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Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a twenty-five-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, bestselling novelist and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and bools. Later, she understood that there w ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 513 pages
Published October 24th 2006 by Scribner Book Company
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Nicholas Sparks
Sep 10, 2012 Nicholas Sparks rated it it was amazing
It's a "love story" done "Stephen King" style and so perfectly done that my first thought after finishing was to read the novel a second time. The characters are so genuine and universal that everyone will love them, and the story is both magical and heart-breaking at exactly the same time.
Debbie
Aug 31, 2007 Debbie rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who like sappy Sci Fi
Shelves: summer2007
It started out fairly well. Youngish widow going through her brilliant writer husband's papers...maybe it was a thinly veiled biography of King's wife Tabitha? Maybe it would be good.
Its initial promise wore thin after about the 70th time the word "smucking" appeared. After about the 5th time the main character called her sister "Manda Bunny", the promise was not only rubbed off the book, it was replaced with a bit of sandpaper that grated directly against your nerves.
Stephen King could have do
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Adrianne
Feb 16, 2008 Adrianne rated it did not like it
All I can say is that getting to the last page was a relief. Reading this novel was like staring at a cow for five hours.

Becky
I've been reading a lot of "New" Stephen King lately, books that I've put off reading because I was afraid that they would not be as good as "Old" Stephen King. I wish I had not, because while "New" King is different, he is still The King.

I listened to it on audio, but kind of followed along in the book too, sort of. Mare Winningham did a good job reading, and after a while I got used to her voices, although I think that she added a bit too much to the story. She made certain characters sound t
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Becky
This book was selected for my NJ Bookclub because it has similar themes to our last read, Bag of Bones. I've previously read this one, or listened, because it was an audiobook, and so this time I read-read it.

I loved the experience of the audio - the reader is great and the audio definitely brings the story to life in different ways than the text itself does, but reading this with my very own eyeballs is rewarding in its own way. First, it's a more active, involved experience. Audio is very pas
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Jamieson
Feb 05, 2009 Jamieson rated it it was amazing
As I read Lisey’s Story by Stephen King, I am reminded why I love King’s work so much. It is constantly changing, constantly evolving. Each book is a different experiment. Each book is a different tale; yet no two are the same.

King has gone beyond the horror genre with Lisey’s Story and written a, dare I say it, literary masterpiece. Its part horror, part love story, part tribute to a woman’s husband. It’s part creepshow, part romance and absolutely unclassifiable. King has written a novel that,
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Franco  Santos
Jul 08, 2015 Franco Santos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
«Si estás leyendo esto, significa que yo ya no estoy. Creo que mi vida será corta, pero el tiempo que he tenido (y te aseguro que ha sido magnífico) te lo debo a ti. Me has dado tanto… Te pido que me des un poquito más, que leas estas últimas palabras, las más difíciles que he escrito jamás...»

Romanticismo, drama, terror, misterio, suspenso, fantasía, ¿qué más? Excelente libro.

Es una novela diferente de King. A muchos no les gustó por esperarse una historia llena de terror, horror y asquerosida
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Will Byrnes
Jan 28, 2015 Will Byrnes rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, stephen-king
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J.C.
May 09, 2013 J.C. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Constant Readers who want to read EVERYTHING of King
Smucking smucking oh my god so much smmmmuckkking!!

Do you know what i mean, babyluv? Can you feel this smucking annoyance towards this smucking book? Sure you can. Every great artist produces a smucking turd every now and again. Smuck the smuckers who think everything has to be so smucking perfect all the smucking time.

annoyed at all the smuckings? Yeah me too. Try reading 300+ pages of that plus other made-up language that repeats itself in almost EVERY paragraph.


To be honest, the last 200 pa
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Edward Lorn
Nov 10, 2015 Edward Lorn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: King fans
I have such a love/hate relationship with this book. For one, it's full of twice-used ideas. Everything you find inside Lisey's Story is taken part and parcel from other King novels. The idea of being haunted by a spouse and one half of the marriage being an author is Bag of Bones to a Tee. You have the lush other world just beyond ours that is wonderful during the day, and horrible after dark, via Rose Madder. Then you have the character of "Zack McCool" who is John Shooter from "Secret Window, ...more
Helen (Helena/Nell)
Apr 21, 2008 Helen (Helena/Nell) rated it really liked it
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Red Fields
Jul 22, 2007 Red Fields rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NO ONE!
This is the first King I'm reading in about 25 years.

ETA: I don't really like it much. I had it on my TBR list since it came out. I suppose I read a good review of it somewhere. I'm almost 100 pages in and feh. Not much has happened and while I don't dislike the protagonist I find her kind of vapid and not interesting. There is way too much made up language that is DUMB. So that doesn't leave much, IMO.

