Search Results: "Stephen King"


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THE DARK TOWER by Stephen King
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 4, 1997

"This will be The Ring Cycle on top of The Lord of the Rings."
After a five-year lapse, King's gargantuan cowboy romance about Roland of Gilead (the Gunslinger) hits volume four, with three more planned. Read full book review >

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CARRIE by Stephen King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 8, 1974

"But as they still say around here, 'Sit a spell and collect yourself.'"
Figuratively and literally shattering moments of hoRRRRRipilication in Chamberlain, Maine where stones fly from the sky rather than from the hands of the villagers (as they did in "The Lottery," although the latter are equal to other forms of persecution). Read full book review >

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END OF WATCH by Stephen King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"Gleefully gross. And a few of the principals even outlive the tale, meaning there's hope for a sequel, assuming King wants to play with the definition of trilogy, too...."
You know it's a politicized time when the bad guy in a King novel loses points not strictly for being evil but for "living like Donald Trump." Read full book review >

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FIRESTARTER by Stephen King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 29, 1980

"The built-in readership will not be disappointed."
An improvement over The Dead Zone, with King returning to his most tried-and-true blueprint. Read full book review >

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PET SEMATARY by Stephen King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 4, 1983

"Filled out with overdone family melodrama (the feud between Louis and his father-in-law) and repetitious inner monologues: a broody horror tale that's strong on dark, depressing chills, weak on suspense or surprise—and not likely to please the fans of King's zestier, livelier terror-thons."
This novel began as a reworking of W.W. Jacobs' horror classic "The Monkey's Paw"—a short story about the dreadful outcome when a father wishes for his dead son's resurrection. Read full book review >

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LISEY’S STORY by Stephen King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 24, 2006

"One of King's finest works."
The widow of a bestselling novelist reveals that the wellspring for his ideas is a very dark place, indeed. Read full book review >

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NIGHTMARES AND DREAMSCAPES by Stephen King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Addicts, fear not: the King lives."
King's third collection, after Night Shift (1978) and Skeleton Crew (1985), offers 23 formerly uncollected works, with King as bizarre as ever. Read full book review >

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FROM A BUICK 8 by Stephen King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 24, 2002

"Seven-tenths filler, three-tenths story."
Why does King (Dreamcatcher, 2001, etc.) write such gross stuff ("I have the heart of a small boy . . . and I keep it in a jar on my desk")? Read full book review >

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INSOMNIA by Stephen King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 17, 1994

"Still, at 800 pages, it ain't no coffee-table book — it's a coffee table."
A small town in Maine again serves as King's (Nightmares and Dreamscapes, 1993, etc.) setting in this deft, steady tale, in which two lovable geezers travel through hyper-reality to balance the books of human existence, or something to that effect. Read full book review >

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FOUR PAST MIDNIGHT by Stephen King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 1991

"5 million."
A double-double Whopper hot from the grill of "America's literary boogeyman," as he puts it in his introduction: four sizzling horror novellas sandwiched within the theme of "Time. . .and the corrosive effects it can have on the human heart." Read full book review >

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GERALD'S GAME by Stephen King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 13, 1992

"This one is really scary."
King takes it over the top, way over the top, in an exquisitely horrifying frightfest about a woman forced to face her deepest fears—and then some. Read full book review >

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11/22/63 by Stephen King
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Though his scenarios aren't always plausible in strictest terms, King's imagination, as always, yields a most satisfying yarn."
King (Under the Dome, 2009, etc.) adds counterfactual historian to his list of occupations. Read full book review >