Full Dark, No Stars
The story opens with the confession of Wilfred James to the murder of his wife, Arlette, following their move to Hemingford, Nebraska onto land willed to Arlette by her father.
Mystery writer, Tess, has been supplementing her writing income for years by doing speaking engagements with no ...more
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For instance, discuss the implications of the epilogue of 1922. Were the rats ever real? Recall earlier scenes where they caused traumatic events that only Wilf witnessed. If the rats were just hallucinations what does the story suggest actually happened in those disturbing scenes?
Due to the nature of these stories, the reader is encouraged to mistrust the narrator. When you read through this book again look for instances where you don't fully believe what the protagonist is telling you. That will definitely spark a lot of rewarding questions and discussion topics.
I think this is a very good selection for a book club. I believe it is the most well structured book of short stories Stephen King has ever published and I hope you and your book club enjoy it!(less)
1922 is a latter day retelling of A Telltale Heart, only with rats and a Bonnie and Clyde side-story. It's also damn good and a prime example of what Stephen King can do when he has a limited number of pages to work with instead of the entire paper output of a redwood forest.
Big Driver: After taking a shortcut down an unfamiliar road, a writer is raped and left in a culvert to die but her at ...more
Very Dark and "Wonderfully Gruesome" collection.
Was happy to have found this gem when cleaning and reorganizing one of my too-many to-read bookshelves here at home, and even though I find I've already read each and every one...SHEESH...I actually didn't remember the ending on a couple of them so all is well, and having a real KING book is hardly a hardship after all.
1922 - 5 Stars
A marital disagreement to sell or not to sell...the farm, that is...turns deadly, but RATS!...Talk abou...more
Hold up wait a minute King of fiction releases novellas, stop all reading! Bump up to the front of your to-read list! Essential reading right now! Beauty of Kindle is that i could start reading instantly on release date.
King sums these stories in his afterward he says
" I have tried my best in Full Dark, No Stars to record what people might do, and how they might behave, under certain dire circumstances. The people in these stories are not without hope, but they acknowledge that ev...more
1. 1922 - This story is actually a confession of a man who has just murdered his wife. He has even dragged his innocent 14 year old son into this as well, which is very heartbreaking. I feel this story makes you realize that our actions have consequences that we will somehow at some point feel. Is it karma? What goes around, comes around? Ghosts? Insanity? This man, after committing this heinous crime f ...more
would not otherwise have heard of. Some have become new favorites.
But no matter how enjoyable these authors' works are, none of them can
compare to the security and enjoyment of going back to Stephen King.
I often complain of being a relatively slow reader. But this is never the case with King. He has the wonderful gift of emotionally involving you into a story, coming to know and understand his characters, and when this happens ...more
في لحظة ما...في يوم.ما ستجد نفسك. .تخطط..تقرر..وتقتل!!!نعم تقتل ..هكذا و ببساطة ..قد تطول خطتك او تقصر..و لكنك تعلم انك ستفعلها ..طالما زارك شيطان القتل و وسوس لك ..مرة
اقنعني كينج بعبقرية لا تصدق..عبر أزمنة متعددة..أماكن متناقضة ..وعبر نماذج بشرية منتقاة ببراعة ..ان القتل هو الغريزة المخفية لدينا جميعا..
انت قد لا تجد أسبابا" كافية لقتل أحدهم..بعد
انا قد يكون لدي عشرات الأسباب ...ولكنها تلك اللحظة "الضلمة ا ...more
This was a great collection by King; 2 short stories and two stories that are actually novellas. My favorite of the bunch is 'A Good Marriage'. King does a great job establishing the feel of the relationship, given from the POV of the wife, and then leading us to her discovery that changes everything. This was such an eerie moment because of its possibility in real life. I'm sure it has actually happened in one way or another. What would go through your mind at that moment? And then what woul ...more
King one of the few contemporary and succesful practicioners in the vastly ignored field of the short story, but he's probably the sole writer who enj ...more
This is a collection of four short stories or novellas, or five if you have the bonus story 'Under the Weather.' I don't want to give anything away for those who haven't read it, but I will say these stories are dark. They make you question what you would do in these situations, or at least they made me question what I would do. The bonus story, 'Under the Weather' was my least favorite. There was something about it, and I can't quite p ...more
If the last one, Just After Sunset, was surprisingly good (don't ask why I have low expectations on the newer books, I really can't say why), this was surprisingly great! While the last one was a horror short story collection in the vein of Graveyard Shift or Skeleton Crew, this is very much sharing properties and feel of Differen ...more
1922: El cuento que más me gustó de esta novela. Es muy fuerte y en él King explora las profundidades del corazón humano y de cuánto somos capaces por esconder un secreto y lo mucho que éste nos contamina y nos perturba dentro nuestro. Es el más pesado, eso tengo que admitirlo, sin embargo no por eso malo. Es excelente.
Camionero Grande: Es una muy buena historia, también. Un poco más ...more
Steve King has abandoned the supernatural in favor of something even creepier: REALITY. Do you really know what evil lurks inside that person curled up next to you in bed? Or that gray-haired, seemingly benign librarian? Or the guy who's been your best buddy since childhood? Or YOU, for that matter?
King takes on these questions here in three novellas and one short-ish story.
In Big Driver, Tess is the author of the cozy and bland Willow Grove Knitting Societ ...more
From the opening story, 19 ...more
The title really sets up the collection well - make no mistake, these are dark tales, in places gruesome and hard to read. All of these stories feature ordinary characters forced to make awful choices. What choices! These choices resonate with power because they don't relate to the supernatural in any way (except for th ...more
One of the talents often missed (even by some of his most ardent fans) about Stephen King is his focus: his ability to take a gruesome little idea and drag it out to a terrifyingly scary extreme. It’s because the ...more
4 διηγήματα διαφορετικά μεταξύ τους,όλα όμως το ίδιο ενδιαφέροντα,το ίδιο συναρπαστικά,το ίδιο αξιόλογα,όλα γραμμένα με το μοναδικό ύφος του Βασιλιά, ο οποίος είναι στις πολύ καλές στιγμές του!Μετά τις "Ιστορίες του Λυκόφωτος" ήθελα κάτι δυνατό,να αποκαταστήσει την πίστη μου στις μικρές ιστορίες του,γιατί η αλήθεια είναι πως εκείνη η συλλογή με είχε απογοητεύσει.
Μου άρεσαν πολύ και τα 4,το ...more
“Es imposible conocer del todo a nadie, ni siquiera a aquellos que más amamos.”
The first story, 1922, is vintage King - dark, disturbing, and something that could very well have come from the tabloid archives. As he does so often, King plays with the traditional family ...more
I was thinking of the principle of Yin Yang while I read Full Dark, No Stars. This is a collection of four stories, in each one Mr. King explores what happens when ordinary people are put in extraordinary, and sometimes dire, circumstances. What happens is ...more
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