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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Stephen King - Insomnia

The way this happened was like something out of another Stephen King book - "Needful Things", or perhaps "Rose Madder"

It was as if the book chose her.

I was walking past an op-shop when something big and white caught my eye. In the days preceding this I had wanted to find a Stephen King book to read, as I had finished "The Dead Zone" in under four days. I first read "Insomnia" ages ago and it was one of my favourites. It has been enough time that I have forgotten the details of the book although I do remember some of the story.

The book peered out at me from the front window of the op-shop. It seemed to be whispering "Buy me. Buy me." I found that I couldn't walk past the shop, even though I was in a hurry.

So I did the only thing I could do, I walked inside. The shop smelt of dust and mothballs. I asked the man "how much for the Stephen King book in the window?" He escorted me to the display and pointed at a bronze cup.

"This one?"

I was perplexed. I was sure I said 'book', what was he playing at?

Then he pointed at a set of handkerchiefs.

"This one?"

"No, this one." I put my hand on the book.

He tapped his hand on a set of glassware.


"No, this." I kept showing him the book but it was like he couldn't see it. I thought perhaps his eyesight wasn't good.

"This one?" he put his hand on a stuffed toy.

Either that or he was having a lend of me.

"This one." I tapped the huge, hardback white book in the window for the last time. He finally got it.

"How much is it?" I asked, knowing full well I would pay whatever he said just to get out of there.

"Three dollars."

"I'll take it."

The book is amazing, very compelling and fast paced.

The irony is the title: Insomnia. When I read it last night I fell asleep immediately!

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  1. great shopping adventures. I was wondering if you knew about Melbourne's collaborative op shopping blog 'I op therefore I am'


    there are links there to maps and addresses of Melbourne's op shops. let me know if you are interested in joining.

    regards, Amelia

  2. ironic.

    anyhow.. i added you up already in my Espresso Break/Coffee Milk blog. all the best!

  3. Ooh, looks like Insomnia will keep you up at night for a while! I'm a huge Stephen King fan, but I don't think I read that one when it first came out.

    Nice to see my Bay Head Blog on your EntreCard widget tonight...thanks for letting me "advertise" with you.


  4. Buying a good book is my favorite thing to buy! Along with pretty much everything else... I'll have to get Insomnia next time!

    They Mystery Maiden
    Shot In The Dark Mysteries.com

  5. espresso - thanks for adding me on your blog :-)

    Roxy - It's a great read and you're welcome!

    mystery maiden - I think books are my favourite things to buy also! :-)

  6. amelia - very interesting! I will check this out :-)

  7. Insomnia is one of my favorite books of all time.


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