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When an old Gypsy man curses Billy Halleck for sideswiping his daughter, six weeks later he's 93 pounds lighter. Now Billy is terrified. And desperate enough for one last gamble...that will lead him to a nightmare showdown with the forces of evil melting his flesh away.
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Published September 1st 1985 by Perfection Learning (first published November 19th 1984)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, book-to-film
“Some guys-- a lot of guys---don't believe what they are seeing, especially if it gets in the way of what they eat or drink or think or believe. Me, I don't believe in God. But if I saw him, I would. I wouldn't just go around saying 'Jesus, that was a great special effect.' The definition of an asshole is a guy who doesn't believe what he's seeing. And you can quote me.”
Richie “The Hammer” Ginelli


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William Halleck is a damn fine lawyer, a rising star in his firm, and well liked by judges and pol
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Kemper
And I thought the Atkins Diet sounded unhealthy…

William Halleck is a successful lawyer living in upper middle class splendor in a Connecticut suburb with his wife and daughter, and his biggest problem is that he’s overweight. His perfect life is upset when he accidently ran over an old Gypsy woman when he was *ahem* distracted behind the wheel. Since Billy is one of the solid taxpayers who plays golf with all the right people the whole mess is quickly tidied up in court without him getting so mu
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Paul O'Neill
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it, it's every bit as good as I remembered and more. One of my favourites of all time and one of the best / creepiest audiobooks.

Highly, thoroughly and totally recommended.
Will M.
The premise really prompted me to read this novel. Aside from the fact that King wrote this, the premise really made me curious as to what the novel was all about. It was about a man who got cursed, and now he's losing weight everyday, and he fears that it will come to a point where he'll turn into nothing.

Everything was good, but nothing was great. That's the main problem of the novel for me. While the start of the novel was batshit amazing and fast paced, the middle and the end was a huge drag
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Ginger
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, buddy-read
This was an addicting and enjoyable book to read!

It’s a great revenge novel and I enjoyed reading about how Billy Halleck goes from a big, fat man to something rather morbid.

Billy Halleck, an upscale attorney accidentally hits and kills an old gypsy woman in his car when she steps out from the sidewalk. Now is he guilty of vehicular manslaughter or not? Unfortunately for Billy, an old gypsy man believes he is and puts a curse on him. The old gypsy man touches his check and says "THINNER".

Or did
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Dan Schwent
Dec 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Overweight lawyer William Halleck strikes and kills a gypsy woman who is crossing the street. He is acquitted but a relative of the woman touches Halleck's cheek and curses him. Now he's losing three pounds a day with no end in sight. Can he track down the gypsy man and get him to remove the curse or will he waste away to nothing?

What's so scary about a fat guy losing weight? A lot, it turns out. Never has getting a tug job in the car from your wife gotten someone into so much trouble. I felt fo
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sue
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I’ve only read a few of Stephen Kings book but I have watched more in movies.

This is the first one as Richard Bachman.

And yes, I did enjoy it and would recommend for anyone who likes dark side/light horror.
I don’t like horror, this is more “jumpy” as you Imagine “stuff” that happens.

I’m rating this personally as a 3.5 due to I’ve read more psychological thrillers worse than this.
Great introduction to Bachman’s work though.

Funny ending. As in odd, strange.
Lyn
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a certain directness, a freight train coming down the tracks quality about Stephen King’s early Richard Bachman books that I very much enjoy. King writes an unrelenting cause and effect that is terrifying because it does not jump out and yell BOO! but rather walks quietly up to you with a mask on and a butcher knife, like John Carpenter’s Michael Myers, a slow-motion dream scape of fear.

Thinner shares these qualities with other of King / Bachman books like The Running Man and The Long W
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Danger
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first saw the movie for this back in the 90s, long before I read this book. And if you've never seen the film, believe me when I say, it's bad. It’s AWESOMELY bad. Overacted, terribly-paced, full of dumb effects and the worst “fat suit” I’ve ever seen. But, for some reason, I can't help but love it. I’ll watch it over and over again on Netfilx like it was reruns of The Office. Maybe I just like terrible movies. I don’t know.

