8 December, 2021

LitStaff Pick: The Books We Didn’t Want to End

The Eyes of the Dragon
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Good sign that you’ve just read an awesome book:

  1. You look around for someone to give it to just so you can emphatically say, “Read this book!”
  2. You throw together an impromptu book club just to talk about the book.
  3. Your unnamed (and possibly not-even-yet-conceived) child will no doubt have the same moniker as the main character.
  4. You just really don’t want it to end.

Number 4 on the list creates an ironic problem for a constant reader. On the one hand, you want to see how whatever you’re reading all works out, but on the other hand, once it works out, you’re left in tears on the last page just wanting more.

You’re pretty much screwed.

For the most part, I like finishing books. But every so often, one comes along that leaves me wanting more.

The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King is one of those books. In terms of King, it isn’t considered one of his “classics.” My friend, a serious King fan, hated the book. She isn’t alone. A lot of his die-hard followers didn’t like it. But me? I couldn’t put it down. There was magic in the story. The evil Flagg, the needle where Peter, the good king, was sentenced to stay, the dollhouse – every aspect of the story grabbed me and I seriously wanted to go live in the kingdom of Delain evil wizard notwithstanding.

In a lot of ways, it was a precursor to my Harry Potter fixation years later. Even the setup of the novel – the beautiful black and white drawings that illustrated parts of the chapters – reminds me of Potter. The pictures in The Eyes of the Dragon were almost as magical as the story. I was absolutely transported into the fairy tale. When the story ended, I looked for sequels. Flagg’s name shows up in other King novels, and in the Dark Tower series, but nothing brought me back to those moments when I was getting closer to the end of the book and just did not want to reach that last page.

I’m a Stephen King fan and yes, The Eyes of the Dragon is definitely not your typical Stephen King novel. It is a fairy tale. Probably for younger kids. But even though I might not have been the intended target audience for it, without a doubt it remains the one book that I have always wished would not have ended.

—Adina Ciment

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