Mr. Mercedes *Possible Spoilers*

Discussion in 'Mr. Mercedes' started by king family fan, Nov 9, 2013.

  1. AchtungBaby
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    AchtungBaby Well-Known Member

  2. Dana Jean
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    Dana Jean Beta Tester/Moderator Moderator

    I read this one fast. Loved it.
  3. doowopgirl
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    doowopgirl very avid fan

    I'm loving it myself. I'm about halfway through. While it's different from what we've had from SK before, it's got his haalmarks all over it. Characters you can totally relate to, a narrative that just rolls, a couple of references to other SK stories, I could go on, but you get my drift.
  4. VultureLvr45
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    Sweet Pea... I remember this one from the 80's..so many times danced from the club...oh yeah, I remember..
  5. ScottColbert
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    Having a hard time getting through this one-the only reason I'm pushing myself to finish is I have to review it this weekend. I'll post a link when it's published. I just find it very boring, to be honest-and I have 100 pages left.
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  6. VultureLvr45
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    Have Not read it yet...but from the audio excerpt...anyone notice (spoiler) Olivia Trelanys Mercedes... Dark Tower anyone? (end spoiler)
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  7. mjs9153
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    mjs9153 the Dude abides

    Zipping through it,loving it..find the cop stuff very good,mostly,procedurally and language..one problem I had
    was that they didn't give Mrs Trelawney any credence at all in her story..I would think they would want to cross off any possibility,that is just basic police work,and thus explore the second key angle..who could have had access to it,any workmen(thinking computer repairman?)in the house in the last year,etc,if only to rule out that possibility
    but other than that,excellent stuff..:grinning:
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  8. booklover72
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    booklover72 very strange person

    Mr Mercedes Profile: Intelligence High
    Personality Dual
    Ethics none
    Sex provicity Possibly just makes love to attain needs. gets off of maiming/killing people.
    Friends: none
    Confidence: fools himself by playing mind games and thinks he is smarter then everyone else
    Job low end, so he can focus on amoral doings
    Psychologically: Pscyhotic, sadistic


    To be continued.
  9. HMW
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    Done. Here is when I want to say, ”I loved it!”, but that would be a lie. It was OK, but I expected more, especially after the stellar first chapter which was absolutely horrible (in a good sense).

    The main thing that bugs me about this book is that there are far too many ad-hoc solutions to the various obstacles our protagonists faces. In the real world, things simply doesn't work out the way they do in the book. Yes, good folks, I know that this is ”fiction”, but this time around King has choosen to write a book without supernatural elements, a thriller, or a criminal novel if you will. That means the rules are not the same as in The Dark Tower for instance.

    Also, even though he gets a lot of the geek-speak down correctly, it is certainly not his strongest point, and at various parts it made me cringe a little.

    It seems as though many of you enjoyed the book, and I am just another a$$hole, so don't take my word for anything, but of the latest ”big” books (Under the Dome, 11/22/63 and Doctor Sleep) this is the one enjoyed the least.
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  10. Walter Oobleck
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    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    Other than a few shorts, the first novel I've read on the kindle. Space is a problem out here on the perimeter. I enjoyed the story, had a blast reading it, and have since read Cain's The Postman Always Rings Twice (on Double Indemnity now). I've got 12-pages of characters! That's something I've begun to take notice, the number of characters in a story. A story is more alive the more the merrier. Say like I read this story from an unknown, character in an area of Chicago that I visited, too, but there is nobody on the street. We go somewhere there is someone that makes an impression on us, whether it be a pretty girl or a hunka-hunka burnin'-love, or one of the marginal people, either the giddy heights or the broken ghost lows. With this story there's 3-pages of what I call main characters, characters with a name...and I don't mean famous, well-known people, real people or fictional characters from movies or stories...there's 3 1/4 pages of those...Euell Gibbons, Scott Pelley, and the like. Characters with no name...5-pages of them, some of these make the list even though they are characterized from the perspective of another character, say like Hartsfield, whose has his own individual take on life. He flies under the radar, doesn't he? How many people like that are in the world? Person smiles at you, says a kind word, all the while thinking that you're a lower life form and they can't wait to get home and scrub their hands under hot water.

