Thursday, October 20, 2011

REVIEW: Mile 81 by Stephen King

book cover of Mile 81 by Stephen King
Title: Mile 81
Author: Stephen King
Date Published: September 1, 2011
Genre: Horror, Short Story
Page Count: 80 pages
Challenge: Frightful Fall Reviewers Challenge, E-Book Challenge, Stephen King Challenge
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Oh, Uncle Stevie, you have let me down. :[

While eagerly anticipating his next release, fans were held over by his release of a short story, Mile 81.  Let's go back to the days of Christine for the concept of this one.  Not that its like Christine (which I haven't read), but it has to do with a demonic car.
At an abandoned rest stop, a station wagon of ambiguous make and model sits, with no tags, covered in mud, with the door ajar.  Several motorists feel that it is their civic duty to stop and assist this stranded motorist, but get a lot more than they bargained for.

Because this is a short story, there isn't too much that I can say about it without giving some things away, so I will only say that this left a huge something to be desired.  I was not satiated by this in the slightest.  Okay, so the premise is interesting, a demonic car, and it sucks that these good Samaritans are really walking to their deaths, all while a little boy sleeps in the abandoned rest stop after he's tried vodka for the first time.  Fantastic.

I was okay with the story, even if it wasn't stellar, but COME ON.  The ending was really a WTF moment.  Of all ways to end the story Stevie, really.  But then, a lot of times, Uncle Stevie isn't known for his spectacular endings.
If you're looking for something new to hold you over until the release of 11/22/63, don't bother with this.  You're only going to get pissed off.  I suggest going to a tried a true classic.  Read Carrie or something.  This gets a 2 out of 5.  I was sorely disappointed, and I think any King fan would be.

Think you might want to give this book a try?  Check out Amazon for additional ratings and reviews!  Mile 81


Coffee & a BookChick said...

I just read The Colorado Kid this week and had the same response with the ending, but then after reading Uncle Stevie's Afterword, I sort of started to feel a bit better about it. But, that doesn't mean I'm always going to be forgiving about his endings, or lack thereof. I'm looking forward to the new book coming out and am reading 'Salem's Lot for the first time this week. Gloriously disturbing reading!

S.Leighanne @ Leighanne's Lit said...

There's just no way that you can feel good about this story. I had a conversation with someone else about it and it just made me dislike it even more.
I actually liked The Colorado Kid more than I liked this one. A lot more, really.
I'm looking forward to the new release too! And I hope you enjoy 'Salem's Lot, it's one of my favorites! I need to reread it, its been several years :]

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