Reviewed by: dtgirl (firstname.lastname@example.org) (Sat, 13 Aug 2005 11:35:03)
I laughed, I cried, I LOVED IT!!!
I have never read a book written by Stephen King that I felt compelled to put down. I have never read a book by Stephen King that I couldn't finish. I have never read a book by Stephen King, who is in my opinion the world's greatest author, that was not a good book. But sometimes, almost by accident, I stumble upon a GREAT book. Insomnia WAS one of those books.
My definition of a great book, is one where the story becomes real for me. Where I feel like I KNOW the characters. Where I FEEL for the characters. In a great book, when a good character dies, I will cry for them. A great book is one that I almost don't want to finish reading, because then it will be over. A great book will make me laugh. A great book is one that will allow me to see both the sadness and the joy in a happy ending or the horror and suspense in a 'not so happy' ending. A great book will make me feel what the character feels. A great book will allow me to visualize the scene in my mind. A great book will make me feel like I'm part of the story.
Insomnia is a great book.
Reviewed by: Mike Bosslet (email@example.com) (Fri, 28 Mar 2003 23:29:39)
One of the best books ever
How do you have the balls to write about the hardships and heartaches of old age when you're only 40 something? Who knows but SK is the man and when I first read this book when I was 16 I felt like I was Ralph, I was 70. I lived in the world of the auras and it was great. We get to once again haunt the town of Derry, with visits from old friends (Mike Hanlon, Crimson King) The Dark Tower tie in was excellent but someone who has never read any DT books would still get a complete stand alone tale of love and friendship and mortality. King deals with many issues including abortion and the lonliness of losing a spouse, and senility. My only question is why did it serve the Purpose to save that damn kid that dreamt/drew of Roland and the Tower? Where else has that rugrats presence been felt?
Reviewed by: Steve (firstname.lastname@example.org) (Sat, 25 Jan 2003 18:18:12)
This was a great book. I'm only 13, but it really spoke to me. But there's only one thing I didn't get... why on the cover does it have the invisible man????
Reviewed by: Karen (email@example.com) (Wed, 06 Nov 2002 10:54:17)
Don't be afraid to see the colors!
I must admit that, after being thrilled with Dreamcatcher, I was needing a Stephen King fix. I did not have high expectations of Insomnia.
Wow was I incorrect -- I guess the saying that "you can't judge a book by it's cover" is absolutely correct.
This book, I'm a little ashamed to say, changed the way I look at the world. I have a masters degree and think of myself as "lifelong learner", but it is really true -- this book actually made me ponder my surroundings and my perception of time, scale, and energy.
I'm laughing as I type this, but it is completely honest: I considered this book the "dessert" course after Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time".
Reviewed by: Moloch (firstname.lastname@example.org) (Sun, 19 Aug 2001 15:10:48)
Bit of an oddie
I have to admit it took me 2 years to read this book. I would pick it up, sit down and have to literally force myself to read it. I think it might have been because i couldn't really identify with the main character, but on my third attempt i *forced* myself to read it. I got about 100 pages in and i couldn't put it down.
That for me is the books only down fall. It starts off somewhat slowly, but once the actual plot kicks in the book soars! It has typical King charaters in it, it has Derry and it even has a cameo from Mike from IT. Now that i've read it (also in connection with the Dark Tower series) I love it. The way it gives a little more info on who the Crimson King is and introduces a possible new character in the Dark Tower saga is very well done.
A good read if you can get past the somewhat slow start.
Reviewed by: Lance
Filling the frame...
The Dark Tower series is blatantly King's prized work. Nearly every book written after its conception alludes to it at some point. Insomnia happens to share a common villain in the Crimson King. His objective (for which all the events are to prevent) is to destroy a boy who envisions Roland before the Tower in a endless field of crimson roses (how appropriate). This novel clearly presents King's gift of storytelling by relating it so closely to the Dark Tower series. Whether independent or supplemental to the series, it's a beautiful piece of work well worth the time invested in reading it.