It happens innocently enough, but doesn't it happen always. A big, friendly dog chases a rabbit into a hidden underground cave - and stirs a sleeping evil crueler than death itself.
A terrified four-year-old boy sees his bedroom closet door swing open untouched by human hands, and screams at the unholy red eyes gleaming in the darkness.
Re-read rating: 5+ stars
It is great when a book is better than I remember! In fact, this may be my favorite Stephen King re-read so far.
I noticed that in general this book tends to get 3 to 3.5 star ratings. While I haven't dug too deep into why this is, if I had to guess I am thinking it is likely because most of this book is not about Cujo. There is a lot of really great extra storytelling and exposition beyond the rabid dog. And, again, this is just guessing, but I fig ...more
I'm just going to come out and say it. Most of this book feels like filler to me. I think King took what was potentially an award winning tale of terror and jammed as much padding into it as he could until it was one of his shorter novels. Basically, it's a fantastic short story wrapped in a soap opera I couldn't give two shits about.
That being said, Cujo is a rea ...more
Trying to describe it, and to put the experience in words, reveals the cartoonish elements in stark relief. But while being read, the novel is rich with storytelling and more complex than would seem on it's surface.
And like the best of Sabbath: It rocks.
Yes, it's about a town that gets eaten by a big, rabid dog, but King is able, and with some credibility, to tell a tale of modern par ...more
I had a quick scroll through some reviews just now and it's seems quite a few people feel like there is a lot of fill ...more
"He always tried to be a good dog"..........
Put off reading this one for years bc it's a known fact something bad happens to a dog. But then, it came to me, one of my favorite KING reads is Pet Semetary and that involves a cat....my preferred furry friend.
So......as I hit about 100 pages in, was surprised to discover there's a lot more going on here than a story about five year old CUJO the dog, his unfortunate encounter....and his sickness. And aside from no chapter breaks, it is...more
Cujo was written while Stephen King was in the depths of his alcoholism. Uncle Stevie doesn't even remember writing it and if you think about it he didn't write it his alcoholism did. Like Cujo, alcoholism is rabid dog that will stop at nothing in its mission to kill you. Like Cujo alcoholism is unrelenting and scary. Cujo is written almost stream of conscious there are no chapters.
I didn't expect t ...more
Pooch would lose his appetite. Start to become easily confused. Tired. His brain would melt and with that he'd forget about you. Forget the loyalty and love he held for you.
He'd feel intense pain.
In his eyes YOU would become the reason that he f ...more
"Once upon a time, not so long ago, a monster came to the small town of Castle Rock, Maine."
Cujo used to be a big friendly dog, lovable and loyal to his trinity (The Man, The Woman, and The Boy) and everyone around him, and always did his best to not be a BAD DOG.
But that all ends on the day this nearly two-hundred-pound Saint Bernard makes the mistake of chasing a rabbit into a hidden underground cave, setting off a tragic chain of events.
Now Cujo is no longer himself as he ...more
Cujo was a book I thought I was going to like, but not be scared of it (I mean, how scary can a rabid dog be, really?), but boy was I wrong with the second statement! This book did scare me. It still does when I think about it. It even reminded me of Pet Sematary which is my favorite King's book, and that says quite a lot.
Cujo is a story about a Saint Bernard dog who one day chased a rabbit into a bolt-hole. The problem was that the hole was filled with rabid bats, and ...more
Cujo is a cute, however big, St. Bernhards dog, who one day gets bitten by a rabid bat. This incidence turns Cujo into monster who longs for food and no one can feel safe around this formerly beloved dog.
The scenes with Cujo were nerve-wracking, but what I loved the most about this novel were the characters which we ...more
This book was so well written, the characters completely fleshed out, that it's very hard to believe King wrote this book so drunk that he doesn't even remember writing it! Wow! And to then win the British Fantasy Award...and (two!) movies. All I ever seemed to do when I was drunk was trash the house....and worse--hurt those who loved me closest (which is why, like King, I gave the stuff up over a year ago).
What a complete page turner--very hard to ...more
Cujo is a good dog. He would do anything for his man, his woman and his boy. He would even die for them if it came to that. But when Cujo goes messing around and contracts the terrible disease rabies, he turns into a completely different dog. A dog that Donna and her son are about to meet face-to-face.
This is a very sad cautionary tale. Above all things that I say in this review, I pray that you take this one thing with you... PLEASE VACCINATE YOUR ANIMALS!! With that out of the way ...more
I thought about just leaving that one word as my review. Or maybe adding "'nuff said" as they used to say in Marvel Comics when I was "younger". I thought maybe though you'd like more.
I hate it. This is one of those books I can't say enough about...enough bad that is. You like being depressed? You like looking for the worst? Your real life doesn't have enough CRAP happening in it so you want to add more??? Well, then you've found it. If you are the kind of person who says that novels should ...more
Second Read: October 2019, Rating: 5 stars
The antagonist turns victim and the protagonists turns victim and that's where the real of the horror of this book lays. Good boy, Cujo. Good boy.
I wrote in my review of The Shining that it was the scariest book that I ever read. Well, that may be, but there the horror ended when I closed the book.
With Cujo, it started then...
Every child is afraid of the monster that creeps upon him when the lights are out in the bedroom and mom and dad are safely ensconced in their ...more
I hated every moment of this book--wrestling with picking it up and putting it down over and over again. It took me a whole month to read despite it's slim size. At just over 300 pages, this is one of King's most trimmed down and edited books in terms of the storyline.
I was a freshman in high school when I first picked it up. My mom said to me, "Oh, Cujo? I don't think you'll like that one."
Meh. I probably shrugged and carried it off to my messy room anyways. That cover!
I honestly think ...more
Any true King fan knows how he loves to tie his novels togethe ...more
One of Stephen King's most horrific early works (alongside Pet Sematary), this book sits firmly in the horror camp. A Castle Rock read. 8 out of 12. ...more
This is some of King's best storytelling and char ...more
Since giving Empire Falls five huge stars back in March, I have had seven, count 'em, SEVEN DNFs out of the past 10 books I've started since then.
This was really starting to worry me. Was it possible that Empire Falls had such a hold on me that it would be impossible for anything else to hold my interest just because it wasn't that novel?
In exasperation, it was back to the Stephen King well, dipping back into those early ones I had never gotten to. I grabbed Cujo with mild rese ...more
It's pretty iconic though so I'd like to re-read it some time.
However, Stephen King is really good about keeping you interested in various types of gray characters. Some of them are just cut an ...more
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