RaveBangor Daily NewsOne of the most purely enjoyable experiences I’ve ever had reading was in 2006, when over the course of a few breathless months I read all seven books in Stephen King’s \'Dark Tower\' series. I was swept away by King’s thrillingly rendered fantastic worlds, full of creatures both terrifying and delightful, bursts of violence, humor and melodrama in equal measure, and an epic battle between good and evil that never seemed foregone as to the winner. I got that same feeling reading King’s latest novel, Fairy Tale ... A sweeping yet intimate story ... There are a few brief passages that draw attention away from the otherwise mesmerizing plot ... But those things are quickly forgotten as the scope of the story comes into focus ... I was left deeply satisfied by the entire book from start to finish.
PositiveBangor Daily NewsThe first, superior half of the novel follows Summers as he goes undercover as a novelist doing research for his newest book ... King writes beautifully about both the seemingly humdrum details of small town living, the seedier backwaters of America and of the idiosyncrasies of Summers, as compelling a main character as he’s ever written. The second half of the book segues into a more traditional action-packed, hyper-violent revenge stor, as Summers seeks to track down the crime bosses ... He’s conveniently paired with a love interest, Alice, a somewhat underwritten and overly sexualized female character who mostly serves as a springboard for Summers’ plans and schemes ... King’s latest is a refreshingly straightforward, often wildly entertaining and intricately plotted tale of revenge and redemption.