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Storm of the Century: An Original Screenplay

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  18,368 ratings  ·  338 reviews
1999, Book Of The Month Club., Paperback, ISBN: 9780965796934, Book Condition: UsedVeryGood, 041222 4A
Hardcover, 376 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Book of the Month Club
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"I'm a little teapot short and stout, here is my handle, here is my spout, when I get all steamed up, then I shout, just tip me over and pour me out." Just an innocent little song? Not in this story!

STORM OF THE CENTURY begins with an unspeakably violent death and the man responsible has not a care in the one.

"Give me what I want and I will go away."

The calm and collected Town Constable of Maine's Little Tall Island, Mike Anderson, is preparing for the Big One with half the to

I remember seeing Storm of the Century (the movie) back when it first came out and really, really loving it. I've seen it a few times since then, but I'd yet to read the screenplay, so I did.

I have to say that I wasn't disappointed. I don't know if I would say that either one is better than the other... Each version brings something to the table. The movie version has creepy perfect Colm Feore, and while the book has stills from the movie, they just don't do him justice. And the movie has effec
What I liked most of this book was the ending, and in the interest of not spoiling anything, you'll just have to read for yourself...
Martin Rondina
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excelentísimo libro. Un pueblo de la isla Little Tall en Maine, sufre una de las peores tormentas de su historia, la denominada "tormenta del siglo". Pero esto no será lo único que padecerán, sino algo peor está de camino, un ser misterioso y terrorífico que pondrá el pueblo de cabeza. Un libro fascinante que posee personajes increíbles, su narrativa me resultó ágil y que engancha desde el primer momento, quizá algunos se sientan confundidos ya que está escrito en formato de guion de televisión, ...more
Las historia es tan King..
Another very interesting, creepy, disturbing story by Mr Stephen King. I greatly enjoyed it, especially that it's written in an original style, different from the rest of his books.
In the edition i read, Mr King explained how he got the idea of this book and that the more he thought of it, the more he saw it as a movie and that's why he wrote as a movie script.

That's what caught me at the beginning. It was really interesting to picture the different scenes and characters, i mean i can usually pi
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think there is a certain art to reading plays-it's jarringly different from reading a straight up prose novel. I have read my share over the years but wow has it been a long time. Storm of the Century is technically a teleplay, but let's not split hairs. This book was good and certainly packs a wallop but I found the play format to be a distraction and hindrance rather than a boon. Mr. King can surely write about some painful things-I just think this book might have had more punch if it had be ...more
Feb 09, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was kinda hard reading in screenplay format. I've ordered the movie.

I'd have liked it better written as a novel.
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Родените в похот, станете на прах.
Да дойдат при мене родените в грях."

С две-три думи повече:
Nov 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Wanda

Dated genre for the most; modern rational thinking means devil stories are null and void. King's new direction works better for me.
Raegan   Ralls
Jan 11, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
-Weird/Not my thing.
Rebecca McNutt
Although the screenplay format was at times rather awkward to read though, this is still a riveting story and probably some of King's better work.
Ronaldo Robles
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He disfrutado de este libro como no lo hacía hace mucho tiempo. Léanlo!
Васил Койнарев
И така, бях обещал няколко думи за книгата, ето ги и тях:

"Бурята на века", ако сте пропуснали да разберете, не е типичният роман, а сценарий. Да - сценарий. Кинг сам пише във въведението си, че прекрасната идея за тази история му хрумва като роман за телевизията - сценарий. Затова той сяда и пише такъв. Сценарият веднага е екранизиран (1999 - Бурята на века - 3 серии по 91 минути) и филмът се води като най-добрата екранизация по Кинг (може би след Шоушенк).

След големия успех на филма, Кинг решав
Susan Kelley
Nov 20, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
February, 1989; Little Tall Island, Maine

It's all the weathercasters can talk about - the Storm of the Century. It'll be a blizzard, white-out conditions that will last for days. The tiny island community of Little Tall Island is ready. They've stocked up on provisions. They have the emergency shelter prepared. The islanders can take whatever the storm throws at them, ayuh. They have no way of knowing that evil is about to break through, an evil that will take and take, an evil that will change
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quotes: p.366 : "some wounds can never be cleaned out."
p.371:"... this is a cash-and-carry world, pay as you go."

