Page wink and nod to the King verse fans out there Shit dudettes "Even The Shoe Gage "the shoe Gage in Pet Semetery is in this book not to mention ntire ass loads of It Derry and Pennywise references Does all this bog down the story No Are there going to be parts you don t understand if you haven t read Roland s uest or trip trapped through the story of The Loser s Club Yes Does any of this detract from the fun of this book Nope Not in the least There is a well plotted Pin-Up expertly honed story under all the referencing and fan service This is King doing what King does best Entertaining the people who bought tickets to see him in concert I will be skipping my normal Hidden Gems and Obvious Tie Ins sections because I m saving them for my A Decade with King 1985 1994 post which will be out April 1 2015 There s a lot this time around and I don t wanna type it twice But I will leave you with this food for thoughtSpoilers for several King books Click view spoiler at your own risk view spoilerAre the likes of Abra Stone and Dan Torrance and Johnny Smith on the same level of the tower that Ralph and Lois visit in Insomnia Does Danny help people die in Doctor Sleep by allowing their aura to pass into him I just got goosebumps You didn t need to know that but that s how hard I fanboy hide spoiler This book is not forveryone For one its over 700 pages long Another reason is that it deals with what some people say is uncomfortable topicsabortion mental illness domestic abuse and the afterlife and possible alternate worldsAnother reason why this book is uniue and different from other books is that the hero is a regular joe who happens to be in his 70 s I loved this book It took my mind to a place where few books can take me I was not here reading the book I was in Derry Maine with Ralph and Lois and Bill The sweet Natalie and her mother Helen The insane Ed and the 3 little bald headed doctors Clotho Lacheses and the nasty AtroposWalk side by side with these characters as they battle ach other and themselves through hard insane times and insomnia And always be aware of the Crimson King It was life often unsatisfying freuently cruel usually boring sometimes beautiful once in a while xhilarating Following the death of his wife Ralph Roberts has trouble sleeping He finds himself waking up Loyal to His Lies earlier andarlier The Favorite Daughter each night During his late night vigils he observes weird goings on in his hometown of Derry Maine Pretty uickly he realises that the strange things he is seeing are not the result of sleep deprived hallucinations but something much significantI got a lot of thoughts about this book and you re gonna hear all about it I honestly don t think I vever felt so polarised reading a book before At times I wanted to tear my hair out and scream OMG JUST END ALREADY which I xpressed countless times on Instagram and then at other points I was legit fangirling over the Dark Tower connections and Derry references Oh and I absolutely ADORED Ralph Roberts So I m uite literally torn when it comes to this bookThe start is so strong maybe
s the pharmacist in me or maybe it s because I m a great sleeper myself but I loved reading about Ralph s insomnia issues Then the middle to nd just drags on and on and onand on Then it drags on a little But during these lulls where not much seems to happen or the story moves at a snail s pace King throws in a Tolkien reference or some kind of Dark Tower connection and all of a sudden I m LOVING the book again King you sly dog Toying with my motions like thisInsomnia is an unusual book in that its main characters are lderly and I don t often come across books like this But have no fear Ralph and Lois are awesome Ralph is one of those typical veryman characters that King loves to include in his works An ordinary man who finds himself in xtraordinary circumstances And I was totally on board with this Winter Sunshine elderly romance it s the cutestThe storyline itself it gets pretty bonkers at times If I didn t know better I d have guessed King wrote this in a drugged up haze The storyline is crazy and it does work at points but overall it s definitely not my favourite My biggest gripe with this book was of course the length In no fucking world or level of the tower does Insomnia need to be the length it is No Freaking Way This book couldasily be around 300 pages shorter However I do have to commend the Naked Choke ending I thought it was perfectlyxecuted Absolutely brilliant The tie ins to the DT had me crying like a baby and reminded me why King is my fave authorFor those who have yet to read Insomnia I strongly recommend leaving it until after you ve read the Dark Tower series I m sure plenty of people have read Insomnia without reading the DT and have perhaps still Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good enjoyed it but I think to really understand and appreciate this book the DT knowledge is necessaryI ve been trying to think of a rating for this one for days CONFLICTED I think I have to go for 3 stars it seems to be the most fair rating for a lovehatexperience Rit humain Son Insomnie Murder at the Mansion est un thriller démoniaue ui vous plonge au cœur d'une folie collectivet vous étreint comme un cauchemar hallucinant À cause de Ça vous aviez passé de longues nuits blanches Après Insomnie vous ne dormirez jamais plus comme avan. It s crazy I know I mean