But, that said, I've never read this book. Never even thought about it
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Carol
The older Stephen King novels continue to amaze me......this one grabbed me from page one and did not let go! When grossly overweight attorney Billy Helleck unintentionally hits (view spoiler) an old gypsy woman who darts out into the street, (view spoiler) the incident is not properly investigated, and soon after, he, his buddy Judge Cory who presided plus friend, Officer Hopley are "touched" and "cursed" by a s ...more
Paula
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Billy Halleck is living a good life. He's an up-and-coming lawyer, has a wife and a teenage daughter, and a nice home. He is also overweight, a fact which his doctor is always reminding him of. One day while driving, Billy accidently sideswipes an old gypsy woman who is crossing the street and kills her. Billy is cleared of any charges for this incident, as he is good friends with the police and the judge. There's also no love lost between law enforcement and the gypsies, since the police just w ...more
Amelia
First Stephen King book of the year and I guarantee there will be more.

Full review (but kinda short): https://amelianamora18.wixsite.com/am...
Glenn Sumi
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 for this lean (and in some ways, mean) thriller written under Stephen King's pulpy alias, Richard Bachman

After the epic Gone With The Wind, which took me a month and a half to read (I loved it), I wanted something light and relatively short to read next. Plus: Halloween was coming up! So I decided on this taut, tense thriller by Richard Bachman (a.k.a. Stephen King). It did the trick.

The premise is simple. Overweight, slightly smug East Coast lawyer Billy Halleck has a
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Sarah
Mar 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z2017, ebook, fiction
3.5 stars.

This was my first Stephen King novel. I thought that it was good enough but not like great or anything.

I had two main problems with it. The first problem was with the pacing of the novel. The first half was good but when I reached the halfway point, I was confused because I felt like the conclusion should have been coming. The story was slowly building up from page one and it was creepy, ominous and eerie but then a good 25% of the novel just dragged on and on. I just thought the roa
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Mia Nauca
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 estrellas.
En un rato regreso a hacerle la reseña xq es tarde ahorita y tengo sueñits xd
Mario
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, own-read
Some guys-- a lot of guys---don't believe what they are seeing, especially if it gets in the way of what they eat or drink or think or believe. Me, I don't believe in God. But if I saw him, I would. I wouldn't just go around saying 'Jesus, that was a great special effect.' The definition of an asshole is a guy who doesn't believe what he's seeing. And you can quote me.

And I just did, Ginelli.


4.5

Phew... this has been a ride. I started reading Thinner back in April of 2017, and I finished it almo
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Melissa Chung
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Another Stephen King book read. I'm doing pretty good this year. I've spoken to a friend about how Richard Bachman books a.k.a. Stephen King books sound so different from his normal ones. There is a different voice associated with the Bachman books. King is a legend in my eyes and to be able to switch the sound of your own writing voice to coincide with your pen-name books is just remarkable.
I'm giving this book 3.5 stars. I don't really enjoy the Bachman books as much as I do King's books. The
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Bridgit Morgan
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been obsessed with Stephen King's work for about seven years, from the first moment I checked out "Carrie" from my high school's library. "Thinner" certainly did not disappoint! The stellar writing and the character's complexities brought me back to that feeling I got when I first picked up a King novel: the belief that, although the plot seems outrageously far-fetched, it still somehow feels real.
Kaila
4/5 stars

“In many ways the world is nothing but a pile of shit. But it can also be very beautiful.”


Oh my god, I just flew through this book. It was just so fast-paced, gripping and entertaining, I really didn't want to put it down. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book I knew that it sounded like something I'd enjoy. It's a weird concept but when you really think about it, it's also terrifying. Basically, our main character has been cursed to lose weight...forever, with no end in sight.
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Franco  Santos
Buen libro. Su idea es muy interesante: una persona obesa que va perdiendo peso por un maleficio hecho por una gitana.

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Empieza bastante lento; al menos a mí no me enganchó desde la primera página. Tengo que decir que cuando lo empecé quería dejarlo. Y lo dejé. Sin embargo, en el segundo intento lo pude terminar.

El mundo es un montón de mierda. Pero muchas veces puede ser muy hermoso.

