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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 The idiot is IN

    ...definitely the "lightest" one of the collection...dark comedy at it's finest...
  6. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known 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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  8. Mr Larry Underwood

    Mr Larry Underwood Well-Known Member

    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
  9. SutterKane

    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.
  10. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Well-Known Member

    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!
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  11. Mr Larry Underwood

    Mr Larry Underwood Well-Known Member

    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

    xkittyx Unfound

    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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  13. AToyStoryInCali

    AToyStoryInCali Well-Known Member

    What do you guys think that last (awesome) line means? Why would someone wish upon Venus? It has something to do with Lucifer, I gather?
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  14. Leif

    Leif Expose yourself to your deepest fear.

    I liked this one. Reminded me a little of Needful Things a bit. I've been on both ends of that story, like many of us to some degree. "Players and Haters" Seems most people mistake Venus for a star and wish upon it. Apparently when Venus is visible, it is a good time to wish upon a star and ask for what you want in life.. What significance? I don't know... Something to think about.

    I also love the way SK incorporates real events/dates in the story.
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  15. Pucker

    Pucker We all have it coming, kid

    I re-read this one recently and it made me stop and think:

    Whom do I hate enough?



    I'll keep the answers to that question to myself, but I do like the way the "extension" keeps extending. It seemed to me that Streeter thought he was making a straight trade. That he didn't seem to care much when he found out he was wrong is the heart of the hilarity for me.

    There ain't no universal justice in this life.

    None at all.
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