A while back I decided I would go through the short stories in Skeleton Crew and post a review for each as part of my Short Read Sunday post. I got through a couple and then totally neglected to carry it on. So I decided to revisit it and start reading those stories and reviewing them again. A strange side note, my review for ‘The Reach’ is my most popular post to date, I genuinely think I am doing school kids’ homework for them considering the search terms used to find my review are blatantly essay questions. It’s a nice feeling to think that I might be helping kids with their homework haha
My other reviews from Skeleton Crew so far:
Author: Stephen King
Anthology: Skeleton Crew
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Skeleton Crew Publication Date: 22/03/2010
My Chose Format: Kindle
My Rating of ‘Here There Be Tygers’: 1 out of 5
Although it is only six pages (according to Goodreads, I can’t confirm as kindle pages differ slightly) they were easily some of the worst six pages I had ever read.
Not a fan of the constant use of brackets or the capitalisation of words to show when a character is angry/shouting. Obviously it was written back in the 1960s (I think), maybe ways of doing things were quite different back then.
King’s character building is evident but the bizarre nature of the story and how un-enjoyable I found it just took away from any positives I may ordinarily have gleamed.
The whole story is an annoying kid going to the bathroom (which he insists on calling the basement. This could be due to some sort of language used at home, but this is in no way mentioned) at school and, when he gets there, he finds a tiger in there. A tiger. Just chilling out under the urinals.
I honestly can’t believe I wasted so many words reviewing this story. I don’t often give out 1 stars on my blog and I never thought Stephen King would get one from me … but there we go.