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63 out of 68 people found this review helpful.

Jennifer Wardrip - Personal Read

I picked up this book, not because I'm a Stephen King fan (although I am), but because it was part of the new Hard Case Crime division of Dorchester Publishing. I'll admit, the variety of authors they've collected to write for them is extensive, and THE COLORADO KID jus...
I picked up this book, not because I'm a Stephen King fan (although I am), but because it was part of the new Hard Case Crime division of Dorchester Publishing. I'll admit, the variety of authors they've collected to write for them is extensive, and THE COLORADO KID just happened to be the first one in the Hard Case group to make it to the top of my to-be-read pile.

I understand, after reading THE COLORADO KID, why so many people on here posted negative reviews. I understand, because just like the main characters in the story told me, a mystery with no resolution plain and simply pisses people off. People want a happy conclustion to a problem--whether it be why 9/11 happened, why oil prices are so high, why a young woman in Wisconsin was murdered, or how a man from Colorado went to work one morning and ended up dead on a little island off the coast of Maine only hours later.

Not KNOWING, not having Mr. King spell it out for us, angered many a reader of this book. Should it have? Maybe. But I actually felt like there WAS a resolution to this story--that being that not everything in life has such a tidy ending as we want our stories to have. Of all the people who end up dead in the US every year, how many do you think go unsolved as to cause of death, or in the case of murder, capturing a perpetrator? Life--this roller-coaster ride that we get onto daily and hang on to since our very lives depend on it--is not black and white, and it sure as heck doesn't offer us up tidy conclusions at the end of every day.

THE COLORADO KID is, quite simply, a character study of not knowing. We can get the facts, we can extrapolate what we believe happened based on those facts, but in the end, it's all a mystery.

Kudos to Mr. King for taking an idea, running with it, and showing that he just doesn't give a flying fig if we get it or not. This book left me with questions, yes, and I actually thank him for that. A book that makes you think and question will always be worth more than a book that doesn't.

posted by TeensReadToo on October 27, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

33 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

Unusual King

I got this because the TV show "Haven" is based on this story and I wanted to find out how it all started. How this became a tv show based on troubled people took a great deal of imagination. Most short stories have a beginning, a middle, and an end with resolution. Thi...
I got this because the TV show "Haven" is based on this story and I wanted to find out how it all started. How this became a tv show based on troubled people took a great deal of imagination. Most short stories have a beginning, a middle, and an end with resolution. This one has a beginning, a middle, but no real resolution except for no resolution. It's ok. It was worth the $1 I paid for it. But I certainly would not have paid more. The cover is misleading. My recommendation: Only read it if you are a hard-core King fan or like the TV show "Haven".

posted by shydragon on September 7, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2006

    The Colorado Kid

    Stephen King has written many interesting books during his career. His style of writing is very strange but interesting. This book review is about 'The Colorado Kid.' 'The Colorado Kid' is about two newspaper reporters who live on an island off the coast of Maine. A college intern comes to visit the two reporters to see what it is like to be a newspaper reporter. Stephanie, the intern, and the newspaper reporters investigate the death of a man while Stephanie is on the island. They have no idea who this man is nor how he died. As they discover clues about the man's death, the death becomes a murder and the murder becomes more and more bewildering. The person who died is a kid who they later find out is from Colorado. Stephanie is serious about her career as a reporter. Before they knew anything about the murder, she said, 'I wish I knew something about who this man is, but since I do not, it makes me very scared.' If Stephanie wants to become a newspaper reporter , she will have to be more brave. This book is filled with suspense, and I recommend this book to grades eight through high schoool because Stephen King's writing style is very hard to read. He writes in a slang term and he uses a lot of detail which makes the book more realistic. Becuase this book is a difficult book to read, I started off reading it slow then I started to catch on to the writing style, so I was able to read the book a little bit faster. Stephen King wrote this book with many interesting styles which other authors usually will not use. For example, he wrote the whole book in slang term which made it seem like people were actually talking to you in real life. I have read many suspense books and still, 'The Colorado Kid' is one of my top favorites. The difference between Stephen King and other authors is that Stephen King writes his books in slang term which makes his books all the more interesting. I have not read many books by Stephen King, but becuase I have read 'The Colorad Kid,' I will be reading more of Stephen King's fascinating literary works.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2005

    Life Can Indeed Be A Mystery

    It's been a while since I have read a Stephen King Novel (Dreamcatcher.) This one was particularly interesting in that it told a story about Reality¿despite being a fiction. It was sort of in line with The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon¿in that it was a simple little story that was very entertaining. It you are looking for a quick and fun read but interesting story that makes you think deeply¿get this book. When you finish the book, ponder the ending before you make a decision to love or hate the story. Mr. King¿s comments in the back of the book helps bring about the understanding if you are left ¿empty.¿

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2005

    Worth the read

    Well, this book certainly was not what I thought. It does do a good job of making the characters interesting. King's writing carries the reader through the book, which I doubt others writers would have been able to do. There is no beginning, no middle, and definitely no end. I think King was speaking about something a lot deeper than the story of the Colorodo Kid, but I could be wrong....As long as you accept that, you may just enjoy the book.

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