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The latest from legendary master storyteller Stephen King, a riveting, extraordinarily eerie, and moving story about a man whose mysterious affliction brings a small town together—a timely, upbeat tale about finding common ground despite deep-rooted differences.

Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, he’s been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other od
Hardcover, 146 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by Scribner
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    Michaela Morgan No- we are not past writing novels that mirror real life. As a queer woman, I have seen this prejudice play out repeatedly. I'm not from a small town…moreNo- we are not past writing novels that mirror real life. As a queer woman, I have seen this prejudice play out repeatedly. I'm not from a small town or particularly prejudiced area. I simply live in the US, where bigotry is ubiquitous. I think it is strange for anyone to presume that, in the current American climate, authors like King wouldn't write about homophobia. As a constant reader, I've seen him write about social justice issues often. Also, as queer issues are currently a hot topic, it only makes sense that they would be on his mind. I would be remiss if I didn't also mention that ignoring homophobia is what spreads homophobia. It does not make someone appear more evolved if they pretend that homophobia is over. I hope that doesn't come off too harshly but I do worry that this is an issue of "not seeing race/gender/sexuality." Of course I haven't read the novel yet because it comes out in the fall but I don't think that makes this answer any less valid. I assure you, the premise of this novel could happen in many places around the country right now. (less)

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    Emily May
    Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
    Shelves: horror, 2018
    This was... really disappointing.

    I love a good Stephen King book. From the classics like The Shining and Carrie, to the recent The Outsider and Sleeping Beauties, I just think he's a really great storyteller with a knack for strong character development. But Elevation didn't even feel like a King story to me.

    The characters in this story are such one-dimensional stereotypes. I know it's a novella, but maybe it shouldn't be if you can't write some life into your characters in less than 200 pa
    Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Recommends it for: All King fans
    After a couple of recent monsters (both size of book and characters within), King gives us a novella that reads quickly and could easily been a part of a short story collection. In fact, I think it is considerably shorter than several of the novellas in his collections like Four Past Midnight and Different Seasons. But, it is a decent little mysterious story if you need a King fix.

    Let’s set the record straight on something right up front – this is very far from being a horror story. I have seen
    Justin Tate
    Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Feel-good novel of the year? Here Stephen King steps aside from horror to write a poignant little novella on unity, tolerance and rising above the fray. Of course there is also a supernatural twist. For me it works because of its brevity and not in spite of it. Just enough is explained to inspire reflection, without ever getting too political or caught up in unnecessary adventure. The ending image is mesmerizing. I love the emotional finality of it, although I'm not entirely sure how to interpre ...more
    Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
    IMPORTANT UPDATE: the fact that this won this years goodreads choice award for horror, when this book is NOT a horror story by any means (!!!!!), is the biggest scandal of 2018. dont @ me.

    for me, the story is very bland. stephen king is meant to be this legend of a novelist, so for there not to be any sort of depth to the characters or plot is very disappointing, as well as surprising. and i think he tried to hide the lack of substance behind his own political statements/agenda.

    i mean, i guess
    Johann (jobis89)
    Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
    "Everything leads to this, he thought. To this elevation."

    Scott Carey is steadily losing weight, but he doesn't look any different. To make things even weirder, he weighs the same in and out of clothes, no matter how heavy they are…

    When I'm reading a book, and because my memory is terrible, I will usually make some observations and reminders in the Notes section of my iPhone which are very helpful when I go to write my review. Given the length of this novella and the fact that I read Elevation i
    Bookdragon Sean
    I’m not going to mess around with this one: me and King are completely through.

    I’m going to keep my review short and simply say that he doesn’t work for me. I hate the way he writes. I hate the way he puts sentences together and I hate the way he forms characters. I don’t get on with him. After a few chapters of this I remembered exactly why I avoid him. It’s not this book, it’s just King in general. He’s not my cup of tea.

    (Postscript – if you recommend a book of King’s in the comments sectio
    Larry H
    Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
    I'm probably at 3.5 stars or a little higher, so I rounded up.

    When I decided to read Stephen King's new novella, Elevation , at around 11:00 p.m. last night, I will admit I wondered what I was thinking. Would my reward for checking out King's latest be a nightmare or two?

