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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  96,042 ratings  ·  11,889 reviews
Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, he’s been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn’t want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis.

In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of
Hardcover, 146 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by Scribner
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Mickey 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)
Tony Woolstencroft It's Stephen King - that makes it a must read.…moreIt's Stephen King - that makes it a must read.(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
Wil Wheaton
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
There's some lovely language and imagery in this story, and the characters are all clearly defined. It's a fast and easy read, perfect for an hour or so in the park or on the beach.

However, I can't recommend it, because a fundamental aspect of the plot completely turned me off. I'll hide it in a spoiler tag: (view spoiler)
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
Lala BooksandLala
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I feel reinvigorated by this book. I haven't truly loved a short story by King like this in a hot minute, and its reminded me how his quieter novels can sometimes have the biggest impact on me. I recognize my friends' criticism that it was "boring" and "oh the white male saviorness of it all" but I just truly loved this shit ya'll. It was simple, classic, and sharp.

Note: This book isn't horror. Recognizing that King's books usually transcend genre anyway, I believe this to be truly miscategorize
Federico DN
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: almost-fav
Sometimes people lose weight, sometimes weight loses you.

In this novel we learn the story of "Deidre". A bitter rude woman with a soft spot for running. Athletic, iron willed, marathoner by nature. Deidre recently moved in to Castle Rock and opened a little restaurant with her dearest wife Missy. Deidre had hopes and dreams, but when most of the town gives them the cold shoulder because of their marital status, everything begins to crumble. Their restaurant, their marriage, their very livelihood
Sean Barrs
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
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
This is not a horror book. I don't know why it won the Goodreads Choice Awards in that category... well I do but I digress.

(3 maybe?) A quick read that, while currently relevant with the political climate in the US, felt a bit empty.

Divorced older man who doesn't get along with his neighbours. His lesbian neighbours. His lesbians married neighbours. A fact, that is apparently too much for the small town.

While drama ensues, he starts losing more and more weight (while not actually losing any?).
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
Sadie Hartmann
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
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 surprised
Scott Carey has a mystery condition, he's losing weight, but there appears to be no change to his size at all. He also has lesbian neighbours finding it tough to live in Castle Rock, one of whom, just won't buy Scott's genuinely neighbourly advances. A 21st Century Castle Rock novella that really works... except for the ending in my opinion. Still, it's always elevating to read a new Castle Rock jam! 7 out of 12
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
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

An uplifting tale from King - not one of horror - but one with a nice supernatural element to it.

At its heart, this book is about people, relationships and overcoming (rising-above) differences. About getting to know your neighbor, about acceptance and about having a sense of community - done the Stephen King way, of course!

Scott Carey has been losing weight without even trying. (Most will think of Thinner when reading this book. Heck, even King mentions Richard Bachman before the book
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
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don’t do that thing where I say it’s this meets that, even when there are familiar elements. Doing that is a great way to make everything you encounter boring, including things that aren't boring. I take each story as its own thing.

This novella surprised me and didn’t. It didn’t surprise me because it’s Stephen King and just about everything he writes draws me in. He has a way with story that almost always keeps me reading on, even when I have criticisms.

The way I felt at the end surprised m
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
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Yikes, y'all. This was... a mess. Middle aged straight man makes it his dying mission to swoop in and save the day for the poor, woebegone lesbians who live next door. I LOVE King's writing, but even that couldn't really save the plot of Elevation for me. This ain't it, sis ...more
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.
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Well that was a nice little short story! 😉

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
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!
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 none other than King's would be a better start. 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 very simple bu
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.
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it

Beyond the clouds, high octane, pie-in-the-sky, totally energized.

Stephen King has side-stepped his usual horror genre in Elevation. Instead, he has slipped in a short little novella that gives pause to the reader. King transports us, once again, to Castle Rock in Maine that seems to exist in a fog of the unexplainable. It's a favorite King setting in which he unrolls the carpet of Strange and we readers smile with anticipation.

We are introduced to Scott Carey, recently divorced a
Kevin Kuhn
Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Scott Carey is losing weight. What’s strange is, it isn’t showing. What’s stranger still, is that anything he carries becomes weightless. In a rare allegory, King still shows his magical ability to make the supernatural seem believable. In this novella, King takes on small-town intolerance and the importance of rising above differences. Sometimes, connections that seem unlikely, might end up being vital, during a time when you need to be uplifted.

The strength of this story is the hook. I had to
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Scott Carey, a resident of Castle Rock, Maine, wakes up one morning and feels quite different. There is a spring in his step and he is a bit happier. He steps on his scale and he notices that he has lost quite a few pounds, yet his body does not look any different. By that, I mean he still looks severely overweight. Sagging skin and rolls hanging over his pants, which, seeing as he is in fact old, are not surprising. Day by day, more pounds come off but his appearance remains the same. Th
Kayla Dawn
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
This was... okay 🤷🏻‍♀️
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!?!?

I started this little book with the 1st chapter and I wasn't into the book. I'll be honest, I almost lost interest in the story. I then read the 2nd chapter a few days later after a little break and something happened and all the sudden I was hooked into the story and I couldn't put the book down. I have found that Stephen can start slow and you have to slough through the beginning and then you can't put it down as he introduces you to everyone. I remember 'Black House starts with flying over th ...more
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
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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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