I am over three uarters of the way through this book but if I "am being honest the chances of my ver going back to "being honest the chances of my ver going back to it are just about nilWhy you may ask and I guess the answer would be that I was never truly invested in the story or it s characters In fairness it started out reasonably well and I did Seductive Surrender enjoy the camaraderie between Ralph and Lois but once the little bald doctors started making their appearance my interest level began to diminish uicklySo way too many pages later I set this down in favour of another book thinking I would finish it off uickly after a little break Well that was many books ago now and any inclination I had to do so has long since disappeared Sorry Mr King Perhaps this could be successfully marketed as a remedy for Insomnia One of my least favorite things to do is give a bad review To me unless a book is truly unreadable and never should ve been published it shouldn t get only 1 star 2 stars is for those books which just aren t a good fit for me and had too many issues to overlook not often used by meither and overused by other readers in my opinion sometimes there s no accounting for personal tasteInsomnia by Stephen King was chosen with my buddy Medhat as our buddy read this month We both like horror and Stephen King and after tossing a few options in a hat we wound up on this one It ultimately falls between 2 and 3 stars but because the writing is decent I went with 3 stars for reasons I ll Seductive Surrender (Highland Heather Romancing a Scot, explain below That said I honestly had one of the most difficult times I vever had digesting a bookFor one thing it was twice as long as it needed to be At 900 pages this book clearly contained so much filler it ll fall apart from being too loose one day There was significant repetition not in a good way and awful horrible topics I blame myself for that last piece I hadn t read the summary to know what it was about religion abortion science fiction alien visits and a nose dive into just plain crazy I thought it would be an insomniac s descent into crazy without the non sense stuff leading the race Personally I don t want to read about abortion and religion specially when a plot is supposed to be the sleep deprived man or woman we all find ourselves at one point or anotherI avoid conflict and dislike when a book takes such a vulgar and vivid stance on something I disagree with That said I acknowledge I am at fault for choosing to read this book and pushed my rating to the higher side to accommodate that screw up For another thing OMG I m a smart guy and I can deal with some vagueness in a story but the freuency of the aura discussion drove me
it s the pharmacist in me or maybe it s because I m
Bonkers I Had No Connection I had no connection was lost too often I think it was just a bad fit as I love some of his other booksOn the flip side the writing is strong and the characters are very well described Some leap off the pages Other sit perfectly in the backdrop where they are intended to be Had this been cut by 50% and the POV been less dramatic it would ve done better in my opinion So if you like political arguments ve done better in my opinion So if you like political arguments of the nastiest language I ve seen in a book for truly no reason honestly OVERKILL beyond belief I m all for dozen of 4 letter words and sexual name calling when it s 1 character and intended to show the personality but here it was just dropped in for the sake of it in the weirdest of spots I took a shower when I finished the book Oh sometimes things don t work out I recognize the strength in this book I liked several parts It just wasn t a good fit for me so I wouldn t recommend it for most regular readers It s nothing like It Dolores Claiborne Misery tc Sorry This was an official Pantless group side read with those splendid cullys a big shout out to our newest member baby Ryder of the Dark Tower Buddy read groupa I HATED it Extremely long winded and convoluted Horrible absolutely horrible Probably his most pointless story verThis is when I knew Stephen King had lost his awesome writing powers and I can t really bring myself to read him again Bad nough I had to suffer through Black House and then this He really should have uit while he ahead and still an icon in the writing world As for me I d rather slit my own wrists than suffer through another one of his awful novels ver again Insomnia Stephen KingInsomnia is a 1994 horrorfantasy novel by American writer Stephen King Since his wife died Ralph Roberts has been having trouble sleeping Each night he wakes up a bit arlier until he s barely sleeping at all During his late night walks he observes some strange things going on in Derry Maine He sees colored ribbons streaming from people s heads two strange little men wandering around town after dark and He begins to suspect that these visions are something than hallucinations brought on by lack of sleep There s a definite mean streak running through this small New England city underneath its ordinary surface awesome and terrifying forces are at work The dying has been going on in Derry for a long long time Des visions étranges peuplent les nuits insomniaues de Ralph Roberts deux nains n blouse blanche une paire de ciseaux à la main de singulières auras colorées Devient il fou N'est il pas plutôt victime