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Discussion in 'Full Dark, No Stars' started by HMW, Apr 30, 2014.

  1. HMW

    HMW Well-Known Member

    As I mentioned elsewhere, I didn't really know which SK book was my favourite. But now I do, it has to be Full Dark, No Stars.

    There is no point in me reviewing the book. You have all probably read it, and your opinions are as valid as are mine. The difference between this book and the other ones (which I also love, except that one exception) is that this one simply will not let go.

    Scenes from 1922 or Big Driver can pop up in my head for no apparent reason when I am waiting for the subway, or doing the dishes, or lifting weights. Books, at least for me, don't always linger for that long.

    It is fairly unusual for me to re-read books, I have done that with Tolkien, Kafka and Steinbeck, but never have I read a book by Stephen King more than once. With Full Dark, No Stars it will be different.
    mal, AToyStoryInCali, Sundrop and 9 others like this.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...their darkness certainly pulls you in...
  3. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    I've only read A Good Marriage and Big Driver - I'm having to go slow with this collection because it's so disturbing. As always, I'm in awe of the abundant talent SK has - this book certainly sticks with you.
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  4. HMW

    HMW Well-Known Member

    Aye, it is indeed, but in a good way. Even the afterword is pretty darn disturbing!
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  5. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Original Kiwi© SKMB® Moderator

    This is one of a very few of Steve's that I probably won't re-visit.
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  6. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    I had to read the afterword when I was halfway through A Good Marriage to see if he gave any insight as to why he wrote these. I agree. There's a quote about him knowing he's good, it's us he worries about - just chilling! But true, right? You just don't know anyone really. We all show each other what we want to.
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  7. HMW

    HMW Well-Known Member

    Is it because you didn't like it, or because it made you seriously uncomfortable?
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  8. HMW

    HMW Well-Known Member

  9. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Original Kiwi© SKMB® Moderator

    The stories were all very well written and good stories, it was the subject matter.
  10. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    Different things disturb different people. I didn't find this book 1/10 as disturbing as I find Pet Semetary, which I find torturous to read just because of the subject matter and events that take place. I have Full Dark, No Stars on Audio too and I have listened to them all 4 or 5 times. I really enjoy them. The only one that drags a bit for me is 1922, just because it seems long and drawn out. It is a good story though. I love A Good Marriage and Big Driver especially. While they are disturbing for sure, when the offender gets his comeuppance in the end of a story, I tend to enjoy it a lot and the violence doesn't bother me as much in the beginning because i know it will turn out right at the end.
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  11. Neesy

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

    I liked the story Big Driver

  12. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

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  13. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    I admire the talent that went into it, but it freaked me out.
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  14. Neesy

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

    He would love you!
  15. king4aday

    king4aday Well-Known Member

    I TOTALLY agree with you, HMW. I think about books when I lift weights also. I was hoping I wasn't the only person who does that. It's great to know I am in good company. Your reference to Steinbeck is also refreshing as I am a huge fan of his as well. 1922 is just one of those stories that, we'll, you just can't find a bad thing to say about it much less the whole collection in Full Dark No Stars. For me, not only was the story about the father intriguing but when his son grew up and went on a crime spree rang bells familiar with Bonnie and Clyde and that just sent me through the roof with joy. Loved that!
  16. HMW

    HMW Well-Known Member

    As I just read in the book I'm currently reading. ”Life happens between workouts”.

    Thanks for the kind words.
  17. ghost19

    ghost19 "Have I run too far to get home?"

    Somehow, I never got the word that Full Dark, No Stars was out. I was working a bunch of hours when it was released so I guess it was about two weeks or so after it came out I was walking thru Target with my son to buy something, don't remember what, but as I wheeled the cart past the books, I saw a bunch of hardcovers sitting there. I grabbed one, opened it, read the first couple of pages of "1922", then purchased the book. I remember feeling irritated with my job, knowing that was the main reason I had no idea the book was coming out. I can't remember the last time I wasn't aware a SK book was about to come out. Anyway, the whole book was a damn good read, but I remember coming back to 1922 and reading it again a few days later it was so good.
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  18. Pucker

    Pucker We all have it coming, kid

    Scary, yes.

    And scarier still, it seems to me, the odd things we sometimes don't know about ourselves.
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