It was pure joy to read.
Stephen King’s new book isn’t what you’d expect it to be. He explores areas that he’s never explored before; fairy tales. This fresh adult oriented book inspects the darker and more sinister side of fairy tales.
Fairy Tale is about a suburban boy named Charlie Reade, but he’s gone through some stuff that no suburban boys should have gone through. His mothers death, which resulted in his father’s alcohol problems. When Charlie is 17, his life changes. He saves the life of an old recluse called Howard Bowditch and befriends his old dog, Radar. Bowditch has an old shed in his backyard and sometimes Charlie hears strange and abnormal sounds from the shed. Charlie starts doing jobs for Mr. Bowditch, “helping out the elderly,” and that kind of stuff. When he starts to grow fond of the old dog and his old owner, Mr. Bowditch dies, leaving Charlie with a very surprising legacy. Inside old Mr. Bowditch’s shed is the portal to a fairy tale world. But in this parallel fairy tale dimension, all isn’t right, because it’s controlled by an evil entity called Flight Killer.
It’s obvious when reading this book how much King enjoyed writing it and it’s a joy to read as well. King’s prose is simple and accessible but still beautiful. The characters in this book feel real and so do their emotions. Fairy Tale is a book that you can’t help but love. It’s got the feel and pace of a classic, but somehow manages to be fresh and new as well. This is the book to get anyone to start reading or out of a slump. It was pure joy to read.