Full Dark, No Stars

Full Dark, No Stars

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The acclaimed #1 New York Times and undisputed King of Horror Stephen King delivers five unforgettable short works, two of which will soon be adapted for film, and which Booklist called "raw looks at the limits of greed, revenge, and self-deception." Like Different Seasons and Four Past Midnight, which generated such enduring hit films as The Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me, Full Dark, No Stars proves Stephen King a master of the long story form. "I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger¿" writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922," the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife Arlette proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness. In "Big Driver," soon to be a major Lifetime movie starring Maria Bello, a cozy-mystery writer named Tess encounters the stranger is along a back road in Massachusetts when she takes a shortcut home after a book club engagement. Violated and left for dead, Tess plots a revenge that will bring her face to face with another stranger: the one inside herself. "Fair Extension," the shortest of these tales, is perhaps the nastiest and certainly the funniest. Making a deal with the devil not only saves Harry Streeter from a fatal cancer but provides rich recompense for a lifetime of resentment. In the last of the tales, soon to be a major motion picture, Darcy Anderson¿s husband of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips and his unsuspecting wife looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It¿s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends "A Good Marriage."
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster, 2010.
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed. --
ISBN: 9781439192566
1439192561
Branch Call Number: FIC King
Characteristics: vii, 368 p.

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gusmcrae
Oct 05, 2015

"Full Dark, No Stars" is a dark collection of short stories and novellas from Stephen King. The theme that runs through these stories is revenge. When I read this book, I was reminded of DuMas' classic "The Count of Monte Cristo." As in Dumas' book, readers are taken on twisty rides through the ups and downs of an act off revenge. I don't want to give too much away on plot, so just will comment on the stories:

"1922" is a wonderfully atmospheric tale set on a Nebraska farm in the years just before the Great Depression. I was instantly transported back into time and found the narrator, Wilfred, to be fairly intriguing, especially given the task he takes on, and its disastrous results.

"Big Driver" was probably one of the grittiest, most uncomfortable King stories I've read in awhile. I almost felt the need to put it down and step away, but I pushed through and was rewarded with a tale of one women taking herself back after a horrific event threatens to rip her apart forever.

"Fair Extension" is the shortest story in the book, and for me was probably the most disturbing of all. What would you do if you could guarantee you could have a wonderful life, with the cost only being that the pains and sadness you would have faced are put onto someone else? Would you take that opportunity at the cost of someone else's happiness?

"A Good Marriage" explores the horrors that can arise when you accidentally stumble across someone's deepest, darkest secret. Like most of King's stories, it's full of the dark, introspection that his characters so often face. I found this story hard to step away from, and although it didn't exactly surprise me with its resolution, I thought it fit in well with the theme of revenge.

In an afterword, King writes that he really isn't into being considered "literary"--that he would rather his readers think about the stories after the fact, rather than while they're in the midst of them. I guess that I'm that type of a reader--I don't like to have to think too deeply when I'm reading. Just get to the story. But I do enjoy pondering it all in the end--turning over the ideas I've just read and asking questions. This book certainly did that for me.

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Venley
Sep 30, 2015

I absolutely loved the stories in this book. It's a darker King. Maybe some influence of Straub in the first story. Big Driver was the best of them.

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Calvacade
Aug 12, 2015

Good compendium of some Stephen King short stories.

EmilyBoban Jul 15, 2015

I read it with my friend; we both like it. :)

Marinetti Jul 07, 2015

An excellent collection of short stories from Stephen King. Be warned- some of them are fairly gruesome.

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Blaisman
Mar 10, 2015

A phenomenal collection from the King

ChristchurchLib Jul 13, 2014

"This chilling collection of four previously unpublished novellas showcases Stephen King's talent in depicting the darker side of human nature, no matter what genre he's writing in. A farmer in Nebraska learns that murder doesn't end with burying the body. A rape victim uses the detecting skills she's gleaned from her career as a mystery writer to turn the tables on her attacker. A man discovers that he's able to offload his bad luck onto the friend whose success he's always resented. And a happily married woman discovers that the husband she thought she knew has a sinister side that he's managed to keep hidden for 27 years. Be prepared for gore -- and some devilish humour." Thrillers and Suspense July 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/2c47e9e5-d355-491f-87b1-c136ab375b01?postId=36471ee9-07d6-46ed-ba48-5fde3e03c300

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Jac25_1
Oct 19, 2013

Normally when I read collections of stories, I skip half of them because I suspect I am going to lose interest. Not so in this collection, every story gets and keeps your interest.

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emmajtreat
Jun 15, 2013

This is one of my favorite short story collections. Stephen King deals with the horrors of this world eerily yet beautifully, from a raped woman who gets her revenge to a man who murders his wife the lengths he goes to to cover up his crime. This book is not fro the faint hearted, and is a little tough even for the avid King fans. Four and a half stars.

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MaryMaryJ
Apr 22, 2013

Very intense and entertaining although I was out of my comfort zone with the stoties in it. One of his better books

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