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Pikathulhu
Thinner | Richard Bachman
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Mehso-so

It's difficult for me to parse my feelings on this one. Thoroughly unpleasant characters abound, coupled with copious amounts of racism and stereotypical depictions of the Romani people. At its core, the story is interesting enough, especially with the debt it owes to 1956's The Incredible Shrinking Man, for which King has expressed his love. Despite that seed of potential interest, I left this read with feelings of lingering distaste. 2/5

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nem2988
Pickpick

Nice read that allows the reader to enjoy King without making a huge time investment.

RamsFan1963 I still say King's novellas and short stories are better than doorstop books like Under The Dome, 11/22/63 or It. 4d
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Ellen_C
Dolores Claiborne | Stephen King
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Pickpick

This is only my 2nd Stephen King novel but I feel like he does a wonderful job writing women characters. This book is written as a confession by a murderer, Dolores, who admits to killing her husband as part of her explanation for why she is not responsible for murdering her employer. This is a psychological thriller with a little horror added. https://cannonballread.com/2019/08/carrie-elcicco/

Ellen_C Whoops! Wrong link! Here is the link to the Dolores Claiborne review: https://cannonballread.com/2023/01/dolores-claiborne-a-novel-elcicco/ 2w
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Addison_Reads
Hearts In Atlantis | Stephen King
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Mehso-so

#BookSpinBingo #DoubleSpin @TheAromaofBooks

I really hate giving a King novel anything but a stellar rating. 😕

The first story connects back to the Beam, and it was by far my favorite. I think it set the bar too high for the remaining 4 interconnected stories.

King's look into the Vietnam war and how it changed people was fascinating, but in the end I'm not sure I'll remember much in a few weeks.

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2w
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Roxy26
Gerald's Game | Stephen King
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Pickpick

It‘s evident that Kings writing style differs with this book; it‘s similar in storyline to Misery - one of my favourite King books. However, this felt mediocre. It did pick up towards the end.

One of the gorier King books I‘ve read; my black heart really enjoyed those parts though. He also writes his female characters unerringly accurate, just as good as if a female author wrote the book.

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BarkingMadRead
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When we lived in NJ we used to watch this every year during the first snow. Now that we live in SC, we just wait for a cold night! #RIPMartha #borninsincomeonin #losersclub

Liatrek Man I love this one! It‘s so intense I was excited when it showed up on Hulu. 2w
BarkingMadRead @Liatrek it‘s on Hulu?!? That‘s good to know. We have the DVD and I always worry that it will get scratched up! 2w
KathyWheeler I loved this. Good to know it‘s on Hulu. (edited) 2w
Bklover Oh I love this! My kids and used to watch it pretty frequently! “I‘m a little teapot”🎵🎶 2w
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Pikathulhu
Cycle of the Werewolf | Stephen King
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Pickpick

A tragically quick read. The town of Tarker's Mill is this book's foremost character, and one I hope we'll see return at some point. The monthly format was fun, and I could see it being utilized to great effect if this book were to quadruple in size the way it probably should. This book left me hungry for more, and made me realize what a great werewolf novel King could write if he ever gets a "wild hair" to do so. 5/5

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Pikathulhu
Christine | Stephen King
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Pickpick

As someone who has very little affinity for cars, I was surprised with how much Christine pulled me in. On its surface, it is indeed a spooky story about a ghostly murder car, but its beating heart is an examination of the dissolution of friendships, and the myriad ways in which that dissolution can hurt and leave lasting scars. Dennis and Leigh make for extremely compelling main characters, and King filled me with creeping unease throughout. 5/5

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PaperbackPirate
Insomnia | Stephen King
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This was maybe the only book I read in October, but it was still a favorite! I loved the senior main characters.

#12BooksOf2022
@Andrew65

Andrew65 If you‘re only going to read one it‘s a good one to read. 3w
PaperbackPirate I agree @Andrew65 ! 🙌 3w
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Pikathulhu
Different Seasons | Stephen King
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Pickpick

I can't stress enough how great this collection was. When the likes of "Apt Pupil" are the weakest in the assemblage, you're dealing with a particularly potent passel of prose. "The Body", with its superb narrative framing and delightfully realistic portrayal of child protagonists might be my favorite of these four, but "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" and "The Breathing Method" aren't far behind. This is a compilation with no fluff. 5/5