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Revival: A Novel by Stephen King

Revival: A Novel

by Stephen King

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It got real creepy at the end. ( )
  jill1121 | Jun 1, 2019 |
I think it's a 3.5 or 3.75. not quite a 4. creepy but not scary. great characters as usual, the familiar comfort of starting a Stephen King. Slow paced, nuanced, but maybe just a little too subtle for me. ( )
  Swybourn | May 29, 2019 |
For a while, I actually thought that this would be the first book I would give five stars to in ages. But in the end, it just got four stars. Why? Because of the ending. I just didn't like it very much. It was very depressing and for some reason, it felt like a letdown. All I could think was: "Is that all, have I been reading all day for that kind of ending?" I would rather have had a more ambiguous ending to the story. Instead of just the bleak ending. (I need to read something cheerful after this...) However, I'm sure there are people that will love the ending, and it was not a bad ending, but perhaps I'm just a gal that what some hope in the end...

The rest of the book was great, I love Jamie and his family. I love watching him growing up, hell I would have loved reading a book about Jamie's life without Charles Jacobs. I know Jamie would have been a hell of a lot of happier without him in his life. Stephen King is a master telling tales, he has an uncanny ability to create interesting characters (both good and bad) and this book is one his greatest! ( )
  MaraBlaise | May 19, 2019 |
The most boring King book of all. I should have put it aside, but I continued reading it because I kept expecting it to get better, or at least perk up a little bit. The characters are flat, the action is nearly nonexistent until the last 20% of the book and the dialogue is stiff. I don't read King for his sizzling dialogue, but he generally has pretty good characters and the action is usually on target. Not in Revival. The big bad was more "misguided" than truly evil.

This is one of the reasons I stopped reading King a long time ago. His books have always been oddly inconsistent on a personal level. I'm usually entertained through the contrived plot devices and stilted dialogue by his excellent characters and sense of place and time. When you churn out multiple books a year, it's tough to maintain any sort of quality. ( )
  authenticjoy | Mar 29, 2019 |
Full review on my blog including some of my favourite quotes: https://kyrosmagica.wordpress.com/2016/07/31/my-kyrosmagica-review-of-stephen-ki...
4 stars.
Revival is without doubt a very good read - it's bound to be - but somehow it falls a tiny bit short of a great read which is a bit of a disappointment for a Stephen King novel. Of course there is wonderful writing a plenty, particularly with regard to first love, loss, heartbreak, and death, but the slow middle section makes the narrative drag a little. The conclusion's on the right track but ends up being so bizarre, (even though I could see what King was trying to say,) that I couldn't quite take it on board at first reading. The ending benefits from a second reading if you can stomach it! I've read through various reviews debating the final conclusion - what lies beyond death - a lot of readers found the ending pretty disturbing. In my opinion it kind of is, (nobody wants this outcome to be the truth,) and isn't, because it's verging on being too fantastical, talk about tripping! I expect that's the point.... the final trip... electricity style!

I particularly enjoyed the dark humour reflections on getting older...

Overall, I'd say do read Revival but be aware that it might or might not reach your exultantly high moon struck King expectations. If you have an addictive personality this book is for you! Reactions vary. Nevertheless, Revival is certainly an entertaining read, portraying the main protagonist's journey from childhood, and youth to middle age, in a heady eclectic mix of music, (Jamie's years playing guitar in a band,) family life, religion, love, sex, and loss, and Jamie's downfall into drugs. As well as addictive drugs we are introduced to pastor Charlie Daniel's obsession with electricity, his moving away from the church (after his young family die, in horrible circumstances - this is the pivotal point that shapes the story,) resulting in his experimentation into the darker side of electricity, (with side effects that would make prescription drugs look pretty lame,) until he commits the ultimate terrible act against nature, and God.

A difficult one to rate, on first reading - 4 stars. Might benefit from a second reading - the more I think about this one the more it intrigues me!

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  marjorie.mallon | Mar 27, 2019 |
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The last part of the book moves from the raw emotion about family, love, aging and lost opportunity — all of it written with unusual candor, even for Mr. King — to the horror legacy of those names to whom the book is dedicated.
added by ozzer | editNew York Times, Janet Maslin (Nov 13, 2014)
...veteran yarn spinner King continues to point out the unspeakably spooky weirdness that lies on the fringes of ordinary life.
added by sturlington | editKirkus Reivews (Oct 2, 2014)

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That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons, even death may die.

—H. P. Lovecraft
This book is for some of the people who built my house:

Mary Shelley
Bram Stoker
H. P. Lovecraft
Clark Ashton Smith
Donald Wandrei
Fritz Leiber
August Derleth
Shirley Jackson
Robert Bloch
Peter Straub

And ARTHUR MACHEN, whose short novel The Great God Pan has haunted me all my life.
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In one way, at least, our lives really are like movies.
When I think of Charles Jacobs--my fifth business, my change agent, my nemesis--I can't bear to believe his presence in my life had anything to do with fate. It would mean that all these terrible things--these horrors--were meant to happen. If that is so, then there is no such thing as light, and our belief in it is a foolish illusion. If that is so, we live in darkness like animals in a burrow, or ants deep in their hill.

And not alone.
Astrid and I spent most of the breaks kissing, and I began to taste cigarettes on her breath. I didn't mind. When she saw that (girls have ways of knowing), she started to smoke around me, and a couple of times she'd blow a little into my mouth while we were kissing. It gave me a hard-on I could have broken concrete with.
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In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.
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"In a small New England town over half a century ago, a boy is playing with his new toy soldiers in the dirt in front of his house when a shadow falls over him. He looks up to see a striking man, the new minister, Jamie learns later, who with his beautiful wife, will transform the church and the town. The men and boys are a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls, with the Reverend Jacobs--including Jamie's sisters and mother. Then tragedy strikes, and this charismatic preacher curses God, and is banished from the shocked town. Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from age 13, he plays in bands across the country, running from his own family tragedies, losing one job after another when his addictions get the better of him. Decades later, sober and living a decent life, he and Reverend Charles Jacobs meet again in a pact beyond even the Devil's devising, and the many terrifying meanings of Revival are revealed. King imbues this spectacularly rich and dark novel with everything he knows about music, addiction, and religious fanaticism, and every nightmare we ever had about death. This is a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe"--… (more)

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