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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  110,161 ratings  ·  2,397 reviews
Four years after the sudden death of his wife, forty-year-old bestselling novelist Mike Noonan is still grieving. Unable to write, and plagued by vivid nightmares set at the western Maine summerhouse he calls Sara Laughs, Mike reluctantly returns to the lakeside getaway. There, he finds his beloved Yankee town held in the grip of a powerful millionaire, Max Devore, whose v ...more
Paperback, 736 pages
Published June 1999 by Pocket Books
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Kim Not all his books have graphic sex. I have read this book as well and did not care for it. To me this didn't feel like a "Stephen King" book, if that…moreNot all his books have graphic sex. I have read this book as well and did not care for it. To me this didn't feel like a "Stephen King" book, if that even makes sense. (less)
Alex H Dude. It's long, it's long, long, long, long...it's so long. It just never ends. Too many pointless scenes, too many pointless details. You could…moreDude. It's long, it's long, long, long, long...it's so long. It just never ends. Too many pointless scenes, too many pointless details. You could easily erase at least one third of the book. If you like Stephen king, read its short stories, especially the early ones. Fantastic.(less)
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Dale
Aug 31, 2007 Dale rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: hopeless romantics and people who've never read Stephen King
I am a Stephen King junkie. I started reading him in high school and quickly tore through just about everything he'd ever written, and then started buying every new book he put out. Being a Stephen King fan is kind of like being a geek for Dragonlance or comic books - reviewing his work seems borderline pointless because non-fans will usually dismiss him out of hand and be hard to convince of any intrinsic value, and fans are already pretty hardcore about him.

Nevertheless, I wanted to add this
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Jamieson
I am enjoying what I think is perhaps Stephen King’s best novel, ever.

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
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Edward Lorn
Had you asked me a month ago what I thought of Bag of Bones I might have chuckled and shook my head. I might have told you it is one of the worst Stephen King books there is, that it is easily in my bottom five King reads, down there with such piles of Kingly excrement as Dreamcatcher, Wizard and Glass, The Eyes of the Dragon, and From a Buick 8, the latter being the pinnacle of Uncle Stevie's fecal production. In other words, friends and neighbors, I hated this book.

But that was then and this i
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Wordsmith Johnson
Easily my favorite Stephen King novel ever, and I've read a wide cross section of different eras of his stuff. This is a ghost story...it's about being haunted, both by spirits and by memories. It's a book about loss and grief, but also a suspenseful mystery with a super spooky atmosphere, set in a creepy, unincorporated and sparesely populated fading resort community with a dark historic past. The mystery and the hauntings are linked in with a child custody battle, complete with a nefarious old ...more
Erin (PT)
Here's the thing about me and Stephen King: no matter how problematic and/or angry-making I find some of his work to be, the man knows how to tell a good story.

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,
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Autumn Doughton
This was a weird novel for me. For the first 450 pages or so I kept thinking that it was by leaps and bounds the best Stephen King book ever. But then things got strange in a way that only King's novels can and I was left feeling like maybe I'd been in a car accident but had blacked out and couldn't really remember the whole thing properly.
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
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Becky
I remember reading this when I was 16. My dad bought me the hardcover for my birthday, and I remember reading it on a plane. That's about all that I remember about it, though, other than a vague recollection of liking it, hence my pre-Goodreads rating of 3 stars.

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
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Franco  Santos
Y acaso la mayor bendición fue que nunca supimos que nos quedaba poco tiempo...

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
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Caroline
Slow moving. I quit halfway through, switched to an action novel which cleared my head and allowed me to continue the laborious trudge.

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
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Eleni Ouzouni
Classic story by Stephen King!
Katie
So this is my first Steven King novel. There are others on my list that I want to read, but somehow this one was first. For 25% of the book I thought he rambled on forever, getting no where fast. Then the last portions of the book really got me. I did enjoy it. Did I think it was 5 star worthy? No. First let me say, I LOVE paranormal books. And as far as the paranormal portion of the book went, I thought that was excellent. I could see what was happening, I could feel the chills. I loved that it ...more
Adrianna
This isn't an average read for me. I have quite a few Stephen King novels that have been sitting on my shelves for ages and I wanted to branch out from the normal genres I read, figured I could start with him.

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
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Riku Sayuj
Typical King. Probably one of his better novels.
Amanda
Like many Stephen King books, the characters he creates seem almost real. Throughout Bag od Bones, the central character, Mike Noonan, obviously parallels King's life. You come to think of Mike as someone who really existed. Of course if Mike really existed, then the Sara Laughs story must be real-and threin lies the horror.

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
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Nick Iuppa
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Linn
Oct 15, 2014 Linn rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Hardcore Stephen King fans
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Bunga Mawar
Buku ini menyeramkan.

