Stephen King cranks up the suspense in a different kind of bedtime story. A game of seduction between a husband and wife goes horribly awry when the husband dies. But the nightmare has just begun...
I've re-read Gerald's Game several times since its 1992 publication, and have just finished listening to it as an audiobook. Here's what I know for sure:
1) this story has lost none of its power over me, despite the fact I know everything that's going to happen (quite an impressive feat for a largely plot-driven suspense piece)
2) it is without question, one of King's most underrated, overlooked novels. As of this writing its Goodreads rating is 3.26. Keeping it company in the basement is the mu ...more
This book commences with a solid, voyeuristic 4 star plot.
We move into the middle of the book like a hungry dog looking for it's next meal. Sniffing around for clues of what may happen next and how we would react.
3 plus/4 star writing pulls us into the story until it's no longer voyeuristic. It ...more
The situation of being, just, alone in a remote area or helpless or bound or ne ...more
Jessie and Gerald Burlingame head to their holiday home by the lake in Maine for an afternoon of... certain activities. However, things quickly take a turn when Gerald drops dead from a heart attack, leaving Jessie handcuffed to the bed. Jessie is left to face all of her worst fears, as the voices in her head take over...
As someone who has a relatively short attention span, the premise of one character trapped in one location for almost the entirety of th ...more
I equally liked and equally disliked this book. The story itself was not bad, but the particular things didn’t work for me. This book showed troubled marriage and how the past can affect people. I had this problem that I couldn’t get attached to the characters and that brought out me of the story a lot. It was a quick read, but not very fascinating. It is horror novel and it at times actually was scary, but from my point of view, the real horror is making the story feel realistic and thing ...more
This was, without a doubt, the most fucked up book I've ever read. So of course I loved it.
For some reason, I went into this book thinking I'm not going to like it. Jessie, our main character, is handcuffed to a bed and can't move. Doesn't sound that much exciting, right? Well, wrong.
I thought that the whole novel would be about Jessie tryi ...more
I'm gonna be a little spoilery. :)
Why? The re-read was actually rather satisfying. Yes, it's a novel about survival and all the kinds of crap that men make women do to satisfy themselves, but it's also a rather moving novel about keeping (or losing) one's sanity in the face of all those expectations.
Never mind the sheer horror of being handcuffed to a bed without hope of being saved because your lover just keeled over, or watching a d ...more
People who know me are aware that I’m not much of a re-reader. Sure I’ve read Harry Potter a few times, but it’s not a general practice. When I saw Gerald’s Game was a new Netflix original, I thought I should give it another go. I assumed my mediocre rating was due to the fact that I read this back when I was a wee little high schooler and perhaps my delicate psyche wasn’t equipped to deal with it. About halfway through my second go ‘r ...more
Whilst I have read a number of Stephen King books, mostly as a teenager, I was drawn to Gerald’s Game, due to the recent Netflix adaptation. Normally I would prefer to read the novel before the on screen adaptation, but in this case, I watched the screen version first. I enjoyed it immensely and as a result, I was keen to get my hands on the book. I always feel the book provides more depth and goes that one step further than the screen version.
Basically, Ger ...more
“If anyone ever asks you what panic is, now you can tell them: an emotional blank spot that leaves you feeling as if you've been sucking on a mouthful of pennies.”
I still believe that this is one of King’s best and most terrifying books ever. He managed to put the characters and the reader in one of the scariest situation, even after re-reading this I still hold my ...more
Gerald's Game really took me by surprise. I don't know what I was expecting, I knew it was essentially a one-character novel where a woman handcuffed to the bed has to deal with the external pressures of getting finding a way to get out of her situation, but it also dealt with the internal issues and memories she has been repressing for decades. So right up front, one of the only things that I didn't like about the story was the ending. It seemed to stretch out in an unnecessary way and expla ...more
”...but when a person is alone in the dark, all bets are off. Men and women alone in the dark are like open doors, Jessie, and if they call out or scream for help, who knows what dread things may answer?”
“Alone in the dark” is the key phrase up there. If there was a thing I remembered from the first time I read Gerald's Game, besides Jessie being handcuffed to the bed, it was the sun going down on her day. Night is coming. The thing that makes this book good, scary even, is realizing ...more
Gerald's Game is probably one of the most polarizing Stephen King novels I've ever read. The reviews are all over the place, wh ...more
Jessie Burlingame, the book's ensnared heroine, spends almost the whole time handcuffed to a bed. Geralyn says she once tried to read the ...more
The story pretty much consists of Jesse being handcuffed to a bed after her husband drops dead. First comes the hunger and thirst then the hallucinations and the feeling of someone watching her.
It's very hard to have a story with pretty much one character but this in no way grabbed me or held my attention.
There are some pretty nasty themes in the book so its not for the faint hearted.
It did drag a bit towards the end and felt it ...more
GERALD'S GAME is best if you know nothing about it. If you plan to read it, skip this review. It is also the only King novel that I'm sure will never see film. And I kind of like that about it.
Stephen King took a huge chance with GERALD'S GAME. First off, this is a three-hundred-plus page novel about a woman handcuffed to a bed. Even in a master storyteller's hands, a tale like this can become tedious. The novel do ...more
(more like 3.5/5 stars)
This was was a strange reading experience for me. At times, it was super interesting and I didn't want to put it down, but at other points I was considering DNFing it. If it weren't for the boring, rambling bits that I feel weren't necessary, this would easily be a 4 star book for me. It was SO nasty and fucked up in so many ways (which I really liked) but it was also all over the pl ...more
The majority of the book (about 3/4) is just one woman, chained to a bed after her husband dies playing a sex game she de ...more
You might notice that you don't see many 3-star DNFs from me; I typically either don't give them a rating (because I didn't read enough to form a fair opinion), or give them 1-2 stars (because they were so harmful or terrible that I couldn't stand another page). That said, Gerald's Game is like the definition of my 3-star DNF review: it wasn't for me, but it wasn't bad.
This is definitely one of King's less popular novels, I think for many reasons, but I truly didn't think it was a case ...more
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