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Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King
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Jan 23, 11

bookshelves: newfiction, shortfiction
Read in January, 2011

Sinister and spooky. I'm new to audio books, but short stories are the way to go and something with snappy, engaging writing is perfect. The first story is by far the star. In a departure from the super-natural style that distinguishes a King story, it draws a lot of comparisons to the first collection, "Different Seasons".

I think this is the first King story that is a straight period piece, as the title, "1922" suggests. Set in America's "The Middle" during the early Depression era, it is still loyal to familiar King themes in a new backdrop. In desperate times, desperate men, given the choice, will take the choice that will provide instant gratification without considering the long-term consequences. Isn't that always the way?

"A Good Marriage" and "Fair Extension" are delicious with evil characters that flirt with depravity and skate close to not baring any consequences at all. "Big Driver" was the most disturbing, but it is spooky and surprising in it's vigil-anti take.

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