I AM Oz the Gweat and Tewwible!!! And I am here to present to you my review on Pet Sematary: A Novel by Stephen King!!!!
But before I get into the review, let me share you a quote I discovered that will sum the review up in one sentence!
I’ll always remember the last words of my grandfather, ‘A TRUCK!’ ~Emo Philips
Now for the extended variant of my review and what I thought about this freaking amazing piece of art!
About the Book
Title: Pet Sematary
Published: February 1, 2002
When Dr. Louis Creed takes a new job and moves his family to the idyllic rural town of Ludlow, Maine, this new beginning seems too good to be true. Despite Ludlow’s tranquility, an undercurrent of danger exists here. Those trucks on the road outside the Creed’s beautiful old home travel by just a little too quickly, for one thing…as is evidenced by the makeshift graveyard in the nearby woods where generations of children have buried their beloved pets. Then there are the warnings to Louis both real and from the depths of his nightmares that he should not venture beyond the borders of this little graveyard where another burial ground lures with seductive promises and ungodly temptations. A blood-chilling truth is hidden there—one more terrifying than death itself, and hideously more powerful. As Louis is about to discover for himself sometimes, dead is better…
So, how did Stephen King prove that the dead should be left alone?
I finished reading Pet Sematary last week because I wanted to compare the new movie to the book. I also wanted to get my book review up before I saw the film, so it wasn’t tarnished by what I thought after seeing the movie. I got the novel read, but I failed to hit my goal of getting my review up in time. Now, unfortunately, I can’t help but weigh the two against each other with each having influence on the other. I won’t do that here, but I can tell you if you have the chance to read the book versus watching the 2019 movie, read the book. Trust me, and you won’t be sorry.
What did I think of the book?
Let’s start with the storyline. It’s a messed up, twisted, ungodly plot! As I reflect on the story, I am trying to figure out a way not to give off spoilers. I apologize ahead of time if some slip out! I positively found Pet Sematary was eerie and delightful, both at the same time. The story kept me engaged, and I found myself turning the pages wanting to see what ghastly detail was going to unwind next. I’ve seen the previous movie from 1989 when I was a kid, and there were a few elements that were either a) not in the film, or b) I just exclusively forgot because it was so many ages ago. There were several moments in the book that I was left with a feeling of “Oh, no, that’s not going to be good” and a few of “What the f##k. This plot is messed up”. For instance, without letting the cat out of the bag, I forgot about Victor Pascow and his role in the book.
What a Lively Bunch
You couldn’t request for a better combination of characters. On one side of the street, you have the Crandall family. Old man Jud and old lady Norma. An old elderly couple, who were pleasant and welcoming when their new neighbours moved in across the road. Especially Jud, who happened to be my favourite character in the book. On the other side of the road, was the new family, The Creeds. Louis, Rachelle, Gage, Ellie, and their lovely (or not so lovely) little furball cat, Church.
All the personalities were protagonists. I suppose this makes the Pet Sematary the antagonist of the story.
They were all exceptional choices for the novel!
Stephen King wrote the scenes with such talent that each scene location had its vibe.
For example, you get the impression that when Louis and Jud are sitting on the porch drinking beer that it’s a down-home country feeling where you are sitting around enjoying some relaxing chit chat or making comments as the traffic went by.
The graveyard with all of its weird little grave markings has a weird, eerie feeling.
The campus hospital has a chaotic feeling and built an impression in my mind of a beehive or anthill with everyone going this way and that.
Anyways, you get the idea. The scenes had a feeling and added enormously to the novel.
Here is where the review changes from when I first finished reading the book and after I saw the movie. I initially thought that there was too much thinking in the book. Louis was thinking about this and that and explanations of backstory going through his head pretty much all the time.
After I saw the film, I have traded my view of the book from thinking that there were too many extras to appreciating that the details were there. I found myself after the movie explaining in more detail to my friend what happens in the book and why it was better than the movie.
Conclusion and Recommendation
I recommend this book. It’s great! If you have the choice to watch the 100-minute movie or read the 395-page book, I suggest you read the book.
Check out the book before you see the move! The differences are pretty wild! If you don’t have the book yet, you can pick up a copy of it here: Pet Sematary by Stephen King