Mr Mercedes Buddy Read – 27%

mrmercedes At the 3% mark this past Sunday I had put this aside for a bit.

This week my brother and sisternlaw bought a house and I’ve spent some evenings over there after work helping with painting. Monday was up in the air, so I headed over to a local Barnes&Noble’s and read and took notes and drank a wonderfully delicious chai tea latte. By the 15% mark I had taken 2 pages of notes, so I decided to stop taking them, but kept on reading.



chai (Mobile)Yummy Chai!

Since I have a beard, I can say that in a “manly voice”. That makes it awesome and not at all girly.


You know, Stephen King is just one messed up fellow. Every year I am blown away by his writing and I wonder to myself “Maybe I’ll read more than one this year”. Then I come across something and I’m like “Oh yeaahhhh, THIS is why I only read one of his a year”.

The protagonist, Bill Hodges, is a great character. A retired cop with nothing to do but watch tv and drink beer and fondle his gun [literally, not the euphemistic way] and wonder if he should blow his brains out.  Then he gets a letter from Mr Mercedes and suddenly, he’s got life again. He’s got a purpose, someone to hunt down.

I was all set for a mystery thriller.

Then we meet Mr Mercedes. Some geek named Brady Hartsfield. There went my idea of “Mr Mercedes” identity being part of the mystery. And my goodness, Brady is where I had my “Oh yeaaahhh” moment. The guy lives with his alcoholic mom and there is definitely incest going on.  It is bad enough that there are messed up people like this in the real world. But it is even worse, in my opinion, that someone else, namely King, can get inside their head and bring them to life on paper. I DO NOT want to know what goes on inside King’s head.

The chapters can be short and rather herky-jerky. I never felt whiplash’y but more thought about it because I was taking notes. Part of the 2+ pages was because some of those chapters were only a couple of paragraphs. It was pretty seamlessly woven together though.

There have also been several references to some of King’s other works. At first I was thinking it was cool, but then I sat back and thought about how’d I feel if it was another author doing this. I’d call another author doing this a self-serving douchebag. So depending on whether I’m feeling grumpy or not, King is cool or a douchebag. Take your pick!

This is shaping up to be a battle of wits between Brady and Hodges. I don’t see it ending happily for anyone and I’m wondering when the supernatural part will come into play. Is Brady going to be possessed? That is my guess.

To end. My goodness, King can write. He’s drawing me in, against my will and while I’m hating him, I’m also loving what he is doing. Now that is an artist’s touch.




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10 thoughts on “Mr Mercedes Buddy Read – 27%

  1. bookcupidity says:

    It’s cool. It’s pompous when you *think* millions of people have read your books so you layer in your work like winking Easter eggs, it’s cool when that’s actually the case 😉

    And – WHAT?! Incestuous relations with his mother ?! How the heck did I miss that!!

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Yeah, at some point fame transcendes douchebaggery I guess. I definitely see King having moved beyond that point.

      The whole mother/son thing was obliquely referenced when we meet his mother for the first time. When Brady comes home from work.

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  2. I don’t like it, when the culprit is revealed in thrillers. I’d rather read about some guy finding out ‘whodunit’ 😀 but I’d still give this one a try, because Stephen King 😀 at some point – if I don’t watch the show first.

    Wouldn’t be surprised about some incest – That sounds just like King.

    On another note.. I always enjoy a good spicy chai latte, yum! i got a pumpkin spice latte from starbucks the other day and it was very average. And today i got a mocha somewhere else & it was sour!! Yucky, I will stick to my own coffee for a while!!

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Yeah, I was expecting a mystery/thriller from King and to have the villain be revealed so early on changed my outlook on what kind of book this would be.

      I have to wonder just what shaped King’s mind for him to regularly include all the sick, twisted things he does.

      I don’t drink coffee or tea, of almost any variety, much any more. So whenever I do have one, it always tastes good because I don’t have something to compare it too. But a sour mocha? That is just wrong! I like my drinks sweet, very sweet…

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  3. There might not be any need for a supernatural element, because we humans can be pretty horrible on our own – another King book, Mercedes Clayborne, shows that quite well…
    Keep on reviewing! I’m curious… 🙂

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  4. hehe I get what you mean about it being cool or being a douchbag- I’d be willing to give most authors the benefit of the doubt though, as long as it didn’t interfere with the story 😉

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  5. I hear King does that often in his books… I’m not sure how I’d feel if he were to reference books I haven’t read though. Right now I have the impression I’d regret not having read his books in chronological order of release… But man, your praise for him is definitely nice to hear. While I do plan on trying out a lot more of his books, this definitely hyped me up. 😀

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Well, after this book I’m done with King. He’s always skirted the line for me and this book pushes him over. too much human nastiness for me to read as entertainment…


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