A notice to those who feel that Stephen King has lost his magic touch: Desperation
is the genuine goods. The ensemble cast of ordinary Americans thrown
together by chance, including a disgruntled alcoholic writer and a
child who is wise beyond his years, may be a bit too familiar. But the
nearly deserted Nevada mining town with an enormous haunted mine pit
and an abandoned movie theatre where the survivors hang out makes for a
striking battleground, and the grisly action rarely flags.
Best of all,
though, are the characters of Tak, the ancient body-hopping evil who
emerges from the mine, and of "God"--whom the New York Times describes as "the edgiest creation in Desperation.
Remote, isolated, ironic, shrouded behind disguises, perhaps 'another
legendary shadow,' this deity forms a sly foil, and an icy mirror, to