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Just Another Lovers’ Triangle,Right?

It was love at first sight. From the moment seventeen-year-old Arnie Cunningham saw Christine, he knew he would do anything to possess her.

Arnie’s best friend, Dennis, distrusts her—immediately.

Arnie’s teen-queen girlfriend, Leigh, fears her the moment she senses her power.

Arnie’s parents, teachers, and enemies soon learn what happen...more
Paperback, 503 pages
Published September 7th 2004 by Signet (first published 1983)
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Kerstin
I have a real guilty-pleasure, love/love realtionship with Stephen King books. I don't care how literarily unhip that is. Christine was the first big-girl book I ever read--I was in the fourth grade and we'd just moved to California. I didn't have any friends or anywhere to go yet, so I spent my days poking around in the library, like any good nerd. I'd heard somewhere that Stephen King books contained scandalous curse words, so I picked it out of the library's King collection because the title...more
Kemper
You never forget your first time, and the memories of my initial encounter with Stephen King when he lured me into the back of a 1958 Plymouth Fury and had his way with me are still clear over 30 years later.

For the record, he wasn’t gentle.

I was a wee lad of 13 when this came out, and Stephen King had established his reputation as America’s boogeyman after his breakout in the ‘70s. I wasn’t much of a horror fan and despite my increasing interest in ‘grown-up’ fiction had no interest in the King...more
Dirk Grobbelaar
If I admitted that I probably enjoyed this more than The Shining – would that amount to sacrilege?

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There isn’t much I didn’t particularly enjoy about the novel, except perhaps for one or two pacing issues. Then again, the book is only about 500 pages, which is a lot less than some of those other King books. It is incredibly creepy at times, which I found surprising, since the idea of a “haunted car” might seem a bit, well, corny. It’s everything but. In fact...more
Dan Schwent
Misfit Arnie Cunningham buys a 1958 Plymouth Fury named Christine and it's love at first sight. As he fixes the car and his obsession with it grows, his life spins out of control.

11/5/2013 I'm putting Christine in park for now since it's not revving my engine. It's as slow as a Plymouth Fury with the emergency brake on. Hopefully I'll pick it back up in a few weeks and it'll get my motor running.
Sara
Finished this book last night. This was my first real attempt at a Stephen King novel. The Mist had me warmed up to King and I figured I'd snag an other good ol' book of his from my library. Unlike the mist, this finally had an ending (which I'm glad about because after over 500 pages, I would have screamed if it left it with no closure). Sure, it wasn't exactly the happiest and there were still a few things left open ended but it was sufficient. My only question now is:
Does Stephen King have ra...more
Stefan Yates
Christine is not one of Stephen King's greatest works by any means, but it is still a good story with moments of real suspense and terror. I feel that one of King's biggest short-comings with this novel was having the tale told by a future Dennis. To me, this takes away a lot of suspense from some of the most tense scenes in the book because the reader is being told the tale by a character who is involved in a near-death experience, therefore revealing that the narrator survived his experience....more
Becky
This is one of the few King stories that I had never read. I don't know why I'd never read it, but it just seemed to me like reading about a car wasn't really my thing. I'm not a car girl. I drive one, but I don't dream about them, or get excited by them. I guess I was afraid that this book would be a few hundred pages of specs and details and owner's manual stuff, mixed in with a maniacal car tormenting stupid car-kids that would annoy me rather than making me hope they make it to the last page...more
John
Ever wondered about those guys who say: “I love my car”, and look like they really mean it? Have you ever sympathized with wives and girlfriends who had a pained expression on their face as they complained: “He loves that car more than me”?
Christine is a 1958 Plymouth Fury, as red as the blood spilt during every term of ownership, in one of author Stephen King’s best horror stories about man’s abiding passion for cars, the need for speed, a greedy jealous love, and an obsession that turns into p...more
Stephen
3.5 stars. I remember really liking this when I was younger. I think this is one that belongs in that large category of good, solid stories from Stephen King. Not one of his best but worth the read.
Jennifer
I saw the movie version of Christine at least a decade ago and I absolutely hated it. It was dull and honestly, I don't think I understood what was really going on. I just kept thinking, if you'd just stop putting gas in that car all of your problems would be solved.

