Name and that against almost all logic that he wound up on a beach in Maine dead one morning I like non resolution in books so I didn t have a problem with this I just didn t see the point to the book hide spoiler This is the first time I ve read this book by King because I finally managed to get my hands on it when it was rereleased I m glad I finally got to read it because I absolutely adored this story It seems that people ither love it or hate it and I m most definitely in the love it camp I found the story fascinating it drew me in from the first page and I couldn t turn the pages fast Sexy Cosplay Anime Girls (Bikini, Military, Scifi Costume, Japanese Import, Asian Babe, Picture Book) (Xena Kai Book 3) enough to find out what would happen Or in this case to not find out what happens Either way I loved it This was an unusual book definitely not King s usual style I didnjoy it but ultimately it was underwhelming Considering a man has been found dead on a beach you don t really learn anything of i A lot of people hate this book for bullshit reasons I don t usually comment on other people s opinions I have in the past but not often because its their subjective feelings about the shit they read Fine Whatever But to hate this book because it has a cover that only vaguely touches upon the book andor doesn t fit the Hard Case Crime series I don t know I mean the book does have a female reporter in it and it is a mystery Yeah like I said those people who hate on this book because of the aforementioned reasons well their opinions smell of bullshit There are plenty of reasons to hate The Colorado Kid The cover and publisher are the least of them First off it s a novella Charging people 599 for a novella is asking a bit much Even in King Land where the rides cost and the Humiliated Husband endings are sometimes lacklusterxperiences Asking six bucks for something that would make a great Warehouse Management episode of The Twilight Zone is a dick move Did the production of this book necessitate the price More than likely But my point is this It shouldn t have been published by itself It should have been saved for a collection Same shit goes for Blockade Billy which is two short stories coming in at 80 pages and published by Cemetery Dance for the fucking insane price of 1499 Fun fact Both Blockade Billy and the short story that follows it Mourning will be featured in The Bazaar of Bad Dreams At least the coffee table book The Dark Man has pretty artwork one can goggle So here you have a good reason to hate The Colorado Kid the price We got ripped off Damn fine reason to get upset Moving onThe selling point here was crime fiction from Stephen King which had at this point already been done I shall direct you to the short story The Fifth uarter and the novella Umney s Last Case just to name two It s not like this was new territory for King What fans werexpecting was an actual crime drama not a book of theories From the jump we re told that there are no answers Same shit happens in From a Buick 8 but at least The Colorado Kid isn t over 300 pages long Wait a second does that make the length and price worth it No fucker because depending on the version of From a Buick 8 you buy you re looking at double to triple the price tag of The Colorado Kid so FUGOFF Where was I Oh yeah I Little Slave expectations We knew King could write crime fiction when he wanted to so we werexcited What did we get Two old men sitting in a room telling a 22 year old woman a story about a guy that choked on a piece of chewed beef I hate to repeat myself but FUGOFF So the actual story is boring and never really goes anywhere AND we paid six bucks for this book But why stop there Let s mentionThe afterword Wait what The afterword Yes the afterword Let s mention that King knew that people would hate this book To be fair and uote him accurately he says Depending on whether you liked or hated The Colorado Kid I think for many people there ll be no middle ground on this one and that for many people there ll be no middle ground on this one and that fine with me you have my friend Scott to blame I included the The Stall (Pony In Training entire uote but I want you to focus in on the part within the parentheses I don t care that King doesn t mind that some people will hate it but I do care that he knew some people would My overactive brain can math good so I will put two and two together Hard Case Crime called and asked King if he wanted to be a part of their newborn pulp throwbacks He said sure but had nothing to give them He could have given them Blaze but that shit needed some modernizing and well fuck that noise He was a busy guy But wait what about that trunk story about the unexplained mystery Some people are going to fucking hate that shit but oh well it s not like it s a novel novel it s of anxperiment and I have Cell coming out soon so YOLO BITCHES So E here again instead of leaving this in a trunk where it wasn t hurting anybody King decided to give it to Hard Case Crime because he liked the idea of what they were doing He didn t need the paycheck at this point in his career but he wanted to be a part of something that was showcasing and paying tribute to his heroes He s a dork a nerd like most of us and he wanted to be a part of something cool Do you blame him Yeah I kinda do Dear Stephen King you could have done better In summation The Colorado Kid should have been at the THIEME Atlas of Anatomy end of Everything s Eventual Hard Case Crime should ve grown a sack or some ovaries I don t discriminate and told King No We re not accepting this We don t want your leftovers and neither do your fans King would go on to at least in myyes redeem himself by giving Hard Case Crime another novel by the name of Joyland I accept that as an adeuate apology for The