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Full Dark, No Stars av Stephen King
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Full Dark, No Stars (utgåvan 2010)

av Stephen King (Författare)

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Prolific author Stephen King presents a collection of four new novellas. In the story 1922, a man plunges into the depths of madness when his wife attempts to sell off the family home. A mystery writer, who was beaten and raped while driving home from her book club, plots her revenge in Big Driver. Diagnosed with a deadly cancer, a man makes a deal with the devil in Fair Extension. And in A Good Marriage, a woman discovers her husband's darker side while he is away on a business trip.… (mer)
Medlem:artdamnit_reads
Titel:Full Dark, No Stars
Författare:Stephen King (Författare)
Info:Scribner (2010), 368 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:*****
Taggar:Ingen/inga

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this is a really dark (no surprise there, it's in the title) collection of 4 novellas that is definitely above average, even for stephen king. two of them are some of his best, one is quite good, and the other is just fine. all of them are really well written. even the afterword at the end is interesting, where he talks about what stories and writing mean and are for, for him. this is a very good collection, likely his best.

-- 1922: a pretty good story about the consequences of a bad deed and how doing a bad thing can haunt you. and how knowing that deed is bad but doing it anyway for a "good reason" can turn that good reason right around into your downfall. maybe it's also about how essentially good people get driven totally crazy by doing evil. (or maybe you can't be essentially good if you've chosen that evil path.) 3.25 stars

-- big driver: this is one of the best of his short stories (although it crosses 100 pages) that he's written. it's nearly perfect. he mentions douching maybe halfway through which felt like a slight misstep and nothing else even approached a stumble until the end. i'm not sure if i like the end or not, if i feel like it's believable or not, but for sure it works. technically (not that i know about technically, but it sure seems this way) this seems flawless. the flow, the tension, the commentary. it's all spot on. i was so impressed with this. instead of the more common question of how much can you really know someone else, this one asks how much can you really know yourself.

this quote might be the essence of the stephen king oeuvre: "When it came to the dark fuckery of the human heart, there seemed to be no limit."

"How many unsuspected selves could a person have, hiding deep inside?"

5 stars

-- fair extension: this one was kind of meh for me. the writing is good, of course, but the devilish destruction of absolutely everything in tom's life became more than ridiculous. (gracie losing her teeth, etc.) it was too much for me, but i'm sure he meant it in this light. still, while i didn't like the way he took this, i did really like the writing. the idea is, of course, a take on the very common story of selling your soul to the devil. in king's version, though, the person who makes the sale doesn't end up regretting it at all, which is a new twist. and it was certainly a surprise who he chose to turn the evil toward. 2.5 stars

-- a good marriage: this is another excellent story, probably also one of his best. it's so well done and well thought out. i love the thought experiment in this one, and the execution. in a parallel question to the one in big driver, this one asks the more standard question of how well can you really know someone else. but the secret the husband is hiding is pretty surprising, and it's a great question - how would someone handle learning this about their spouse? interesting and really well done. like in big driver, i'm not 100% sure the ending works for me (would the detective really know what she did? i do believe he might have let her off for it, but i'm not sure he would have known she killed him.) But everything else does. 5 stars

-- afterword: it's interesting to me that he says that he's not interested in writing a story that makes a reader think as they're reading. he wants more of an emotional, visceral reaction. but so many of his stories really do make a reader (or at least this reader) think. i mean, i also see what he's saying, because sometimes his stuff is just about accelerating through the pages with your heart pounding, and i can appreciate more that that is his intention, knowing this. but he short changes himself if he doesn't think his stories have a lot of profundity in them. he also says that he is less interested in literary fiction, which features extraordinary people in ordinary situations, in favor of stories featuring ordinary people in extraordinary situations. i would probably characterize literary fiction differently, as ordinary people in ordinary situations, but i guess that doesn't really matter. but i do think he's wrong about his readers not thinking about the meaning while they're reading his books. it's one of his great strengths, i think. that he writes these great stories and plots while also asking these questions that make you think.
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  overlycriticalelisa | May 2, 2021 |
1922 - 3.75*
This story follows a father and son who conspire to kill their wife/mother when she suggests a divorce and to sell the land they live on. While I enjoyed the craziness of the story, I didn't feel as though I could connect with the characters as well. The reason for killing the wife didn't feel very solid and while I could sympathize with their plight, parts of the story felt a little drawn out like many Stephen King books end up feeling to me which ultimately led to this being given 3.75 stars.

Big Driver - 5*
This short story follows a woman who is raped and left for dead but who survives. We follow her as she tries to figure out why this has happened to her. This story felt very concise and had just the right amount of detail to make it eerie and crazy. This is the kind of story that I dread would happening to me which made it all the more impactful. I could sympathize with the main character and wanted her to not only survive but also continue to be successful in some capacity. While I think this did in some ways generalize what rapists are like (look like and act like), it is my greatest fear that I would be raped and no one would understand or even believe me so this felt very real and appropriately scary at times.

