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Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Langdon
Baby Angels by Jane Cowen-Fletcher
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Behaving Like Adults by Anna Maxted
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
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Dinosaurs' Halloween by Liza Donnelly
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The Earth by Émile Zola
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Geology by Frank Rhodes
Get Off the Unicorn by Anne McCaffrey
The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender
The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend
Kings of Albion by Julian Rathbone
The Langoliers by Stephen King
The Library Policeman by Stephen King
Lost and Found by Eliabeth Hess
Lying Awake by Mark Salzman
A Man in a Kilt by Sandy Blair
Morgan's Passing by Anne Tyler
The Player by Michael Tolkin
Secret Window, Secret Garden by Stephen King
Sunday's Child by Edward O. Phillips
A Toad for Tuesday by Russell E. Erickson
Trucks by Byron Barton
(Un)Arranged Marriage by Bali Rai
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Well Baby
Zero and a Half

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
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2 stars: OK
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Comments for Library Policeman

Four Past MidnightThe Library Policeman: 03/24/07

Four Past Midnight contains four novellas by Stephen King. For the purpose of my book count, I'm counting each novella as a separate "book" and I'll be posting a separate review for each one.

"The Library Policeman" is the third novella. Librarians are evil. Libraries are too dark and too quiet. Overdue book fines are inherently scary. What Sam doesn't realize is just how bad things can get if he loses a pair of books.

The story of the evil she-devil librarian and her henchman the Library Policeman had its moments but it didn't hold my attention as well as the previous two novellas did.

Near the end of the story there is a lengthy flashback told in first person from one of the locals whose life had been ruined by Adelia the librarian. It was during his monologue that I had to struggle to pay attention. There was just too much info dumping. King usually distributes the back story better or saves it for a tight explanation at the end. As "The Library Policeman" is more of a "monster of the week" type story, the ending is reserved for the great showdown between the protagonist and the librarian.

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