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Pet Sematary

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Author:  Stephen King

The house looked right, felt right to Dr Louis Creed.

Rambling, old, unsmart and comfortable. A place where the family could settle; the children grow and play and explore. The rolling hills and meadows of Maine seemed a world away from the fume-choked dangers of Chicago.

Only the occasional big truck out on the two-lane highway, grinding up through the gears, hammering down the long gradients, growled out an intrusive threat.

But behind the house and far away from the road: that was safe. Just a carefully cleared path up into the woods where generations of local children have processed with the solemn innocence of the young, taking with them their dear departed pets for burial.

A sad place maybe, but safe. Surely a safe place. Not a place to seep into your dreams, to wake you, sweating with fear and foreboding.

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Jun 05,2017
5

Pet Sematary is a strategically crafted horror/ thriller novel, written by one of the worlds best horror writers Stephan King. The author sets the tale in Ludlow main, in a fictional state of America.

Family of three, Louise, Rachael and Gage creed move from Chicago to their dream home in the country side along with their beloved family cat Winston Churchill. A dream come true... Or so they thought. The house is perfect aside from two things, the semi trailers that speed down the road every day and a mysterious pet sematary where local children have buried their deceased pets behind the house. Louise attempts to draw information from the locals about the cemetery but they suspiciously deny knowing anything about it. The family befriends their elderly neighbour Across the road. Jud (their neighbour) warns them to NEVER go any further than the pet cemetery although he does not explain why. Then when they had finally began to settle in, tragedy strikes. On the perfect spring day at the park, Three year old Gage is paying with his kite when he drops the role of string. He chases after the kite as it rolls down to the busy road, his father and mother chase after him. Gage is killed by a passing semi trailer and his parents enter a deep mourning.
A parent's living nightmare... and they would do anything to bring him back...
Rachel moves away to stay with her mother in order to gather her thoughts. Louise is left alone in their empty home, trailers roaring down the road. And a cemetery, riddled with deceiving abilities.
What extent would he go to in order bring his son back? What would you?

Jud, their elderly neighbour across the road, would have to be my favourite character in the novel. The story gives us the impression that Jud has watched many families move into the house and make the same mistake several times, he reminds me of some sort of aide. In this section from the book, Jud tells Louise that what he was going to do has been done before and all have failed. This tells us that Jud has lived in his home for many years and has seen several families come and go;
“What's been tried once had been tried once before... and before... and before...”
Although he is at first a very intimidating man, he softens to the family and befriends them. Jud was genuinely concerned for their safety, as shown in this passage where Jud tells them that he is always keeping an eye out for them; “The old sleep poorly. Perhaps they stand watch.”

I really loved the story line in pet semetary although I believe that the way the author wrote it did not do the story enough justice. The book would have been a lot more intriguing to read if it had been a bit less predictable, I found that I could often tell how the following scenes where going to play out without even reading them. I think that the author could have shortened a few scenes that went on for a lot longer then they needed to, I know this because after watching the film i noticed that it was a lot better without a few unnecessary scenes that the book included. Nevertheless I loved the book. I also really liked how sad it was, Stephan king has strategically written the book in order to help form a strong connection between the reader and the characters. In the novel, when one of the main characters die or has some sort of trauma inflicted on them, I felt great empathy for the character and that's why I think Stephan king is such a fantastic writer. He some how manages to make his characters as if they where real, with real personalities and real faults.
"Sometimes dead is better"
is one of the most famous quotes from pet semetary. I believe that this book taught me that everything happens for a reason and people die for a reason. Humans should never meddle with things like this, and sometimes it's better to just let some things be.
"No brain, no pain" - Gus Gilbert
I believe that in this quote from the novel states that in some situations it's better to know less then to know the cold truth.

Over all pet semetary is an amazing book and one of Stephan kings best, I highly recommend reading it. After checking a few websites I found that the media commonly suggests that this book be read by ages 16+, although I personally think it depends on your tolerance for the horror genre. I suggest ages 11+.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jun 03,2017
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4

Pet Sematary is a classic Stephen King Horror/Thriller novel. The book begins with the Creed Family as they move into their new house, the fictional state of Ludlow Maine, America. 

 The atmosphere at the start is very pleasant as we get to learn more about the Creed Family. However soon the book takes a turn to the worst as the family cat, Church, dies. Louis Creed, then takes it upon himself to bring the cat back to life by burying Church in the Pet Sematary. The cat returns back to life however it's personality is changed and the family are slightly wary of it. Although life goes back to normal. Until part 2 of the book when the youngest member of the Creed Family dies, Gage. The family is completely torn up, and the grieve drives Louis to bury Gage in the Pet Sematary. However Louis doesn't realise the consequences of his actions as his son, Gage, does come back although not as Louis would like it ...

