Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Mile 81 by Stephen King
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A good old fashioned monster story by Mr. King. I'm not sure if this just feels less polished than his excellent Skeleton Crew and Night Shift-era stories, or if it's me who's changed. He spends a lot of time on character for people who are just going to be eaten by a transdimensional behemoth posing as a car in a rest stop. But I supposed that worked. It does get quite tense at the end, but I found the resolution almost silly and over too soon. It's a good quick read, but why isn't it as memorable as "The Raft," which is essentially the same story? I don't know. I'd have to go back and read his earlier work, but he uses more parentheses in "Mile 81" than I imagine he used in all his early story collections. I read a lot of young, hungry writers who write lean and mean, and while I like a story to be given its head and allowed to run, this one didn't have the meat on its bones to handle it.
Skip it and read his novel From a Buick 8, which is a much better take on the same idea.
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