Who but Stephen King would turn a Port-O-San into a slimy birth canal, or a roadside honky-tonk into a place for endless love? A book salesman with a grievance might pick up a mute hitchhiker, not knowing the silent man in the passenger seat listens altogether too well. Or an exercise routine on a stationary bicycle, begun to reduce bad cholesterol, might take its rider on a captivating -- and then terrifying -- journey.
Set on a remote key in Florida, "The Gingerbread Girl" is a riveting tale featuring a young woman as vulnerable -- and resourceful -- as Audrey Hepburn's character in Wait Until Dark.
In "Ayana," a blind girl works a miracle with a kiss and the touch of her hand.
For King, the line between the living and the dead is often blurry, and the seams that hold our reality intact might tear apart at any moment. In one of the longer stories here, "N.", which recently broke new ground when it was adapted as a graphic digital entertainment, a psychiatric patient's irrational thinking might create an apocalyptic threat in the Maine countryside...or keep the world from falling victim to it.
Just After Sunset - call it dusk, call it twilight, it's a time when human intercourse takes on an unnatural cast, when nothing is quite as it appears, when the imagination begins to reach for shadows as they dissipate to darkness and living daylight can be scared right out of you. It's the perfect time for Stephen King.
©2008 Stephen King; (P)2008 Simon & Schuster
Stephen King has developed a sense of grace and wisdom in his writing now.
The Things they Left Behind
One of the things I didn't like about Stephen King's writing, at least before his retirement, was his prolixity, which gave everything the same weight. I gave up reading halfway through Lisey's Story. But this collection is downright brilliant. Emotional, real. Taut and graceful, like a highwire act. Several deeply felt moments. I'm loving every second. His best writing bar none, since Hearts in Atlantis.
Okay, I admit I didn't finish this one. It was too grueling. I'll try again later but a book that shows how King has lost his touch as compared to his earlier writings.
I love books and animals.I enjoy all sorts of genres, anything from history to supernatural.
I've never been a Stephen King fan, however, I got the short story "Gingerbread Girl" (months ago) and to my astonishment, enjoyed it.
When I saw that this was a collection of short storied by Stephan King, I thought I'd give it a go, if there were as good as Gingerbread Girl, right on!
WRONG, BIG mistake. The stories were pointless and dry with no apparent ending? At the end of each story I felt as though they made no sense, I finished this book with a disatisfied feeling.
If you want a book that will leave you puzzeled and feeling like you should have used your credit/money on something else, try this.
If you want to get a book worth your while? keep looking, this is not the one.
A collection of stories that at best sound like they were written by a 12 year old and at worst seem unfinished. I love most of SK's short story collections but this one was horrible. Some end with you saying uh....., then you look down to see if you accidentally hit the fast forward button. While others are so hard to listen to that watching paint dry seems an exciting sport. And SK should have learned by now that he should NEVER narrate his own stories..god what an annoying voice he has. Sorry to vent but I was so looking forward to quality stories like the ones in 4 past midnight and such.
I'm a big fan of Stephen King - both his writing and usually his selection of narrators. Unfortunately, the narrator of the first story doesn't keep his volume at a consistent level. Far too frequently I was straining to hear the last half of a sentence as his voice trailed off. I was listening with a friend and we both kept reaching over to rewind and change the volume. So I can't give you a review of the writing, since I couldn't continue to listen. Like I said, King's choice of narrator is usually excellent.
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