Later occupies that weird space that many Stephen King novels do, somewhere between good and simply “okay”. The prose, as always, is so readable that I finished this book in a couple sittings. That said, I don’t have much to say about the plot. The cynical part of me sees the pieces that were taken from other things: The Sixth Sense and IT. I do love King’s multiverse, though, so I actually enjoyed the supernatural antagonist. My biggest issue with Later is that it really isn’t all that interesting, scary, or disturbing. In fact, the most disturbing part of the whole thing is the big and unnecessary reveal at the end. Despite these flaws, I still mostly enjoyed Later… and that says something about King’s talent in his craft.


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