    I needn't have worried. While Elevation is a little eerie, it's more a story about interpersonal relationships, about how one small action can ripple and truly make a difference in the lives of so many. And while King is a ma
    Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
    Please read this review *after* you've read this book for yourself. For some brief, non spoilerly thoughts, I did a mini review on my Instagram.
    I'm always excited when I hear of a new Stephen King book (of any length, genre, collaboration, collection) hitting the market. I like to wait until the day it releases to go to my local bookstore and find it--this time I went to the University of Washington, Tacoma campus bookstore to buy it. Exciting times. I was surpri
    Edward  Lorn
    Oct 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
    I'm crowning this book The Worst Thing Stephen King has Ever Published.

    Die-hard conservatives are going to hate ELEVATION because of the gender politics. SJWs are going to hate it because the LGBTQ characters in the book literally need a straight cis white man to help them win. Everyone else will hate it because it's god-fucked boring.

    In summation: This tone-deaf pile of anal drippings reeks of desperation. Trying to please everyone usually does.

    Final Judgment: A CHRISTMAS CAROL but Scrooge is
    Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: audiobook
    It is always nice to turn one’s attention to a piece by Stephen King, where reality can sometimes take a backseat to entertainment. Some bemoan this, though is fiction not supposed to be a chance to suspend beliefs, if only for a short time? Scott Carey appears to be a robust man. When he calls upon an old friend whose medical practice closed a number of years before, Scott admits that he has quite the problem. While his appetite is voracious, he keeps losing weight. An additional concern is tha ...more
    Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    You know the end of the world is coming when Stephen King writes stories that are only 160 pages long. Or at least I thought so until a true King fan educated me. *lol*

    Seriously though, I saw this in my TL only the other day because many others here have read it and I didn't know anything about it at first. When finally reading the blurb tonight, I was intrigued by SK writing a story that sounded as if it was meant to function as a bandaid. That is because this author usually draws up characters
    Sophia Triad
    Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I thought that this would be a nice scary Halloween story.
    I was wrong.
    Instead of feeling scared, I cried my eyes out.

    It was not what I expected, but it was so much much better.

    P.S. Any resemblance to the book Thinner by Richard Backman is purely coincidental.
    Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: public-library
    A fine little story and a quick read.  It was, dare I say, uplifting?  Yes, uplifting and explosive, in its own small way.
    Lars (theatretenor) Skaar
    Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I absolutely loved this book! Oh my god it was so heartwarming and heartbreaking. I don’t care if others end up not liking it lol I loved it! Read it in about 2 hours and it was perfection!
    Mohammed Arabey
    Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    الرعب الوحيد في نوفيلا ستيفين كينج الأحدث هو رعب الوقوف علي الميزان وقياس الوزن

    عدا ذلك، هي قصة إنسانية عن التخفف..النبل

    The only horror in this novella is getting on the bathroom scales..
    Otherwise it's a touching story of 'elevating' above mundane the small town of..

    Castle Rock..

    في مدينة ستيفين كينج الاثيرة، كاستل روك، تأتي هذه القصة الإنسانية الغريبة

    الحالة الغريبة العجيبة المثيرة للدهشة التي اصابت 'سكوت' البدين نوعا ما عندما قرر ان يقيس وزنه
    هذه المرة الرعب انه لم يجد ان وزنه إز
    Oct 04, 2018 marked it as to-read
    10/31/18: It has arrived! ((heart eyes)) It is the cutest little book EVER. The cover photo online does not do it justice. Adding to November tbr and it feels good!

    Original: I hate to wish away the month BUT is it October 30th yet!?!?

    Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: novella
    Fee-fi-fo-fum. I felt like a giant holding this tiny book in my hand. Well, it's been said that good things come in small packages. In this case, the saying is true, for the most part. Deserving of it's own hardcover printing? I don't know my own answer to that question at the moment. I think it's one of those “time will tell” sort of answers. So I'll get back to you on that. What I can say is that I like Scott, our main character. The mystery that is Scott's predicament is completely interestin ...more
    Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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    Elevation isn’t what you would typically expect from someone known as the “Master of Horror.” It is, however, most definitely a story you might expect to hear from your favorite relative – Uncle Stevie. Simply put, it’s a puff piece. A little feel-good story about not judging books by their covers and finding a higher plane (either figuratively or perhaps in this case quite literally).

    Back in the olde days of yore this probably would
    Ron Charles
    How fair is this? On Halloween, we creep into Stephen King’s lair for terrors and scares, but here he is offering us insight and courage instead. You’ll chew through a few chapters of “Elevation” before realizing there is no razor blade in this caramel apple. King’s new novel is trick and treat, a poignant parable of prejudice overcome and resentment healed. The calls are coming from INSIDE OUR CONSCIENCE!

