Fairy Tale by Stephen King

King is a great story teller. And his books are long.

Fairy Tale (2022) is twice as long as most novels. Too long, I’d say.

I really enjoyed the first half. But found it began to drag in the middle.

In fact, I would have been happier to stop reading at the halfway point.

The novel follows Charlie Reade, a 17-year-old who inherits a portal to a hidden, otherworldly realm, and finds himself leading the battle between forces of good vs evil.

A German Shepherd dog, named Radar, is important to the voyage — through a shed — to Empis, an unhappy land where Charlie befriends exiled members of the royal family.

If you like King’s books, you’ll like this one too.

It’s a scary, modern fairy tale with references to Robert E. Howard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, H.P. Lovecraft, and Ray Bradbury.

A film adaptation is already in the works.

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