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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Revival by Stephen King

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Revival by Stephen King
Expected publication: November 11th 2014 by Hodder & Stoughton

A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.

This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written. It’s a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe.


I was already excited about this one- far moreso than Mr. Mercedes - but a single line in King's latest newsletter really, really, really caught my attention - "REVIVAL is perhaps the darkest and most disturbing tale Stephen has penned since the days of Pet Sematary and IT." Really? If that's the case, then I just may have a late night of release day reading ahead!

13 comments:

  1. Sounds like it has all the elements of a King novel.
    Glad I'm not wed to my guitars...

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  2. Oooh! New Stephen King?! Thanks so much for sharing! I've really been enjoying his new stuff!

    Here's my WoW!

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  3. I'm a huge King fan, although I haven't read his last few books, unfortunately. I do love the music aspect of this one. Awesome choice! Hey, I've been wanting to follow your blog, but I can't find a "follow via email" option. Am I missing something?

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    1. Complete oversight on my part, Tammy - thanks for the heads-up. I've added the Follow by Email link on the left.

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    2. Thank you Bob! Just subscribed:-)

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  4. Oh, yes, that would caught my attention, too! Now I'm excited as well :) Thanks for sharing!

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  5. This is the type of book I've been waiting for!
    My WoW

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  6. I love King! But I also skipped his last couple of novels, because they were "continuation" type stories from his older books I'd never read. Is this similar, or a stand alone type novel? The word "conclusion" in the last paragraph in the blurb threw me a little. But otherwise, damn, this looks good. I loved his recent books like Under The Dome and 11/22/63, but I wouldn't mind going back to classic creepy King.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. Completely new this time around, Mogsy. I think he's done playing in the worlds of The Dark Tower and The Shining for a bit.

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  7. Ooh nice! Stephen King's always a win!

    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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  8. I've just read today that yet another of his books will be turned into a TV show... but I forgot which one....

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    1. Hopefully it turns out better than Under The Dome - what a lazy, cheap, poorly acted piece of crap that's turned out to be.

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