In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of ...more
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 ...more
Let’s set the record straight on something right up front – this is very far from being a horror story. I have seen ...more
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)[ The fundamental tension in the story is between a lesbian couple and the hero, a middle-aged, heterosexual white guy who is mysteriously losing all of his weight. The couple ...more
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 ...more
Note: This book isn't horror. Recognizing that King's books usually transcend genre anyway, I believe this to be truly miscategorize ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
(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?). ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
The strength of this story is the hook. I had to ...more
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 ...more
Original: I hate to wish away the month BUT is it October 30th yet!?!?
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 problem....an affliction...more
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