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Preview — If It Bleeds by Stephen King
If It Bleeds
Four brilliant new tales in If It Bleeds are sure to prove as iconic as ...more
This time: We luckily have four fantastic stories in our hands and best part is one ...more
This opening novella rocked my world. With signature Stephen King finesse, he introduces characters so vivid they could be standing next to you. I’m particularly impressed by his ability to deliver the millennial youth experience as effectively as he writes about being a boomer in his many other books. Then, when you least expect it, he scares the shit out of you. It’s better not knowing anything going in, so I won’t give away details. I shouldn’t even tell you it’s scary, ...more
It made me wonder why so few authors don´t start dealing with the inevitable at a certain age, why they don´t in ...more
2. The Life of Chuck -- ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
3. If It Bleeds -- ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
4. Rat -- ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
That's how you do, Sai King!
One of the most well-rounded collections I have ever read.
I'm contemplating whether this is going to knock my current fave, Full Dark, No Stars, out of my number one spot for short-story collections.
This was well worth the wait!
IT IS TIME!!!!
COVER REVEAL HAS ME LIKE...
...receives book recommendation...
Is this for real?
This seems too good to be true?
”When an old man dies, a library burns.”
The billionaire, Mr. Harrigan, builds an architecturally beautiful house in the country as a place to spend his twilight years away from the bustle of the business world that made him rich. He asks a young lad by the name of Craig to come up to the house to read novels to him. Entertainment for Mr. Harrigan and an education for Craig. Of course, they talk about things as well, and it makes me think about cobbled relationships like this ...more
If It Bleeds is comprised of four novellas, the first of which is Mr. Harrigan’s Phone. This one is standard fare from Kin ...more
If It Bleeds is some of King’s best work in recent years, showcasing his talent once again when it comes to the novella. In each of these novellas, King reflects upon death in some way, and he handles it so perfectly. For me, it sits firmly up there snuggled close to Different Seasons and Full Dark, No Stars.
Mr Harrigan’s Phone was simply a lot of fun! A little creepy at times and the writing just felt like old King, but with more modern topics, like ...more
Note: to avoid confusion, I wrote the above on May 14, 2019. It is now released and I am reading it. Also, at the time I was not aware it was another four novella book.
Read this for my Horror Group Challenge! The first and last short story were my favorites!
*Mr. Harrigan’s Phone - 5 Stars ⭐️
*The Life Of Chuck - 3 Stars ⭐️
*If It Bleeds - 4 Stars ⭐️
*Rat - 5 Stars ⭐️
Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾🎃🍁🍂 ...more
Mr. Harrigan's phone - loved
The Life of Chuck - Interesting
If it Bleeds - Holly Gibney, the story of the collection
Rat - Surprising. Loved
I did a review for each of these stories and I am going to include them in the bottom of this review eventually.
There are some novels I can't stand by Stephen for various reasons, but they all still read well. I just find that I slide along reading Stephen and his novels are effortless for me to read. He knows just how ...more
"Because I can believe the unbelievable. I don't want to, but I can."
"If It Bleeds" is a compilation of four short stories titled "Mr. Harrigan's Phone", "The Life of Chuck", "If it Bleeds" and "Rat". In Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, Craig places Mr. Harrigan's phone in his pocket during his funeral. What happens when a phone rings in a grave? Will anyone answer? Then there is Chuck and his congratulatory 39 years. Will this have you asking, "what's up Chuck?". I will admit, this started strong and ...more
Mr. Harrigan’s Phone (four stars)
Craig has been working for his elderly neighbour for a few years, reading to Mr. Harrigan and ...more
“Mr. Harrigan’s Phone”
King might be at his best when he writes from a child ...more
I absolutely loved this one, King writers such interesting characters that the reader instantly gets attached too.
All the staples of are here as we follow young Craig coming of age whilst working for the wealthy Mr. Harrigan.
During the course of their time together Craig introduces the elderly gentleman to an iPhone, resisting at first Mr. Harrigan soon realises the benefits of a cell phone and becomes hooked by the device.
King's scepticism to the technology is clear and well ...more
Oh Yeah! EXPLOSIVE new collection with Apparitions, HUNGRY evil....and one NASTY rat!
I so enjoy the anticipation of reading every new KING offering and his latest four story anthology, IF IT BLEEDS was no exception. When I first saw the cover and watched the interactive movement of the cat's nose on the cover, I paid my money on-line, of course, and used curbside pickup at Barnes & Noble the morning it was released to the public.
Anyway, I zoomed through the novel in less than two d...more
I’m going to rate each story on it’s own, but overall, I would gave this collection a rating of 4 STARS!
The first story in, If It Bleeds is called…
Mr. Harrigan's Phone – 4 Stars
I liked the nostalgic feel of this story about a young boy growing up and developing a close relationship with an old neighbor.
Craig is paid to read books to Mr. Harrigan after school. Over the course of many years, they develop a close friendship. Mr. Harri ...more
Oddly, this works in the book’s favour, lending it a sort of cosy nostalgia. The settings are ostensibly contemporary, but King writes as if living in a mythical dimension where no matter what the actual year is – with smart phones, Fitbits and Ubers thrown in as markers of modernity – it always feels like it’s ...more
Mr. Harrigan's Phone - 4 stars.
A bittersweet tale of a boy and a wealthy old man. They boy reads to the old man during the evening and he pays for it. The relationship somehow continues after the man's demise. Some sup ...more
I've never been a huge fan of the character Holly Gibney. The innocent, eccentric, may-be ...more
I would definitely recommend this offering by Mr King to anyone who has never read his books before as this collection gives a proper taste of SK writing, and the novellas are not that long. A mild suggestion: the title If It Bleeds refers to another novel and will be most appreciated after The Outsider.
The longest of the four stories is the title story, If It Bleeds, which is the one that Holly appears in. Although she is only in this story I would have to say you need to read her previous encounters t ...more
[9/12/19] - Holly was one of my favorite characters from The Outsiders. I am beyond excited
is this real?!
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Mr. Harrigan’s Phone: A wonderful coming-of-age story with some beyond the grave moments that intrigued, more than f ...more
I LOVED this book. Especially The Life of Chuck. It was mysterious, frightening, sad and uplifting all the same time.
Mr. H's Phone and Rat were creepy AF.
The main novella If It Bleeds continues where The Outsider left off. It's a great story but I feel Holly Gibney has run her course. She's silly and childish and I don't believe she was a strong enough character to carry the story.
This book truly should have been 5*, King ...more
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