Cujo by Stephen King
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Cannonball Read IV: Cujo by Stephen King

By Alli | Book Reviews | September 25, 2012 | Comments ()


The storyline of Cujoby Stephen King didn't really grab me, which is why I never bothered to read it before now. But I happened upon it at the library and decided just to read it, I think I am getting close to having read all of King's books now, which is neat.

For anyone not familiar, Cujo is a tale of a rabid St. Bernard who terrorizes and brutalizes several people in, you guessed it, a small town in Maine. The B Plots include a tale of infidelity and revenge of a jilted lover, and a business plot about advertising as well as a mother who is concerned about the bad influences of her husband on her growing son. I was pleased that there was more to the book than just the dog part, but still this was not a favorite for me.

I did enjoy it overall, but the ending was a bit too much for me. There are some things that I can't really discuss due to not wanting to give away the ending, but I will say that one "happy" ending for two of the characters failed to address their implicit hand in some of the deaths that were caused by Cujo.

All in all, it was a passable read, but not one that I would recommend going out of your way to pick up. I have owned a copy of the movie for years, not sure if I really want to watch it, knowing what the ending will be, but maybe one day when I want to punish myself I will watch it.

For more of Alli's reviews, check out her blog, Alli's Cannonball Read.

This review is part of Cannonball Read IV. Read all about it.

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  • marya

    I enjoy reviews of horror books and movies, because I cannot, simply cannot, handle being scared. But I'm curious, you know? I love horror movie spoilers . I googled the ending of Blair Witch Project, that Nicole Kidman ghost thing, the one with the teenage girl at the lakehouse, the other teenage girl with the baby - all of those. I will certainly never read this book (I read the first 3 and final 8 pages of Salem's Lot and couldn't sleep that night).

    So keep the horror reviews coming, Alli. (and if you have any really good twist ending spoilers, email me!)

  • ZombieNurse

    I can't read this again because I'm too softhearted about the damn, rabid dog. I hate myself for that.

  • Rooks

    This is the only "horror/thriller"-book I was ever actually scared of. Scared. Too scared to read on and too scared to put it down. Until today I don't know why. I remember that it wasn't that brilliant at all, and yet I read it and it stayed with me.

  • Wissa

    The movie doesn't end like the book. Just so you know.

  • Snath

    This book has one of the most memorably descriptive phrases ever written. Something about some mayonnaise being the color and texture of bull semen. I didn't eat mayo for literally years after reading this as a kid.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    But the semen was all good right, Snath? Right?

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