    What’s most surprising about “Elevation” is that this would seem the perfect moment for Kin
    Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
    This was a one sitting reading that I really enjoyed. It began in the thick of it, which is one of King's talents. Yes, he always draws a humongous background, but he does that organically, throughout the tale, using memory, flashback and other techniques. But he almost always begins with a hook. This was no exception.

    I won't recap because the description does that and being as short as it is, giving away anything is giving away too much. There's something that confuses me though. I've been wait
    “Gravity is the anchor that pulls us down into our graves.”
    Surprisingly philosophical, Stephen King has written an uplifting tale (hehehe) that many readers are enjoying. As the main character's body starts to lose the pounds that trigger gravity, everything he touches gets lighter too. Short and mysterious with a tone that inspires, this story can be easily devoured in one sitting. For readers who like to listen to their books, King self-narrates the audio version. As a bonus, the short-st
    Franco  Santos

    Muy buen libro. Hacía mucho que no leía nada de King. Sus más recientes trabajos no me han llamado demasiado la atención, pero en Elevation intuí que me podría encontrar con algo diferente (y además es corto). Ahora, apenas terminado, puedo confirmarlo: esto es algo bastante distinto a lo que King nos tiene acostumbrados, sin vísceras que estallan, sin ojos que se salen de sus cuencas, sin asesinatos macabros ni escenas perturbadoras. Esta es una novella que se aleja del terror o del gore; es
    Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
    So this little book has caused quite a stir in the horror community. And it isn't even horror. To be honest, I gave it 4 stars immediately after reading it, and since then I've had numerous chats and read a number of reviews, and I realize that the small problem I originally had with the book is probably a lot bigger than I was willing to admit. However, I'm not going to change the rating, because then it just sounds like I was influenced by my friends. While reading a book can be an enjoyable g ...more
    Well, we're back in Castle Rock again, but not for a scary horror-type KING read this time around....although there is a Halloween dance with mention of a band named Pennywise and the Clowns..

    ELEVATION fits more of a fantasy type category....has an uplifting, hopeful message and political undertone. It is a short and strange story of a big man with a cat named Bill living in a town weighed down by hate and prejudice....and poor Scott Carey, clearly a good man, has a big affliction

    Cody | codysbookshelf
    Oct 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
    DNF. A bare-bones story as weightless as its main character. (Also, the stereotypical portrayal of conservatives and the problematic writing of the lead gay characters make this a total non-starter.)
    Raeleen Lemay
    An interesting little book! I recommend listening to the audiobook, which is read by King himself.
    Nov 11, 2018 rated it liked it
    Since I have never been a fan of horror books so despite knowing King to be good at writing them, I never tried any of his books. But recently, very unexpectedly, I started having a craving for the horror genre.
    I thought what else would be better to start from other than King's. But fortunately or unfortunately, I picked up this latest book of his.
    So, I actually have no idea nor can I compare this book of his to his other writings, rather I am gonna look at it individually.
    The message was ver
    Amanda NEVER MANDY
    Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
    Shelves: 2018, king-me
    I am not in love with this book, I am not even in like. It is nothing at all what I wanted or expected it to be. I wanted horror and I wanted it to be told across a shit-ton of pages. I did not want a short little story that barely scratched my King itch. I know it is not right for me to demand specific things from an author but I am going to do it anyway. They have the right to write whatever they want just like I have the right to read whatever I want and then review it accordingly. This steam ...more
    Rebecca McNutt
    In America's current polarized political climate in terms of human rights, discrimination and LGBTQ+ acceptance, Elevation is right on time but not the typical King horror story as usual. Much like his excellent and quirky 2004 miniseries Kingdom Hospital, this book is more about mutual companionship and seeking something better and cathartic in a group of likeable characters. I was expecting a usual "Maine boogeyman ft. boyhood nostalgia" shtick, but instead this quick-paced read was something ...more
    Andrew MacNorth
    Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Here's the thing about Stephen King a lot of people don't get. At the center of most—not all, but most—of his books is a gushing, bleeding heart that believes in the decency of humans and their capacity to love. Admittedly, this is usually buried under supernatural terror, gore, and depravity. But it’s there. And, with some notable exceptions, even King’s darkest stories seem to believe that good eventually wins.

    Elevation puts that bleeding heart front and center. It’s a parable in response to
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    Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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