My rating: 4 of 5 stars
There were scenes from the movie that I was really excited about reading, and was a bit disappointed to find they weren’t in the book. Also, I actually think the movie ending was better.
What were my takeaways from reading this book: Literary allusions help characters feel more real, and they make the story more full and thought provoking. To create an effective allusion it helps to be well-read, which Stephen obviously is.
Magical abilities don’t need to be explained, per se, though it helps if the main characters postulate theories on how the abilities manifested themselves.
Details about sights and smells really help place the reader in the book. This isn’t required for every scene, and should align with your chapter’s pacing.
Finally, suspense, however small, keeps reader’s attentions.