Thursday, 17 May 2012

The Langoliers (One Past Midnight): 28th April - 5th May 2012

I started writing something the day after I finished The Langoliers but things never really got going.

I liked this book a lot. The central concept of being out of time, the destruction of the past and birth of the future is nice and simple and it's nice to see King write with a tauter focus than usual.

I've left it a bit long to say anything meaningful about the book (if I ever do) and have ended up with a post that has me asking 'why did I even bother?'. Brilliant.

I just went off on one about how, as I'm halfway through the next short novel in the collection, Secret Window, Secret Garden, I'd add it to the short list of books I'd recommend for newcomers to Kings. I then explained why I had such a list and the considerations involved, but it bored me, so I deleted it. Shit. Sorry. I'll try harder for the next one.

The Langoliers

The Langoliers


  1. I love this story. The idea of becoming unstuck in time (if you will), without sense or sensation, all the while being pursued by crazy-teethed creatures hell-bent on devouring the world, freaked me out sufficiently as an impressionable youngster that it's stuck with me vividly since then. And this is all despite the piss-poor made-for-TV movie adaptation that even Al couldn't save.

  2. I sometimes lament not having read more of his work at an early age as it doesn't always have the desired (on both author and reader's part) effect. It might also be a tendency to under-flex my suspension of disbelief muscle that's letting me down.