Colorado Kid but this tiny ass book still grinds my gearsFinal Judgment It should be hated for the right reasons This is my first by Stephen King I picked The Colorado Kid mainly cause I love the TV by Stephen King I picked The Colorado Kid mainly cause I love the TV Haven and its based on this I was surprised that this is not a paranormal and the show is its weird the this book being the predecessor is just a crime mysteryI m not a fan of crime books but its good to come out of my comfort zone that consist of FantasyParanormal and Romance I must admit this book got my wheels spinning a lot The writing is okay not great The plot is amazing and I love itI had lots of Sanibel Virgin expectations when I picked up this book to read was I disappointed by what I found out You bet did I like what I got Oh yea I did The characters in this book are so weirdThe MCs consist of a 2265 and 90 year olds that work together in a newspaper houseNo this book is not written in the POV of a cop Its written in the POV of Stephanie an intern at a newspaperst Its based on a story that was told by Dave and Vince the newspaper men to Stephanie about an unsolved mystery that is still going on for 25 years and how neither cops nor journalists found out how the body Way of the Shaman ended up at the beach without identification and death by choking on a meat yea the meat he wasating Not to mention the man is a stranger in the small town I know the POV is weird in a twisted kind of way I m not a fan of a story inside a story but King did a good job Ever come across a real unexplained mysteryThe ratings for THE COLORADO KID were all over the placeI have only started reading Stephen King again in. Because the they learn about the man and the baffling circumstances of his death the less they understand Was it an impossible crime Or something stranger stillNo one but Stephen King could tell this story about the darkness at the heart of the I re read this because I have recently started watching Haven on Netflix Haven is based not on this book but the place and characters IN the book I love the show The best part is how the writers and set decorators insert small references to King s work throughout the years Sometimes a small nugget of story from one of his novels is told a scene plays on the screen right off his pages Paul Sheldon and the Misery series are mentioned when a birthday gift is one of his books The list goes on and on The best part of the show is watching for these Easter Eggs I only wish I had watched it from the beginning as it aired because now I know there are message boards online where people compare what they noticed when an Gallowglass episode is overNow back to the book I have no problem with the idea of this story King is my favorite writer and I argue vehemently against his label of Horror Writer all the time It s his style I love The way he creates three dimensional humans with scribbles on a page People I feel I know and would recognize on the street He does so here with the two old newspapermen who relate the story and the young intern who listens I like them I want to read about them There is certainly no horror to be found on these pagesIven understand the reason he gives us no answer to the mystery The old men The Inclusion Imperative explain that life has no plot no through line no story arctc I agree I also think that s why we love novels and movies and newspaper articles We NEED that through line to make up for its lack in our lives I was mesmerized by the men relaying the story of this man found dead on a beach in Maine half a continent from where he began his day in Colorado I understand the law being unable to put the puzzle together I know this could happen in real life But this is a novel DAMMIT I want that through line King plays with us because he knows he can get away with it He can tick me off by not giving me resolution fully confident I will still buy his next book the day it comes out and read and re read it over and over through the years Confident ass I say that with love nothing but loveI am only on the fourth The Public-Private Partnership Handbook episode of the second season on Haven I find it infinitely clever the premise they use for the show and my hopeach time I begin a new What Next After School ? episode will be that Audrey the main character comes across the answer to what really happened to the Colorado Kid It s a supernatural television s 35 Stars No horror here but still a worthwhile read in my bookStephen King states there will be no middle ground on this novelthat readers willither hate it or love it As for me I really Emerging Markets enjoyed it as well as discovering in the Afterward what motivated him to write what is depicted as a hard case crime mysteryI loved the two old geezers as Mr King calls them that own the Weekly Islander Newspaper on Moose Lookit Island and the way they uizzed and inspired their 22 year old summer intern StephanieAs for the case of THE COLORADO KID itself I whizzed right through the tellingager to find out what happened to the mysterious dead man with no identification andwas A Home of Another Kind even fine with thendingThis one won t make my favorites shelf but it held my attention and I sure do love the book cover The Voyage of the Norman D., As Told by the Cabin Boy even though she is not how Invisioned Stephanie A uick check of the personal most read authors feature on goodreads tells me that this is my thirty third Stephen King book and it s the one that pushed King ahead of Bukowski as my most read author There is the possibility that maybe there are a couple of duplicate ratings in there but I m not going to look I d rather have Stephen King be my most read author than Bukowski 32 Bukowski books I know I really liked him for about five years but how many