"I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.
In "Big Driver", a cozy-mystery writer named Tess encounters the stranger along a back road in Massachusetts when she takes a shortcut home after a book-club engagement. Violated and left for dead, Tess plots a revenge that will bring her face-to-face with another stranger: the one inside herself.
"Fair Extension", the shortest of these tales, is perhaps the nastiest and certainly the funniest. Making a deal with the devil not only saves Dave Streeter from a fatal cancer but provides rich recompense for a lifetime of resentment.
When her husband of more than 20 years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It's a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends a good marriage.
Like Different Seasons and Four Past Midnight, which generated such enduring films as The Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me, Full Dark, No Stars proves Stephen King a master of the long story form.
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"[T]hese tales show how a skilled storyteller with a good tale to tell can make unsettling fiction compulsively readable." (Publishers Weekly)
"King has gone on record saying he believes that American readers should pay more attention to the virtues of short fiction... if anyone can get reluctant short-story and novella readers into the swing, he certainly can with this book." (Booklist)
The stories were as well written as anything from King. They were way too graphic in my opinion. In fact I skipped major pieces in the first two stories. While they were interesting, I'm not sure that they added much to my life in reading them. Unless you are a huge king fan, be warned. There be way graphic detail here.
...have read better SK stories. Not to say they are not well written. Most of them. except one, can be considered as supernatural. They are a good break for me after just finishing the Mr Mercedes trilogy.
I enjoyed most of the narrations other than the one for the last story. The manner that the narrator lingers on each word just annoys me; other listeners might not have an issue with it since it is really not such a big deal.
As a conclusion, I would recommend this book if you can get it at a discount. Don't waste a full credit on it though.
yes. Especially Big Driver. what a great story.
other Stephen king books
Both story tellers were able to bring the characters to life. they both have great voices.
These are the best short stories i've listened too/read in a long time. The understanding and realness of the characters thoughts are outstanding, and frightening. "Bid Driver" and "A Good Marriage" were my favorites (in that order), however all four were terrific. I've listened to quite a few Stephen King books and this has easily been my favorite.
Stephen King, does it again, has me thinking along one line and then takes me in a totally different direction. I've been a "Constance Reader" for almost 40 yrs. and have "never" been disappointed.
The narration was as good as it can be with lackluster material. Maybe I have read or listened to too much King, which makes this a disappointment. It seems he missed the mark and the stories aren't anything special. He tries to explain his reasons for writing and stated it wasn't for the money, but they seem churned out for the money. I also didn't like his leftist political statement at the end. Now his books seem tainted. Oh well. This is a book that it would be easy to pass on.
I love a good story. I am fond of well crafted prose. If the elements are there I will read any genre at any length.
You can decide to listen based on the reputation of the author. Or you can listen because you enjoy a compelling story that will last with you. Several years ago I suffered a brain injury, this makes reading books difficult. I love good stories, so going without is not an option. I recently fell back in love with short stories and long stories.
These stories are compelling, and last with you, they will monopolize your time.
After I would walk for miles on end to finish the next story, I would go home and chat up my husband. I would grill him on what he would do in such a scenario. Of course my husband's favorite part was for me to retell the story before bed and then make him listen to it.
I am not a fan of summing up the story for a potential listener. Stay until the very end to hear a special note from the author. It is nice to know that an author writes with real purpose and appreciates his readers.
Don't know. The Hecht reading makes me think yes, probably.
Revenge is always satisfying to read about.
Did Wasson read the first one: 1922? The venom in the man's voice -- that gritted-teeth thing -- was used almost randomly: even the commonplace lines sounded like they were dripping with a violent sarcasm. So that weakened 1922 for me: the protagonist was of course unsympathetic, but the reader made him more so. The other stories were read well. Some folks complained about the "smile" in Hecht's voice: I actually felt like she read really well: the faintly wry/grim tone of her voice went well with that particular story and certainly with the protagonist.
4 Excellent stories. The first 3 were new to me. Gruesome but what else would you expect? I usually don't go for short stories but this one was on sale for 4.99 so bought instead of using my credit. Well worth it even at full price.
As a peaceful, loving Papa-type, with no conscious thoughts of violence or gore, Stephen King easily transports me to places unknown and sometimes uncomfortable, and holds me captive for the entire journey.
Full Dark, No Stars is among his best collections. A very good read.
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