Misery – Stephen King

Man, Misery is the first Stephen King book that really horrified me as I kept getting deeper and deeper into the book. Before I read this book I was about finishing Salem’s Lot with the intention of reading all King’s books from the oldest to the latest when a friend on twitter made three Stephen King book suggestions to me, she said:

¬†@LegalHermit Lol be a cheat and read Misery next. After that, Pet Sematary. After that, IT. You’d thank me for it ūüėÜ
‚ÄĒ Samar Dev (@weird_oo) March 5, 2017

I just finished reading Misery and my God, she was right I will be thanking her for all the horror I felt as I got more immersed in the story. Continue reading

Salem’s Lot – Stephen King

Whew.
Salem’s Lot.
How do I even begin?

My first foray into the world of Vampires and maybe even werewolves is not something I can clearly recall, but as far back as I can remember, I have always enjoyed all watching Vampire and Werewolf movies, with few exceptions like the Twilight movie franchise where Vampires WERE SPARKLING IN THE BLOODY SUN… *feigns shocking revelation* I know right! I felt insulted too. Like did the author of the story get carried away enough to forget that Vampires CANNOT walk under the sun? well considering how they were meandering all around in daylight, we cannot really say so. Anyway, Twilight is not why I am here.

I loved how the story began, with the story about how a man and a boy who looked traumatised by a recent life changing experience were travelling across the country to escape from the past they were trying to forget. Then the story went back in time to narrate to use how the man and boy came to be as broken as they were at that time.

The man Ben Mears who is a popular novelist was coming back the town of Jerusalem, popularly known as Salem’s Lot. He grew up in this town and decided to return to there in order to get closer to his muse for the current book he was writing. The muse which later nearly took his life.
The boy Mark Petrie, is just a normal boy who came on as being mentally older than his peers, but still a teenager and in High School. ¬†And these two surviving individuals played a crucial role in the attempt to save Salem’s Lot from the peril that overshadowed it.
Salem’s Lot is a story about an old vampire coming into Jerusalem Lot, turned the town into an “undead” town and then got killed in the end by Ben and Mark whose girlfriend and parents he killed respectively. Continue reading

Book Review: 11/22/63 by Stephen King

This was my first entry into the Stephen King “genre” and I have been hooked to the tits since I dropped this book. 11/22/63 as a book started really weird and before you get to the third chapter you the book is already taking you on a roller coaster of crazy talks and incomprehensible occurrences.¬†The story is about Jake Epping a High School teacher who saw the chance to time-travel back in time from 2011 to 1958 to save one of his students from a ghastly accident, save the JFK, but in the process, he fell in love and his life changed forever.

Jake Epping is a normal guy in his mid-thirties who just left a weird marriage, living alone with his cat and just living his life as a High English school teacher. Jake as a High school teacher occasionally teaches GED classes (kind of like adult education), and on this faithful day after his students turned in their essay, he was shocked to read a real life story from one of his students who had a life changing experience while he was young, this student was Harry Dunning, a janitor in the school where Jake teaches. Continue reading

Book Review: Carrie by Stephen King

After reading this book I found out that there was a movie adaptation of the book and it was apparently scary etc. I must note that even though while I was reading this book I did not see all the gory and scary people saw in the movie. Although I must confess that at the climax of the book itself the book became really dark, and even at that I could only feel so much sympathy for Carrie White as she went on a rampage because the hurt she was feeling turned her into a monster.

Carrie White, poor poor child.

To be honest, the book was not exactly horrific to me because the way Carrie responded in the

Front Cover image from the Book Carrie

Carrie 

face of all the shame, hurt and unfairness she faced whenever she was with her peers was valid, but then even Carrie cannot be said to be herself while she was carrying out the destruction.

This book for me was warning that even though kids will be kids, they still need to be watched because the lack of kids/teenagers to be empathic towards another person who is not within their social circle is real.

Carrie is about a young girl (Carrie White) who seemed to be a social outcast because she was different from all the other girls and even though she tried so much and so hard to fit in, to conform, she was met with unfair treatment, mental, physical and psychological bully, she was practically bullied by her fellow girls from the first time she knelt down in a public place to pray before she ate her food. Again, she was treated unfairly because she was different. Continue reading

Big Brother Nigeria

I don’t even like watching Big Brother and I could care less if other people are watching it, but Nigerians are really annoying with this sense of entitlement most have that they think they can decide how other people should have fun and with what.

Big Brother Naija.

Big Brother Naija.

Big Brother Nigeria is a reality TV show about a certain a number of Nigerians brought together to live under the same room and then compete to win a sum of money. A show of this nature as we all know is littered with instances where the housemates may/will engage in coitus or any other sexual exercise consenting adults engage in, regardless of whether these individuals have relationships or have an existing marriage outside the Big Brother house.
Mind you, this 2017 Big Brother competition is not the first to be held and shown in Nigeria, but it seems like this year many are just hell bent on making about non-issues than they are ready to about cogent issues.

Why are you Nigerians like this?

Now if you don’t like Big Brother I understand how you feel, but why switch off your TV or change the channel, why do you think its right for you to sit down and watch the show and then come out to tell us that you think the show “is morally bankrupt…” and you’d want us to sign a “… petition to call on the¬†Nigerian government to block the show…”, does this not sound strange to you that you want to have a say in what people are watching simply because it does not follow your own personal moral code? Continue reading

Thoughts on the book 1984 by George Orwell

I started reading 1984 in December 2016, but I could not finish reading in until February 2017, I had some adulting to do so =))… anyway I eventually finished reading it and my God, how the book spoke to me.

War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength.

The teaching of INGSOC

Winston Smith is a normal human like you, he wanted to live, fall in love, feel, and not live a routine life of admiring the Big Brother all his like, he wanted to be able to make choices without fear of being watched or monitored by anybody etc. he had so much hope, but he was just one person against the collective strength of Big Brother.

On a broader note, I in so many instances felt like the book was speaking to me about the present world/society/community we live in. At first I felt like this is just like it happens in countries like China and Russia, Saudi Arabia etc. ¬†but as I kept on reading I realised that the concept of Big Brother is not limited to countries where Human Rights and Free Speech are not allowed, even in countries with booming Democracy we still have cases of government spying on it citizens and also shutting such citizens down when they say things that may go against the agenda of the government… even America the poster child for democracy and “right to privacy” spies on its citizens.
I felt sad that the love between Winston and Julia had to be destroyed because Big Brother is the only thing to be loved in Oceania…For a moment I was also sold that O’Brien was part of a resistance against Big Brother but alas, just like Winston I was wrong in thinking he could not have been playing Winston all along, but immediately Winston and Julia were caught and taken to the “Ministry of Love” to be tortured and punished; I finally realised that O’Brien elaborately played Winston all along.
My best quote (which I am paraphrasing below by the way) in the book was: Continue reading