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The Dark Half | [Stephen King]

The Dark Half

Best-selling author Thad Beaumont would like to say he has nothing to do with the evil that has resulted in a series of monstrous murders. But he can't. He created it.
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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Thad Beaumont would like to say he has nothing to do with the evil that has resulted in a series of monstrous murders. But he can't. He created it.

©1990 Stephen King (P)2010 Penguin

What the Critics Say

"The Dark Half is a parable in chiller form of the popular writer's relation to his creative genius, the vampire within him, the part of him that only awakes to raise Cain when he writes, the fratricidal twin who occupies 'the womblike dungeon' of his imagination." (Amazon.com review)

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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 08-31-12
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 08-31-12 Member Since 2010
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    "3 ½ stars. Above average crime suspense."

    I didn’t feel that I “really liked it” which is my definition for 4 stars, because at times things felt a little slow. But it was very good with good ideas.

    A scary guy is killing people. The victims have links to Thad who is an author. There are paranormal elements to the bad guy, but it doesn’t feel supernatural. He is cunning, strong, and can frequently sense what others are thinking. It’s hard to beat a bad guy who can sense your thoughts.

    This is not the “exciting chase scene” type of book. I liked that clues were slowly uncovered during the story. The best parts were the creative ideas: how the bad guy came into being, his motives, his actions, and how he was beaten in the end. I liked watching what he did. His actions were smart and well done.

    This story introduces Sheriff Alan Pangborn who is the official closest to figuring things out. He is also the hero in the sequel “Needful Things.”

    Most of the story is told in 3rd person, various characters. But once I was disconcerted when a scene was told in 1st person Thad. It may have been done more than once, I don’t remember. Other scenes were 3rd person Thad. I’d prefer the author stay consistent with 3rd person throughout.

    The narrator Grover Gardener was excellent.

    Genre: paranormal crime suspense.
    Ending: good for the good guys.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jacquie Johnson Harrison Twp, MI USA 11-19-12
    Jacquie Johnson Harrison Twp, MI USA 11-19-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Life is like a Stephen King book..."

    ...you never know what your going to get. An unusual (maybe impossible) plot, lots of action and you wonder what's up with the sparrows right to the end.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David Lubbock, TX, United States 09-13-10
    David Lubbock, TX, United States 09-13-10
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    "Supense"

    I enjoyed listening to this book. Stephen King's a master of suspense. A must listen for mystery readers

    7 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    spyman7 Minneapolis, MN, United States 01-14-13
    spyman7 Minneapolis, MN, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2010
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    "not much to say"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Dark Half to be better than the print version?

    I've never read it, but I suspect it may have been a better read.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I'm not one to say I know better than a professional writer.


    What aspect of Grover Gardener’s performance would you have changed?

    He was a bit monotone making it hard to get into the story initially.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It probably would not make a good movie.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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