I'm stopping at page 320. I am not wasting any more of my time on this. It's waaaay too long.
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Mina Villalobos
Oct 19, 2008 Mina Villalobos rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes King, anyone who has loved someone who passed away, anyone who liked Gerald's Game
Shelves: horror, romance
As King grows older, his books seem to turn ever more emotionally overwhelming and wistful -and this one, particularly, very sweet. Lisey's Story has a thread of fundamental wrongness going through it that keeps the suspense going -the horror side of King's narrative is strong as ever, the descriptions of the physical hardships are engrossing and captivating in a level that makes you feel terribly uncomfortable, but there's another thread of horror, a very human, everyday thread, about love and ...more
Amar
Mar 01, 2016 Amar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read-in-2016
Evo knjiga je kraj mene već nekih pola sata i svaki put kad je pogledam , vrati se ona knedla koju sam uspio na silu progutati . Emocionalno me je toliko istrošila i mislim da nisam u mogućnosti tačno prikazati koliko mi se priča dopala .

Prelijepa priča o Lisi i njenom sjećanju na pokojnog muža , sa dovoljnom dozom krimija , malo horora i puno puno nostalgične atmosfere . Stvarno sam uživao .
Početak jeste konfuzan , i što se same priče tiče , ali i prijevod je tu "pomogao " ( mada , da ga ne oc
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Blanca Hindle
Apr 11, 2013 Blanca Hindle rated it it was ok
I went on a bool hunt that covered 513 pages of typewritten text and when I came out to the other side, the one where one does not eat fruits after dark, I was not afraid of anything.

Interestingly enough, I was ten, the same age as Scott when he lost both Paul and his dad, when I read my first Stephen King novel. I'll never forget the experience of reading Salem's Lot. It took me two days to consume what would become the portal to all things King for the next 25 years. My love affair with Mr. Ki
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David
Aug 25, 2013 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: King fans
Lisey's Story is half horror story, half semi-autobiographical ode to King's wife. Lisey's deceased husband, a former best-selling novelist named Scott Landon, is certainly not Stephen King, but those familiar with King can see a lot of him in Landon.

Two years after Landon's death, Lisey finds herself being stalked by a deranged lunatic, and to save herself, she must call upon help from her crazy older sister, her dead husband, the dark secrets buried with him, and her own will. The story has al
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Dean liapis
Jun 24, 2007 Dean liapis rated it did not like it
SOME SPOLIERS, NOTHING TOO SERIOUS
Garbage. Stephen King has apparently lost all of his previously considerable talent. This book reads like a mismash of about 4 of his other books (most notably coming to mind, the Stand, Rose Madder and the Dark Half) this book is absolute crap. Booya moon is boring and uninteresting (the place is pretty much a sissyfied version of the territories from the tailsman with a character actually mentioning the territories at one point), and contains an "evil monster"
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Natalie
Aug 25, 2007 Natalie rated it really liked it
Shelves: alltimebests
After the minor disappointment that was Blaze, I decided to pick up the copy of Lisey's Story that had been moldering on my bookshelf since we bought it during its debut week and promptly forgot about. This can be blamed on a combination of factors, the first being that I decided to allow my boyfriend to read it first, but after I finished it I couldn't help wondering why I hadn't started it earlier.

Lisey's Story treads the line between the slasher-horror novels that have made up the bulk of Kin
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Wayne Barrett

I have read 56 books by Stephen King. Those who know me, know that I am a huge fan and that he has been an inspiration to me through the years. Maybe I am biased (I don't think so, I just believe he is a fantastic writer/story-teller...possibly the best of my generation) but of those 56 books I have read, I have never rated one less than 3 stars.

I came very close this time.

As the story wound toward its end I finally started to feel the vintage King pouring forth. Problem was, it came a little t
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Zeek
Apr 12, 2010 Zeek rated it really liked it
I gotta be honest with ya, I had a difficult time putting Lisey's Story down.

I believe Stephen King himself said that LS is his attempt at romance writing- (and I clearly am paraphrasing here!) The thing is, while it is a love story and there is indeed a happily ever after ending- though certainly not in true Cinderella fashion- this is not just a story about the love between a hero and heroine, or even man and wife, as Scott and Lisey Landon were for 25 years. No, this is also a love story betw
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Donna
Feb 12, 2008 Donna rated it really liked it
This was a hard book to read, but I did enjoy it. I would give it 4 stars on story, but only 3-1/2 on the way the story is told. At times, the main character, Lisey, is revisiting 2 different major events in her past, while at the same dealing with a new, frightening situation that is currently happening. So I found myself struggling to keep up with "when" she was. Also, at one point Lisey mentions an old pinto car she used to have that she had to keep cranking the ignition to get it started, an ...more
Michael
Jul 30, 2009 Michael rated it it was ok
What frustrates me SO MUCH about Stephen King is this: he writes so effortlessly well that, with a little more effort, he could write really good books. But, he doesn't seem to test his limits, nor does he seem to edit much.

