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

  1. jarvi

    jarvi Member

    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.
  2. staropeace

    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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  3. fljoe0

    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

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    Agree with you both. I saw it as black comedy.
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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

    Sunlight Gardener Active Member

    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

    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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