Stephen King's new Trilogy - Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers, and End of Watch (out June 7)

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  1. laxjoe

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    He debuted this trilogy last year with Mr. Mercedes and has now followed up with Finders Keepers. Since Mr. Mercedes was a staple on the NYT Best Sellers list last year, and Finders Keepers just debuted at #1, I can't be the only one here who read this.

    I started Mr. Mercedes last Friday and finished on Tuesday of this week (I'm on a bit of a reading kick right now, which is fun). But the point is, it was a very addictive and enjoyable novel. If you haven't read it and are looking for a new book to start, I'd definitely suggest Mr. Mercedes. I'm starting Finders Keepers this weekend.

    If you have read it, then come on in and lets discuss
     
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  2. TheGrifter

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    I really enjoyed Mr. Mercedes, and I am excited to start the next book in the series.

    King has been hitting pretty positively for me with most of his last works. I have the same issue most have with him, and that's the fact he is just flat out terrible at concluding his books. With that said, Under the Dome was probably the last book I really walked away from dissatisfied. Revival was depressing, but I appreciate the risk he took with it and the ending did work for the most part. Thoroughly enjoyed 11/22/63 and Dr. Sleep.

    I'll probably buy Finders Keepers tonight and read it this weekend.

    I'd suggest everything from Mr. Mercedes can be brought up without spoilers, but everything from Finders Keepers stays in spoilers for at least a couple weeks?
     
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  3. The Blackfish

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    I started listening to Mr. Mercedes on audible while in the car with my wife. We have gotten away from it. I'm going to see if she is still interested in finishing it, and if not just finish it myself. I've been enjoying it, but we only got about 1/4th of the way through it.
     
  4. TheGrifter

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    I'm a little over halfway through. Like most King books, it's a very quick read.

    Kind of a slow burn with a lot of character and situational development to start, but definitely starting to pick up. I'm enjoying it, but probably a little less than Mr. Mercedes at this point in the respective stories.
     
  5. TheGrifter

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    Finished it. I'd probably give it a 3.5/5. Not a bad book, by any means, but it definitely has the feel of a book 2 in a trilogy really bridging the gap between 1 and 3. I think the final book is going to be fantastic.
     
  6. laxjoe

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    didn't get to start it until yesterday, but I just finished it. I enjoyed it (probably 4 out of 5). am very excited for the third book
     
  7. laxjoe

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    i understood and appreciated what he was doing with the first 150ish pages focusing on Morris and Pete with no sign of hodges, holly and jerome. but i thought it definitely picked up when they came back. i definitely like hatsfield more than i did morris as a villain. like you said, i think the 3rd book is going to be fantastic
     
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  8. TheGrifter

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    I agree with the first 150 pages. King likes to do that when he drops new characters into an established storyline.

    Like you, Morris just didn't hook me as a villain like Hartsfield did in Mr. Mercedes. I liked Pete, but not as greatly as many of King's young male protagonists. He just can't compare to characters like Jake Chambers, Jack Sawyer, and any of the young Gunslingers in Wizard and Glass.

    I'm pleased it seems like the third novel is going to have more of a supernatural element that the previous two. Honestly, a telekinetic Brady Hartsfield against Hodges and crew has all the makings of a fantastic conclusion to this series.
     
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  9. Codename Duchess

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    Had no idea King was doing a trilogy with these characters. I agree with the those that said FK wasn't as good as MM but still a good read. I'm ready for Part 3. 2016 release for that?
     
  10. laxjoe

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    believe so
     
  11. LKRFN88jp

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    Started it a couple days ago, bout 50% done with the first book. Really enjoying it. Love that we're going back and forth between the antagonist and protagonist. Makes for a fun/interesting read.
     
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  12. LKRFN88jp

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    So I'm 28% in on Finders Keepers with 30 minutes left in a chapter I just started that is flashing back to 79-14. I'm about to get 35%+ into this thing with none of the returning characters from Mr. Mercedes (sans Mercedes himself in a brief appearance when he ran people over that time). Ballsy move by King and one I didn't love that much right away.

    Now though? I'm all in. Creating some great characters. That said, I'm excited to see how this will tie into what will happen with Bill and the crew. Good stuff so far though.
     
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  13. The Blackfish

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    Bill Hodges 2: Where is Bill Hodges?
     
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    And of course I got to 35% last night and the next chapter was going to be on him. Went to bed because it was late, but I'm excited to get back to it tonight.
     
  15. Arkie Proud

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    Mr. Mercedes was really good. Finders Keepers was a notch below, IMHO. Looking forward to book three.
     
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  16. LKRFN88jp

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    So because of The Stand, I stopped reading Finders Keepers for a bit. Just finished it tonight after picking it up again a week ago. Big fan. I think I might have liked it more than Mr. Mercedes tbh.
    While I would agree on the Morris not being as good of a villain, Peter was a really interesting character to me. And I thought the story with him and the books was really good. Definitely weird that so much of the book didn't involve Hodges and crew but I thought that paid off as the book went on.

    Also, supernatural stuff in the final book of the trilogy has me really fascinated to see what happens.
    Mr. Mercedes - 7.5/10
    Finders Keepers - 8/10
     
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  17. TheGrifter

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    I think most of us who have read the first two expect King to deliver a great concluding novel to the trilogy.

    In my opinion, the quality of his novels significantly dropped after his accident, but he's come back strong with works like 11/22/63, Doctor Sleep, Revival (very dark, but I enjoyed it), and this series.
     
