The feeling of loss as the last page turns, only ever happens with one of Mr. Kings books. Having just read Insonnia, a book I must have missed the first time round, there it was again. Missing Ralph and Lois who took me with them on an amazing journey and the people of Derry in all their guises. I'm not sure if this happens to others and maybe I need to get a life, who knows. All I can say is, that for me, Mr. King weaves magic in every story and to read his books is an experience to be relished.
I read Insomnia and Rose Madder right next too each other, if memory serves which it usually doesn't, and found them both exceptionally strange but very enjoyable stories, and good examples of just how unusual sK's imagination can really be.
Yes, King has a way with creating characters that come to life and when the book ends it leaves a empty spot inside you. But, you can always go back and do a re-read, you'll get to spend some more time with those folks and probably pick up a couple or few new things that you missed the first time. Insomnia isn't one of my favorites (I just couldn't get over the fact that Ralph new modern music groups and songs) but it does tie into the dark Tower saga.
Insomnia was right up there with the top five,for me,sk reads..and loved the ralph and lois characters.No,you don't need to get a life,enjoying good writing is absolutely fine,kid..Ralph's end,and Lois saying goodbye,well,that was very evocative of life in general for us all.. great characters,and a much underrated book of sk's,in my estimation..