“This is the story of a lover’s triangle…It was bad from the start. And it got worse in a hurry.”
It’s love at first sight for high school student Arnie Cunningham when he and his best friend Dennis Guilder spot the dilapidated 1958 red-and-white Plymouth Fury for ...more
I ready it as a high school love story, and loved that it was - what I, as a German Gen-Xer - think of as quite-es…moreLike @Eric I read this when I was 14
I ready it as a high school love story, and loved that it was - what I, as a German Gen-Xer - think of as quite-essentially American - rather than a horror novel.
While there is gore, I personally didn't think it is particularly scary. Not like, say, IT.(less)
An average King, focusing on the relationship of teenage boys and cars, something often fetishized and, with other hobbies, leading to lifelong obsessions and special interests of many males.
The teenage drama outsider setting (view spoiler)[ with dramatic changes of personality over the story, the seemingly first positive change, (hide spoiler)]and the underlying question of why consumerism and status symbols won´t go out of fashion soon ...more
I feel like theoretically, this story could have been told in a much smaller amount of pages. After all, the premise isn't too complicated and it would have bee easy to rattle through all the events, just with the simple purpose of telling a scary story. But of course, Stephen King being Stephen King made th ...more
BIG fan of Stephen King, but not so much of CHRISTINE. Reading a 700+ page book....especially one written by SK usually does not bother me in the least, but CHRISTINE was just too long....too wordy....was expecting more wicked deeds than the movie.
The storyline IS creepy good with a possessed red 1958 Plymouth Fury....her deadlights and "moldering stench"....on the prowl seeking justice from anyone who dislikes her....so best stay out of her way.
Besides a feared CHRISTINE, there's a gr...more
Christine was a rather mixed bag. It wasn ...more
For the record, he wasn’t gentle.
I was a wee lad of 13 when this came out, and Stephen King had established his reputation as America’s boogeyman after his breakout in the ‘70s. I wasn’t much of a horror fan and despite my increasing reading of ‘grown-up’ fiction had no interest in the King ...more
Good Review vs Evil Review
There isn’t much I didn’t particularly enjoy about the novel, except perhaps for one or two pacing issues. Then again, the book is only about 500 pages, which is a lot less than some of those other King books. It is incredibly creepy at times, which I found surprising, since the idea of a “haunted car” might seem a bit, well, corny. It’s everything but. In f ...more
Christine is an old Plymouth that Arnie Cunningham decides to buy and repair. He gradually gets 'in love' with his car, and, as Christine is repaired, Arnie also changes, becoming darker and taking on some personality traits of Christine's former owner, Roland LeBay.
The book's other main character is Dennis, Arnie's friend, who witness all these changes. Now the story may sounds ...more
Anyway back to my original misbegotten and flawed theme: Evil’s out there and according to Stephen King it’s very possessive.
In this book, of course, you’re dealing with a car, but not just any car – a car that’s been possessed by Evil. King kind of loses th ...more
As the story progresses, both undergo a transformation. Arnie went from being a nerdy low self-esteem type to taking on personality traits and mannerisms of a 195 ...more
So too, can Stephen King tell us about a haunted car and have what would seem to be an absurd notion come alive with terror and dark menace. Remember Cujo, his 1981 novel about a rabid dog who terrorizes a town? ...more
Me: "Mom?....are you listening? The story is about a haunted car"
Mom: "a what?"
Me: "a car, mom - the story is about a haunted, evil car that can drive by itself, and it kills people. Because it's haunted."
Mom: "a car can't do that...tell me a car can do that! You'd be lying."
Me: "No, mom, I know a car can't do that, but this one can, and its killed a ton of people already. There's these two main characters, ...more
Arnie, an acne-ridden teenage outsider, one day sees a car and it is love at first sight. Despite the financial burden, despite his parents' and friend's protests, he buys the car off the grumpy owner and starts working on
I’m finally upgrading this one to four stars, y’all. This isn’t deep, meditative King; Christine is greasy and bloated and repetitive and features one of King’s most appallingly bland characters in Leigh Cabot. But damn, the ride is fun. The motor under this story’s hood purrs. Written when King was just becoming a bonafide literary rockstar, this one oozes style and confidence. It shouldn’t work, and it sometimes doesn’t . . . but I can finally (mostly) overlook this iconic novel’s f ...more
This time we're in Libertyville, PA (which is an awesome name for a fictional town). Ag ...more
Christine makes a man out of Arnie, bringing out a level of confidence, charisma and lovability he never knew he was capable o ...more
I had lower expectations for this book.
I mean its a Stephen King novel so I figured it would be better than most novels
A haunted car?
Okay Uncle Stevie, I love you so I'll go with it
Plus I've seen the movie and it was
Of course I should know by now not to compare a King novel with its movie counter-part, because the movie rarely ever lives up to the book.
So, did I like this book?
It was scary and I never lost interest in the story. If I hadn ...more
11/5/2013 I'm putting Christine in park for now since it's not revving my engine. It's as slow as a Plymouth Fury with the emergency brake on. Hopefully I'll pick it back up in a few weeks and it'll get my motor running. ...more
Christine is a YA novel.
I mean, sure, Talisman and parts of the Shining are, too, but this is a bonafide Young Adult territory. We have High School outcasts, a huge page count of sporting events, first love, and standing up to be your own person against what your parents think right.
Yes. Rebellion, jealousy, and an ancient evil possession made up of pure wrath.
In other words, another average YA novel.
Vrrrooom. Vrrroooooo ...more
King truly is a master storyteller. His storytelling feels so natural. His characters are always vivid and they all have distinct voices in dialogue. Those are the three areas of his writing that I hope I can learn and emulate in my own writing. I’m not always crazy about his pacing or his endings, but he’s still one of my favorite authors.
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