Fair Extension - 3.5*
This story follows a man who has cancer who ends up essentially trading his crappy life for another person's good life. This was an interesting take on "selling your soul to the devil" except his soul doesn't actually get taken. The characters in this story aren't especially likeable but I liked the plot and for the most part it moved quickly. There were some spots where I found my mind wandering while listening but all together this was an alright story.

A Good Marriage - 5*
This story follows a wife and husband who have a good marriage. At some point, though, the wife finds something that suggests that everything is not what it would originally seem. She has to figure out what to do with the information she finds out. I seem to do better with the short stories/novellas which feature a woman in Stephen King's writing. I enjoyed witnessing what Darcy thought and went through in this story and this story definitely got me thinking about what I might do in the same situation. ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 24, 2021 |
Whether you like reading horror, you can't deny that the boy can write; the boy can tell a story. If this book wasn't a chosen read for a on-line book discussion group, I would not have read it since I don't usually read books that are collections of shorter works of fiction. However, I'm glad I did. Stephen King calls this collection of novellas, stories of "ordinary persons in extraordinary circumstances." The four works in this compilation are as follows:

1922 - When a moral man, aided by his adolescent son, kills his alcoholic shrew wife, the two experience unforeseen consequences. This story reminded me of Poe's "Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Black Cat."

Big Driver - Imagination is the source of Tess's cozy mysteries. However, her imagination is transformed into reality when she is the victim of a traumatic event.

Fair Extension - A dying middle-age man makes a deal with a street-side vendor named George Elvid (rearrange the letters of the last name for Mr. Elvid's true identity) for a fifteen year extension. However, the buyer soon learns a fair deal may be more dear than first thought in this shortest of the four works.

A Good Marriage - A housewife discovers she truly doesn't know your soul mate even after 27 years of marriage when she discovers a secret compartment in the garage with troubling artifacts. ( )
  John_Warner | Feb 22, 2021 |
Scary and stressful. I kept wanting to stop reading AND read faster to find out what happened. Dark and short and full of dread. ( )
  ashelocke | Feb 17, 2021 |
Stephen King's "post-crash" career continues to be really intriguing. I tend more towards being a fan of the entire Dark Tower saga than not, and I loved Duma Key. (My memory has failed me as to whether or not I liked Just After Sunset - I might not have ever finished it. Cell was okay.)

This is a four novella collection, in the same vein as fertile-film-adaptation collection Different Seasons, and I'll address each separately:

"1922" is a sort of dark inversion of the same ground King trod in Dolores Claiborne, this time following the story of a murderer rather than the story of a wrongfully accused person. It's quite good - nothing to elevate this to an incredibly high level, but good.

"Big Driver" was the big, scary highlight of the collection for me - a pulse-pounding blend of horror and revenge fantasy that really had me turning pages and staying up late.

"Fair Extension" is the big weak point of the collection - it feels weirdly incomplete, like King forgot to add a climax (or even, I guess, what my English teacher used to call "rising action") to it.

"A Good Marriage", the final story, makes up for this - it treads ground that I feel like King has been over before (although I can't think of any examples at the moment, and I don't want to ruin the story by saying too much), but it feels like a very different story from what King usually writes.

Overall, it's a reasonably solid collection, and I continue to look forward to what King puts out there. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
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Mr. King’s “Full Dark, No Stars” has a lot of straight-up horror. The sheer size of its rodent population is enough to stamp it with the horror label. But it will serve as a page turner even for the reader who is aghast at some of the whisker-twitching particulars.
 

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April 11, 1930, Magnolia Hotel, Omaha, Nebraska. TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: My name is Wilfred Leland James, and this is my confession. (1922)
Tess accepted twelve compensated speaking engagements a year, if she could get them. (Big Driver)
Streeter only saw the sign because he had to pull over and puke. (Fair Extension)
The one thing nobody asked in casual conversation, Darcy thought in the days after she found what she found in the garage, was this: How's your marriage? (A Good Marriage)
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The dead understand everything. (1922)
Come 2030 (if there is such a year), all Nebraska west of Omaha will be one big farm. Probably it will be owned by the Farrington Company, and those unfortunate enough to live on that land will pass their existence under dirty yellow skies and wear gas masks to keep from choking on the stench of dead hogs. And every stream will run red with the blood of slaughter.
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Prolific author Stephen King presents a collection of four new novellas. In the story 1922, a man plunges into the depths of madness when his wife attempts to sell off the family home. A mystery writer, who was beaten and raped while driving home from her book club, plots her revenge in Big Driver. Diagnosed with a deadly cancer, a man makes a deal with the devil in Fair Extension. And in A Good Marriage, a woman discovers her husband's darker side while he is away on a business trip.

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