plot is actually quite simple—and no, I won't spoil it, because it frigging takes King forever to get around to it—but the execution felt both unfocused and spitballed.

Part One, taking up about the first almost 40% of the novel, is a shockingly over-long preamble to the main event that easily could have been cut from 300 pages to likely something more like 60 and massively improved the pacing. There's some irony in the fact that a book named Insomnia made me want to go lie down for the majority of this section. Beyond Ralph sleeping less and less, and Ed Deepneau losing his shit, very little else happens, and what does isn't all that exciting.

Part Two raises the stakes, thankfully, and this is where King seemed to find his footing for a while. Unfortunately, in finally getting the plot going, it also contains a massive information dump that King seems to have a hell of a time wrapping up and getting out of so the story can progress. And once he does, then he seems to (at least to me), emasculate the main villain of the piece, Atropos.

Long story short, this is a bit of a blind alley on the way to the Dark Tower, and a quick check in on a couple of the kids from the Loser's Club from It, so it's kind of required reading for the King completist (and yeah, I'm one of them), but overall, while it does have some lovely moments, primarily between Ralph and Lois, for the most part, there are far better books by King to read.

And so ends the first chunk of my King re-read. I've completed his first twenty years (minus the Dark Tower books and The Talisman). I'm going to give it a bit of a break, then resume in the near future, starting with Rose Madder. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
The ending of this book makes me like the book (or appreciate it) as a whole on a new level.

I first started the book and its very slow in the beginning, slow in the middle and probably picks up at around 80% but its worth it if you like the dark tower series. There are STRONG themes connecting this book to the rest of the series and while I dont understand all of the connections at this point its very obvious that there are many.

Summary for myself:
Ralph has dreams, Carolyn is his wife that died, lois is his new friend that he travels and dreams with. He has numerous friends that help him - Bill McGovern is his friend who lives downstairs
The bald docs help people die and are part of the "supposed to happen", the third doc is part of the "random" and takes peoples lives at will.

Ralph gets this power to travel between levels in the tower because he needs to help save the boy Patrick's life as he comes into play later as he helps saves someone elses life (Probably Roland if I had to guess). Ed Deepneau is the antagonist and Ralph has to stop him from bombing the civic center in Derry as thats where patrick is - Ralph also saves patrick's life at the battered woman's shelter the morning of the civic center attack.

Patrick draws pictures of the tower with Roland (and even knows his name) as well as the Crimson or Red king at the top of the tower. Ralph interacts with the Crimson King while in the plane that Ed is flying towards the civic center. Ralph gets away from the king by stabbing him in the eye with one of Lois' earrings that he stole from Doc #3 and by traversing levels.

In the epilogue its revealed that Ralph had agreed to stop Ed only if his daughter could continue her life which 5 years after the attack - ralph's scar reminds him that he needs to save Natalie's life by traversing levels to move quickly and throw her out of the way of a moving car. ( )
  jhavens12 | Sep 1, 2021 |
I liked this book even though it was weird and longer than it probably should've been. ( )
  Jimbookbuff1963 | Jun 5, 2021 |
Interesting read that can honestly get a little creepy at times. The reason this book is so great is not because I was scared, but because I thought this could definitely happen to anyone. If you are not well versed in Stephen King's writing style, this story could see a little confusing at times. Highly suspenseful read. ( )
  allysonpuri | Nov 28, 2020 |
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Old Ralph Roberts hasn't been sleeping well lately. Every night he wakes up just a little bit earlier, and pretty soon, he thinks, he won't get any sleep at all. It wouldn't be so bad, except for the strange hallucinations he's been having. Or, at least, he hopes they are hallucinations, because here in Derry, one never can tell.

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