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La historia de Lisey (Lisey's Story)

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  44,888 ratings  ·  2,350 reviews
Hacía casi dos años que Lisey Debusher Landon había perdido a su marido Scott, después de veinticinco años de matrimonio y de una intimidad tan profunda que a veces les daba miedo. Scott había sido un escritor muy premiado y de gran éxito y también un hombre muy complicado. Al principio de su relación, Lisey tuvo que aprender mucho de él sobre libros y sobre sangre. Más ad ...more
608 pages
Published 2007 by Plaza & Janés (first published October 24th 2006)
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Nicholas Sparks
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.
Aug 31, 2007 Debbie rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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.

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
Will Byrnes
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Franco  Santos
«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
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,
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
May 09, 2013 J.C. rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
Helen (Helena/Nell)
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Mina Villalobos
Oct 19, 2008 Mina Villalobos rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Edward Lorn
Jul 04, 2015 Edward Lorn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: King fans
Shelves: hardcover
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
Red Fields
Jul 22, 2007 Red Fields rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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.
Blanca Hindle
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
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
Dean liapis
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"
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
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
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
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
DeAnna Knippling
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
Feb 13, 2008 Tracy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Kealan Burke
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
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
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
this was boring. not engrossing at all. you could probably skip the first 100 pages and not miss anything. it's lazy writing and i found the relationship between the two main characters odd, stilted, to say the least. i thought it was terrible. i didn't finish it.
Mike Thorn
I can understand why King has selected Lisey's Story as his favorite of his own novels; while I think it is far from being his best work, it is probably his most personal. Its most intimate sections are also its most fearless and effective. If this novel had consistently maintained the ugly, close-up ferocity of those episodes, it very well could have been King's masterpiece.

It shares a number of similarities with the other post-accident novels I've read from King (Dreamcatcher, From a Buick 8,
I truly wanted to like this book. I'd never read King's fiction before, but I did love his On Writing and I can tell how much he wants to be accepted by the literary establishment and this seemed his ticket out of the Steele-Patterson-Evanovich crew. He even got a female editor to make his female protagonist more credible. I keep on hearing how great his stories are and the select movies that I'd seen based on his writing suggest he does have much to offer ("Shawshank Redemption," "Stand by Me," ...more
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
Finally I'm finished!!! This was a bit of a disappointing read for me as I really couldn't get into the story at all, until about two thirds in. I'm glad this wasn't my first experience with Stephen King because it may have been my last. As it is I'll just put this one down to not one of his best. The story did improve towards the end and parts of it did have me on edge. It was quite spooky and creepy and it may take me a while to look into a mirror again without being a bit terrified.
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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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