Pet Sematary Readalong Completed!

I finished Pet Sematary a few days ago which means Yay! I’ve completed the readalong! This was my first large-scale readalong, with hashtags on Twitter and Instagram and everything, and it was a whole lot of fun.

But probably the best part of the readalong was this little guy, a little cat-duck sent to me by Jill to be dressed in whatever gangster cat gear I wanted:

Gangstercat poses

Dylan and I had so much fun dressing this little guy up today! Dylan made the gun and the suit, while I made the hat and the tie. We used Crayola Model Magic, which worked quite well. We even googled 1940s gangster suits, hats and guns so we’d have a good idea what we were aiming for!

And now this little guy will sit in a place of honour on my desk, reminding me of the fun of joining in on the #gangstercats readalong.

gangstercat at home

And as for Pet Sematary itself? Definitely not my favourite King book. I enjoyed the first part—King writes those family with kids scenes so well, brings such life to them. And what happens to the Creed family is just gut-wrenching. But once we get to the part where we know what Louis is going to do, and we also know it’s not going to turn out well (not to mention, we’re screaming at him, “No! Don’t do it! Don’t do it!”), it started to feel (to me) more a matter of turning the pages in order to get to the end than anything else.

Compared to It, which I read back in February, Pet Sematary lacked that tightly wound tension that makes you hold your breath in anticipation … of what, you have no clue, but you know for sure it’s going to be good, whatever it is.

The ending was a nice touch, though. I liked the question it left in my mind: was Louis right? Was that really the reason why things went so terribly wrong? Was it in his power to right this one last particular wrong?

Despite the book not being my favourite King book, it was still a good read. And #gangstercats more than made up for the lack of oomph as the book neared its end.

Have you read Pet Sematary? Or seen the movie?

15 thoughts on “Pet Sematary Readalong Completed!

  1. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I saw the movie when I was 8 at a slumber party where someone thought it was the perfect movie to show to a bunch of 3rd graders. I don’t know if the mom didn’t really know what it was about or what but I had nightmares for MONTHS! I haven’t read the book or any King for that matter but I’m wanting to try something by him. This may not be the one to start with though. Love the duck! He looks adorable in his gangster suit.

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    1. Belle Wong Post author

      I don’t know what the mother of that sleepover you went to was thinking, Katherine – it’s definitely not a kids’ movie! If you’re wanting to try a King novel, I highly recommend 11/22/63. It’s my favourite out of all his novels, and it’s not a horror novel at all. It’s really beautifully written and I know I wasn’t able to put it down.

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    1. Belle Wong Post author

      No plot holes in the book. I don’t think the movie is one I’d want to watch, Alex!

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  2. Michelle

    Yay for #gangstercats!! I really enjoyed this one more than everyone else, I think. I was drawn to Louis and his struggles with parenthood as well as the slow unraveling of his mind. I also loved how open-ended it was. Usually King wraps up his stories neatly, but this one’s unanswered questions just blew my mind.

    I’m so glad you could join us. Are you going to be reading Misery with us in June?

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    1. Belle Wong Post author

      I really liked the ending, too. It could go so many different ways. And yes, I think I’ll read Misery with everyone in June!

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  3. Athira

    I so need and want to read a Stephen King book! Except for his book On Writing, I haven’t really read anything by him. I enjoy his writing so I know that despite the horror element, I will like his books.

    Love that gangster cat!

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    1. Belle Wong Post author

      My favourite book of hi is 11/22/63, which isn’t a horror novel at all. It’s a big book, but it’s well worth it if you want to dive into one of his books and you’re not up for the horror angle, Athira.

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      1. jilllora

        My favorite is Under the Dome, but 11/22/63 is a close second! Those two have my favorite characters. Louis left a bad taste in my mouth, in so many ways. I really wanted to like him, but he just kept taking wrong turns! I love your little gangster cat…you and Dylan did an awesome job! The modeling clay was a brilliant idea, and bonus points for full coverage. All I could manage was to tape on cut outs!

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    1. Belle Wong Post author

      I know she’s going to do The Wind-up Bird Chronicles starting April 15 – I’m up for that one! It will be my first full length Murakami. And a couple of people have mentioned a MIsery readalong in June.

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      1. jilllora

        Yes, we are still on for Wind Up Bird, although I might not get my act together by the 15th. But sometime before the end of the month and all of May so we can finish before the Misery people start up!

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