The Colorado Kid

Posted: September 13, 2005

The story of The Colorado Kid isnít a story at all. A story has a beginning, a middle and an ending. The Colorado Kid has no endingÖand thatís the point made out through the entire book, not all stories have an ending. In The Colorado Kid, King tells the story of two old newspapermen, Vince Teague and David Bowie (yes, you read that last name right), who tell Stephanie McCann, an intern at the newspaper, the story of the Colorado Kid.

It all begins with a visit from a reporter from a big newspaper thatís going around collecting stories of the unexplained. When he leaves, without a story, Vince and David tell Stephanie the story they didnít tell the newspaperman, the story of the Colorado Kid.

Because it doesnít have an ending or all the answers, they know the big papers wonít be interested or would only be interested in an altered version. Thatís why they didnít tell him about it. It was their story, and now Stephanieís.

As with the big papers I think that the readers of this book will either love it or hate it. I donít think there will be many in betweeners for this one.

Personally I love it. The tone King uses in the book is so fresh and entertaining to read! This book is in some cases very different from Kingís usual books but at the same time itís so King. Itís a wonderful book. I bet Frank Darabont or Rob Reiner will turn this one into a blockbuster before longÖitís that kind of book.

Itís also a rather short book. It's only 184 pages but King knows exactly where to end the story. If the book had been longer (or shorter for that matter) it wouldnít have worked.

Lilja's final words about The Colorado Kid

OK, I have been ranting on about this book for quite a while now but isnít there anything not so good about The Colorado Kid? Well, no, actually there isnít. I can honestly say that this is one of the best books King has written and I believe most of you will agree with me on thatÖor are you one of those that donít like a story that isnít a story?

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