It's better than the new movie by quite a stretch. That's not saying much but still.
The book was OK for maybe the first half or so. Then it started to crap out. The end portion just felt kind of … cheap? Like he could have gone for something deep but went cheap instead. So disappointing.>>31268
My older sister was obsessed with him so I've read most of his stuff. His novels are so bloated. I refuse to believe he actually has an editor or any kind of oversight.
His short stories, though. They're usually anywhere between good and just fucking great. The beer-slime really stuck with me too, for some reason.