My Peculiar Adventure with Stephen King’s Wonderland
An Alice in Wonderland story by Stephen King, but the main character is Charlie this time. He doesn’t fall down the rabbit hole. He walks down the rabbit hole.
I haven’t read King for over fifteen years, but I was sitting in a coffee shop and saw this book on their “Books to Read” shelf. The title initially attracted me. The idea that Stephen King would write a fairy tale interested me. I bought the book and gave it a go.
I was not disappointed, but a bit of confusion developed with Charlie, the main character.
The storyline is tight, with many twists and turns. I found myself wanting to keep reading. The book starts with the development of some great characters and moves to a human interest, help a neighbor in difficulty. It builds on a teenager beginning to transition to adulthood and then explodes into a world only Stephen King can create.
It was entertaining and instructive. I frequently shared a quote with others: “A brave man helps. A coward gives presents.”
This quote, the story's central theme, has haunted me since the moment I read it. I fear I come out more on the give-presents side.
This was a five-star read. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. The story has great characters and a great storyline.
And my confusion with the main character…
As the story develops, the seventeen-year-old main character seems to have wisdom and knowledge beyond his years. And this kept bugging me. But it also bugged the author as he addressed it at one point to my satisfaction.
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