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Discussion in 'Full Dark, No Stars' started by jarvi, Nov 15, 2013.

  1. jarvi

    jarvi Member

    Just finished listening to 1922 from the audiobook. Good GRIEF! That is a pitch black story. I suppose that's why this collection is named what it is, but I haven't heard the other stories yet. I liked it, but it would have been nice to have at least one character to root for. I thought our narrator was going to be a somewhat sympathetic character caught in a tough position forced into making a horrible decision, but then he started rocking the casual racism. He just gets worse after that. Despite all of this, seeing everything unravel was fascinating and the last scene is wonderful, of course. It felt very classically horror to me. I loved that.

    It speaks to SK's skill that he can take a character like Wilfred and use his every aspect of his humanity to keep us from fully turning on him. The man doesn't have a lot of decency to speak of, but his love for his son, his love of the land, and the fact that those set against him seem somehow more malicious keep us in his corner. Oh, and his affection for a couple of his cows. OH! And I've rarely had a more cringe-worthy experience during an audiobook than when

    the leader of the rats was hanging off that poor cow's teat. And then ****ing ripping it off! Oh, God!
    The people in the cars around me must have thought I was dancing to rock music I was squirming around so much. A really nice murder tale. Almost an extended campfire tale.
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  2. Sundrop

    Sundrop Sunny the Great & Wonderful

    1922 is my favorite story in the collection..... It is dark, and that's why I like it
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  3. fljoe0

    fljoe0 Cantre Member

    What a coincidence, I just finished listening to the audio of 1922 myself. I read the story when it was released so the audiobook was my second time. SK has written a lot of great novellas and this one is in my top 3. The other 3 stories in FDNS aren't much cheerier so be ready. :)
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  4. fljoe0

    fljoe0 Cantre Member

    I noticed something odd about the audiobook of 1922 (at least my copy). The book ends with the headline of the newspaper article and the article. The audio narrator reads the headline but not the article. The article contains some important information about the final event.
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....that collection made me just a weensy bit nauseous...which I think Unca Steve would approve of...it certainly packed a no doubt wallop...
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  6. jarvi

    jarvi Member

    AHHHH! Very good. I need to read the end of this story then. I thought that was a really weird way to end it.
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  7. fljoe0

    fljoe0 Cantre Member

    It's only 3 or 4 paragraphs but it has some vital info.
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  8. OKKingFan

    OKKingFan Well-Known Member

    Only read this story so far in the book, but I liked it. Good old fashioned creepy tale from King. I'm wondering why he set it in 1922, other than to avoid the mass communication that would make a lot of this story impossible or improbable if it was set in the present time. Good stuff. Can't wait to read the rest.
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  9. mustangclaire

    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    I liked this tale, however (and I appreciate I'm in the minority here) it was my least favourite in the book.
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  10. Christine62

    Christine62 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, everything Jarvi said.
    I tried to read this story when I first got the book but it was too dark. But I love love love Craig Wasson--and maybe it was his reading that turned the tide and I loved the story. And I know from something I heard that Mr. King hates HATES rats. His metaphor of each man having another one inside him like a Russian Nesting Doll was brilliant. ---Wherever you go, Mr. King, I will follow.
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  11. Gavin Logan

    Gavin Logan Member

    My favourite of the collection. Would like to see this as a movie some day
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  12. bigkingfan91

    bigkingfan91 Well-Known Member

    My favorite as well, it has to make it to the big screen someday! I thought he nailed the time period perfectly. The darker the story, the better for me!
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  13. Ben.

    Ben. Well-Known Member

    Stephen definitely puts his best foot first in FD,NS. The other stories are good but, with the exception of A Good Marriage, don't really compare to 1922. I think Big Driver could have been culled to short-story status and, well, A Fair Extension essentially IS a short story. Both of those stories were a little bloated.
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  14. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    Agreed, it was good but I liked the others better. A Good Marriage knocked me flat on my butt when i read it, I couldn't believe it. Maybe more than anything since I read The Long Walk. I do love a good punch to the face in the form of a short story!
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  15. muskrat

    muskrat Dis-Member

    1922 is the best in the book, oh yeah. I remember digging the hell out of it; it had that vintage, early, gritty King vibe, like if Bachman and Lovecraft had a baby. I think this one is an underrated gem, tailor made for the big screen--an ideal vehicle for Frank Darabont.

    I need to take this one down from the shelf for a re-read, methinks.
  16. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    It's awesome, scary, so well-written classic sK.
  17. rudiroo

    rudiroo Well-Known Member

    Um. I've never listened to an SK audiobook:a11:
    I can't - I'd probably blow a circuit, or need a reboot or something.

    I'm so locked into how each and every character looks and sounds( in my head) that it's just me and the story.
    Old school? Ayuh.

    Great story though - one that stays with you. . til it outstays its welcome.

    It's confirmation - if we needed it - that a convergence of bad circumstances, an existing predisposition for being a serious badass and that all-time favourite, opportunity. . and shazam, enter Wilfred.:barf:
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  18. KingAHolic

    KingAHolic Banned

    Oh that's a bummer to hear 1922 is the best story in the book :(
    I LOVED it I was hoping the others would be just as good if not better.

    Am I a bad person for liking Wilf?
  19. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    Yeah, he was in a kickass mood that day.
  20. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    Wth is wilf?
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