    There are a few continuity errors what have you mistakes. Probably ruined someone's Monday morning with that announcement...and I'd try to report them elsewhere...I guess one can go...to the publisher? They have something there to report stuff? If someone knows how to do that, here's the information:
    Elizabeth Wharton's obituary describes her as "the son of Marcel and Catherine Sirois" That's at the 57% mark on the kindle
    At the 49% mark Brady is online learning about 'Round Here. "He watches a YouTube video where a giggle of girls discusses which of the five boys is the hottest." Italics mine as the song has it. In other descriptions of 'Round Here, four names are provided. At the start of the story, the mayor is named, Ralph Kinsler...at the end, the mayor is Richard Tewky.
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  11. FlakeNoir
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    There is a link here you can use for the errors, thanks Walter. :) (It can be found at the bottom of the home-page.)
  12. Walter Oobleck
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    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    I've tried to submit the information. Failed. The kindle does not indicate an ISBN number, nor any other number for that matter. Scribner is the publisher of my kindle version. The form does not have options to indicate a kindle, asks for a page number. The information does not pass through w/o an ISBN number. I looked at Goodreads, the kindle version listed there, and there is an ISBN...OR AISN? number...some number is listed there. Tried that number, am told that number does not exist. Like I said, there is no number...oops...I looked in the back at the end and that is where the Library of Congress/Copyright information is located on this kindle version. It worked. After about four or five attempts to decipher the words I needed to type in the human box.
  13. FlakeNoir
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    I hardly ever have any success with those Captcha codes, they can be really difficult. Thanks for persevering.
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  14. l.a.link
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    I am not sure what thoughts you are trying to express about Brady; did you like the character or think he was unrealistic.


    I think their are a lot of people like Brady who are outwardly nice to people but truly deeply detest everybody.


    I enjoyed that there was only half a dozen main characters which were fairly simple people, in this story. I don’t think every story needs half a hundred complex people in order for the story to be good.
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  15. carrie's younger brother
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    I noticed some continuity errors myself and I am only at about 37% through. Usually these things don't bother me, but some seem so blatant and are confounding me how they got through. Having worked in publishing for a number of years, I fully understand how this happens though. Especially this one:

    The screen name Brady sets up for Hodges is kermitfrog19, but when Hodges actually goes to the UDBU web site he types kermitfrog19 in as the password without ever typing in a screen name. Huh?

    Like I said, I usually don't ever complain about these things but... whatever. Thanks.
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  16. carrie's younger brother
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    There is a specific e-book ISBN on the copyright page at the end of the book. I just successfully submitted an error through the link Flake provided.
  17. Walter Oobleck
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    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    Brady is not a likeable person...maybe pitied. He is a completely realistic person, alas. I've encountered far too many people like Brady. I try to avoid them but often they are unavoidable. I've read stories that contained few characters and enjoyed the stories...I've read stories that contained many characters and did not enjoy them...vice versa on both options. How one character, often a main character, views other people is illuminating--"a beefy twelve- or thirteen-year-old with an a** the size of Iowa." Or "the crying babies" on Charlotte's flight. Description that brings other people into the story and defines the person who is our witness. Troll One...Troll Two. All of the 'imaginary' characters are a plus, too, two and three-quarters pages of those listed in my index. Same thing goes for place names. You walk into anything, bar, restaurant, you know what the place is called. I think a story suffers from a lack of description if the writer gives us a generic name, bar, restaurant, diner, gas station...and I've read things like that in a story. No, a story does not need half a hundred complex people, but it does need people. I've encountered a number of people already this morning...guy across the street from where I installed a storm window...comes out on his porch I say hi howya doin he does not reply. Heh! Two little munchkins at this other place, one calling Daddy! Daddy! and Daddy telling him to wait a sec. The story doesn't need a full paragraph, but a line from time to time livens things up a tad.
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  18. Walter Oobleck
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    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    Yeah, I found it at the back of my kindle version...looked in the front where that information often is located...and took a gander at the back as I was posting above. Maybe the fembot will call you up, or call us up? Anticipation, as Carly sang it...you're probably not there as yet.
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  19. Haunted
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    Haunted My favorite place

    I am hearing a different voice in these words.
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  20. jchanic
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    See, Ms Mod. I was right!

    John

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