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Ik ben verslaafd aan boeken. Hieronder kan je mijn volledige lijst vinden van gelezen fictie-boeken die in mijn boekenkast. Van sommige boeken kan je zelfs een korte bespreking vinden.



Stephen King

Eerste Uitgave





Luitingh - Sijthoff






367 bladzijden






Op een dag verhuist het gezin van dokter Louis Creed van het drukke Chicago naar een rustig provincieplaatsje in Maine. Achter hun huis ligt een merkwaardig kerkhof, waar al generaties lang kinderen hun gestorven lievelingsdieren begraven. Aanvankelijk beschouwt Creed het als een onschuldige traditie. Dan wordt Church, de kat van zijn dochtertje Ellie, overreden. Op aanraden van de exentrieke buurman Jud Crandall begraaft Creed het dode dier op een geheimzinnige begraafplaats, vlak achter het kerkhof. Een stroomversnelling van onheilspellende gebeurtenissen brengen Louis Creed en zijn gezin op een pad waarvan geen terugkeer mogelijk is..


Lazarus, come forth!

Dr Louis Creed is uneasy as he drives his family, wife Rachel, children Eileen and Gage, and cat to their new home, a rambling white-frame house on the outskirts of Ludlow, New England. The children are tearful, Rachel is short-tempered. But the place is just perfect and the family meets Jud Crandall, an old and wily neighbour. He takes them exploring and shows them the Pet Sematary, where local children have buried their pets for generations. Only Eileen is slightly disgruntled. After all, her beloved cat is going to live for ever...

This horror story is so well-written that it simply must be classified as a 'Classic'. It has a bone-chilling suspense, very convincing characters with 'real' emotions and a plot-line that cannot disappoint. Although the decisions Louis Creed takes are quite unconventional, Stephen King still succeeds in letting them seem quite the natural to do. Even while reading this book I was constantly wondering: "What should I do if confronted with such a situation?", and I guess that's a really good sign.

But there is much more. This book has a depth that reaches far beyond the average horror story. Like the author himself has confessed it showed him levels of blackness that he had "no desire to re-visit". And I could not agree more. The main theme is clearly "death", or to use the words of Zelda, the sister of Rachel: "Oz the Gweat and Tewwible". But Stephen approaches this theme in such a personal way that the reader is bound the get a bit uncomfortable. It sneakily whispers into your ears that death might actually not be as far in the future as you like to believe. This makes this book ever creepier. So, be prepared to be thrilled in more than one way.