He said he didn’t think anyone died happy, but you could die well
The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them.
Well this certainly was something new. A set of four novellas - slightly longer than a short story, but not quite a novel straight from King’s great mind. And all of them hinting/connected to each other a little bit. Making them part of a single world. Most of King’s book are considered a part of a single world anyway right?
The first one a direct inspiration for Shawshank’s Redemption. So most people will already know the broad strokes of the story. But it was still fun to read.
The second (and longest) about a co-dependent and twisted relationship between and old Man with a terrible past and a young boy that grows up and grows dark with each passing page.
The third about a boyish adventure like no other. A real gory treat for brave young gang of four friends who don’t really belong together - as told by the only one of them still alive.
And last (and my favourite) story of a old mans’ club full of secrets and a tale of one determined mother. I imagine there’s secrets connected to The Dark Tower and all the other worlds of King’s world. A real treat
So should you read this? As King himself admits in the afterword - his writing is not “high literature” and not even meant to be. But it sure is entertaining and he’s certainly an amazing storyteller. So sure - go ahead and have some fun.