Our Book of the Month for November is CUJO by Stephen King.
Short Synopsis : A big, friendly dog chases a rabbit into a hidden underground cave--and stirs a sleeping evil crueler than death itself. A terrified four-year-old boy sees his bedroom closet door swing open untouched by human hands, and screams at the unholy red eyes gleaming in the darkness. The little Maine town of Castle Rock is about to be invaded by the most hideous menace ever to savage the flesh and devour the mind.
Our very own lovely ms. summer will be more than happy to handle the discussions for this month's read. So what are you waiting for get your copies ready and prepare yourself to be terrified! MWUAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! --> courtesy of ms. summer (lol!)
Thanks for making the thread and the introduction, Ms. Laila!
I've read the first chapter of the book, and it's great! Simula pa lang matatakot ka na! At first I thought Cujo is just about a rabid dog that kills people, but I was wrong. The monster in this story is something (or someone) far more cruel and sinister. Unfortunately, the only person who can see it is a boy who doesn't really understand what he sees and whose parents don't believe what he says. Nakakaawa siya!
I love how King described the monster in the closet. Sa totoo lang hindi ako maka-relate sa mga batang takot sa monster in the closet (it seems like a Western thing) kasi noong bata ako, ang kinatatakutan ko lang ay mga ipis (lalo na yung lumilipad) at yung "mumu" na kakain sa akin kapag nagpasaway ako. As long as mabait ako at inuubos ang lahat ng pagkain sa pinggan, wala naman raw mangyayaring masama sa akin, sabi ng nanay ko. Pero as I read how Tad (the boy) saw the monster, and how the monster tormented the boy (may pagka-sadista yung monster. It likes to take its time), kahit ako natakot na rin. Paano ka makakatulog kung may kasama kang ganyan sa kwarto?
@MissRed: Sana mawala yung headache mo Ano kadalasan ang ginagawa mo to relieve headaches? Kadalasan naga-advil ako, pero may side-effects ata yun. Maybe a massage could help? Tense shoulder muscles could trigger headaches
Sino ang nagsimula na ring magbasa ng libro? May naghahanap ba ng copy? Nagbabasa ako ngaun sa isang website, but I'm also looking for a hardcopy in secondhand book shops
Haha, ang cute ng name ng stuffed toy! (pics naman!) XD My friends and I have been busy donating stuff and volunteering this weekend. Yung ibang packaging areas pala, maraming relief goods pero kulang ng mga taong magpa-pack ng mga ito. Anyway, the government has recently launched the web portal FAiTH so that the public can also keep track of foreign aid being given to the Philippines. Hay salamat, para naman hindi ma-Napoles ang bilyon-bilyon na pera na yun!
Kaya natin, to! We can take our time with Cujo. Some things are more important, and tragedy in real life is more terrible than a fictional monster
@ms summer...my stuff toy Odie as in yung Odie the dog in Garfield the cat! lol!
"Some things are more important, and tragedy in real life is more terrible than a fictional monster" ~ ms summer...true dat! and glad there is a website for public transparency on the international aids
I have started a few chapters in with Cujo...i'm curious what it really means for a gentl giant dog like a st bernard. he sounds quite a personality! and i hate to imagine that something evil will corrupt him later on. Poor little Tad is being tormented in the dark in his own bedroom...seriously that is very as you put it ms summer truly sadistic. Whispering those evil thoughts to a little kid is just so wrong!!! *clutching my Odie tight to my chest and taking a slight glance to my own closet* this book is making me paranoid already O_o
But really i can relate to Tad in a way i have experienced a wild imagination in my youth after watching a movie "ALIVE", i kept imagining there is a killer baby crawling out under my bed. It gave me a few really bad nights and reading this made me remember those nights!
"The monster never dies." ~ well i really don't like the sound of that Mr. King..i really don't!
I will update again tomorrow when i read another 20 something pages.
update..i have read twenty more pages...and most of the characters have very unhappy unsatisfying lives...ugh! Gary who doesn't give a lot of sh*t and Donna Trent the lonely housewife and Charity Camber who is trapped with an abusive husband. I am dreading for Cujo who is not feeling well already. Something bad is bound to happen
@ms summer...Mr. King's writing takes time to getting used to but is he always that descriptive with his characters? They are not all likable to me but he really took time to give each of them a very specific voice. And the discussion about cereal commercials/ADs ...i was kinda lost in that part. Do i really wanna know about Vic and Roger's work dilemma in depth and the history behind it? not really but i hope it will matter later on as the story progresses. Otherwise i'm stump. Sorry obviously i am no fan of S.K. yet.
Will try to update again tomorrow here after i finished another few pages.
my latest update...i was able to read a 40 more pages last night but my internet connection acted up again and so i will update my thoughts on it now...so Cujo is seriously sounding getting bad and dangerous and the residents of Castle Rock are not getting any better. Vic and Donna are having marital problems and I can actually sympathize with Donna's character in this situation it was wrong what she did but she is human. Then there is Charity who had her moment of bravery and I hope in the end it was all worth it and that her sexist husband will not take his permission back. But i hate him i don't mind Cujo taking a huge bite out of him! and Steve Kemp is a loser in my opinion. I love the idea of the Monster Words for Tad made by his dad Vic.
hala, stuck pa rin ako sa 1st chapter. nag-aadjust pa rin kasi ako sa bagong place + pest control at nasira laptop ko (using the internet at work to post this tuloy) hahaha! but I'm glad mas lalong nagiging exciting ang story! MUAHAHAHA
i am now currently 43% into the book and Cujo is now officially rabid and mowed down two characters that i actually do not like very very much...this is getting intense though. i am beginning to feel the signature terror of S.K. that usually are too weird for me to comprehend. I don't know whether to be in awe of his talent or eat his brain...lol! i may be coming down with the same symptoms as with Cujo.
Will somebody else share their thoughts on this? i wanna know what's your perspective on this so far.