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Book Review — “Mile 81” by Stephen King

October 14, 2016

Hello ladies and gentlemen.  Welcome to the Casa!

Apologies for my short hiatus the past two weeks.  Between getting a knee injury checked out, bringing my son home from the hospital, and adjusting to being an at home dad, time has been a little tight.  I am now ready and willing to bring a new post to you this week, a review of “Mile 81” by Stephen King.

Imagine you are driving by an abandoned rest stop and you see a car parked whose driver looks to be in some sort of distress.  Would you stop and help, or continue on your merry way?  Suppose you stop and approach the car to investigate, but don’t find a driver anywhere.  You might place your hand on the open car door to both brace you enough to look inside and pull back if there is trouble.  To your shock and horror, you find your hand stuck fast to the door.  The pain kicks in when your hand disappears into the door, literally.  That is precisely what happens to some very unlucky Samaritans in “Mile 81”.

Originally released as an e-book in 2011, it was later included in Stephen’s short story collection, “Bazaar of Bad Dreams”, released in 2015.  As with most of his later works, the story itself grabs you shortly after the beginning, and doesn’t let go.  The way he described what happened to the victims was very detailed without going into ultra gory.  I enjoyed the novella a lot, at least until the ending.  Unfortunately, as with many of his later works, the ending seemed almost rushed and felt like he didn’t really know just how it should end.  Until that point, I loved the story.  My rating is a 3.75 out of 5.

Now it is time for me to scat off to bed for another day of writing, recording, editing, and, most important of all, taking care of my youngest son.  Next week’s review will be a review of the audiobook, “Billibub Baddings and the Case of the Singing Sword” by Tee Morris.  Until then…

D.J. Pitsiladis

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