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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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    TNTSparks 06-04-05
    TNTSparks 06-04-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Bag of Bones is not dead"

    Although the story gets off to an extremely slow start, the pay-off is well worth the effort. King is brilliant, after the first two CDs I found it very difficult to stop listening.

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    Irene Sanford, NC, USA 05-22-05
    Irene Sanford, NC, USA 05-22-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Slow starting but a Good Ghost Story"

    Ghost Story? Mystery? Love Story? Judging people by the cover? This book covers it all. Bag of Bones is a good book but for me it started off slow - once I got mid point it truly grabbed my interest and held me. Detailed writing and Ifound it interesting that the author read the book. He gave the story life by denoting through tone what was important and what the characters felt.

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    Joanne 05-13-05
    Joanne 05-13-05

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    "The best ghost story"

    This ghost story starts off a bit slow but steadily draws you in. You're wondering, how do these pieces come together? Meanwhile you are becoming more and more involved until finally at the end you cannot go to sleep until you reach the final revelation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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