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What did you guys think of "Bag of Bones"?

Discussion in 'Bag of Bones' started by Tamou, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. M&P15

    M&P15 Deleted User

    I don't have any profound revelations to expound on, I just liked this book. It was a good little ghost story.
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  2. lowman

    lowman Well-Known Member

    Ithink it started slow but definitely picked up the pace i really enjoyed the ending.great book
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  3. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    From the time I was in high school up through my early 30's, when he passed away, my Dad and I would cruise around in the car listening to Metallica and Pantera very loud. He absolutely loved both. He dug Nirvana a lot too. Needless to say, I totally believed that Ralph could like Pearl Jam lol.
  4. LakeDweller

    LakeDweller Member

    King has this talent of leading you gently into the story, slowly picking up the pace of intensity, and then knocking your socks off in the last few chapters. Bag of Bones is an exemplary example of this. Great read!
  5. Shoesalesman

    Shoesalesman Well-Known Member

    It was ok. Upon finishing it, I remember thinking that it was just average, not great but not a dud. Maintained a good flow, but I think that was due to the prose rather than the actual content.
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  6. Philzilla

    Philzilla Well-Known Member

    Anyone have the "Bag of Bones Skeleton Keychain" from the SK Library?
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  7. morgan

    morgan Well-Known Member

    No! :(
  8. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    King once praised a Greg Iles novel as 'Rebecca if written by a man', but I actually think it better describes Bag of Bones.
    He crams a lot into this novel but it never feels clunky or unwieldy. Life is complex and so are his characters in BOB. Some readers may find Devore too villainous to be real but I've come to accept that sometimes money can create eccentric, diabolical people. It feels even more real under the story's circumstances and the isolation of TR-90. Expect the unexpected in this one. Favorite line: "Don't taggle your own quartermack.".
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  9. Aija

    Aija Member

    I'm going to quote myself here

    And now i must eat my own words because...
    This (listening)time around i actually find mr.Kings reading of BoB quite good.
  10. OldDarth

    OldDarth Well-Known Member


    Isn't though! His reading and the incidental music really make this book come alive!
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2016
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  11. M_Parabola

    M_Parabola Well-Known Member

    Bag of Bones is the only Stephen King book I can say with absolute certitude that I "hate". There just wasn't anything in it to hook me, it just dragged and dragged and dragged. I've tried to go back and re-read it several times now, but I can never find a way to enjoy it. It's a novel I read because I read all King works, and if it wasn't a King work, I wouldn't give it a second thought.
  12. The Walkin' Dude

    The Walkin' Dude Well-Known Member

    This book is very much a slow burn but I loved it. All of the characters are very very strong in this one, especially the female characters. With some King stories I feel like the female characters fall flat, but everyone in this one is very three dimensional. The picnic scene is one of the most gripping scenes he's ever written, and definitely one of the most stressful and painful. Always great when a King story isn't straight horror.
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  13. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    YES! Thank you! The music in Insomnia was wonky, both for Ralph and Ed. Not a huge thing, and I did like the book very much (Atropos is almost Mr. Flip/Space Cowboy level scary to me), but I also love music. If that is off, it yanks me right out of the story.
  14. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    This one was a heartbreaker. Respectfully, I disagree with RichardX : I don't think Mr. King changed his style/subject matter to pander to critics or any particular flavor of the month mainstreaming. This is very much in line with how he was developing as a writer at that time. All of the books became more introspective around that time. The straight ahead potboiler was in his past (though Cell was a rather refreshing return to that style, it was an anomaly in his line-up).
  15. Christiane17

    Christiane17 Well-Known Member

    I finished reading it last night. I loved it, but somewhere along the way I had the feeling the story was not progressing, but it's just me. And can someone tell me what a bunter bell is? I read the strory in french, and many times ''la cloche de bunter'' was mentionned. I have no idea what in the world is that thing, even after searching on the web. It's a bell, but what kind of bell? Thanks for answering my question. And I haven't seen the movie yet.
  16. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    Hi, Christiane. Bunter's Bell was a bell that hung on a moosehead at Sara Laughs. They named the moosehead Bunter and I think the bell symbolized the times Mike and his wife had sex. I can't remember exactly.
  17. Christiane17

    Christiane17 Well-Known Member

    Well thank you!!! I guess I lost track of the moose head at sometime. Now I understand. :)
  18. ServantThirteen

    ServantThirteen Well-Known Member

    I started Bag of Bones audiobook . I really struggled with this one so had to sit it down. A lot of comments on here speak pretty positive about it. So maybe I need to give it another chance. But it was just going so slow.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...it was a slow slog for me, but I've been through it I think 4 times now and finally appreciate it as probably his most "literary" novel....
  20. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    Bag of Bones , for me, is a little gem. Yes, a slow start, but sneaks up and has an affect that knocked my socks off. I had to read it twice to really get it, but when I did it became one of my favorite ghost stories. The film was a bit meh. Had all the right notes, but didn't hit them in the right places.

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