It’s time for another Fellowship of the Worms book discussion, hosted by Katie at Words for Worms. Last Halloween, we read The Passage. This year, our spooky story is ‘Salem’s Lot.
I’m slowly working my way through Stephen King’s backlist, but I still haven’t read a lot of his more classic works, so I jumped at the excuse to bump this one up the list. And as always, I’m picking and choosing the discussion questions that I’ll actually have more to say than a one-line response.
If you want to play along, head over to Words for Worms.
This book discussion WILL include spoilers.
1. Was this book as frightening as you anticipated?
I’m really not the person to ask, since I really don’t get scared from books. Some parts were a bit creepy… but not to the point where I was avoiding reading at night or anything (and apparently not creepy enough to stick with me now that it’s been a few weeks since I read it).
4. Young Mark Petrie’s parents dismiss the warnings from Ben, Dr. Cody, and Father Callahan as hokum. How long do you think it would take YOU to believe a vampire apocalypse was taking place? If this weird crew showed up at your house, how would you react?
Hard to say. I don’t know if I’d believe it (especially if I personally hadn’t seen any of the fishy goings on so far) but I’d probably still go along with it. Looking at it from the outside, knowing that would be my best chance of survival, I like to think so anyway. I mean, what’s the harm in being over-cautious, right? I wouldn’t immediately turn into a vampire hunter and start staking people, but if someone showed up and said, hey, your family’s in danger, let’s all stick together and get somewhere safe, I wouldn’t get all stubborn just for the sake of being stubborn. On the other hand, they are somewhat new in town, so… as easy as it is for us readers to say, how can you not see something’s wrong here?!… I can also see how, in the face of something so hard to accept, it would be hard to completely trust that these people they don’t know very well weren’t making things up for some nefarious purpose of their own, doctor and priest among them or not.
5. Alright Bookworms, what’s the overall verdict on this one? What did you think, all-in-all?
I didn’t love it. King takes so long in setting things up, but he does that a lot, so… I don’t know if it’s just a timing thing (sometimes I’m in the mood for it, sometimes I’m not), or if there are certain stories I’m more willing to go along with, or what. Once it picked up, I thought it was great, but it took so long getting there – seriously, it took me four days to get through the first third of the book… and then less than 24 hours to finish it – and that nearly killed the book for me. If it weren’t Stephen King, I might have DNF’d it. Not to say it was bad, because I did like it… but… well, all the other ‘but’s I’ve already mentioned.
So, if you’ve read this far I’ll assume that you’ve read ‘Salem’s Lot… what did you think of it?