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The Mist (Skeleton Crew #1)

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  73,807 Ratings  ·  1,288 Reviews
It's a hot, lazy day, perfect for a cookout, until you see those strange dark clouds. Suddenly a violent storm sweeps across the lake and ends as abruptly and unexpectedly as it had begun. Then comes the mist...creeping slowly, inexorably into town, where it settles and waits, trapping you in the supermarket with dozens of others, cut off from your families and the world. ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published October 2nd 2007 by Signet (first published 1980)
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Jun 01, 2015 Mario rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, own, own-read
My 100th read book this year. And also, a damn good one. King surely knows how to write characters you want to strangle, and then feel happy about it.

Even though I really liked the book I need to say one thing. Since I've seen the movie before I read the book, I gotta say that, even though ending of the book was interesting, ending of the movie was done so much better and it literally left me speechless.

But never mind that, I couldn't give this book any less than 5 stars, because I honestly thi
Evelyn (devours and digests words)
As a species we're fundamentally insane. Put more than two of us in a room, we pick sides and start dreaming up reasons to kill one another. Why do you think we invented politics and religion?

The Mist is a novella mainly about survival and it is a terrifying one at that. Because how do one fight off something like the mist and the creatures that came with it?

David and his young son Billy happened to be one of a few survivors holing up in a supermarket with more than 80 other people. For his
Mia Nauca
Jul 18, 2016 Mia Nauca rated it really liked it
Una novela bastante corta de Stephen King que me gustó muchísimo, super entretenida y en algunos momentos incluso me llegué a asustar.

Las primeras hojas son un poco lentas pero una vez que llegan al supermercado todo se vuelve un hermoso caos

Me gustó mucho el final personalmente, sé que hay gente que no le gusta pero a mi shi
May 31, 2015 Danger rated it really liked it
I feel like reading Stephen King is a rite of passage that I somehow completely missed out on. Which is strange. I operate artistically in bizarro fiction, which itself is on the fringes of horror. There are certainly elements of horror in my books to be sure. And with good reason. I love horror movies, horror shows, haunted houses. I spent a good portion of my childhood reading “true story” accounts of ghosts and aliens and wendigos and sasquatches. I obsessed over TV shows like In Search Of… a ...more
May 02, 2015 Amar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
Već nakon par stranica , King uspjeva stvoriti jednu mračnu atmosferu koja traje sve do kraja. Opasnost koja vreba vani zbog magle ( a i samim tim i sa čudovištima koji se nalaze vani ) najbolje je prikazana u scenama koji se dešavaju u supermarktetu gdje se strah tih ljudi doslovno može osjetiti.
Vrhunac mi je onaj monstrum koji je veliki kao dinosaurus ( Cthulhu inspiracija ? ).

Eh sad , kraj knjige mi je bio dobar... jako dobar čak.
I tu moram uporedit ovaj kraj , sa onim krajem u filmu koji je
May 18, 2015 SR rated it did not like it
Shelves: for-school, sf
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‘La niebla’ es una recopilación de tres relatos de Stephen King que forman parte de la antología ‘Skeleton Crew’ (1985).

La niebla. (*****) Tras una terrible tormenta, el pueblo de Bridgton se ve envuelto de repente en una espesa niebla blanca que oculta espantosas pesadillas. Magnífica novela corta, perfectamente narrada y ambientada. Todo lo que acontece en el supermercado es increíble.

El mono. (***) Hal, junto a su mujer y sus dos hijos, se topa de nuevo con un mono de juguete, de esos que toc
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Oct 22, 2014 ⊱ Irena ⊰ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
The Mist is a great monster story. The whole plot mostly takes place inside the supermarket (at least the largest horror one). After a nasty storm a strange mist appears. And the things in it.
People escaped the mist and what is lurking in it and now they either have to wait for it to pass or to do something horrible. It isn't surprising, then, that you get a couple of stereotypical characters (an old crazy doom-sayer, a lawyer who is full of himself, a unassuming good guy and so on). The protago
Feb 18, 2016 Mario rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well that was fun to listen. If you have already read the book I suggest giving this a try. It's pretty short and pretty fun to listen to on a short ride (like I did).

When a writer doesn't explain the origins of his/her story's horror elements, I think of it as a bit of a cop-out.

Here too, things were left unexplained, but it somehow gave a creepier feel to the story. So I will grudgingly admit, when done properly, unexplained horror does work.

But then again, this was written by you-know-who.

