My husband and I just moved to "Duma Key" (we live where the novel takes place.. Sarasota and Keys). Moved from Vegas.
So, being new to this area, it was an adjustment, after living in Vegas, LA and Nyc. I went into this coffee shop and the guy told me King is usually there and his summer home is here. I never was a huge King fan. Now, I loved and admire his work... but never really explored the great writing he delivers. The guy said "Oh, he wrote about living here in Duma Key" and is seen about town.
My husband and I went to Barnes and Noble and as a joke, I picked up Duma Key. How I would find out what this city was all about. I am a painter and also exhibit my art here as well as other cities in the US. So, it was amusing it was about a man who started painting. Well, we often are at the areas mentioned in the book as well as the Fish House on Casey Key. It was kinda funny that my introduction to this new place was via King.
I was so enthralled, that I then went out and got Salem's Lot. Now, I saw the film years ago.. 20 has it been? And wasn't crazy about it. But, his writing and characters and life he brings.. the quality is something else.
I am in the middle of another book right now and going to pick up the new one. I have Full Dark, No Stars on my nightstand .. but saving that for later.
-- 10 Mar 2012, 17:14 --
Ok, guys. I thought you would get a kick out of this.
Today, I went to Barnes and Noble to pick up a Jo Nesbo book. Since it's possible 11/22/63 will be next book of the month. I decided to pick it up.
So, I go to the counter and the guy who is a cashier I see often says "He was in here a couple weeks ago." He pops in once in a while. I still find that funny and amusing. I asked "what did he do? just hang out, have a coffee ...?" He told me he reminded them that a couple of his books were not on the shelves. Haha. Again, I was told he is super nice and laid back, not snooty or anything like that. I find that pretty funny.