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Sunday, September 10, 2023

Stephen King's New Book.

I wasn’t familiar with Stephen King’s character Holly Gibney, so I asked ChatGPT to share with me about the King trilogy where she first appeared. Thought you might be interested. What do you know about King and Holly?

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Here’s what ChatGPT says about Holly, and below that the NYT interview of King that’s just out:


I can provide insights into what we learn about the character Holly Gibney in Stephen

King's Bill Hodges Trilogy, consisting of "Mr. Mercedes," "Finders Keepers," and "End of Watch."

Holly Gibney in "Mr. Mercedes": In the first book of the trilogy, Holly Gibney is introduced as a character with a range of peculiar traits. She is portrayed as highly intelligent but socially awkward and struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Holly works as an administrative assistant at a law firm, and her unique personality quirks are well-detailed. Throughout "Mr. Mercedes," we learn about her personal struggles, her difficulty in forming connections with others, and her brilliant analytical mind, which proves valuable in solving the case. Holly's character undergoes significant growth as she becomes more involved in the investigation alongside Bill Hodges and Jerome Robinson.

Holly Gibney in "Finders Keepers": Holly returns in the second installment of the trilogy. In "Finders Keepers," her character continues to evolve as she assists Bill Hodges and his team in a new case. Her intelligence and ability to decipher complex information remain central to the story. While her social awkwardness and OCD tendencies persist, readers also see her determination to overcome her fears and establish meaningful relationships with those around her. This book further explores her personal growth and development as a character.

Holly Gibney in "End of Watch": In the final book of the trilogy, "End of Watch," Holly Gibney plays a crucial role in the supernatural aspect of the story. Her character's strengths and vulnerabilities are tested as she faces a villain with psychic powers. Throughout the novel, Holly demonstrates immense bravery and resourcefulness as she joins forces with Bill Hodges once again. We witness her deepening connection with the other characters and her unwavering determination to confront the supernatural threat.

Overall, Holly Gibney's character undergoes significant development throughout the trilogy, evolving from a socially isolated and neurotic individual into a key member of the team, using her unique abilities to solve complex cases and face extraordinary challenges. Her character growth is a notable aspect of Stephen King's storytelling in this series.

Stephen King's new book, "Holly." This interview with him in the current NYT Book Review is worth listening, maybe more than once. King said some interesting things about AI, and so did the interviewer, just this one line makes it worthy, an iconic bench mark: "It's all email now."

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Check out this article from The New York Times. Because I'm a subscriber, you can read it through this gift link without a subscription.

Stephen King Explains Why He’s a Mystery Writer Not So Big on Mystery

The author discusses his new novel, “Holly,” his views on writing and life, and his own influence on younger generations. And we look at September books.

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