Stephen King cranks up the suspense in a different kind of bedtime story. A game of seduction between a husband and wife goes horribly awry when the husband dies. But the nightmare has just begun...
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Seriously though, if someone asks me to name 2 Stephen King books I liked best, it's always…more Well, for one, it doesn't have a lot of action, lol.
Seriously though, if someone asks me to name 2 Stephen King books I liked best, it's always Tommyknockers and Gerald's Game. Was thinking earlier, what an amazing writer! I liked the way he developed the character through her thought processes, although I didn't like her much by the end. Strange, weird, creepy, scary, Stephen King.(less) (hide spoiler)]
I've re-read Gerald's Game several times since its 1992 publication, and have just finished listening to it as an audiobook. Here's what I know for sure:
1) this story has lost none of its power over me, despite the fact I know everything that's going to happen (quite an impressive feat for a largely plot-driven suspense piece)
2) it is without question, one of King's most underrated, overlooked novels. As of this writing its Goodreads rating is 3.26. Keeping it company in the basement is the mu ...more
This was, without a doubt, the most fucked up book I've ever read. So of course I loved it.
For some reason, I went into this book thinking I'm not going to like it. Jessie, our main character, is handcuffed to a bed and can't move. Doesn't sound that much exciting, right? Well, wrong.
I thought that the whole novel would be about Jessie tryi ...more
Jessie Burlingame, the book's ensnared heroine, spends almost the whole time handcuffed to a bed. Geralyn says she once tried to read the ...more
Being a lifelong King fan has its ups and downs, for sure, but it always makes things interesting. Like the time that this book was confiscated by a "concerned teacher" when I brought it to school with me. I think I was somewhere around 14 or 15ish, and had already been reading King for 5-6 years by that point. But she didn't care - this teacher didn't think Stephen King was appropriate reading material, that he wrote trash, and that I was better off reading, I dunno, Milton or somethin ...more
The majority of the book (about 3/4) is just one woman, chained to a bed after her husband dies playing a sex game she de ...more
This book commences with a solid, voyeuristic 4 star plot.
We move into the middle of the book like a hungry dog looking for it's next meal. Sniffing around for clues of what may happen next and how we would react.
3 plus/4 star writing pulls us into the story until it's no longer voyeuristic. It's ...more
“If anyone ever asks you what panic is, now you can tell them: an emotional blank spot that leaves you feeling as if you've been sucking on a mouthful of pennies.”
I still believe that this is one of King’s best and most terrifying books ever. He managed to put the characters and the reader in one of the scariest situation, even after re-reading this I still hold my breath and anxious throughout.
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It is SO overwrought and drawn out. Every second of the main character's struggle is described in extreme detail; her inability to think clearly, the way she freaks out about every single little thing, the way her tiniest little motions are described in aching, unrealistic detail as she over-thinks the whole ordeal... this makes the book nigh unreadable. It's extremely frust ...more
Jessie and Gerald have planned a trip to their summer house on the lake, even though it's October. Gerald has one thing on his agenda: Playing his games. This time, his games include a set of steel handcuffs. Jessie has agreed to the "fun." But once handcuffed to the bed posts, she starts having second thoughts. She tells Gerald to release her. At first it seems as though he may comply. But then he completely disregards her pleas. Angry, Jessie believes that he is feigning ignorance--that he kn ...more
Lo spunto è interessante, promette bene: purtroppo non mantiene affatto.
Si tratta di un'idea da racconto, non dovrebbe andare oltre poche decine di pagine.
Invece King la tira in lungo e in largo, e questa edizione italiana peggiora tutto: 300 pagine fitte fitte rendono la lettura una fatica, la traduzione è abborracciata, la copertina orrenda.
Immagino che la scelta di dilatare oltre misura una storia come questa sia dovuta a ragioni commerciali, il romanzo s ...more
It is disturbing, but for a story in which nearly the entire plot is focused on one person in one room, there are a lot of layers to Geralds Game. Our victim, Jessie, faces a physical nightmare that is compounded by psychological nightmares that stem from repressed memories of past abuse. It's bad enough that she has to overcome her restraints, those wrapped around her wrists and ...more
Women alone in the dark are like open doors... and if they cry out for help, who knows what dread things may answer
I honestly don't know what i expected going into this novel, but Goddamn!!! Stephen King did it again. Goosebumps, looking over my shoulder, always in a well lit room and jolly I was scared shitless. Sometimes I thought if continuing with the book was good idea, for my own mental health and when a book does that to you, ...more
Audiobook – Narrated by Lindsay Crouse – Good narration.
The research for this story must have been really, really, interesting! I wish I’d been there. I wonder if he took photos…home movies maybe???
Dolores Claiborne and Gerald’s Game were written in tandem, and were intended to be a two-volume set called In the Path of the Eclipse.
The first time I read this book, I completely missed the connection to Dolores Claibourne, so I was interested to read it again. Unfortunately, it just didn’t ...more
In this book we have Jessie and her husband who get away to their cabin in a pretty remote part of Maine for some kinky play time. Jessie finds herself handcuffed to the bed and before things take off in a way she is not comfortable her husband dies l ...more
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