Free Preview of “Secret”

by Nik V. Markevicius

She came in two hours late, and by the dim blue night light Eric watched her tiptoe around their small bedroom. Christine wore a scarlet miniskirt and an almost-sheer black crop top. The sleazy clothes showed off the creeper of vines tattooing her hips, and plenty of tanned flesh.

Her frilly pink waitress uniform drooped from a hanger she carried on the tips of her fingers. She folded it over the back of the chair by the bathroom, set her purse atop the seat, and fished out her phone. When the screen lit up, it revealed her nervous frown.

Eric held still in bed, on his stomach as usual. He kept one eye open just a crack as his heart thudded against the mattress. His right hand slid a little deeper under the pillow.

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11/22/63 – Book Review

11/22/63 is fun Stephen King. That’s first and foremost. I went in wondering if this would be heavy examination a la Oliver Stone’s “JFK”, but I was surprised to find a thoughtful sci-fi story. One of those late-phase King tales about people and the way they would live their lives in a near-past environment that’s at once real and unreal. That’s a nice touch that left me wanting more and ready to be lost in the tale.

In fact, the closest comparison I have is Michael Chricton’s “Timeline,” although that has involves centuries of backwards time travel. Both novelists do manage the same thing: to give an accurate, detailed, and well-written story that’s utterly readable while stills managing to be about something. These are my favorite books. They blend literature and popular storytelling. As a writer myself, I say bravo to that, always.

And on a side note, as a King fan, I love that the author can surprise me with finding a way to revisit “It” as part of this tale. Richie and Bevvie swing dancing! Nice!