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message 1: by Angie, Constant Reader (new) - rated it 4 stars

Angie | 2547 comments Mod
Discuss Story here!!







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Jane (shoxford) | 65 comments This was my favourite story in the book, I really liked his analogy of a pretty surface with a mad underground river


Dustin A Good Marriage is a favorite of mine, as well.


Gregory Rothbard (polycarp55) It reminds me of what harm can be caused by pornography. It is freighting because of what it points to.


message 5: by Jane (new)

Jane (shoxford) | 65 comments I wouldn't really say it was the fault of pornography, Bob Anderson is clearly portrayed as mad and I think the story references this in his childhood as well so the madness started before the porn .


Megan  (trixiekitten) | 25 comments This story started out excellent but then kind of went blah for me somewhere in the middle. Still, I enjoyed it and it creeped me out fo sho. Kind of happy I'm not married yet. Would have been awkward to explain to the Preferred Male why I hid the car keys and he has to sleep in the basement.


Luis | 18 comments My second favorite after 1922 (but only by a small margin, they're both excellent stories). I can't recall any story, by King or any other author, that had as much tension as this one, a mark of really great writing. (view spoiler)


Alondra Miller This was fun. Nothing like suspense. I just knew he would find out about his wife snooping, but didn't think he would fall for her agreement. He really was crazy and deluded about her loyalty.

He reminds me of that serial killer who owned the Sav-A-Lot stores; and killed gay men. That guy killed himself before anyone could find out everything he had been up to. This man had a wife 2 or 3 kids and the mansion the size of my entire property. He was a creep of the highest order.


Jamie | 16 comments This was my favorite of the stories I think. I appreciated it even more when I read the afterword and understood where King was coming from when he wrote it. How utterly awful and sickening. I liked this one all the way through from beginning to end. Very twisted indeed.


Jaime (jaimehobbes) | 104 comments My favorite in the collection. To me, this is pure horror. Having been with my husband for 14 years, I feel I know everything about him. So I can't imagine Darcy's feeling when discovering Bob's secret. Pure horror for a woman. Discovering you've been married to a psychopath for 30 years...possibly one of the worst things that could happen. The whole story is terrific and I loved the last scene with the detective.


Dustin Yes, that last scene is terrific, indeed (one of my favorites, actually!)


Tracy (notrace) | 105 comments This was my favorite followed closely by 1922. The thought of not knowing what your loved ones are capable of is truly creepy.


Gatorman | 561 comments Gregory wrote: "It reminds me of what harm can be caused by pornography. It is freighting because of what it points to."

The harm in the story was not caused by pornography. It was caused by a crazy person.


message 14: by Angie, Constant Reader (new) - rated it 4 stars

Angie | 2547 comments Mod
This story is so suspenseful I had to stop reading it last night!!!


Veronica (veraj121) | 300 comments This was my most favorite short story in the collection. It kept me in suspense and it also makes you wonder how well does one know their spouse. I read the afterword and this was based on a similar event. He wanted to delve into the mind of an unsuspecting wife. I think he did a great job.


message 16: by Ron (last edited Mar 20, 2012 11:46PM) (new) - added it

Ron | 9 comments I enjoyed this story far more than "Fair Extension"--it's suspenseful from first to last.

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Stefan Yates (stefan31) | 117 comments I too found this to be my favorite in the collection. (view spoiler)

Overall a brilliant, suspenseful, and terrible tale that I thoroughly loved.


message 18: by Angie, Constant Reader (new) - rated it 4 stars

Angie | 2547 comments Mod
I really loved this story! My favorite of the book.... (view spoiler)


Gatorman | 561 comments Angie wrote: "I really loved this story! My favorite of the book.... I really could feel the creepiness of the story from the start. I have been married now 11 years in June and could just imagine myself in th..."

"I have been married now 11 years in June and could just imagine myself in this situation."

What does that say about your husband? LOL

The thing about the 4Runner doesn't surprise me after hearing about the numerous errors King made about Dallas in 11/22/63 from being too lazy to fact-check. I expect better than that from an author of King's stature.


message 20: by Angie, Constant Reader (new) - rated it 4 stars

Angie | 2547 comments Mod
Gatorman wrote: "Angie wrote: "I really loved this story! My favorite of the book.... I really could feel the creepiness of the story from the start. I have been married now 11 years in June and could just imagin..."
Or his editors!


