Book Reviews

Review: Elevation by Stephen King

This digital version cover of the book is nice, but not quite as nice as the paperback version which has a foil cover to give it that reflective, shiny look.


( Extracted from Amazon )

Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, he’s been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn’t want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis.

In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of many of King’s most iconic stories, Scott is engaged in a low grade—but escalating—battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice. Both are trying to launch a new restaurant, but the people of Castle Rock want no part of a gay married couple, and the place is in trouble. When Scott finally understands the prejudices they face—including his own—he tries to help. Unlikely alliances, the annual foot race, and the mystery of Scott’s affliction bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.


Reading Stephen King’s Elevation at first was not my cup of tea. I put the book down after reading a couple of pages at first, and it wasn’t because my ADD was kicking in – not a good sign. Then it became a little more tasteful as I read further, but not what I expected at all. I’ve read another short story / novella by Stephen King – The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon ( EDIT: I looked it up and the story mentioned is NOT a novella or short story, it’s a full length novel ) I liked the latter story better.

Was the writing in this book well written, tastefully thought out and a good story overall? Yes. Was it a book that I was excited to pick back up and finish reading after the last time I closed the pages? Sadly, no. The affliction of the main character was interesting and supernatural, but it wasn’t intriguing enough for me personally to make it matter what happened next. I feel like the story is catered toward older people or possibly people with a an age handicap or simply some other kind of handicap that keeps them from doing what the main character did in the story, although I’m not sure these people would want the end result, haha.

In any case, Stephen King does continue to do what he does best, blend normal every day human stuff with the supernatural in a well thought out and structured manner.


Stephen King’s Elevation was worth the read and I did like the book, but it just didn’t give the edge or stunning power I like. There were no hidden gems of insight or information that tickles my fancy for different perspectives or tidbits of new information. I give this book a ★★★☆☆ 3 out of 5 star rating.

Guys, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley

By S.D. McKinley

S.D. McKinley lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. He was born in the first half of the 1980's and grew up in Wisconsin as a young boy, then moved to Georgia when he turned exactly twelve years old. During teenage years, he raced dirt track go karts and played guitar. He discovered his current love for all kinds of art after his mid-life crisis at 25 years old. S.D. McKinley began writing books in 2017.

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