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Als ein Jahrhundertsturm die Küste von Maine bedroht, verlassen die meisten Einwohner der vorgelagerten Insel Little Tall Island ihre Häuser. Die verbliebenen treffen hektisch ihre Sicherheitsvorkehrungen. Doch es kommt schlimmer als befürchtet. Es beginnt mit dem brutalen Mord an der achtzigjährigen Martha. Und von da an stehen beim örtlichen Polizisten Mike Anderson die ...more
Paperback, 505 pages
Published August 12th 2000 by Heyne (first published 1999)
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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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Carol
"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 world.....save 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

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Becky
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
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Marc-Antoine
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...
Roger
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
Faouzia
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
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Cathy
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.
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.
Bettie☯
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.
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
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Bernadett
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
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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
Tyler Feurtado
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Audri
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i thought that it was an amazing book!!!!!
Jake
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!
El
(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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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
Jordan West
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars; as always, King's work epitomizes the character-centric mode of horror fiction, while personally I tend to prefer the likes of M.R. James, Lovecraft, and Ligotti where atmosphere, plot, imagery, and philosophy are instead emphasized over characterization. Preferences aside, despite its screenplay format and the restrictions of being written for television, ithis succeeds as a surprisingly dark piece of entertainment with a fascinating antagonist who reminded me somewhat of the inhabit ...more
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.
Melissa Erikson
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes. Read it.

When I think of a classic Stephen King novel, this is something that will now come to mind. Well...screenplay in this case. A wonderfully crafted environment with a host of small-town islanders to act everything out. There were multiple moments where I found myself physically responding to the story at hand: gasping, making exclamations out loud (it's a good thing nobody was around while I was reading), and within the last thirty pages or so it was flat out nausea.

Love it.
Dylan Perry
Full disclosure: I saw the mini series years ago and hated it. I only bought this when I saw the 10 page introduction. King discusses the process of writing this story and getting it made, which was fairly interesting during the writing bits, not so much for the other part. Also, I'll admit, if it has King's name on it and I've read the book or seen the show/movie, I'll probably pick it up just to own a copy. Even if I didn't like it. But I cannot, in good faith, give this more than 3 stars.
Melanie
Jul 17, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
I am a huge King fan and finally read this one. I must say that it is my least fav and I actually had to force myself to finish it. Could be that it is written as a screenplay which I am not used to.
Nick
Sep 15, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
the last dip back into my middle school favorite author of stephen king... this one sealed the deal, and I moved on to greener pastures. If you like drama/horror type stories, the classics are certainly worth it.
Joe
Jun 20, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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David
Jun 06, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sherri Smith
I love this Stephen King story & definitely recommend it!
Toni
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Terrifying, every time I read it. Makes me appreciate being born not in a small, closeknit town. Or with any interesting birthmarks.
Tristan
Feb 11, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh! Horrible! Seriously not worth the time it takes to read.
Gino Alfonso
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Writes screenplays as well as he writes books, I was hooked and I saw the TV movie when it aired and own it, but reading it was like watching it for the first time! Grade A + entertainment
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