d'une volonté supérieure ui lui donne des pouvoirs Weird bookRemind me to never visit Derry Maine This setting of a number of Stephen King s novels is again center stage in this 1994 book about not sleeping and going crazy because of itI was drawn to this title as I have struggled off and on with insomnia most of my life I wonder how many readers have stayed up all night reading I know I have I remember a haze of years when I averaged about 4 5 hours a sleep a night and recall visual hallucinations and waking dreams and just being tired all the time In this book King describes how paranormal forces are alive and kicking and come out to play when our hero goes for weeks with poor sleep Fans of Stephen King will be accustomed to his fantastic forays into the xtraordinary and this fits into that genre and If you find yourself with an afternoon to killread a magazine If however you need to occupy yourself on a voyage "to Mars pick up InsomniaIt s longIt is however uite good Insomnia begins as Ralph Roberts a pleasant not too "Mars pick up InsomniaIt s longIt is however uite good Insomnia begins as Ralph Roberts a pleasant not too gentleman in his 70s watches his beloved wife taken from him by cancer Shortly after her death he begins to xperience arly waking insomnia Each night it seems he wakes arlier than the one before Soon he is awake all nightIn the deepest throes of this affliction Ralph starts to see what he initially concludes are hallucinations figments of the imagination of a sleep deprived mind Auras around people animals changing in shape and color to seemingly reflect that person s healt Prefatory Matters I lost a twenty year old book during this reread Most of you have the seen the picture of my gutted hardcover copy of Insomnia If you haven t I ll include it at the nd of this post as well Total loss of containment folks About thirty pages loosed themselves from the glue and became individual souls I have a 284 page section and another section of about 400 pages and a little bit in the middle that just said Fuck it and struck out for the territories All in all a sad day Luckily I have another one Same dition Same year All s good Oh and a uick warning to owners of first dition Insomnias the glue the printing press used back in 1994 is faulty This separation is a common problem with this dition of the book Keep your copy on a shelf Do not touch This has been a public service announcement brought to you in part by the letter EActual Review Insomnia is a difficult book to review without spoilers Hell the publisher didn t ven know what to do with the cover of this one so they just put King s name on the front along with the title in alternating red and white It s ven a difficult novel to categorize I guess it s horror Maybe it s speculative fiction or perhaps lit fic or maybe bizarro Fuck if I know dude I will say this much it s a fun ride The only problem with this book is the reuirement that you must have read the Dark Tower series to fully understand some of the plot I mean you can get through it without such knowledge but it s a bit confusing in places if you don t have said knowledge Roland Deschain is mentioned three times in this book I tried to look at these sections as an outsider as someone who has not read the DT books ven though I have numerous times and I feel comfortable saying that the sections which mention Roland and the Tower would make zero sense to someone who is new to the King verse There is no context nothing to draw off of In fact there is a paragraph toward the nd of the book that says Worlds which had trembled in their orbits now steadied and in one of those worlds in a desert that was the apotheosis of all deserts a man named Roland turned over in his bedroll and slept asily once again beneath the alien constellations Imagine if you will
*that you ve *you ve read a Dark Tower novel or shit maybe you haven t and you just happened to pick up Insomnia because your buddy said Yo kid peep this thick ass book Looks legit good right I mean who the fuck doesn t love 800 pages cloaked in a sexy as fuck red and white jacket If you re that kid that Roland fucker means absolutely nothing to you It seems pointless Sad panda But for me Son I live for that shit I love the DT references all of them I dig that shit in my heart of hearts I m the asshole in the coffee shop that won t shut up with the Yeah but did you catch this bit comments I know I know I hate me too but it s the truth As far as I am aware there is no other author who has created a vaster universe one that crosses Le valeureux guerrier every genre line in the business King has written it all andverything he writes puzzle pieces back together in some way Dig it man Or you know don t dig it But I m still going to nerd out whenever I stumble across the Beam Yes this book is a little longwinded in spots but what King book isn t Dolores Claiborne Yes it references the Dark Tower but what King novel doesn t Mr Mercedes seriously so far it s the only novel of his that doesn t reference Mid World in some way But it s also one of his most imaginative stories I kinda feel that Insomnia is an 800. Aranormaux Tandis u'une agitation incontrôlée gagne la ville de Derry à propos d'une cliniue où se pratiuent des avortements Ralph se transforme n justicier bien malgré lui Stephen King réveille les forces obscures ui sommeillent au plus profond de l'esp.