Picks and Pans Review: Everything's Eventual
When Stephen King is on his game, he is a wonder to behold. In this collection of 14 stories he can take a vague feeling that aches deep in your bones and capture it in a single sentence with all the clarity of Maine winter air.
Everything's Eventual includes something for every type of King fan: The stories range from the highbrow (four works originally published in The New Yorker) to the traditional (the "all-out screamers," as King puts it, featuring plenty of blood and terror) to the fantastic (a new chapter for the sprawling Dark Tower epic). King's e-book Riding the Bullet also sees print here for the first time.
It's an eclectic but finely balanced group. There are some pieces that could even be called uplifting, and one ("1408," in which a mundane hotel room contains such pure, concentrated evil that it drives nearly all who enter it to suicide) that provides an almost perfect glimpse into madness. Anyone who appreciates a good yarn, especially those for whom a little King goes a long way, should give Everything's Eventual a turn. (Scribner, $28)
Bottom Line: It's the real King
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