A wondrous world of magical adventure, as richly conceived and deeply engrossing as has ever been offered in a work of epic fantasy, awaits readers ofA wondrous world of magical adventure, as richly conceived and deeply engrossing as has ever been offered in a work of epic fantasy, awaits readers of this book, the opening volume of Stephen R. Donaldson's remarkable Covenant trilogy. Here we meet Thomas Covenant, a man burdened with a terrible stigma that has deprived him of wife, friends, almost all human contact, perhaps even his sanity. In this state of moral isolation, he is suddenly shunted to a mysterious world known simply as "the Land" - a place of magical potency, acutely beautiful wherever it has recovered from the ravages of age-old, recurring wars. For the land has an immortal enemy - Lord Foul the Despiser - whose unceasing intent is to lay it to waste. He has been defeated in the past by the Council of Lords, servants of the Land and protectors of its arcane lore; but now the power of the Council has been reduced, and Lord Foul has found his perfect, unwitting tool - Thomas Covenant, the man who thinks the Land is a dream; who cannot accept its life-restoring powers for fear of confronting the terrible dilemma of his own existence: Covenant, the Unbeliever. With irresistible narrative sweep, full of scenic grandeur, fabulous myth, and characters as memorable and fascinating as any in fantasy fiction, Stephen R. Donaldson has created a landmark of imaginative literature....more
Summery: In his first collection of short fiction, New York Times bestselling author John Connolly offers a selection of dark, daring, and utterly hauSummery: In his first collection of short fiction, New York Times bestselling author John Connolly offers a selection of dark, daring, and utterly haunting tales. Here are lost lovers and missing children, predatory demons, and vengeful ghosts. In "The New Daughter," as father comes to suspect that a burial mound on his land hides something very ancient, and very much alive; in "The Underbury Witches," a pair of London detectives find themselves battling a particularly female evil in a town culled of its menfolk. And finally, private detective Charlie Parker returns in the long novella "The Reflecting Eye," in which the photograph of an unknown girl turns up in the mailbox of an abandoned house once occupied by an infamous killer. This discovery forces Parker to confront the possibility that the house is not as empty as it appears, and that something has been waiting in the darkness for its chance to kill again.
A delightful collection of horrific fairy tales. I loved it. A must read for any fans of good, scary stories (not to mention Charlie Parker fans). Read this one. Seriously....more
Summary: Lisey Dubusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a twenty-five-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frighteninSummary: Lisey Dubusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a twenty-five-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, bestselling novelist and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and bools. Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went - a place that both terrified and healed him, that could eat him alive or give him the ideas he needed in order to live. Now it's Lisey's turn to face Scott's demons, Lisey's turn to go to Boo'ya Moon. What begins as a widow's effort to sort through the papers of her celebrated husband becomes a nearly fatal journey into the darkness he inhabited. Perhaps King's most personal and powerful novel, Lisey's Story is about the wellsprings of creaticity, the temptations of madness, and the secret language of love.
This is a beautiful story about sisterhood, and love. At times heartbreakingly sad, it still leaves you feeling that the power of love conquers all. It's nice to see our friends from Castle Rock back in the picture. Only one complaint. I got really sick of the word "smucking". It is used far too often and at times takes away fom the story, because you're thinking, "Just say 'fuck' already!" All in all, a wonderful story....more
Stephen King, whose first novel, Carrie, was published in 1974, the year before the last U.S. troops withdrew from Vietnam, is the first hugely populaStephen King, whose first novel, Carrie, was published in 1974, the year before the last U.S. troops withdrew from Vietnam, is the first hugely popular writer of the TV generation. Images from that war - and the protests against it - nad flooded America's living rooms fopr a decade. Hearts in Atlantis is composed of five interconnected, sequential narratives, set in the years from 1960 to 1999. Each story is deeply rooted in the sixties, and each is haunted by the Vietnam War. In Part One, "Low Men in Yellow Coats," eleven-year-old Bobby Garfield discovers a world of predatory malice in his own neighborhood. He also discovers that adults are sometimes not rescuers but at the heart of the terror. In the title story, a bunch of college kids get hooked on a card game, discover the possibility of protest. . . and confront their own collective heart of darkness, where laughter may be no more than the thinly disguised cry of the beast. In "Blind Willie" and "Why We're in Vietnam", two men who grew up with Bobby in suburban Connecticut try to fill the emptiness of the post-Vietnam era in an America which sometimes seems as hollow - and as haunted - as their own lives. And in "Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling", this remarkable book's denouement, Bobby returns to his hometown where one final secret, the hope of redemption, and his heart's desire may await him. Full of danger, full of suspense, most of all full of heart, Stephen King's book will take some readers to a place they have never been. . . and others to a place they have never been able to completely leave....more
When Stephen King issued his New York Times best selling novel The Green Mile in monthly installments, millions of hooked readers anxiously awaited eaWhen Stephen King issued his New York Times best selling novel The Green Mile in monthly installments, millions of hooked readers anxiously awaited each cliff-hanging episode. Now, for the first time, all six exciting parts come together in one volume to let you enjoy Stephen King's masterpiece uninterrupted, from gripping opening to shattering climax. At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, along the lonely stretch of cells known as the Green Mile, killers are as depraved as the psychopathic "Billy the Kid" Wharton and the posessed Eduard Delacroix await death strapped in "Old Sparky". Here guards as decent as Paul Edgecombe and as sadistic as Percy Wetmore watch over them. But good or evil, innocent or guilty, none have ever seen the brutal likes of the new prisoner, John Coffey, sentanced to death for raping and murdering two young girls. Is Coffey a devil in human form? Or is he a far, far different kind of being? There are more wonders in heaven and hell than anyone at Cold Mountain can imagine - as the truth emerges in shock waves that only Stephen King could create and a blastof revelation that will truly blow your mind....more