 King excellently portrays the characters personalities and quirks. As readers we can personally relate to all of them, especially Louis and his love for his kids. This makes it even more sad when he kills the characters off. However when King wants us to really hate a character, he does that well too. Louis' parents-in-laws are showed negatively through most of the book as they oppose the protagonist, Louis. Even the cat seems to have a sense of purpose through part one of the book. I really enjoyed reading about King's thoroughly thought about characters as they dealt with the different situations in the novel. 

 The saddest about of the novel is how ,Gage, a sweet child who is loved and cared for by a kind family, becomes an entirely difficult person and breaks down the entire family. Also the very last few pages of the book were the most intense and dramatic as that's when the thriller really begins. I was slightly disappointed that the horror/thriller part of the book lasted for only a few pages that was the very end of the book. Also I was hoping for a fully  fleshed plot tier at the end of the book, however instead ended with an ambiguous cliffhanger. Otherwise the rest was amazing. 

 King's writing style is old but no too difficult to understand. The book made sense written in that style. King also uses a lot of foreshadowing through out the book, which adds the sense of excitement and anticipation. As a reader I found that at times I would have to go back and reread paragraphs to soak in the information, however that didn't spoil the quality of the book. 

 This book isn't quiet meant few those who like gory and fully action packed horror books. The progression of the book is very slow and the horror only really comes at the end. The novel is a good introduction to the genre of horror because there are no gory descriptions except for a few at the very ending. The book will intrigue those who enjoy suspense and thriller, rather then horror. 

 Out of a 5 I rate this book a 4. The only reason that I didn't give it a full score was because of the two things that I mentioned before: the lack of more horror and a plot tier. Otherwise it was an excellent book and I would read it again and highly recommend it to others.

 

Jun 02,2017
5

Pet Sematary is a strategically crafted horror/ thriller novel, written by one of the worlds best horror writers Stephan King. The author sets the tale in Ludlow main, in a fictional state of America.

Family of three, Louise, Rachael and Gage creed move from Chicago to their dream home in the country side along with their beloved family cat Winston Churchill. A dream come true... Or so they thought. The house is perfect aside from two things, the semi trailers that speed down the road every day and a mysterious pet sematary where local children have buried their deceased pets behind the house. Louise attempts to draw information from the locals about the cemetery but they suspiciously deny knowing anything about it. The family befriends their elderly neighbour Across the road. Jud (their neighbour) warns them to NEVER go any further than the pet cemetery although he does not explain why. Then when they had finally began to settle in, tragedy strikes. On the perfect spring day at the park, Three year old Gage is paying with his kite when he drops the role of string. He chases after the kite as it rolls down to the busy road, his father and mother chase after him. Gage is killed by a passing semi trailer and his parents enter a deep mourning.
A parent's living nightmare... and they would do anything to bring him back...
Rachel moves away to stay with her mother in order to gather her thoughts. Louise is left alone in their empty home, trailers roaring down the road. And a cemetery, riddled with deceiving abilities.
What extent would he go to in order bring his son back? What would you?

Jud, their elderly neighbour across the road, would have to be my favourite character in the novel. The story gives us the impression that Jud has watched many families move into the house and make the same mistake several times, he reminds me of some sort of aide. In this section from the book, Jud tells Louise that what he was going to do has been done before and all have failed. This tells us that Jud has lived in his home for many years and has seen several families come and go;
“What's been tried once had been tried once before... and before... and before...”
Although he is at first a very intimidating man, he softens to the family and befriends them. Jud was genuinely concerned for their safety, as shown in this passage where Jud tells them that he is always keeping an eye out for them; “The old sleep poorly. Perhaps they stand watch.”

I really loved the story line in pet semetary although I believe that the way the author wrote it did not do the story enough justice. The book would have been a lot more intriguing to read if it had been a bit less predictable, I found that I could often tell how the following scenes where going to play out without even reading them. I think that the author could have shortened a few scenes that went on for a lot longer then they needed to, I know this because after watching the film i noticed that it was a lot better without a few unnecessary scenes that the book included. Nevertheless I loved the book. I also really liked how sad it was, Stephan king has strategically written the book in order to help form a strong connection between the reader and the characters. In the novel, when one of the main characters die or has some sort of trauma inflicted on them, I felt great empathy for the character and that's why I think Stephan king is such a fantastic writer. He some how manages to make his characters as if they where real, with real personalities and real faults.
"Sometimes dead is better"
is one of the most famous quotes from pet semetary. I believe that this book taught me that everything happens for a reason and people die for a reason. Humans should never meddle with things like this, and sometimes it's better to just let some things be.
"No brain, no pain" - Gus Gilbert
I believe that in this quote from the novel states that in some situations it's better to know less then to know the cold truth.

Over all pet semetary is an amazing book and one of Stephan kings best, I highly recommend reading it. After checking a few websites I found that the media commonly suggests that this book be read by ages 16+, although I personally think it depends on your tolerance for the horror genre. I suggest ages 11+.

 

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