Let's break it down:
I found the plot for Part One rather slow. I plodded through some tension, read through the events that made me wonder what their significance was supposed to be, and generally hoped things would get moving.
The story starts out with a "Pet Sematary" where children have buried their pets for centuries. The main character senses something strange about his family's new home and the neighbors warn the family about the surrounding forest. A strong enough beginning . . . but then nothing happens for a while.
I expected the first death, and expected there to be consequences, but there were none immediately apparent. Just foreboding and foreshadowing, but nothing really happened to the main character or his family. Then it started to kick into gear, but that fizzled, too, until another plot twist--which I had kind of been waiting for.
Based on previous events, it was clear what the MC was going to do. Less clear were the horrible consequences and how the twisted logic was going to go.
There was no conclusion to the story. That's what really bothered me about the plot of Pet Sematary--there was no conclusion to events. People die, the MC gets worse, the situation deteriorates. And then the book ends. It was rather unsatisfying.
This was what I really wanted to get to. You can hardly go anywhere without seeing the name Stephen King, so I wanted to find out what made his writing so popular and if I would like it.
I found it . . . interesting. Interesting in the sense that it doesn't really strike me as spectacular. That's not to say it's bad writing, at all--it's effective (though I do think he could have cut down on Part One and consolidated things a bit). But there are writing styles I find much more attractive, so my thoughts on his writing are mostly *shrug*.
On the overall Horror-ness:
I don't read much Horror, so I can't really say how this compares. Several of the scenes in this one were disturbing--but they didn't give me nightmares or any of that sort. :P
I was a little disappointed in Pet Sematary, since there's all the hype around Stephen King's books. The plot was slow (predictable in places) and the writing didn't amaze me. I don't particularly recommend it, though it's not a terrible book or anything.
I do plan on reading The Stand, however, despite my thoughts on Pet Sematary, since that was the most popular book based on the number of comments it got in my previous post. (It's already in my library stack of TBR . . . and gosh, it's huge. I took out the Complete & Uncut edition, since that's the one they had.)
Have you read Pet Sematary? If so, what did you think of it?
-----The Golden Eagle