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
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Jack Dixon
I know it's hard to believe when I say that this was my very first Stephen King novel. I LOVED LOVED LOVED IT!!! I have felt spooked before by my previous reads, but never has a novel made me cry from joy and sadness too. I admit that I was a little worried when the first 100 pages seemed like the author was rambling...but turned out for good reason. This is a rare book I would definitely read again. More, please!
rachel
In the later half of his career, Stephen King is romantic. I remember finding Lisey's Story lovely in its depiction of marriage, and this one I felt even more deeply. If it were possible for a book to turn you white hot with longing for intimacy with another person, that's what Bag of Bones did to me. I was possessed with the spirit of Michael and Mattie's extra-sensory regard for each other; I heard Jo's loving sighs for Michael as I tried to sleep. I fantasized and daydreamed about at least th ...more
Juan Rodríguez
Dec 15, 2008 Juan Rodríguez rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes to read good suspense/fiction/romance/horror
Stephen King remains my favorite author, even though almost nothing I have read after Bag of Bones --which he published in 1998--, although I have loved, has quite thrilled me as much as this masterpiece, which I am now reading with the same grip for the third time. Mike Noonan's slow descent from mourning to horror and then ascention to love is one of the best trips King has given me yet.

Mike Noonan is a best-selling author who must deal with his young wife's sudden death, paired with an inexpl
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Matt Garcia
Creepy, elegant, and sentimental all at the same time. This book contains the classic chills that readers have come to expect from Stephen King but it also is very sad at parts. This is a very deeply layered story that is a bit like a mystery in some ways. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it once again showed me why Stephen King is my favorite author of all time. 5 stars
Kinksrock
Stephen King has written about a haunted hotel (The Shining), a haunted car (Christine), and a haunted graveyard (Pet Sematary). In this novel, he writes about a haunted vacation home. A successful author who lives in Maine (how did King get into this character's mind?) is abruptly widowed and has writer's block. He relocates to his secluded vacation home, where spooky things keep happening and he becomes involved in a young woman's custody dispute with her sadistic father-in-law, but he is able ...more
Leah
Rating: 3.5 of 5

A well-written novel with a multi-layered plot that features King's trademark descriptions and seamless integration of the paranormal into everyday life.
Here is Stephen King’s most gripping and unforgettable novel — a tale of grief and lost love’s enduring bonds, of haunting secrets of the past, and of an innocent child caught in a terrible crossfire. (Source: book cover)
Here's the gist:

Thirty-something author, Mike Noonan, hasn't been able to write anything since the sudden deat
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Nicholas
Dec 02, 2008 Nicholas rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: King fans, TJ
Recommended to Nicholas by: Amanda Kong
Shelves: the-king
Where to begin?

This is my favorite King book so far. And that's really saying a lot, because I like a lot of King stuff.

The strength of Bag of Bones (a completely appropriate title on so many levels once you get through it), lies in its completely realistic starting point. King manages to capture the loss and pain of a loved one in such stark terms that I found myself with nightmares of my own. Not supernatural ones, the kind that go away as soon as you push the covers off and brush your teeth
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Peter Meredith
The book starts out with the protagonist, Mike reeling after the unexpected death of his wife. Then nothing really happens for a hundred pages. It's actually pretty dull. Mike can't write anymore, he is filled with grief, can't get laid, sad stuff, but dull stuff. Any other author, I would have tossed the book aside, but this is the King and he keeps me hooked with just a simple idea that Mike's wife Jo, might have been doing something naughty on the side. He mentions it in the fourth paragraph ...more
Bill
Jan 23, 2008 Bill rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who thought they had their fill of King
Shelves: horror
Man, when this guy is good, he is really good. Bag of Bones exemplifies what I love about Stephen King. Characters you care about, and marvelously poignant observances, be they on human nature or a simple description or simile.
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
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Tonya
King doesn't disappoint, I absolutely loved this story. Creepiness in spades - I found myself listening for additional sounds in my house as I read. This is one of my favorites of his, it will keep you reading long into the night!
Hannah (Vamp of Savannah)
The ending got a little muddy, but overall a very good read. Against my better judgement I'm probably going to watch the television production this weekend.

Here goes nothing...
Adam
I didn't read all of King's stuff as a teenager, mostly just the most famous books, and I think I have to thank King for how much I genuinely care about fiction, and for how much I love reading now. It's not just that his books were my introduction to both the grown-up novel (whatever you think of the quality of King's work, his stuff is more fundamentally literary than genre-oriented; you can take the vampires out of Salem's Lot and have a pretty good novel of small town Americana), but also th ...more
Anne Nikoline
To all of the great and devoted fans of Stephen King, I'm very sorry to declare how little I felt for this book, which I understand is one of the better written novels of the author, however, I do not blame any of your praising reviews which could only make ones expectations rise, nor do I blame my taste in books because to be honest, I haven't really read much horror fiction, so I also feel like I need to read more to fully decide weather Stephen King is for me or not.

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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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