Book review: Titles by Stephen King, Joe Hill and Neil Gaiman |

Book review: Titles by Stephen King, Joe Hill and Neil Gaiman

Marissa Mattson For Steamboat Today

“Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger”

by Stephen King

"The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."

So begins the first installment in Stephen King's self-proclaimed magnum opus, a journey that spans across eight novels and an incomprehensible number of universes. It has elements of westerns, science fiction, horror, fantasy, romance and adventure all jam-packed into one.

Roland Deschain, the last of the gunslingers, traverses across a world that has moved on. His goal is the fabled Dark Tower, which stands as the nexus point of all time and space, of all possible worlds and universes. Time is slipping, the fabrics that hold reality together are wearing thin, and reaching the Dark Tower may be the only hope in saving all of existence.

In The Gunslinger, we follow Roland in pursuit of his arch nemesis, The Man in Black, an ageless villain who goes by many names, who holds key information that sets Roland onto the journey of a lifetime. This series is so large, it finds itself seeping into numerous other works by King.

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The first time I read this series, I had to reread this book three times before I could continue. I love these books with a fierce passion. It took King 30 years to write, and has found its way into the hearts of many.

“Heart-Shaped Box”

by Joe Hill

Judas Coyne is a former rock god who is going out of style. He now spends his days dealing in his twisted hobby: Collecting items of the dark and dreadful variety. His latest find has peaked his interest more than any: a dead man's suit. 

Judas couldn't be happier with what he thinks will be just another part of his collection, until he realizes that it's harbored by the old man spirit who is looking for vengeance. How much does this spirit know about Judas' past? And can Judas continue to outrun it all?

In Joe Hill's first full novel, he spins a terrifyingly gripping tale filled with action and humor. A fun read.

“American Gods”

by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is a master of modern-day mythology. Shadow is an ex-con who is alive but not truly living. With his wife dying just days before his release from prison, he re-enters the world with nothing to live for.

Enter Mr. Wednesday, and eclectic old fraud who is not what he seems, and who pulls Shadow out of the realms of reality, into the middle of a war between the ancient gods of old, and the new gods of technology and media, as they fight for the very soul of America.

A brilliant commentary on American culture, Gaiman reveals to us the immense power of belief, and the dangers of putting our belief into the wrong hands.

This book is available at the Bud Werner Memorial Library and Off the Beaten Path Bookstore.

Marissa Mattson is the marketing and event coordinator at Off the Beaten Path.