Es un libro que en varias partes se me hizo denso. En una novela más larga quizás no me importe tanto, pero es un
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Latasha
3.5*

This was a first read for me and I have not seen the movie. I knew what it was about, though. Someone said this book was like a Lay's chip, hard to put down. She was right! I don't know what it was about this book but I read a ton in the last 2 days. The story is ok, enough to keep you hooked but not terribly suspenseful. I'd say most people know what the story is about before picking up the book. The dreams Billy has are pretty scary and what happens to his friends. the book really picks up
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Jes Reads
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
FULL REVIEW COMING SOON
J.K. Grice
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I really thought this was an interesting bit of a departure by King from a basic horror concept. More of a character study, complete with a gypsy curse and a man struggling not to lose his life and his sanity. THINNER is a great book!
Maciek
'Thinner,' the old Gypsy man with the rotting nose whispers to William Halleck as Halleck and his wife, Heidi, come out of the courthouse. Just that one word, sent on the wafting, cloying sweetness of his breath. 'Thinner.' And before Halleck can jerk away, the old Gypsy reaches out and caresses his cheek with one twisted finger. His lips spread open like a wound, showing a few tombstone stumps poking out of his gums. They are black and green. His tongue squirms between them and then slides out ...more
Johann (jobis89)
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"In many ways the world is nothing but a pile of shit. But it can also be very beautiful."

A relatively quick read, this book! Quite a fun and original idea for a book. I was excited to see where King would go with it.

Thinner is a story about Billy Halleck who accidentally knocks down and kills a gypsy woman. Unfortunately, it gets much worse as he is left with a terrible curse set upon him by the deceased's father. A curse where he begins to lose a lot of weight and it shows no sign of slowing d
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Ignacio Senao f
Aug 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agobio, horror y desear la muerte.

Así me he ido sintiendo con este espectacular libro.

Es realmente agobiante ver que cada dia pierdes peso y no puedes hacer nada para remediarlo, sabes que vas a morir, y nadie ni nada puede hacer algo.

Y ese final... es muy bueno.

Como siempre, en cada novela suya hay una parte de él en el protagonista, y sus miedos al tabaco y al cancer siempre queda reflejado. Porque sabe muy bien lo que es horror y no terror, y el saber que te mueres y no poder hacer NADA para
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Cody | codysbookshelf
Truth be told, I've not looked forward to writing this review. I find writing reviews for 3-star books almost tedious, and certainly not enjoyable. It's fun writing about books I love, and it's fun ripping to shreds books I hate. Books that warrant an average rating are just that — average. And I struggle with reviews of them. Never before has that been more true than in the case of Thinner, by Richard Bachman/Stephen King. That makes me a little sad, too — I've enjoyed writing every review in m ...more
Amy Norris
This is a tough book for me to rate because I can’t help but compare it to the other Bachman book I’ve read, The Long Walk, which was a solid 5 stars and instantly became one of my favourite books of all time.

The writing in Thinner was King’s classic style with fantastic internal dialogue. The plot was interesting and the characters well-fleshed out. My main issue was that despite being a relatively short book, I felt it dragged at time, particularly in the middle. The ending was not bad but no
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Obsidian
This is really a 3.5 star read, just rounded up to 4.

It's weird. I think I may have read this book before, but now after finishing it this weekend, I have doubts. I maybe just watched the movie and that's where I was recalling most of my information from. I honestly don't like the Bachman books that much that Stephen King wrote. I recall "The Long Walk" and thought how it made no sense to me and how impossible it would be for teenagers to walk 4 miles an hour. I tried that one day at the gym an
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Ashley Daviau
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this may have just edged itself into my top ten King books. Yes I know it’s not TECHNICALLY a King but I like breaking the rules! Something about this story just got deep inside of me and settled down into my bones. Right from the beginning I was completely hooked and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to see what would happen next. Something about this story is just so damn unsettling, it gives me the heebie jeebies just thinking about it. And that ending just killed me and gave me s ...more
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At the beginning of Stephen King's career, the general view among publishers was that an author was limited to one book per year, since publishing more would be unacceptable to the public. King therefore wanted to write under another name, in order to increase his publication without over-saturating the market for the King "brand". He convinced his publisher, Signe
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“Some guys-- a lot of guys---don't believe what they are seeing, especially if it gets in the way of what they eat or drink or think or believe. Me, I don't believe in God. But if I saw him, I would. I wouldn't just go around saying 'Jesus, that was a great special effect.' The definition of an asshole is a guy who doesn't believe what he's seeing. And you can quote me.” 18 likes
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