times could I read the same storyDoing some personal history mental math I come up with figure that I haven t read a Stephen King novel in about seventeen years and two months After a string of disappointing books that came out in the African Successes, Volume I early to mid 90 s I just stopped reading him My tastes got pretentious and I d been disappointed too many times in a row three I think it was by mediocre books to give much attention to any new books he wrote Then I kept hearing very mixed things aboutach new book this would be when I started working at the bookstore A guy I worked with who loved Stephen King seemed to love all the new books with reservations that sounded like nostalgia creepy into his Trigger Samaniego 1 (Stallion, enjoyment and anyonelse whose opinion I trusted at all never had anything good to say about ach new book I actually thought I d never read another Stephen King book again Like a jilted lover or something I d cut my ties with him In my heart though I ll always love the dorky looking guy who well meaning customers sometimes like to tell me I look just like I don t think this is a compliment but it s probably true although I personally think I m less dorky and better looking than him Different Seasons was my first grown up book that didn t involve commando s crazed gunmen vigilantes or ninjas Needful Things was the first book I anxiously waited to be released and bought in hardcover the day it came out The four stories that made up the sadly out of print Bachman Books were some of the first stories read with the literary uivalent of being smacked in the chest with a sledgehammer this is a good thing It was the novel that got me hooked on big books and the awe they inspire in lesser mortals who shy away from reading thousand page tomes and the realization that some stories are just better when they have all that room to ferment and unfurl themselves Pet Sematary succeed as being one of the few novels to actually scare me although the movie might have helped Even when it wasn t just about the scares or the thrills most of the themes I find myself njoying in books today I first came across in scares or the thrills most of the themes I find myself njoying in books today I first came across in King he probably is an underrated author now that I m actually thinking of it The protagonist of The Long Walk could Sexy, Healthy, Food - 25 Clean-eats, Gluten-free Recipes easily stand in for a Sisypheanxistential anti hero My first literary taste and ruminations about Nazi s probably came from Apt Pupil The Dark Half could have been a horror version of a Borges short story And as my swiss cheese memory can t remember the plot details of novels I read two months ago nevermind almost any details about short stories or who wrote short story plots that my feeble mind happens to remember a few months later I can remember vividly details from probably most of the stories from Night Shift or Skeleton Crew That s my nostalgic gushing about my favorite author from seventh grade through about my sopho year of college And now I ve read another novel of his This isn t very goodThe story is not bad but it s not a novel it s what could be a good side plot in a novel an aside that would tie into the main story in
SOMEWAY THE STORY IS BASICALLY TWOThe story is basically two newspaper guys on an island off the coast of Maine are telling a young reporter about an unsolved case they were a part of twenty something years ago The bulk of the novel is the two guys telling the story view spoilerand at the Marketing Excellence 3 end you find out there really aren t any details known about the man who diedxcept for his. On an island off the coast of Maine a man is found dead There's no identification on the body Only the dogged work of a pair of local newspapermen and a graduate student in forensics turns up any cluesBut that's just the beginning of the mystery. .
The last few years after a couple disappointments in the late 90s but after taking a chance with some of his recent offerings and loving themI decided to take a chance with this one too The Main CharactersDave Bowie The 65 year old managing YARN Essentials editor of The Weekly Islander the small newspaper servicing the island of Moose LookitVince Teague The 90 year old founder of the IslanderStephanie McCann A 22 year old on summer internship at the IslanderOver coffee Dave and Vince tell Stephanie about a unsolved case which has bothered them over the yearsThe StoryWHO John Doe The Colorado Kidventually identified as James Cogan from Nederland ColoradoWHERE Found on Hammock Beach MaineWHEN Early morning April 24 1980WHAT Two teenagers find the body of a man slumped against a trash can No identification was found and the body bore no indication of foul play cause of death was determined to be asphyxiation a piece of steak found lodged in his throat On the body was a Russian coin some pocket money and a pack of cigarettes which Wild Wicked Scot (Highland Grooms, eventually lead to John Doe s identity James Cogan a happily married with a newborn son from ColoradoBut WHY he was in Maineand HOW hended up there remains a mysteryThe reason THE COLORADO KID worked for me was mainly the characters specially David and Vince they reminded me of a cross between Statler and Waldorf the grumpy old Muppet men and Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon I didn t have a problem with the mystery remaining a mystery and as I was reading I suspected that in Stephen King fashion These characters may just pop up in another book at some point but ither way if they do or they don t it won t bother me one little bitAfter reading The COLORADO KID I came across this tidbit King stated The review of The Colorado Kid in today s issue of today s USA Today mentions that there