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i have several family members that can't STAND stephen king, so i thought i'd try him out. i don't see why they're hatin! i enjoyed the short stories in this book, and i've got another short story collection from king to try, too. some of the stories were better than others, and i found the way he addresses his readers to be a little bit odd, but that's not why i got the book. some of the stories definitely spurned me to think, and some of them were a little spooky!
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If you've only read Stephen Kings novels or seen his movies, you are missing out. His short stories are my favorite of all his writing. Even more than The Gunslinger. Although this is not my favorite collection of his (Night Shift is), it is one of his best books in my opinion. Read this and then read Night Shift!
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I highly recommend this to anyone that likes Stephen King's work, and also to those that aren't so sure about him but want to give him a try. Like other reviewers have said, it's nice to get to read a short story by King once in awhile, to save the time of reading one of his novels.
The characters in each story are just SO good - that, to me, is King's strength beyond the creepy or supernatural. He develops characters that you feel like you know, so real that you could reach out and touch them. He doesn't need an entire novel to do that, either.
Some of the stories aren't top notch in here, but so much of it - as of everything - is preference. I personally loved all but 2 of them, and even those 2 are still better than some other short stories I've read.
If I could part with it, I'd post it here - but I just can't do it!