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Bag of Bones | [Stephen King]

Bag of Bones

Even four years after the sudden death of his wife, best selling novelist Mike Noonan can't stop grieving, nor can he return to his writing. He moves into his isolated house by the lake, which becomes the site of ghostly visitations, ever-escalating nightmares, and the sudden recovery of his writing ability. What are the forces that have been unleashed here - and what do they want of Mike Noonan?
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Publisher's Summary

Even four years after the sudden death of his wife, best selling novelist Mike Noonan can't stop grieving, nor can he return to his writing. Now his nights are plagued by vivid nightmares of the house by the lake. Despite these dreams, or perhaps because of them, he decides to return to Sara Laughs, the Noonans' isolated summer home. In his beloved Yankee town, he finds himself falling in love with a widowed young mother, who struggles to keep custody of her 3-year-old daughter. He is also drawn into the mystery of Sara Laughs, now the site of ghostly visitations, ever-escalating nightmares, and the sudden recovery of his writing ability. What are the forces that have been unleashed here - and what do they want of Mike Noonan?

©1998 Stephen King, All Rights Reserved; (P)1998 Simon & Schuster, Inc., All Rights Reserved

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"The witty and obsessive voice of King's powerful imagination." (Amy Tan)
"What King lacks in professional polish he makes up for with an infectious enthusiasm that will lock in listeners for the long haul." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Janet new glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada 04-07-05
    Janet new glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada 04-07-05 Member Since 2004
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    "really enoyed this"

    This is my favorite Stephen King. Well read and well written.

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    Robert Buckley, N/A, United Kingdom 04-06-05
    Robert Buckley, N/A, United Kingdom 04-06-05
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    "Another Triumph for author"

    Another Triumph for author. Well written, edge of your seat ghost story. What really makes it though for me is the narration by the author him self. Listned to a few books read by the authors now and it seems to put an improved edge to the book. Highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Nelson, British Columbia, Canada 05-16-04
    Terry Nelson, British Columbia, Canada 05-16-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Well worth the listen"

    What a joy to listen to. You get the book and an interview with King at the end where he talks about his views of this book - Both were excellent.

    The story unfolds is such an upredictable style. I listened to it while driving long distances. It makes hours seem like minutes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ingrid Hudson, MA, USA 03-14-04
    Ingrid Hudson, MA, USA 03-14-04
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    "Very very good!"

    I loved this book. Just creepy enough, just enough twists and turns. King captured perfectly the sadness of a young widower, and the matter-of-factness of a "hauntee." Good stuff. This is why I listen to Stephen King.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Clifton Park, NY, USA 01-25-04
    Jeff Clifton Park, NY, USA 01-25-04
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    "Keeps you guessing..."

    I have only read a few King novels, but each one I read/listen to brings me closer to being a Stephen King "Junkie." This book seems to be semi-autobiographical at times, and this is only reinforced by having the author read it himself. Because it doesn't neatly fit into any category, there are plenty of unexpected turns. What would be seen from a mile away in a straight ghost story comes out of left field (or center field, as it were) in this book. I liked the legal aspect of it, although I thought it ended too neatly with the death of a particular character. The only other (very minor) quibble I have is the way the final details are wrapped up in flashback format, rather than simply continuing the narrative to its conclusion. This is not enough to deduct a star, however. Overall, I loved this book and would recommend it highly to even casual Stephen King fans.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Smadar colchester, VT, USA 01-20-04
    Smadar colchester, VT, USA 01-20-04
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    "Yep, that's King!"

    I loved this book. It is a little slow in the beginning, but once it picks up there is no stopping until the end. I am not easily scared (love horror and suspense), but this book gave me some serious chills.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Allard 09-19-03 Member Since 2000
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    "Bag of Bones"

    Not normally a big Steven King fan but I loved this book. I really enjoyed it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ray Locust Grove, GA, USA 09-03-03
    Ray Locust Grove, GA, USA 09-03-03
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    "Very very very very very..."

    ...very very very very long and drawn out.
    I've read The Stand numerous times, listened to The DreamCatcher(loved it), but I just can not bear this title.

    This book seems to have been a short story, that needed to be lengthened in order to create a novel length and no more. There isn't a lot of plot, very few twists, way too much character development of details that do not play into the entire story and presented in a way that makes one think they would.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 06-15-03
    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 06-15-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Wow!"

    I was not a big fan of Stephen King's books before I listened to Bag of Bones. I couldn't stop listening! Stephen King does an awesome job of reading, even though he admits he is not a "trained actor." He really brings the book totally to life, and the interview at the end was soooooo interesting! His references to so many real life people, real books, and real authors just made the story so much more alive.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennie LOTHAIR, MT, USA 04-25-03
    Jennie LOTHAIR, MT, USA 04-25-03 Member Since 2001
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    "Hail to the King"

    I can't recommend this book strongly enough. The characters are so full and full of life. King's narration was incredible; especially the personality and voice of Kyra. The addition of the music by "Sarah" was amazing, and I would certainly like to see more credit to King for the lyrics and the woman who performed it....wonderful.
    For long-time King fans, I would share that this book reminds me more of The Stand than any other I have read/heard. Not because of the theme, but because of the way I loved the characters so.... I think I have a new King Favorite....

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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