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Reviews of Insomnia (1994)

Review by zara958 (2007-12-12)
I've only read a few stephen king books so far, this was my second one and i felt dissapointed by it. it just drags and drags and i feel he just goes into far too much boreing detail, i didnt find it at all scary, maybe a little sad but never scary. i wouldnt recomend it to someone who hasnt read a sk book before because it would probably put them off reading anymore sk.

Review by nzilla (2003-06-13)
Insomnia is a very strange novel. Stephen King deftly mixes Greek mythology, abortion rights, and his own Dark Tower mythos into one weird mix. Insomnia isn't a horror novel in the same sense that The Shining or 'Salem's Lot is; it's more of an extremely dark fantasy novel, much like the Dark Tower books it is connected with. The characters are all extremely well developed. Pretty much because of this, the novel drags in a couple of places, but overall the interesting parts outweigh the more tedious ones. The town of Derry is almost completely explored, and fans of It will be happy to know that there are plenty of allusions to a certain clown scattered around. Much of the first half of the book has the mystery and feal of a David Lynch film. Stanley Kubrik could have made a wonderful movie of this book. I can't wait to find out how it ties in more with the Dark Tower proper. King deals with the issue of abortion in a very interesting way. Extremism, for both the left and the right, almost always leads to suffering. 8/10




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