Bag of Bones
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The opinion on Stephen King’s best work differs depending on who you talk to; but for me, it will always be Bag of Bones.
It’s the one novel of Kings that I’ve read more than any other (nine times) and each time it’s just as wonderful and beautiful and engaging as it was the first time I opened up my hardcover copy ten years ago.
I think it was the beginning of King moving away from horror and toward a more literary style of wri ...more
The first time I read this book I had just turned thirty and even though I was already married, the horror of losing a spouse didn't get through to me like it did this time. Now, after just having celebrated my 30th wedding anniversary, the idea of losing my husband is unfathomable. Stephen King dove deep into those fathoms and dragged me along with him. I did not like what I saw or felt. That, right there, is the reason why St ...more
BAG OF BONES is the story of novelist Michael Noonan and the effects of his profound grief after the sudden loss of his beloved wife. Even after four years, a paralyzing writer's block takes over his days and creepy repetitive dreams fill his nights that ultimately lead him back to his log cabin hideout, Sara Laughs, in the woods of western Maine.
Not long after his arrival, a c...more
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In Bag of Bones, Mike Noonan, a bestselling author, simultaneously loses his wife Johanna and his ability to write much more than his name.
Soon after, the night terrors begin, involving the couple’s lake house retreat dubbed Sara Laughs after a turn-of-the-century singer, and Noonan realizes the solitary cure lies in the confrontation.
With tremendous trepidation, he faces the demons, which hold both his and Johanna’s inner peace hostage and, in the end, discovers when and why Sara thu ...more
Now, 16 years later (Please don't do the math. It will hurt me in my soul.), and I'm reading it again. I've picked this book up a few times over the past... maybe two years, but each time I put it back down again. It just wasn't the rig ...more
I had read Bag of Bones before, when it was first published, but all I really remembered about it was that I found it an enjoyable enough story, but not one that was excellent enough to be particularly memorable. And, indeed, I found myself remembering very little of the story while rereading it this time around. Which, on the one hand, ...more
I think that you either like Stephen King's stuff or you don't. I'm a fan of sci-fi/fantasy/borderline horror and I am a King fan. I have been reading him si ...more
Muy buen libro de King. Tiene uno de los mejores comienzos que me tocó leer. El autor me transmitió la tristeza, la tragedia y la depresión del protagonista intensamente. Un excelente inicio de novela.
El dolor del duelo es como un invitado borracho, cuando parece que se ha marchado vuelve a darte un último abrazo.
Ya en la mitad las cosas se empiezan a poner un poco pesadas y repetitivas. Tiene partes que son bastante ...more
The best thing about this novel, aside from reaching the end (660 pages… it could have been pared back to 450 and I would have been happy), was its intricacy. Almost everything tied in to the end. Of course, for a novelist like Stephen King, I would expect nothing less. However, I found the protag’s involvement left me feeling uneasy. Could Mike have figured ever ...more
I read this one when it was first published!
I think I was going through a "I should read something other than romance" phase. If I remember correctly I was annoyed that the possibilities for romance in the book didn't exactly work out. What the hell did I expect? Jude fucking Deveraux?
Reflections of Peter Straub's 'Ghost Story' ran through my thoughts as I read this one. And not only did they work together on some novels but King has mentioned how much he admires 'Ghost Story', so maybe...?
This was great writing with an interesting plot being weaved to form a masterful picture, but I think it is a picture that brings nothing new to the table and it was too long in the weaving.
Bag of Bones was a labor to read but overall was still good.
The blurb does an okay job of describing the plot, so I'm not going to give a repeat of that. But the plot is so perfectly convoluted and expertly done that I was on the edge of my seat through the whole thing the first time I read it. When I read it over again, it still captivates me, even though I know what's going to happen. So A+ for the plotting ...more
Now I know the majority of this author's books are chunksters, but this being my first book by him left me kind of bored. Felt like it could have been cut by 200 pages.
I think that if King is a favorite of yours, you'll enjoy this, but I wouldn't recommend this as a first try. I own more t ...more
“Then I got back to the house, and all I worried about was my story and the people in it--bags of bones which were putting on flesh daily.”
As a writer, I fell into t ...more
At first I didn't think that this story was very scary. I thought it was a very touching account about loss and a quirky writer who was trying to cope. I loved that he fell i ...more
Curhat bagian 1: 28 Oktober 2010.
(Ditujukan untuk Ibu Dokter Iyut dan saudara Rauf).
Saya sudah tahu sejak SMA, bahwa Stephen King memang nama jaminan untuk kisah2 menegangkan yang berbau hantua2an. Namun kontak saya dengan karya King pertama malah baru tahun 2009 lalu lewat film "1408", yang jujur saja saya beli karena pemeran utamanya adalah John Cusack, hehe... Film itu, yang DVD-nya sendirian saya tonton di kamar (untungnya sore2!) membuat sebentar2 tangan saya naik menut ...more
Il tema del lutto -già sviscerato in maniera impressionante in "pet semetary"- si amalgama benissimo con la componente sovrannaturale, restituendo al lettore un'atmosfera in bilico tra lo straniante e l'onirico.
L'introspezione dei personaggi, jolly dell'intero romanzo, risulta un ulteriore punto di forza; in virtù di tali pregi, posso tranquillamente perdonare l'oggettiva prolissità della vicenda (600 pagine ...more
This isn't much of a horror novel. Although there is one particular passage that caused me a little lost sleep, this is a story of grief, love, and revenge. It's a ghost story (this is the horror and revenge part) that concerns a writer facing writer's block following the ...more
This book is an amazing , disturbing, terrifying psychological experience. It reminds me of "the Shining" because many chapters are about the feeling, the thoughts and the nighmares of Mike Noonan (like Jack Torrance on th ...more
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