The journal entries have spoilers. these are not reviews, they are my thoughts as I read the books. I am assuming you have also read the books..
Undiscovered Country: Chapter 35.
I thought I knew the Stand pretty well. Cover to cover. And this most recent reading hasn't landed many surprises.
. Often I have been most captivated by how King writes. For instance, Larry watches Nadine ride off on a motorcycle. But King describes the movement in terms of sound. It was very fluid and natural. But if I had been writing the scene, I would have only connected visually -- his watching the bike ride further and further away. King accomplishes what he needs completely by sound..
You can't really blame me for having skimmed it the first few times, the chapter is massive. It seems with large chapters, sometimes I start skipping and dipping -- as if it is simply a course to complete..
I met someone today I had forgotten all about. In fact, he is so far out of my thoughts I can't remember what happens to him. It's a kid named Joe. I know nothing! It's a delight to discover a character you had previously breezed by..
Joe is a boy who has regressed in his development since the plague. He trusts Nadine and at least at the novel's current point, he poses a minor threat to Larry Underwood..
Tone, War Of The Worlds:.
The tone of this chapter reminds me very much of H.G. Well's: War of the Worlds. Actually, it reminds me of the 1938 radio drama by Orson Wells! Just the tone. A man wanders across a destroyed earth and begins to meet other survivors. Honestly, it has very much the same feeling..
This is just to prove what happens when you start reading into things -- the name of the town they come to is Wells. I kid you not! Come on, H.G., Orson and now the name of the town! M-O-O-N, that spells Wells..
I love the way King can get inside a characters head. As Larry travels, he is on Herold and Fran's heels. Larry develops a respect for Herold, his boldness, his ingenuity. He imagines Herold to be a common sense farmer. Of course, he's off by a mile!.
"Lovesick or no, Milky Way freak or not, Larry had gained a lot of respect for Herold, almost a liking in advance. He had already developed his own mental picture of Harold. Probably in his mid-thirties, a farmer maybe, tall and suntanned, skinny, not too bright in the book mental sense, maybe, but plenty canny. He grinned. Building up a mental picture of someone you had never seen was a fool's game, because they were never the way you had imagined.".
These are the kind of details that didn't get snipped out of the Stand, 1978. King resisted the urge to chop up character development, and instead took his cuts in big lumps. Wise, in my opinion.