(3 of 5 stars) I picked this one up after reading the description of it from Stephen King himself in On Writing. The basic idea was to create a sympathetic political assassin. The thing is: a lot of King’s descriptions of the politician reminded me a lot of today’s political climate and Trump. Trump is no where NEAR as evil as the politician in this book, but there were aspects of his campaign that reminded me of Trump. So, I wanted to see how he told this story. His approach is interesting, but I found it ultimately dissatisfying. I understand that this book is a character study, but the ending still felt rushed and wasn’t a sufficient pay off for everything I’d invested in the book up to that point.
King is a real master of commonplace language and reading through this book exemplifies his ability to make long passages of text sound conversational and interesting. The memoir portions of the book are interesting and endear him to me, but I was reading for the portion about writing. A lot of what he says is advice you’ll hear everywhere. Some of it is just his opinion about how to write well and although it is spoken as gospel should not, in my — not a published author and not likely to ever reach his level of renown — opinion, be regarded as such. But there are a lot of real gems here. And what he says explains a lot to me about his writing style. I would definitely recommend this book to aspiring writers just because it is so well-expressed from start to end.