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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MISERY by Stephen King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 8, 1987

"Note: the publisher plans an unprecedented first printing of one-million copies."
Fans weary of King's recent unwieldy tomes can rest easy: his newest is slim, slick, and razor-keen. 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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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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THE DARK TOWER VII by Stephen King
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 21, 2004

WHEN KINGS MET AT THE DARK TOWER Will the long-awaited completion of Stephen King's lifework, the seven-volume adventure/action/horror fantasy The Dark Tower, stir fans to love or sadness? 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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CHRISTINE by Stephen King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 29, 1983

"King's blend of adolescent raunch, All-American sentiment, and unsubtle spookery has never, since Carrie, been more popcorn-readable—with immense appeal for all those fans interested in the 522-page equivalent of a drive-in horror movie."
The Exorcist meets My Mother, The Car. . . in a chiller that takes a nifty Twilight Zone notion and stretches it out to King-sized proportions—with teen-gab galore, horror-flick mayhem, epic foreshadowing, and endlessly teased-out suspense. Read full book review >

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UNDER THE DOME by Stephen King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"It hardly matters that, after 1,000-plus pages, the yarn doesn't quite add up. It's vintage King: wonderfully written, good, creepy, old-school fun."
Maine. Check. Strange doings. Check. Alien/demon presence. Check. Unlikely heroes. Check. Read full book review >

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THE DEAD ZONE by Stephen King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 16, 1979

"Yes, the King byline will ensure a sizeable turnout, but the word will soon get around that the author of Carrie has this time churned out a ho-hum dud."
The Stand did less well than The Shining, and The Dead Zone will do less well than either—as the King of high horror (Carrie) continues to move away from the grand-gothic strain that once distinguished him from the other purveyors of psychic melodrama. Read full book review >

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NEEDFUL THINGS by Stephen King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

"Leland King's glee, or Steven Gaunt's, or rather—well, the author's—as he rubs his palms over his let's-blow-'em-away superclimax is wonderfully catching."
The old horrormaster in top form, this time with a demonic dealer in magic and spells selling his wares to the folks of Castle Rock, scene of several King novels including The Dead Zone, Cujo—and how many others? Read full book review >

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ON WRITING by Stephen King
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2000

"A useful book for any young writer, and a must for fans, this is unmistakably King: friendly, sharply perceptive, cheerfully vulgar, sometimes adolescent in his humor, sometimes impatient with fools, but always sincere in his love of language and writing."
Generous, lucid, and passionate, King (Hearts in Atlantis, 1999, etc.) offers lessons and encouragement to the beginning writer, along with a warts-and-all account of a less-than-carefree life. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 5, 1990

"Tiresome, man."
King's fifth novel returns, 12 years after its first publication, with 230 of its original pages restored. Read full book review >