I’ve finished a few books over the holiday and all of them were killer. King’s newest short story collection had some real standouts. I listened to this one on audio and loved hearing King come in and tell us a little bit about the story before each one. I also loved his reading of “Tommy.”
There were some real standouts – Classic King such as “Mile 81,” “The Dune,” and “The Little Green God of Agony.” There were some stories that really showed King’s literary side – “Premium Harmony,” “Batman and Robin Have an Altercation,” and “Morality.”
The novella, “Blockade Billy” was a wonderful surprise. Though I am not really a baseball fan, I was smiling the whole time it was on.
There were a few that were less interesting and I was really bothered by “Herman Wouk is Still Alive.” This one hit me very wrong. I need to read it again before making a real judgment. I feel like I was missing some satire or irony in the audio version. The delivery just made me think that King was an ass and I know that is not true.
Overall, a great read or listen. The last standout of this collection is the fact that Will Patton narrates a few stories. This guy can do no wrong. I love him on Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers. I need to re-read The Shining and then dive into Dr. Sleep just to hear him narrate some more.