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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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Linzy Yes. In the introduction, King explains that the idea for this story came to him with a vivid image. So he approached one of the networks he had been …moreYes. In the introduction, King explains that the idea for this story came to him with a vivid image. So he approached one of the networks he had been working with on other projects and asked if they would be interested in him developing a project from inception to production as a TV miniseries. (less)
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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

A heavy in suspense and horror screenplay written for a series of TV specials - and the result -a very very good, nail-biting and fraught tale. The Little Tall Island is under siege by the Storm of the Century, it is also under siege by the homicidal stranger, Andre Linoge. Linoge is seriously, one of King's most scary villains, and that's saying something. I dare anyone to read this and not be like "damn, how did I not know that this was that good!" 9 out of 12.
Ashley Daviau
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me awhile to get into this one, mainly because the screenplay format is really not something I’m used to. But once I got the hang of it I quickly fell in love with this story! I love that it all takes place within such a short time, it made my heart race and my pulse pound in the best way possible. It felt like we were in a race against the clock and it was quite thrilling. I thought the story was deliciously creepy and horrifying too, some parts had shivers racing down my spine! If it w ...more
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-cabinet
The storm of the century is a great story to read. It reads very easy and I like that it was written in a play through form. However, if you have seen the movie, you have read the book. I thought there would be extra scenes in the book that wouldn't be in the movie, but no. Still, I enjoyed it very much and if you like an adventure book, you should pick this book.

A once in a lifetime storm blows something extra into town that is far worse than the storm itself.

I have been collecting Stephen King books since junior high when I stashed away my first battered copy in a stuffed animal net hanging above my bed. My younger sister had already scribbled on enough of my books for me to know that the ones I loved most had to be hidden away. To this day, he is one of a few authors that I allow on my bookshelves. Most everything else I purchase ends up donated t
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
Jamie Stewart
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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...
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
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Reall loved this book.
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.
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
“By and large... the good's an illusion, little fables folks tell themselves so they can get through their days without screaming too much.”

A terrible storm hits an island called Little Tall, messing up with its little community and cutting it out from the rest of the world for a few days. But besides the natural elements of the storm, something else hits the population of Little Tall: a killer, equipped with a particular cane, spreads death and pain, almost impossible to stop, until the scary c
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
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.
Raegan   Ralls
Jan 11, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
-Weird/Not my thing.
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.
Storm of the Century started off strong but as the plot progressed it became sillier and less enjoyable for me. The story follows the residents of Little Tall Island after a storm cuts them off from the rest of the world, leaving them trapped with a violent Stanger. King gradually feeds us supernatural elements throughout; some parts are done well while others are not. That said it’s still entertaining and for a King book it’s a pretty quick read... although initially hard to get into due to the ...more
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
Grada (BoekenTrol)
May 07, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like to read both plays and King
Usually for me books by Stephen King are a good read. They make me shiver, almost look under my bed at night to really make sure there's nothing underneath, waiting for me.
But, this one I did not like at all. To tell the thruth: I did not get past page 20 or so. I simply could not read it.
Okay, it has been a while since I read a play, but nevertheless, the desritions of scenery disturbed reading and getting into the story very much.

I might give it another try, someday. But... not just yet.
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
Bridget Thomas (Cruisingthroughpages)
I was worried about the format in this one being something I couldn't easily get into but I was wrong. I really enjoyed this! The screenplay format actually made for a much more realistic feel. It was so detailed in the scenery and you really get a feel for the atmosphere and setting. It was like you were right there on the island with the characters but being able to see from above and know everything that was going on at all times. The story is quite good too. You get to know the characters ve ...more
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i thought that it was an amazing book!!!!!
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
King’s screenplay for the TV miniseries.
Paul Fletcher
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great story focused on the things King does best: 1. A sense of lingering dread, 2. A believable community / character / group response, and 3. Making the reader answer a question without an easy solution.

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
Jason Weber
Since I normally read novels, it was a little weird to read a screenplay, but it didn’t take anything away from the story, which is a pretty good one. I watched this movie a long time ago but didn’t realize it was never one of King’s novels, and that he had written this specifically for TV. I honestly don’t remember much about the movie, but I’ll have to watch it again because the screenplay was good. I’ll give this 3 stars, and while I’d recommend this read to horror fans, just remember it’s on ...more
nick mason
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite Stephen King mini-series. The Stand is a close second except for a few corny moments in it. Langoliers not so much. To some people this may be a typical Stephen King story but there is something really profound and deeply disturbing about the ending. King tackles the theme of the loss of a child again which seems to go through other works of his like Cujo and in Pet Semetary. The devastation a parent must feel. Andre Linoge is an evil, inhuman creature who beats an old ...more
Steve Tetreault
I am a die-hard Stephen King fan. My wife and I own every book he's published, both in hardcover and paperback (for easier portability). The reason I find Mr. King so engaging as a writer is his interstitial narration, and the moments of indirect characterization that make his characters come to life. Unfortunately, none of that is present in this particular piece.

The problem comes from the format he's chosen - a screenplay. Screenplays are not big on narration (though the small parts he can't h
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more

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