So, when I came home from work yesterday, there was a large box sitting on the bed. My beloved informed me it was MY box. Strange, I don't seem to remember owning a box.
"So what do you think was inside your box?" My wife asked.
I dunno. Books?
"Well, you do have a box f duplicate Stephen King books. But this box is full of Stephen King books on tape."
"TAPES. So you want me to throw them away, or ebay them?"
I didn't think much of it until I started going through the box. Strange how things can cause of to be sentimental, right? I LOVE these tapes! I've listened to them over and over and over!
So, here is what was in the box:
- 2 books on CD. (HA!)
- The Drawing of the Three, read by Stephen King. My favorite of the Dark Tower covers is this one. I almost bought this set on ebay recently, but didn't because I reasoned it would just end up at the bottom of a box somewhere.
- Secret Window, Secret Garden, from Four Past Midnight. I bought this in High School, then found myself incredibly "sick" the next day -- requiring I miss school and listen to my book while I played video games. It was a tough life. I didn't like the ending at all. I was intrigued by the idea of two writers writing exactly the same book. But it seemed to easy for him to just be having a mental breakup. Besides, wasn't that the Dark Half? Also, I couldn't figure out where the Window and Garden were?! So there was no secret garden, no real duplicate book -- just a crazy writer. But, it was a good day off school.
- The three volume edition of Needful Things on tape. I got this for my 18th birthday. (I think 18.) Each time someone would give me birthday money, I'd go to the store and buy the next volume. I absolutely fell in love with that book! Loved King's reading, loved the story and even loved the boxes they came in. I lined the boxes up neatly on my bookshelf, thinking how cool they looked.
- Dolores Claiborne. Once again, this is a great book! And, once I've read many times. In particular, I remember listening to it on a rainy day at my Grandma's house when I was in college. I was alone in the house, and there was serious storming going on. I took the tape recorder from room to room with me to keep me company. (That house was scary in thunder storms. So, naturally -- the thing to do was listen to a Stephen King book. So wise.)
- The Shining. I listened to this a few years ago, right before tapes went bye-bye.
- Some books I never finished. From A Buick 8, which I still can't get through. And Dreamcatcher, which my wife and I listened to together for a long time -- until it jumped characters and became about a Men In Black military general who's insane.
So what will I do with the box of tapes? I actually don't know. Probably haul them down to the shed. But then my wife will find them and tell me I can't say ALL the stuff down there is hers. But it is. Because the Christmas stuff counts at hers.