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Jan 23, 2016 Marvin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
I didn't know The Mist was published separately. I read it first in the excellent anthology Dark Forces edited by Kirby McCauley. That was its original printing, although it was later printed in King's collection, Skeleton Crew. I have previously criticized King's science fiction works although his later novels such as 11-22-63 and Under The Domehas caused me to back off the criticism a bit. Yet The Mist is one of his finest works of fiction and is clearly science fiction although the horror is ...more
Gregor Xane
Oct 12, 2013 Gregor Xane rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
This was a re-read. I listened to The Mist first when I was 12 years old (on cassette, in glorious 3D SOUND!) and remember liking it quite a bit. Then, I read it later on, in my late teens, as part of King's Skeleton Crew collection. It's funny how memory works. One thing about this story that has always stood out in my mind over the years is what I remembered to be long lists of brand names, paragraphs and paragraphs of listed brand names. When I was re-reading this, I kept waiting for those lo ...more
Dang Ole' Dan Can Dangle
Dec 30, 2013 Dang Ole' Dan Can Dangle rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Let's play spot how many brand names Stephen King can name!: Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Sears, Hallmark, McCulloch chainsaws (which, by the way, as King points out, costs only $79.95 and works better than the more expensive brands), Mobil, Texaco, Exxon, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Schlitz Light, Budweiser, Busch beer, Lancers wine, Ripple wine, Parliament cigarettes, One Step at a Time filters, Fisher snow plows, Yamaha, Cadillac, Jeep, Chevy, Cricket Lighters, Jell-O, Texas Instruments, Beefaroni, Snowy bleach, ...more
Oct 26, 2015 Juli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Me gusto, pero esperaba mas de este autor
Calculo que pronto le dare otra oportunidad al autor haber si logra encantarme como ha encantado a tantos
Inés Izal
Nov 12, 2015 Inés Izal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, flojos
Jul 28, 2015 Melki rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, tentacle-porn
What could be more horrifying than a bunch of scary things hiding in the fog?
Being trapped in a store with a bunch of people you can't stand, that's what!
King knows that hell is other people.

I'll take my chances with the tentacles.
Nov 20, 2013 Victor rated it liked it
The first thing I ever read by Stephen King! It's been over four years! Four years of King!
Nov 14, 2015 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So. I'll never be looking at mist the same again.
Una historia increíble que en algunas ocasiones incluso me asusté. Podría haber tenido más puntuación si el final fuera igual que el de la película. El final de la película fue inimaginable, de esos finales que te dejan sin aliento. No puedo decir lo mismo del final del libro.
Oct 18, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it
The mist is EERIE with monstrous creatures within and no way out leaving a questionable future and hopelessness. A great read for October!
Jun 13, 2016 Joel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¡Oh Sí! ¡Hace mucho que no leía algo que me sorprendiera tanto!

"La niebla" es parte del original en inglés "Skeleton Crew". En español fue dividido en cuatro libros distintos siendo este el segundo que leo (El primero fue: La Expedición ) y la verdad que lo he disfrutado muchísimo.
Esta edición tiene tres historias que son:

La niebla: El relato principal del tomo y la verdad el mejor de los tres. Un relato atrapante que desde la primer página nos cautivará. La niebla narra como un grupo de per
Dec 15, 2013 Rose rated it really liked it
Sometimes I just need a Stephen King novel in my life & luckily for me he has loads to choose from. This time I chose this one & boy was it entertaining. Stephen King is not only a good writer but such a great storyteller he can probably write a story about any subject matter & I'd enjoy it. He's about the only one that can be crass & gross at times & still make me laugh. He's such an honest writer. He writes men like real men, the way they talk & their thoughts & tho ...more
Stressful. Lol
Jun 20, 2016 Ger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, horror
El libro se encuentra compuesto por una novela corta (La niebla) y dos relatos (El mono y El atajo de la señora Todd). El primero trata sobre un pueblo que repentinamente se ve invadido por una niebla muy espesa. El protagonista y un grupo de 80 personas se ven sorprendidas dentro de un supermercado cuando esto sucede y deben decidir como enfrentarse a lo que los está esperando ahí afuera. Es una buena historia, con momentos de tensión y buenos personajes pero el final sale perdiendo si se lo co ...more
Sep 13, 2015 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘La Niebla’ o ‘Skeleton crew’ consta de tres relatos, con un lapso de diecisiete años entre ellos.
Bill Harrington
Apr 25, 2008 Bill Harrington rated it really liked it
Whether you are the type of horror/suspense novel that appreciates an in-your-face creature-feature, or one who is more unnerved by the unknown, you will enjoy this book, as it has elements of both.

In many respects, this is classic King. First off, it's set - where else - in Maine. The character development is solid, but the first-person narrative stye of the book limits this development to David, the main character, and thus is not as thorough as some of King's other works.

King also displays h
Janie Johnson
Sep 24, 2012 Janie Johnson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stephen-king
At first I was not sure if this was the book I wanted to read or not. I thought about it for a bit, after looking over several I had to choose from. I finally decided that this would be the one.

First off I thought the book started out great. Very fluid, and easy to follow. The storyline escalated right from the start in my opinion, with the big storm. And I can relate to what the characters were feeling. Here where I live the storms can be hellacious. And from that point on it just got better an
Darth Andrew
Feb 11, 2016 Darth Andrew rated it really liked it
I've been reading this for most of the day, and it's great, scared me a little bit but not as much as King's other stuff.
Aug 04, 2016 Ярослава rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Давайте поговоримо про одну велику несправедливість у літературному каноні. Якщо базовий сюжет "люди під тиском поводяться як рідкісні мудаки, ось кілька прикладів з американських реалій" написано так, що сльози на очі навертаються від нудьги, то це висока полиця і Джонні Франзен-тонкий дослідник американського суспільства(ТМ), а якщо написано бодряком і з фонтанами крові, то це зразу низька полиця. (Так, я дуже не люблю Франзена. Це я вже мовчу про те, що "під тиском середнього віку одружений м ...more
César Lasso
Jan 10, 2015 César Lasso rated it really liked it
I’m not a fan of Stephen King, but I actually read a bunch of dozen thousand pages by him when I was in my early twenties. And, if I did that, it is because the first book I came across was this collection of three short stories. It grabbed me. It is definitely a good start if you haven’t read King yet.
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