Four Past Midnight
Four Past Midnight: four heart-stopping accounts of that moment when the familiar world fractures beyond sense, the fragments spinning aw ...more
Four short novels (not so short, actually) of one of the best contemporary writers out there. The Langoliers (my favorite) carries the reader together with the protagonists into a parallel dimension. The unknown and the fear of what we do not know are the main themes, and the atmosphere resembles that of "The Twilight Zone", the acclaimed TV show. One of the best story I ever read. Secret Window, Secret Garden talks about what I suppose is the nightmare of...more
Short answer: Absolutely. :)
The Langoliers fits snugly in the New Weird category, pretty much entirely esoteric SF with gremlin-types, alternate dimenions and/or time travel on a plane... There are no snakes here! :) The characters are a blast and we've got a firm horror vibe going on here where we are kept guessing as to who among all these random sleepers will make it to the end. Thoroughly enjoyable novella, but not my favorite. It's pr ...more
I'm not sure Uncle Stevie knows the definition of a "short" story. The four stories in these collection are more like novellas or short novels. As with all story collections the ratings vary.
The Langoliers - 2 Stars
The first story was my least favorite. The premise is great several passengers on airplane awaken to find everyone else on board has vanished.
That sounded great but after the first 50 pages the story just dragged and the story was overly long. It just wasn't a fun read.
1) The first one is called "The Langoliers" and is about a group of people who wake up in an deserted plane. Your in an unknown world where you don't know the rules. Fascinating. (I give it 4/5)
2) The second one is called "Secret Window, Secret Garden". I found this story somehow boring. It's about a writer which someone accuses him of stealing his stor ...more
A collection of four short stories:
Secret Window, Secret Garden
The Library Policeman
The Sun Dog
This collection doesn't quite stack up to the King quartet; Different Seasons, but it is still classic Stephen King.
Four Past Midnight is a collection containing the following "short" stories:
1. The Langoliers (233 pages)
2. Secret Window, Secret Garden (146 pages)
3. The Library Policeman (195 pages)
4. The Sun Dog (149 pages)
Generally speaking, Stephen King begins with amazing concepts that are soon dragged down by poor execution. To make it more fun, look for the following the next time you read a King novel and see how many you can find:
- FLAT, IMPARTIAL TONE. Whether he is describing the main character's mo ...more
Secret Window, Secret Garden: Having already seen and enjoyed the film adaptation, I wasn't sure what to expect from the original novel. I found the story to be more intense and claustrophobic, one of those rare tales that stays with you and gets unde ...more
"The Langoliers" was excellent. SK does the "small-group of survivors coping with a ...more
The stories range in horrors but they do contain the central theme of your worst nightmare. ‘Th ...more
The Langoliers was actually the greatest surprise for me, I had but a really dim remembrance of the movie that was based off this and had totally forgotten about what a great story it is. Brilliant cast of charac ...more
Secret Window, Secret Garden - ****
The Library Policeman - ***
The Sun Dog - ****
I always get a bookgasm when King introduces a story with a short intro on how the story came to be. Too much info?
Overall - 4 stars
First things first, Stephen King really can’t write an English accent. In Nick Hopewell, who is a kind of jaded, SAS-graduate James Bond, King tries to give us an En ...more
Actually I read these Storys in my early twenties, and still could remember how good they are..
"Four Past Midnight" consists of four novellas:
** The Langoliers**
** Secret Window Secret Garden**
** The Library police**
** The Sun Dog**
I must confess that this book counts as one of the main culprits responsible for having getting me hook on the novels by the King..
They are all of them masterfully crafted and elaborated, full of vigor a ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this compilation of Kings, it had the perfect cheesiness that is Sai King. I know some may not like his stuff and say that his work goes to you, not you to it, and somehow that makes his writing terrible? Sure, sure - you're just a scaredy cat who can't take the boogeyman. Admit it - go on, do it. I'll wait...
OK, good. Here's the low down:
How cheesy was this? People wake up on a a plane with the rest of the passengers gone, disappeared. All that's left ...more
One Past Midnight: The Langoliers - 4*
This was a gripping roller-coaster of emotions and actions!
I couldn't put the book down, I really need to find out what would happen to the characters.
Two Past Midnight: Secret Window, Secret Garden - 4*
This one was the novel I was more excited to read. I was expecting to like more than I did. I'm not sure if it was the end, or something else.
Three Past Midnight: The Library Policeman - 5*
Can a Stephen King story have a happy ending? Seems t ...more
I'm taking my time with it, so I'll be reviewing one at a time for an unspecified amount of time.
The Langoliers Years ago, I was flipping channels and saw a part of this movie. It happened to be the one part where they were explaining what was happening, but I'm proud to report that it did nothing to diminish the suspense of this story. At t ...more
The Langoliers - I think this story was the one that made me dislike this collection when I first read it. I thought it was overlong, uninteresting, and was unable to suspend my disbelief for an idea as cosmically ridiculous as tiny balls of teeth eating yesterd ...more
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