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Discussion in 'Full Dark, No Stars' started by jarvi, Nov 22, 2013.

  1. jarvi
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    Whoa, you guys. By far, the most unlikeable protagonist I've ever encountered. Surprisingly, this was the hardest one to get through. I just hated Dave Streeter so much. Elvid was a really interesting character and it's a really cool spin on a bargain tale, but

    it was just so hard to watch everything continually spiral south for the Goodhughs. I practically cried listening to Tom talk about the "hopeful look" in his brain damaged son's eyes. Right? So tragic. I kept expecting Streeter to show at least a shred of humanity. Nothing. Despicable. Still, I had to chuckle when he thought "at least we missed the peak of mosquito season" when he learned of Norma's death. What a bastard.

    At least for being tethered to a character completely devoid of sympathy, the story makes it's point quickly and it's mercifully short. And that last line...so awesome. Perfect ending.
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  2. staropeace
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    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    I found this story funny. I would constantly think "oh Stephen yah didn't let this happen, did yah?" I think he had a lot of fun with this one. It is not to be taken seriously, I do not think.
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    fljoe0 Cantre Member

    I'm with Staro. I think this was intended as black comedy. I could be wrong but I thought at about halfway through the story, SK seemed to go into, "what can I do to this guy next" mode and was enjoying himself and I found myself laughing. :biggrin2: I thought the story was brilliant.
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  4. doowopgirl
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    doowopgirl very avid fan

    Agree with you both. I saw it as black comedy.
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  5. GNTLGNT
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    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...definitely the "lightest" one of the collection...dark comedy at it's finest...
  6. Sunlight Gardener
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    Yeah I understand both takes on it. You feel sympathetic for Streeter the first half of the story then find yourself hating his guts by the second half. Good stuff.
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  7. mustangclaire
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    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    Brilliant tale.... really made me think, if I was in the position of Streeter, would I be tempted...... would I?
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  8. Mr Larry Underwood
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    I can't seem to forget this story. For some reason it always pops out in my head whenever I drive close to an airport. One of his best stories
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  9. SutterKane
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    SutterKane Well-Known Member

    I liked the fact that he showed no remorse. Seems like in every "Deal with the Devil" story I've ever read, the guy who makes the deal either gets caught in some loophole and pays the price, or ends up feeling bad about it and finding a way to go back and change it. I found it amusing to see a guy just do the deal, and let it run it's course with no regrets.

    For anybody who says King has lost his "Dark" edge, just make them read this. It's both brutal and hilarious all at once. I wish there were still anthology shows on TV, like "Masters of Horror" or "Tales From the Crypt", I'd kill to see a half hour/Hour long show based on this.
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  10. AchtungBaby
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    AchtungBaby Angel in Devil's Shoes, Salvation in the Blues

    One of my favorites--when King ventures into black comedy mode (e.g. this story, Needful Things, parts of Under the Dome, "Word Processor of the Gods") the results are always great. Wish he'd do it more often!
  11. Mr Larry Underwood
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    Another Hilariouss black comedy tale is "the cat from hell". I just laugh everytime I think of the hitman pointing the gun at the feline.
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  12. xkittyx
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    I hated the main guy too! I couldn't believe that he'd be so happy about all the bad things that were happening to his supposed best friend. I mean... sure I've been really jealous of my friends at times in the past... but I'd never want anything horrible to happen to them!

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