Finally mustering up the courage to read the book, I found Christine to be a wonderful surprise. It was long and detailed, but these details made up the back story that was sorely missing from the movie. This was well done, well expl...more
Jane Stewart
Above average. Not great, but entertaining.

STORY BRIEF:
Unpopular pimply faced high school senior Arnie falls in love at first sight with a used car. He buys it. It’s obsessive love. There are supernatural elements to this car. Arnie has one good friend Dennis who narrates the story.

OPINION:
A lot of the story is depicting high school and family life with interesting and engaging characters, dialogue, and events. The other part is the car and the supernatural. I love revenge stories, and the car g...more
•Erin• (Paperback Stash)
Finally have read this one. Great book - it almost completely follows the movie but there is a major difference to be had. While the events are the same basically, the story behind it is altered majorly. I was a bit peeved about Dennis and Leigh, and it was odd with King's point of view -- for the first 200 pages or so he told the story through first-person (Dennis, the friend.) Suddenly, he switches to multiple viewpoints until page 350 or so. Then he stays in first person, Dennis only, for the...more
Nikki
Can't guess as to when I properly read this. I just grabbed it out of a box I haven't touched in at least three years, though, so I'll make a guess. Anyway, this is one of my Mysterious Disappearing Reviews which GR can neither explain nor recover (I have now given up on even reporting the issue unless I have a list of evidence for the review's existence, which in this case I don't). So I'll keep this brief: I remember liking this, being drawn to read the rest of it, feeling pretty unsettled --...more
John Dow
Took me a long time to read this, due to various external factors, but it was well worth the effort. I think I was about 14 when I read it the first time and the re-reading brought back a whole pile of happy (and not so happy) memories. It seems that books have an ability to connect me to my past that nothing else comes close to.
Damon Lee
503 pages

It was in the 1970’s where Dennis Guilder and Arnold Cunningham found a red Plymouth Fury, it was an old and used car, it was DILAPDATING. The owner makes Arnie a deal and sold the car for $250. The name of the car was Christine and Dennis and Arnold decides to buy it, while Arnie was in the house with the owner doing the papers and stuff, Dennis hops in the car. Dennis felt as though he was in the 1950’s he was freaked out and warned him not to get it. This is where it really gave me...more
Marvin
Not my favorite King but a fun read. There is a lot to recommend it. King doesn't disappoint in the "I write like a son-of-a-bitch" department. The main character developed nicely from geeky nerd to vicious nerd. But I guess it's the haunted car aspect that bothers me. The idea of a car being "born bad" is just a little silly to me and its metamorphosis required too much of a suspension of disbelief...even for a King novel. On the other hand, it does bring up an interesting question to mull over...more
Lightblue
Ogni volta è così difficile recensire un libro di King, dire qualcosa che riesca a descrivere pienamente la bellezza dei suoi libri. Come ho detto altre volte, riesce a rendere paurose e terrorizzanti anche le cose più banali, come in questo caso con Christine: una vecchia macchina che viene acquistata da Arnie, uno dei giovani protagonisti.
In seguito all’acquisto, Arnie cambia di giorno in giorno, diventando una persona completamente diversa, crudele e spietata verso anche le persone che più a...more
Patricia
Muy buen libro! Me sorprendió gratamente, tenía previsto leerlo mucho más adelante, muy superior a la película, lo único que le criticó es que por momentos se excede con los detalles, sobretodo en la primera mitad del libro.
David Sarkies
May 09, 2014 David Sarkies rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like a really good horror book
Recommended to David by: Jeremy Groffen
Shelves: horror
How our possessions in turn possess us
21 January 2012

I have read a few Stephen King books and I must say that my favourites so far would be this book and Firestarter. In high school my English teacher had a chip on his shoulder regarding Stephen King, referring to his books as pulp literature and airport trash (a term that he used to describe books that you purchase at airport bookshops to read on the plane - his thoughts being that such books tend to have little literary merit and are simply r...more
Daniel Padulo
Christine by Stephen King was without a doubt one of Stephen King's best novels just from the fact that he made such a suspenseful and scary novel using a car as the murderer. The story is about Dennis' nerdy best friend Arnie who buys a car off a strange man and the car just so happens to be possessed. The car (named Christine) seems to come alive and wants only Arnie; in fact, it would kill for him. With Christine murdering anyone who gets in the way of it and Arnie, Arnie has no choice but to...more
Patrick
(minor spoilers)

Christine was the second Stephen King book I’ve read, the first being his debut novel, Carrie. After being unable to trudge through ‘Salem’s Lot, I decided I would give Christine a try because one of my friends strongly recommended it saying that it was very scary.

