En route to Lake Tahoe for a much anticipated vacation, the Car ...more
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”I see holes like eyes.”
Desperation is one of the downright scariest books I’ve read, and the scares come early. King manages, for the most part, to keep the tension up throughout the novel, which makes it one hell of an uneasy read. Some sequences are somewhat bizarre, and others are bluntly offensive, although this is only what you’d expect from a novel such as this: it’s not meant to be easy reading after all.
Something about this bothered [him], but for n ...more
It all begins with a monstrosity of a 6' 7" police officer from hell and a scary trip into town for one unwary traveler after another; and once you do make it to town, well, the deadly creep-fest begins.
This chunkster of a novel is filled with really icky creepy crawlers, horrific & gruesome death, and enough blood and gore to fill a movie theatre, but when eleven year old David Carver enters t...more
What I always found insulting was how easily critics, snobs, and pretentious twits write-off Stephen King because he writes stories about realistic people in fantastic situations. So what? Seriously, he writes amazingly so why give a damn what he writes about? Desperation is a perfect example of horror and fantastic writing and anyone who doesn't think so can go ...more
I closed the book with a wicked smile across my face.
First, the boy character made this book.
Second, the way this story makes you feel like you're right there. Third, how can you not love a 600+ page King novel. The bigger the better in my opinion. One of his best for sure.
I'll admit, the story was engaging. King has a way with propelling his story-lines over hundreds of pages without taking a breath. Or so it would seem. Unfortunately, the mediocrity of his prose is, at best, d ...more
What a book! What a ride! Tak!
This is a story about the little mining town of Desperation. Regulating the traffic on the nearby Route 50 is Collie Entragian, who is an absolutely giant madman. If you're caught with a license plate number missing or you've got a flat tire...tough luck. Collie brings passers-by into Desperation where the real nightmare begins.
I loved this book from beginning to end, I was hooked from the very first page. It's an apocalyptic d ...more
This read was a little bit better than the first because I was expecting the slow-as- ...more
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Oi, this book is a doozy! I read it months ago but only just finished its companion novel so I think I'm finally ready to organize my thoughts and write a review of this thing. I know I rated it three stars but that's really only in comparison to King's other work. Because compared with other writers, this book is far better, but compared to a lot of his other novels, it is just on the lower end of the Stephen King spectrum for me. Which really is too bad be ...more
Παρόλο που και ως εξώφυλλο και ως υπόθεση το βιβλίο φαίνεται να είναι κάτι πολύ δυνατό,προσωπικά δεν το ένιωσα και τόσο πολύ. Το διάβασα αμέσως μετά από τους "Ρυθμιστές",που κυκλοφόρησε ο King την ίδια χρονιά με το ψευδώνυμο του Backman,και επέλεξε να δώσει στους ήρωες τα ίδια ονόματα με εκείνα που είχαν οι ήρωες στους "Ρυθμιστές". Οπότε,μου ερχόταν κάπως παράξενο να διαβάζω τα ίδια ονόματα και τις ίδιες περιγραφές ανθρώπων,από μια ολότελα διαφορετική πλευρά όμως. Οικείο και ανοί ...more
Audiobook - Narrated by Stephen King - Surprisingly good narration.
I say surprisingly good, because years ago I listened to something Stephen King read (can't remember what) and found his voice to be flat and emotionless. So I was severely disappointed when I downloaded this book and found it was narrated by the author. But, eventually, I decided to give it a try, and I have to say that I was surprised. He did an excellent job. It was like having him in my living room, an old friend come to vis ...more
The first half, maybe even two thirds and I was all HEY THIS MIGHT BE MY FAVORITE KING NOVEL. A creepy rural Nevada cop starts kidnapping innocent travelers!? Like all post-AA King, they're all thinly veiled representations of parts of his personality/personal history!? THE COP IS POSSESSED BY AN ANCIENT EARTH-GOD WITH POWER OVER THE LOWER BEASTS OF THE DESERT?@?!!? DUDE!
There's a movie adaptation where RON PERLMAN PLAYS THE COP!? DOUBLE DUD ...more
Maybe this is due to the fact that I'm on something of a King kick, and I've been reading a lot of his stuff within the past few months. I think, because of this, some of his les ...more
The beginning is both suspenseful and promising and for a quite long while the reading i ...more
Desperation is reminiscent of King’s magnum opus The Stand, and King revisits many familiar themes such as good versus evil, salvation, redemption, faith, so forth. There’s also a lot of blood and gore, which ...more
Partía de una gran idea que me prometía una historia más madura y desarrollada que su par cuasihomólogo Posesión, sin embargo me encontré con algo, si bien más sazonado, supinamente denso. Hubo partes en las que el sopor provocado por esta lectura superaba cualquier resistencia que podía contraponer (disculpen el pleonasmo). Me resultó muy difícil terminar esta novela.
Algo positivo que tengo que mencionar es que tiene muy buenos personajes; también el final: fue una gran conclusión ...more
Still, something about Desperation got to me. It played ...more
Picture yourself driving down Highway 50. Windows are down and the wind is blowing your hair back like you're in front of a high powered fan. Tunes are blaring out of the front speakers, and everything is going perfect. You and your mate are having the time of your lives.
That's when you see the blue/red lights flash behind you, and a quick 'whoop whoop' flagging you down for you to pull over.
A strange man that looks like an officer of the law slowly makes his way to the side you ...more
No imaginaba que King, en un libro así, cerraria con un tinte religioso, pero al final todo toma cierto sentido aunque algunas cosas no queden claras.
Me gustó? Si. Fue una genialidad? No. Es un buen libro de King? Puede ser
The story opens with a crazy cop on the rampage. He lives in the small desert town of Desperation, and scans the road ...more
It is his most overtly religious book since "The Stand" and it may be more religious than that. "Desperation" has hints of a cool ...more
This is an interesting Stephen King book for more than one reason, but the main one is the character who is very God-enamored is not some crazy antagonist. Which is pretty interesting. As well as that, it has some typical King things like survivors of something crazy going on, an abandoned place with everything just laying around for their use, and an arm coming off of a body. So that's fun.
It's not one of my favorite King books, but it is a lot of fun. Really, the only reason I didn ...more
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