Kathryn (kcanty313) | 747 comments I just finished A Good Marriage, and wow..(view spoiler)


message 22: by Ron (last edited Mar 27, 2012 01:01PM) (new) - added it

Ron | 9 comments I think there are some things in that story anyone who's been married for many years can relate to. We often put our best foot forward when we're in dating mode--for example, a study awhile back showed we tend to weigh less when we're not in a relationship.

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message 23: by Drew (new) - rated it 5 stars

Drew | 124 comments My favorite too, the darkest of them all IMO.


message 24: by Angie, Constant Reader (new) - rated it 4 stars

Angie | 2547 comments Mod
Ron wrote: "I think there are some things in that story anyone who's been married for many years can relate to. We often put our best foot forward when we're in dating mode--for example, a study awhile back sh..."

Great response I agree 100 % with your comments!!


Thomas Bieber | 22 comments This was my second favorite after 1922, and I really like how it developed and I took something away from it, that it is impossible to fully know somebody, even if you're married to someone for that long. I also thought it was the darkest of them...and I like dark stories :)


Dustin Ron- you really think that Bob was trying to abstain from his murderous impulses? That at the core of it all, he was a mentally ill individual? Why are you making this sick SOB the victim?


And Darcy as the real monster?? I don't think so..


message 27: by J. (new) - rated it 4 stars

J. Singleton Alondra wrote: "This was fun. Nothing like suspense. I just knew he would find out about his wife snooping, but didn't think he would fall for her agreement. He really was crazy and deluded about her loyalty.

He..."


Think King's anti-hero was based on BTK, though. Normal schmuck and family man who, occasionally, rapes and tortures families.


Ashley | 5 comments Hi all! so i just read on here that there's a bonus short story in the mass market paperback edition of Full Dark, No Stars..i have the hardcover i purchased when it was first released..so now i have to go out and pay for a paperback just to get an extra story? It would make more sense to include a bonus story in the hardcover considering how much more expensive the hardback is than a paperback!...This is so unfair i feel like crying..what kind of crappy marketing scheme is that? Is anyone else bothered by this?


Kathryn (kcanty313) | 747 comments I don't think it was a marketing scheme. I believe King wrote Under the Weather after the hardback came out, and by the time the paperback was released, the story was ready and added into the edition. I hardly call that a marketing scheme. I call it an extra treat for Constant Readers.


Dustin Kathryn wrote: "I don't think it was a marketing scheme. I believe King wrote Under the Weather after the hardback came out, and by the time the paperback was released, the story was ready and added into the editi..."

Thank you, Kathryn! You are spot-on, IMO!:)


Ashley | 5 comments An extra treat for somebody who hasn't already purchased the hardback.


Stefan Yates (stefan31) | 117 comments Ashley,
It kind of bothers me too. I like to be a completest especially when it comes to King (but I only need one of each to consider my collection complete) AND I like to own as many King books that I can in hardcover and usually purchase them upon release. So I feel that those of us fanatics that salivate at he news of a new book coming out and buy it right away are getting screwed when this kind of thing happens.


Ashley | 5 comments Stefan wrote: "Ashley,
It kind of bothers me too. I like to be a completest especially when it comes to King (but I only need one of each to consider my collection complete) AND I like to own as many King books t..."




Yeah and i mean i love to have the first edition and everything and now it feels like my copy is substandard


Matthew Behling (MattyKB) | 109 comments My favorite from FDNS. So excited they'll be making this into a movie. They better stay true to the novella.


Matthew Behling (MattyKB) | 109 comments (And for those who haven't heard, King wrote the screenplay and Joan Allen was cast as Darcy)


Kathryn (kcanty313) | 747 comments I didn't know they were making this into a movie! Good to know.


Dustin I did know about the film adaptation. I think it'll be good, too, because King wrote the script. I'm looking forward to it!:)


message 38: by Angie, Constant Reader (new) - rated it 4 stars

Angie | 2547 comments Mod
Ashley wrote: "Stefan wrote: "Ashley,
It kind of bothers me too. I like to be a completest especially when it comes to King (but I only need one of each to consider my collection complete) AND I like to own as ma..."


agreed!!


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