Search Results: "Stephen King"


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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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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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THE DARK HALF by Stephen King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 23, 1989

"A potent, engrossing blend of occult and slasher horror, not as fully riveting or grandly ironic as Misery, but without the pomposities of much other recent King—It; The Tommy-knockers—and certainly slick and scary enough to make it the book to beat on the fall lists."
Book #1 (of four) of King's celebrated megabucks publishing contract—and it's King at his effusive near-best, with a long, ultra-violent, suspenseful story of a best-selling writer whose pseudonym comes to life and goes on a murderous rampage. 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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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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FULL DARK, NO STARS by Stephen King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"A collection of page-turning narratives for those who prefer the prolific tale spinner at his pulpiest."
Following an overstuffed feast of a novel (Under the Dome, 2009), King returns with four comparative snacks, each of which deals in some way with the darkest recesses of the human soul. Read full book review >

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THE SHINING by Stephen King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 28, 1976

"Back-prickling indeed despite the reader's unwillingness at being mercilessly manipulated."
A presold prefab blockbuster, what with King's Carrie hitting the moviehouses, Salem's Lot being lensed, The Shining itself sold to Warner Bros. and tapped as a Literary Guild full selection, NAL paperback, etc. (enough activity to demand an afterlife to consummate it all). Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2007 by Stephen King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2007

"Just one criticism: The diversity on display does not extend to stories of minorities, which, considering all the talent out there, is troubling."
A rich, dense collection of 20 stories—King has harvested a bumper crop. Read full book review >

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MR. MERCEDES by Stephen King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2014

"The scariest thing of all is to imagine King writing a happy children's book. This isn't it: It's nicely dark, never predictable and altogether entertaining."
In his latest suspenser, the prolific King (Joyland, 2013, etc.) returns to the theme of the scary car—except this one has a scary driver who's as loony but logical unto himself as old Jack Torrance from The Shining. Read full book review >

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THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE by Stephen King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2012

"Will more likely serve as a footnote for the many fans of the series than a point of entry to expand its readership."
The bestselling novelist scales down his literary ambition with a return to the Dark Tower series. Read full book review >

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CUJO by Stephen King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1981

King goes non-supernatural this time—and the result, despite the usual padding, is a tighter, more effective horror novel. Read full book review >

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THE EYES OF THE DRAGON by Stephen King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 2, 1986

"Some of King's smoothest writing and slickest effects, with the usual supercosmic horror scaled down to reasonably familiar villainy—though the sales, one assumes, will be supercosmic."
Featuring 21 charming illustrations by David Palladini, this is an adventure fantasy for young adults—or very old prepubescents—and among King's most accomplished works (though readers who groan at King's unremitting vulgarity in his adult novels will again have a few quarrels to pick). Read full book review >