Gypsi, January 21, 2011 (view all comments by Gypsi)
Unlike King's usual novels, The Eyes of the Dragon is not full of horror or gore or even profanity. It is an almost gentle story; a fairy tale told with restraint by an unknown narrator who often speaks to the reader personally, as though the tale were being told by a storyteller to a breath-baited audience.
The story is that of a weak king, his evil magician adviser and his two sons. I really don't wish to tell any of the plot; I'd rather you read it yourself. Suffice it to say that bad things happen, worse things are thwarted, heroes show themselves stalwart and dangerous situations make even the weakest strong when it counts.
The Eyes of the Dragon is not a quick read, the language is too rich and reminiscent of vintage fairy tales to allow for that. Instead, it's a book to read slowly, savor and enjoy the experience of being in a fairy tale world.
My complaints were minor, if any, because now that the book is finished I can't remember them. Instead, I remember only that I loved the hero with great devotion, hated the villain with pure hatred, and was sorry when my visit to the land of Delain was over.
(I must add that I thoroughly enjoyed King's quiet nod to the master of the horror story, H. P. Lovecraft. Very amusing for Lovecraft fans, non-intrusive for those not in the know. Well played!)
wscaddell, March 10, 2007 (view all comments by wscaddell)
Through Joe Hills blog I discovered that there a Stephen King novel out there that I haven't read. So this will hasten a road trip to my local bookstore.
About Wallace Stevens poem, "The Emporer of Ice Cream," which Mr. King referred to in the interview. The poem is one of my favorites of his. I think it is about a woman who has died and that there is a reference to a religious song in the line, "Let the lamp affix it's beam."
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