was no Starbucks in Denver in 1980 Don t assume that s a mistake on my part The constant readers of the Dark Tower series may realize that is not necessarily a continuity The Walters Art Museum the Art of Ancient Greece error but a clue Feeling generous with my 375 starsTurning to another short piece by Stephen King I found this piece calling out to me As King can vary greatly in his writing I was notntirely sure what to American Nietzsche expect but found this mystery pulled me in while remaining as laid back as a Maine summer s day Stephanie McCann is a journalism intern in a small Maine community working alongside the town s two newspaper reporters Vince Teague and Dave Bowie While Stephanie is looking to learn the nuances of small town reporting she is also looking for a story to call her own Teague and Bowie cannot offer much though there is that incident down at the church picnic that left some dead Teague and Bowie seek to teach their muse something about reporting that includes building a story on a truth and then filling the cracks with supposition However there is one unsolved case that seeks a storyven if there is no concrete truth to serve as foundation Back in 1980 or so two high school kids found a body on the beach a hunk of meat lodged in the throat Further investigation showed that this was no local as if the lack of anyone knowing him was not Art, Culture, and Cuisine enough and James Cogan wasventually identified as the victim However no one could tell how or why he Berlioz and His Century ended up on the East Coast hailing from Colorado Cogan s wife could notxplain it though she knew something odd was going on a while back As Stephanie seeks to posit her own theory she is kept on track by the two old journalists who fill in the cracks she finds in the story to a degree Who was James Cogan and what was this Colorado businessman doing in Maine Aristotles Rhetoric especially dead King leaves the reader wondering as they seek to piece things together in this novella Brilliant in its delivery and perfect for those who want a few hours to get the brain juices flowing Recommended to novella fansspecially those who Blood Runs Green enjoy reading King s less violent piecesStephen King knows how to write a captivating story inserting twists few would likely predict This novella had all the impact of a well crafted piece mixing mystery and narrative backstory inual measure King uses three loose protagonists in the piece the journalists who push the narrative along with James Cogan acting as a decent but distant Central Figure His Presence figure His presence Maine remains a mystery though the clues that come up during the discussion leave Charting an Empire everyone trying to find an answer to this mystery King develops some decent characters with little known about this though that might have been the point The story was grounded and kept me wanting to learn a little though there were numerous threats left dangling With short chapters and decent momentum King fans maynjoy this one full of tangential commentary on the smallest of details While this was only a filler piece I have always loved the full length King novels one of which awaits me in the near future A great short piece without the gore or intense chills that some might find in King s cornerstone piecesKudos Mr King for a nice novella that helped pass the time as my busy weekend progressesLovehate the review An ver growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons a different sort of Book Challenge I picked up this book not because I m a Stephen King fan although I am but because it was part of the new Hard Case Crime division of Dorchester Publishing I ll admit the variety of authors they ve collected to write for them is xtensive and THE COLORADO KID just happened to be the first one in the Hard Case group to make it to the top of my to be read pile I understand after reading THE COLORADO KID why so many people on here posted negative reviews I understand because just like the main characters in the story told me a mystery with no resolution plain and simply pisses people off People want a happy conclustion to a problem whether it be why 911 happened why oil prices are so high why a young woman in Wisconsin was murdered or how a man from Colorado went to work one morning and nded up dead on a little island off the coast of Maine only hours later Not KNOWING not having Mr King spell It Out For Us Angered Many A out for us angered many a of this book Should it have Maybe But I actually felt like there WAS a resolution to this story that being that not verything in life has such a tidy nding as we want our *Stories To Have Of *to have Of the people who nd up dead in the US Dislocating China every year how many do you think go unsolved as to cause of death or in the case of murder capturing a perpetrator Life this roller coaster ride that we get onto daily and hang on to since our very lives depend on it is not black and white and it sure as heck doesn t offer us up tidy conclusions at thend of Childerley every day THE COLORADO KID is uite simply a character study of not knowing We can get the facts we canxtrapolate what we believe happened based on those facts but in the Cultural Excursions end it s all a mystery Kudos to Mr King for taking an idea running with it and showing that he just doesn t give a flying fig if we get it or not This book left me with uestions yes and I actually thank him for that A book that makes you think and uestion will always be worth than a book that doesn. Nknown and our compulsion to investigate the unexplained Withchoes of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon and the work of Graham Greene one of the world's great storytellers presents a surprising tale that xplores the nature of mystery itsel.