Cujo by Stephen King: Book Review

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3.5 Stars

Do we all know the basic story of Cujo? Big, lovable St. Bernard gets rabies and goes on a rampage. That’s it. Sounds so simple, and it mostly is, but King can tell one heck of a story.

I read this without once closing it, in one 12-hour night shift, without even thinking about getting tired. In fact, I found myself idly wandering around the office, doing things that needed to be done, holding this book in one hand and working with the other. I seriously couldn’t put it down.

But it was a little weak. There was this little subplot where he tried to make the story supernatural. I thought it was silly and unnecessary. It was scarier for being something that I (in my complete ignorance of rabies) think could maybe happen, at least for a little while.

And can I go on record as saying that I hate the name Tadder? If Tad is too short for you, why not move on to Theo? Your kid will not thank you for Tadder when he’s being beaten up on the playground. I’m just glad I had finished this before my husband said, “How do you know he didn’t mean it to sound like tater?”

But the fact that almost all the “horror” elements take place in such a confined space with just three characters, one of whom is a St. Bernard, earns King huge points. This really should not have been a page turner, and yet it was. There is a reason the man is so popular.

Reviewed October 21, 2009


Friday Flashback Reviews are a weekly feature here on The Introverted Reader. These are old reviews I wrote on GoodReads. Thanks to Angieville and her Retro Friday Reviews for the inspiration and encouragement!

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