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  18. The Blackfish

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    Finished Finders Keepers

    3.5/5

    I enjoyed it, fast fun read, but didn't quite hook me as much as Mr. Mercedes. I agree with everyone else, Morris just wasn't the villain that Brady was. I really was caught off guard with the addition of the supernatural at the very end of the book. I thought the whole trilogy would be set in the normal world. Not sure how I feel about the first two books being 100% normal, 99.9% normal and then introducing a third book which will seemingly have at least a minor focus on supernatural abilities. We'll see how it turns out. I'm excited for the 3rd book (1 month 3 days away)
     
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  19. Codename Duchess

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    First book is being developed into a TV series. I assume the other two books will be additional seasons if the first season is successful.

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/mr-mercedes-series-starring-brendan-897416
     
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  20. laxjoe

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    Final book is out next week already. Cool
     
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  21. Arkie Proud

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    Will be copping.
     
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  22. TheGrifter

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    I cannot wait for this book.

    Like I said earlier, I thought the first was fantastic, and, while the second was very good, it felt more like a setup for this novel.

    Along with most readers, my main complaint with King was how he really struggled to conclude his novels/series in a satisfying way. Honestly, a problem that really only seemed to emerge after his accident, for whatever reason.

    With that said, I've been really pleased with that aspect of his most recent books. I really hope the trend continues.
     
  23. Arkie Proud

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    The Stand released in 1978.
    Accident happened in 1999.
    Does not compute.
     
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  24. TheGrifter

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    Just downloaded it.

    I'm pretty excited.
     
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  25. LKRFN88jp

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    Got it today as well. Have a book to read before it but then I'll get to it. Looking forward to discussing it itt.
     
  26. Rebelution

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    Just started it, been looking forward to this one.
     
  27. Arkie Proud

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    Me, too. Will start tonight.
     
  28. Arkie Proud

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    Finished it today.

    Really good, IMHO. For me, they go 1,3,2. King nailed the ending, which has been his Achilles's Heel. I'm glad it was all wrapped up and doesn't leave room for a sequel or anything. That's refreshing.

    Like someone stated earlier, I wasn't to keen on book three delving into the stereotypical King supernatural realm. Still not sure I was 100% behind it, but King made it work as best he could. And it was fine. Quick read, good character development, good story. 853/1000
     
  29. LKRFN88jp

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    I'm about 55-60% in and don't have a lot to say yet other than I'm enjoying it but I think it's a step down from the first two. Super busy over the next few days into next week so I'm hoping to find some time to be able to finish it next week.
    The way Brady has taken control of people is interesting but I'm not super all in on that because the first two were so grounded in reality. That said, him doing so via an old video game is a nice twist on the idea. Interested in Brady's end game besides killing everyone.
     
  30. TheGrifter

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    Agree with everything.

    I think the first book is the best in the trilogy by a long shot. The other two are good, but not on the level of Book 1.
     
  31. LKRFN88jp

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    Also finished
    I liked it but I not as much as you. I thought the ending was really good. I'm honestly kinda happy that Hodges died. Didn't want to finish the book knowing he had like tow months left. The closure with everyone was really good.

    But it was missing something in the middle portion that put it just below the level of the other two books. Maybe it was that Brady was the villain again. Idk. Still happy with the ending but I thought the book could have been a tad better. 7/10.
     
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  33. The Blackfish

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    I'll type some when I get a chance
     
  34. The Blackfish

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    7.5 / 10

    Rambling thoughts spoilered

    I really enjoyed it. I too did not know what to think about the supernatural element introduced at the very end of Finders Keepers but like Arkie Proud said, I think King made it work. I think my favorite thing was delving into the issue of suicide. He built it up well in Mr. Mercedes and really dove deep into it in this book. Brady was such a great villain, I was glad he was back and more powerful. I thought the fish thing was a little weird, but it worked and I could understand how that would be hypnotizing and it makes sense that it would be easier for Brady to overtake a hypnotized person.

    I also like the setup of the text notification sound early in the novel.

    Overall series thoughts, I really enjoyed the trilogy even though its not really what I usually read (would not have read if it wasn't King or a book club book.) I thought Bill, Brady and Pete were really good characters. Morris was alright. I felt like Jerome was never as fleshed out as much as the others... However, best character for me was Holly. I really enjoyed parts with her in it. I think King did a great job of developing and growing her character across the three novels. I thought her running out on Bill's funeral like she did at the funeral where they first met was great. "He found me. He FOUND me." great, bittersweet ending.

    1a. Mr. Mercedes
    1b. End of Watch
    2. Finders Keepers
     
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  35. The Blackfish

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    Also i kept singing

    "By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
    you and me, you and me, oh how happy we'll be"

    in the creepy voice that Will Patton did in the audiobook and my wife thought I was crazy.
     
  36. laxjoe

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    Didn't even know they made this info a TV show

     
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  37. TheGrifter

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    Just came to post that trailer.

    Not really sure how I feel about it.
     
  38. TheGrifter

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    Show premieres tonight at 8pm EST.

    Sitting at 80% positive on Rotten Tomatoes.
     
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  40. TheGrifter

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    Audience Network.

    I downloaded the torrance and I'm watching it right now.
     
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    Let me know if it's any good.
     
  42. TheGrifter

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    I really enjoyed it.

    I'll definitely be checking out the rest of the series.
     
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  43. laxjoe

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    Nm don't want to spoil anything
     
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  44. TheGrifter

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    Season 2 of the series premieres August 22nd.

     
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    Started Mr. Mercedes today
     
  46. Doc Louis

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    Reading through 3 now,
    kind of wishing the first two ladies who get killed, the one who was thinking about taking accounting class or whatever, that she was getting taken for money by Brady via microtransactions in the apps.