The novel takes the point of view of Dennis whose best friend, Arnie, buys a run-down old car which he calls Christine. In soon enough time, Arnie becomes obsessed with it. Within a few chapters, Arnie’s admiration grow...more
Himanshu Modi
I read the blurb on the back page which basically suggested that Christine, with her overbearing evil powers had Arnie Cunningham completely in her control. Well… I thought about some evil chick getting her evil deeds done through poor ol’ Arnie. As it turned out… Christine was a car!!! An evil car, bent on killing the people it… sorry… “she” didn’t like!!!

For those who remember, there was a movie made in apna Bollywood, “Tarzan – The Wonder Car.” Guess where was the plot picked from!!! Oh yeah…...more
Jade
Christine and Carrie were the first two books I had ever read from Stephen King and I personally think they're two of the best he's ever written--greatly because they were early works and that's where King truly thrives. At first I wasn't sure how I would be able to connect to a book with a demonic car, but as I read I got it. I can relate to Arnie Cunningham and his love with this car. I've got an older muscle car and the pure power makes you fall in love with it. Only Arnie gets to make it bea...more
Geert Daelemans
Carmageddon avant la lettre

Loosely based upon a short story he wrote earlier, Stephen King created in 1983 with Christine one of the scariest and notorious entities of his numerous books. Randall Flag, Annie Wilkes and Penny Wise the Clown have found their best means of transportation: Christine.

The pimplish Arnie Cunningham is a basic loser, the sort of which every high school has to have at least two. So, it is not surprising that he becomes the joke of the century when he buys a car more fitt...more
Cherie
My ratings system is as follows. One star is GOOD. The book is entertaining, easy to read and you don't want to stop reading because something about the book is compelling you not to. Two stars is GREAT! This time the story is not only entertaining, but highly creative, unique, easy to read and hard to put down. Three stars is EXCELLENT. Here the book has all aspects of one and two stars, but now the book is thought and emotionally provoking. Four is AWESOME. This is the read that is not only cr...more
Lisa Pegg
Usually I don't mind reading horror, and have read plenty of Stephen King's novels to know what they're like, but after Christine I remember laying in bed, wide awake, trying not to stare outside the window for fear of car lights or a dead corpse appearing out of nowhere. Obviously after a while the fear wore off and I went to sleep thinking, "So stupid ..." but in a way I kind of liked that a book could have that effect on me. That's what a book is supposed to do, and King does not hesitate in...more
Anthony
Stephen King, as you may already know, is one of my most favorite author's of all time, and he has written another one of his twisted, demented, and overall macacabre. King's tale of a car gone bad chills to the bone, and is a scary delight to read at night.
The story is about a teenager named Arnold Cunningham, who immediatley falls in love with a car he sees when his best friend passes by an old, dilapidated house. After Arnold buys the car, a transfromation begins to consume him, and he turn...more
Ellie
This is one of the best novels that Stephen King has ever written. The story starts off slow, but after the first one hundred pages or so, you are hooked. Set in the late 1970’s America, the novel tells the story of a teenage boy named Arnie who has an obsession with a rusted old wreck of a 1958 Plymouth Fury. However it isn't long before the car's former deceased owner comes to haunt Arnie, his best friend Dennis, and his girlfriend Leigh. Dennis and Leigh's lives are turned upside down as they...more
Emma Rj
Why, Uncle Steve? What is with the demon car obsession? Why must you continue to inflict these on us?

As far as books about evil cars go, this one isn't bad. Its biggest flaw is that it's a book about an evil car.
Camila Carbel
Libro muy entretenido, con una gran historia.
Muy bien definidos los personajes, como siempre King. Muy buenas vueltas de tuerca, y un final, fantástico!
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