This book displays all that I love and hate about Stephen King. Lisey and her late husband, along with several peripheral characters, are well developed and interesting. Revealing inner dialogue, vivid scenes and tense moments are all over the place.

But. In most of King's b
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Tracy
Feb 13, 2008 Tracy rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: those grieving who need a pop perspective
note to stephen king: 'smucking' is not a pleasant word. maybe it's something your grandma used to say, but it's awfully distracting. please don't let it threaten to ruin another decent book. and i had been fooled into thinking you finally got an non-brownnosing editor.

once finished:

okay, so this book had some moments, but overall, it's helped me figure out what is wrong w/stephen king. i skimmed about 200 pages because they were just repetition, repetition, repetition. there were no suprises h
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Camie
Dec 29, 2015 Camie rated it liked it
The last of my 12 month Stephen King reading challenge 2015. Lisey Landon's deceased ( but not yet absent) husband a haunted but famous novelist Scott Landon leaves his beloved wife with quite an eerie treasure hunt to solve after his demise. Since I've been reading King all year , it's easy to compare this to his other books old and new. This is probably the most literary of King's endeavors, with an almost " kinder and gentler"storyline about some ( not all) pretty likeable folks who actually ...more
Steve
Jun 04, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Lisey's Story will probably be viewed in years to come as one of King's more important books, if for no other reason than it is his most personal one. King accomplishes this, interestingly, primarily through the memories and voice of Lisey Landon, the wife of recently deceased literary icon. Lisey is of course a fictional character, but it's not too far a stretch to see Lisey as something of a stand-in for King's own wife (and her sisters - as the author concedes in an endnote to the novel), and ...more
DeAnna Knippling
Apr 30, 2012 DeAnna Knippling rated it it was amazing
A reread; rather, a first read after an audio read a couple of years ago (which was excellent).

I think you have to be a fan of both "literature" and "pulp" in order to like this book.

On the literature side, King digs so deep into people's character's that the pace resembles that of a Joyce Carol Oats novel: fascinating, but slow. Lisey's just this person; her husband the famous writer is the one who ever did anything outwardly significant. But, from a literary perspective, that makes her all th
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Res
Aug 13, 2007 Res rated it it was ok
Shelves: sff, locus_poll
The one where Lisey's author husband seems to be sending her on a scavenger hunt from beyond the grave.

In his afterword, King specifically mentions how heavily his editor went at this story; he says he had first-year French compositions come back with less red ink on them. I don't care. It needed more. The first 200 pages could have been taken down to about 75, no exaggeration.

The book is basically about memory, and so I'm willing to accept that it's 50% flashback. But the way the flashbacks are
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Kealan Burke
Jan 24, 2013 Kealan Burke rated it liked it
While I struggled a bit to get into and enjoy this one, it ended up being a lot better than I expected, or had been led to believe by the legion of King fans who have little good to say about it. I found it, in the end, to be an interesting exploration of love and particularly marriage, an appealing love story, seasoned with King's typical darkness. It won't rank highly on my King favorites list, but I liked it well enough to recommend it, particularly to those who consider King's work too bruta ...more
Brian
“There was a lot they didn’t tell you about death, she had discovered, and one of the biggies was how long it took the ones you loved most to die in your heart.”

Scott still speaks to Lisey, in her mind. He tells her to follow the clues, follow the bools. Her husband, a famous writer, died a few years ago. She spends nights remembering him, remembering his life, his near death, his other world.

“I think most kids have a place they go to when they’re scared or lonely or just plain bored. They call
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J. Kent Messum
Out of all the Stephen King books I've read, I liked this one the least. Still, Lisey's Story had its moments, and I found parts of it still had King's signature charm and creepiness. In general though, this story seemed to lack the scares and the strength that has made me a long time fan of King.

In particular, the novel seemed to drag far too often and for far too long. It's a big book, and I think this story could have been told more effectively with only half the number of pages. I've never
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“There was a lot they didn’t tell you about death, she had discovered, and one of the biggies was how long it took the ones you loved most to die in your heart.” 119 likes
“Sometimes she'd go a whole day without thinking of him or missing him. Why not? She had quite a full life, and really, he'd often been hard to deal with and hard to live with. A project, the Yankee oldtimers like her very own Dad might have said. And then sometimes a day would come, a gray one (or a sunny one) when she missed him so fiercely she felt empty, not a woman at all anymore but just a dead tree filled with cold November blow. She felt like that now, felt like hollering his name and hollering him home, and her heart turned sick with the thought of the years ahead and she wondered what good love was if it came to this, to even ten seconds of feeling like this.” 102 likes
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