the story is about island folks from the place called Little Tall. they get snowed in when an old lady gets murdered and the killer gets locked up. but from behind locked bars the man possesses everyone who has some dirty little secret. and its said thorough multiple times that island folks can keep their secret between themselves really well. the people who are too stubborn to confe
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Un libro diferente a lo que estamos acostumbrados, pues realmente es un guión de televisión, que nos narra como los habitantes de una isla se ven aislados por una tormenta y encima deben hacer frente a la aparición de un hombre misterioso que amenaza las vidas de todos ellos. Con una estructura que hace un poco confusa la lectura al principio, el relato va atrapando al lector y mostrando los estragos que pueden causar ciertos sucesos en las actitudes de la gente y como quien menos te lo esperas ...more
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, fiction, horror, thriller
No sé por qué me hice esto. No suelo leer guiones, pero de algún modo me ayudó a engancharme el hecho de que el ritmo sea tan rápido. Otra cosa es que esta historia se pasa de malvadilla, como por el último cuarto estaba que quería morirme por lo que veía venir.
No lean esto si quieren ser felices.
Hector Palomo
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow... definitivamente King lo escribío que final, muy bueeeeeeno!
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excelente narración, sólo le juega en contra la forma de.guión en que está planteado. Omitiendo eso e imaginándose la historia como novela, excelente.
Antonio Rosato
"La vita sulle isole è diversa. Quando ce ne bisogno, noi facciamo squadra. E sappiamo mantenere un segreto quando è necessario. Ne abbiamo serbati in quantità nel 1989. E la gente dell’isola li conserva ancora".
Non è un romanzo vero e proprio ma è soltanto la sceneggiatura dell'omonima mini serie TV. Dopo le prime paginette ti abitui alla strana forma di scrittura e non ci pensi più (diventa anche più facile ricostruire le scene e lo scorrere narrativo).
Purtroppo, però, la storia non è per nien
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-bezit
Ik sloeg dit boek voor het eerst open nadat ik hem had gekocht, en kwam er toen pas achter dat het een script is voor een miniserie, en geen echte roman/thriller. Dat vond ik nogal een teleurstelling, het leek me niets om zo'n scenario te lezen. Daar kom ik nu op terug; het leest heel vlot, de spanning zat er goed in, door de beschrijvingen van de omgeving kon je je die goed inbeelden. Het verhaal is erg spannend, heeft misschien wel iets weg van horror. Tussen de dialogen door zag je ook iets t ...more
Aidan Vaughn
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book that I read was “Storm of the Century” by Stephen King. In the book the reader follows a series of events on a island called Little Tall Island of the coast of Maine during a hurricane and the characters on the island. The book in of its self was a very good with a lot of character development as the book went on, also the book had a very “complex” story with a lot underlying tones and ideas, but i wouldn’t call this book Stephen Kings best book especially when there are other books lik ...more
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Muy, muy, muy bueno.
No me esperaba ese final, guardé hasta el último momentos las esperanzas, la batalla, una caída de máscara... Y no. Me devastó.
Siento que quiero mucho saber más sobre Linoge. Más allá de su papel de villano, quiero entender mejor quién era, qué era en concreto lo que hacía...
Me encantó el formato película. Pude visualizar cada plano y cada escena a la perfección.
¡Me encantó!
Kristina Andreeva
"Дайте ми това, което искам, и ще ви оставя на мира."

Чудесно беше отново да се срещна с Линож, този път в сценария. Още по-хубавото е, че бях забравила някои подробности от историята. Но въпреки че помнех почти всичко, пак бях на тръни в напрегнатите моменти.
Ето едно ревю от друг книгоядец:
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pesar de ser un guión, algo que no acostumbro leer y menos de manos de King, me resultó una lectura muy llevadera.
El ritmo del libro es muy rapido, la acción no tarda en presentarse. Cuando se pronostica está gran tormenta, en la isla comienzan los preparativos, algo normal. Lo extraño llega cuando un hombre desconocido mata a una anciana a sangre fría.a
Fen De
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i thought that it was an amazing book!!!!!
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this, I just think it would have been so much better as a novel!
(ETA movie review at the end.)

I started this book last night, which was perfect timing: A storm was coming in and the wind outside was insane. Just like in this screenplay.

The story takes place in February 1989 on Little Tall Island off the coast of (you got it) Maine. The Storm of the Century is threatening to roll through, and with it comes a stranger to the area, Andre Linoge. He's creeptastic in the way that most of King's villains are; but there's not a whole lot new here. Small community
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