The Anticipation is Killing Me, Part 2

Mr. Mercedes
Look at it. Just LOOK at it. Doesn’t quite weigh-in as a chunkster at just 448 pages but I am going to be all over this one as soon as it comes out. The projected release date is June 3rd. Mark your calendars!

Here’s a tiny blurb about the book:

In the gloomy pre-dawn hours of a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of unemployed hopefuls are lined up for a job fair. Without warning, a merciless driver plows through the crowd in a roaring Mercedes. Eight people are killed; 15 are wounded. The killer escapes into the early-spring fog never to be seen from again. Until now… (

Sounds a little different from his typical fare but I will be drinking the water, for sure.

Stephen King

He has another book coming out in November titled, Revival. The cover for that one has not been released yet, but here’s a little bit about the story:

A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of 13, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.

This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written. It’s a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe. (

This one sounds a lot more like what I’ve come to expect from King, but the topic never really matters because the story telling is always top-notch.

I love that he has one coming out right before summer and then one coming out right before the holidays. All, GREAT times to read, if you ask me.

What books are you looking forward to?

19 thoughts on “The Anticipation is Killing Me, Part 2”

    1. His earlier books were all short. Cujo, Salem’s Lot, etc. 

      Did you know that they are remaking IT? The movie?


    1. He has TWO books coming this year! I only had the cover for one but Revival is also due out this year. June and November will be good months. 

      And IT? I hope they do it justice. I did not care for the TV version. 


  1. LOL!! You crack me up. I suspected that these were the other two you alluded to in your Murakami post! Reminds me that I still need to read Dr. Sleep!

    1. Yep. There were the two. Hey, they are remaking IT. Can’t wait to see the clown this time around. 


  2. The director remaking IT is Cary Fukunaga and he’s known for gorgeous visuals in his films (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre). His projects always look well made. As for books…I am very excited about both of these new King books. I’m also looking forward to A Dark and Twisted Tide by SJ Bolton and The Julian Chapter by R.J. Palacio.

  3. Um, did I miss it? Where’s the link to part 1. I cannot read a post title PART 2 without wondering and checking if I ever read PART 1.

  4. This one sounds especially good to me. Stevie is still cranking them out at a decent pace.

    1. I think some of his books were started years ago, that he dusts off, revisits and then releases but I am okay with that. 


  5. I love the sound of the first one! I love the way you love him!

    I love life…sorry…getting carried away!lol…

  6. Oh. Em. Gee. How did I miss the fact that he has TWO books releasing this year?!? Now I’m even more excited and cannot wait to read either of them!

    1. Yep! Two books and I love how one will be out for all of our summer vacations and how the other will be out for our Thanksgiving break. How thoughtful!

  7. Excited!! Can’t wait! I haven’t read all of his books. My faves so far are 11/22/63 and It. Didn’t care much though for The a Shining, Salem’s Lot and The Dead zone. which other ones you recommend?

    1. I loved IT. I also loved Duma Key. The Stand is great too. I loved many of them but those are the ones that stuck with me. 


  8. I can’t wait to read both of these!!

    The other book that I am really excited for is the final book in Deborah Harkness’s trilogy. I think it comes out in July, but I can’t remember the exact name at the moment.

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