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Den første der tager ham op, er en gammel mand, hvis bil stinker forfærdeligt. Den kørelejlighed forlader Alan så hurtigt, han kan. Han begiver sig ud ad en land ...more
The gist is this: a young male college student hitchhikes (that word looks like it should be separated, btw) to see his mother after she went into the hospital from having a stroke. The men who pick him up change his life forever, including with how he looks at himself as a person.
It's not a horror story even though it's got some s ...more
Stephen King's RIDING THE BULLET is a creepy little ghost story with an eerie graveyard you should not enter, and a ghoulish spirit with a fast ride who delivers a deadly ultimatum.
Scary business "riding the thumb."
UPDATE: August 16, 2018 - Thought the movie version of the nighttime 100 mile hitchhike confronting demons both living and dead was awesome! Lots more to the plot compared to what I remember of the novella. Watch this Halloween for a thrilling ride!
A college student is trying to get home as he finds out that his mother is dying and he decides to hitchhike to get there faster. His first ride is twilight zone weird (what do you expect as you are in a King book), but his next ride makes him go cold and shivery as the man behind the wheel is supposed to be dead ...more
Riding the Bullet is a horror novella written by Stephen King. This short-story does not contain the typical blood, gore, and blatant suspense that you may expect when you think of horror, but it offers the subtle, f*ck with your head variety. It's a story about making an impossible choice, and those types of themes most always prompt self-reflection. That's where the horror comes in play. What would you do in a similar predicament?
They don't call Stephen King the king of horror for nothing ...more
“ I’d hitchhike down to Lewiston, then out to our little house in Harlow if it wasn’t too late. If it was, I’d snooze in one of the hospital lounges. It wouldn’t be the first time I’d ridden my thumb home from school. Or slept sitting up with my head leaning against a Coke machine, for that matter. ”
" Not a single light out there except for the moon. The trees rushed by, writhing like spontaneous dancers at a tent-show revi ...more
That is to say, the creeps and chills are of a less visceral sort. This serves not only to make the book more accessible to the more squeamish amongst us, but to - in a sense - turn off ...more
This is standard Stephen King fare with his interest in all manner of ghosties and ghoulies, and the encounter with the dead guy isn't that great but what saves the story is the man's reminiscences of his mum. He looks back at his childhood, his mum's sacrifice ...more
When Alan Parker learns that his mother has suffered a stroke, he drops everything to get to her side in time. Soon, however, he finds himself trapped in a car with a ghostly apparition who offers him an ultimatum. Someone's going to have to ride the bullet. The question is... Who?
Riding the bullet is a creepy little story,but thankfully not one of Stephen King's gory reads. If mindfuckery is your thing, this novella might be just what you need. It ...more
I am giving this book a 3 out of 5 stars
Though I would not call the book bad by any means it must be noted that it is not exceptional. The narrative is well written and does not bore. The pace is worked in such a manner that it keeps you entertained. Overall the style of the book is good and does not fail to deliver.
The characters show little depth due to the shortness of the story but all their dimensions required for the story are there to enjoy.
I think the biggest flaw is ...more
Alan lacking of vehicle of himself need a ride to go visit his mother in the hospital after a stroke. So he tried to hitchhike a car. So when in the 1st car he being picked up the driver was old man who repeatedly tugs at his crotch in a car that stinks of urine. Eventually frightened and glad to escape the vehicle, Alan starts walking, thumbing his next ride. Coming upon a graveyard, he begins to explore ...more
This is Stephen King at his finest
… At least the first half.
The narrative is fine and king’s prose is fantastic in this one. In the first half we can really feel Alan’s fear, while in the second half we can feel his guilt.
The story is very soulful and it’s going to touch us and make us wonder what would we do if…?
In the end, this is a Stephen King’s book and that means that the ending is horrible. Bad. Disappointing. Yet, this is a short story so if you are bored and you have an extra 45 ...more
Over the course of a mere 35 pages (eBook version anyway), the story takes more twists and hairpin turns then you could imagine could fit into such a short story. In the end King leaves you even questi ...more