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NOT Enjoying Gerald's Game

Discussion in 'Gerald's Game' started by Opopanax, May 14, 2015.

  1. Opopanax

    Opopanax Well-Known Member

    I'm re-reading all of SK's works this year, and there are a couple I've avoided, not having read them except for the first time when they had just come out. Now I remember why Gerald's Game is on that list. It's very good, but it's just excruciating. I can barely stand the discomfort enough to finish. The situation is almost more than I can stand; it's making my stomach hurt. That's a sign of good writing, of course, but man.
  2. Opopanax

    Opopanax Well-Known Member

    Oh, my God, I can't. :eek: I can't get through those pages. I've started and stopped a few times now, and I keep having to put it down. It's too horrible. :barf::fatigue:
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  3. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    I think Cujo would be like that for me now. As a teen, it was excruciating; as a parent...nope. A whole bucket of nope.
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  4. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont


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  5. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    Excruciating, yes, but kinky.
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  6. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    The very dark atmosphere just oozes off of the pages of this book.
  7. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Call me a sicko, but I enjoyed this one.

    Don't force yourself to read it if it is bothering you so much. Move on to a different SK book - good luck!
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  8. Opopanax

    Opopanax Well-Known Member

    Yeah, that's the other one. For me it's the dog, not the kid, but I can't stand it. And I can barely stand the stuff about the dog in this one. It's too sad and awful.
  9. Opopanax

    Opopanax Well-Known Member

    I've gotten through the bad part. I just skimmed the pages with the
    escape, the godawful forchrissakes DEGLOVING,
    and then moved forward. I couldn't read every word. I get the idea. But still, there's Prince - who is a HE, not an IT, DAMMIT. :mad2:
  10. Opopanax

    Opopanax Well-Known Member

    This is #35 since October. I'm going to read them all, by gum and by gosh. :eagerness:
  11. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    wow - you are doing great!:encouragement::encouragement:
  12. Opopanax

    Opopanax Well-Known Member

    Never mind. I'm not through the bad part. Ugh, my stomach. I read a page and have to put it down and go do something else for a little while.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....Pet Semetary was like that for me....
  14. Opopanax

    Opopanax Well-Known Member

    I just finished. :nightmare:
    Poor Prince. Poor dog. I don't know why he had to pay such a terrible price. Jessie should have saved him.
    I wish I could remember everything Dolores Claiborne said about Jessie. It seems to me that she thought, while she was telling her story, that the girl she had seen during the eclipse was in some kind of trouble. I guess I could try to flip through and find it.
    Last edited: May 15, 2015
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  15. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    Same here. That was the only book that is hard for me to get through because of the subject matter. That thing is darker than dark. Bleak.

    I don't know your gender but based on being around here for awhile, it seems that a lot of women have a very hard time with Geralds Game...except for Neesy of course lol. I can definitely see why. It would be all too easy to think about being in that predicament. It is a pretty dark book, but Pet Semetary for me is awful....not that it's a bad book, it's riveting..just not very nice.
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  16. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    Gerald's Game was indeed heavy. What I really enjoyed was how spooky scary it was. It's difficult to really scare me especially with a book but sK succeeded big big that time.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...I are a fellow of the male persuasion....and "Game" was interesting-nothing more...
  18. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Well-Known Member

    Overall I really enjoyed Gerald's Game. I could nitpick and say the final forty pages or so are preachy, but that's all. It takes special skill on an author's part to make one woman in a room thrilling for over 300 pages.
  19. RichardX

    RichardX Well-Known Member

    I re-read GG not long ago and enjoyed it much more than I had remembered. It is definitely a dark book but not because of the taboo scenario. Much like Cujo and Rose Madder there are dark undertones in the everyday lives of the characters. By far the best written and creepiest part of the book was the eclipse scene with her father. The wife also has a weird lack of emotion and resentment toward her dead husband. Things went off the rails a bit at the end but I don't want to spoil that.
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  20. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    I had trouble with Hearts in Atlantis, but Gerald's Game was a breeze. I also read Justine by the Marquis de Sade so what can I say.

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