Books for Breakfast #93

Book Reviews

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King & Slade House by David Mitchell


If you’ve been around for a while, you know that I’m a massive Stephen King fan. After reading his books I almost wanted to move to Maine because it’s the focus of so many of his stories and he makes it seem like this magical place. Plus, I’ve visited before and I love me a good east coast town! Anyways, this book of his is a short story collection.

I’d have to say that I love his short story collections almost more than complete novels. There is something about short stories that I just adore. How they can suck you into a different world despite being so short. It’s just awesome! I’m terrible at writing short stories because I just ramble on and on. I also like how he talks about the inspiration for the stories before hand, so you can really get into it even more. Stories can come from any source, no matter how insignificant it might seem to someone else.

My favorite stories were probably Batman and Robin have an Altercation, Bad Little Boy, and The Dune. Though Under the Weather and Morality were also really amazing. Seriously. It’s another A+ collection from King! Not all of these are horror in the way that you think of King books. Like Batman and Robin have an Altercation, which is about a father who has dementia and a son who get into an road rage altercation. The way it’s just written is so great, it feels so real and leaves you reeling at the end! Mile 81, the first story in the collection, has that sort of supernatural terror that King is known for (and other stories in the collection have it as well, obviously!) All in all, I enjoyed each of the stories and poems! If you are new to Stephen King, I would highly recommend it to get a full bodied view of this writing style.


I wasn’t the biggest fan of The Bone Clocks, which I read earlier. But everyone talks about his writing, so I had to try something else. I saw Slade House at B&N and figured that I could read a smaller novel easily, and then it probably wouldn’t go on too long (which was one complaint I had about The Bone Clocks, it just seemed to go on past where I thought the end was supposed to be). This book is much shorter and I enjoyed it a lot more, though it does have a lot in common with The Bone Clocks, and I’m glad I read that first, only because I had a deeper understanding of characters/world in which they reside in the Slade House.

Still, I think you could read Slade House without reading The Bone Clocks first and still get a feel for the world. The story follows a group of people who investigate strange happenings, and they are focused on a house that seemingly shouldn’t exist. A house called Slade House, which appears only a certain day, and they are trying to get in to investigate after people have gone missing around it.

The story has a creepy supernatural vibe, and you can really get a feel for the psychological terror of entering the property of Shade House. Can anyone actually survive a run in with the occupants of the house?


By Jess

A bookworm since the tender age of whenever I stopped chewing on books and started actually reading them. A cat-mom, graphic designer, and introvert originally from Pittsburgh, but now resides in the humid, hot, state of Texas. Cheers!

  • Okay, confession: I’ve never read Stephen King!! Well, that’s not true. I read On Writing, but that’s it. I don’t know why or how this happened, but it’s true. However, I’m a big believer in No Book Guilt, so I’m not going to give myself crap for it. Maybe.

    • I have major book guilt, all the time when I am forced to reply “I actually haven’t read that” I immediately feel like I need to get it, and promptly read it! Ah! But, totally get it! I actually haven’t read On Writing, but I’ve meant to! I’ve heard it’s pretty good! He’s an interesting dude! But I’d totally suggest one of his short story collections, if you were interested in reading his works! Or The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, which was really interesting, but not too horribly long! (I’m looking at you Under the Dome, you 1,074 page novel!)

  • Kay

    Up until a few years ago, I hadn’t read much Stephen King, but now I am so glad that I have. He is such a fantastic writer. I definitely want to read more by him! I haven’t read any of his short stories, so I’ll have to give this a try some time!

    • Love, love, love his short stories! I haven’t read the Dark Tower series yet though, I have the first book though!

      • Kay

        Let me know what you think when you start reading them! I could NOT get into them, despite loving everything else he’s ever written. I made it to book three and quit. However, that was years ago and I definitely want to try them again, especially with more King under my belt now.