Book Reviews of Thinner

Thinner
Thinner
Author: Richard Bachman
ISBN-13: 9780453004688
ISBN-10: 0453004687
Publication Date: 11/1/1984
Pages: 309
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 73 ratings
Publisher: New Amer Library Trade
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 3
Deliciously creepy surprise ending! The good guys don't always win; heck, there's not even always any good guys!
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Helpful Score: 2
Billy Halleck, good husband, loving father, is both beneficiary and victim of the American Good Life: he has an expensive home, a nice family, and a rewarding career as a lawyer. But he is also fifty pounds overweight and, as his doctor keeps reminding him, heading into heart attack country.

Then, in a moment of carelessness, Billy sideswipes an old gypsy woman as she is crossing the street - and her ancient father passes a bizarre and terrible judgment on him.

"Thinner," the old gypsy man whispers, and caresses his cheeks like a lover. Just one word . . . but six weeks later and ninety-three pounds lighter, Billy Halleck is more than worried. He's terrified. And desperate enough for one last gamble . . . that will lead him to a nightmare showdown with the forces of evil melting his flesh away.
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Helpful Score: 1
When heavy-set attorney Billy Halleck accidentally kills an old gypsy woman, his dreams of losing weight turn to nightmares as the old woman's family curses him. The ancient curse slowly forces Billy to lose weight, then more and more rapidly as time goes by. Now Billy must find a way to escape with his life.

I have read quite a number of Stephen King's books and although he is very popular as a writer, I find many of his books a little longwinded and drawn out. However, I found Thinner very scary and was drawn into the story. I give it an A!
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Helpful Score: 1
Billy Halleck, good husband and loving father, is both beneficiary and victim of the American good life: He has an expensive home, a nice family, and a rewarding career as a lawyer...but he is also fifty pounds overweight and edging into heart attack country.

Then, in a moment of carelessness, Billy sideswipes an old gypsy woman as she is crossing the street--and her ancient father passes a bizarre and terrible judgment on him. "Thinner," the old Gypsy man whispers. Just one word...but six weeks later and ninety-three pounds lighter, Billy Halleck is terrified. And desperate enough for one last gamble...that will lead him to a nightmare showdown with the forces of evil melting his flesh away.
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Helpful Score: 1
Not one of my favorites, but has the plots and twists as any other King book.
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Helpful Score: 1
Excellent, read many many years ago, one of my favorite authors when I was young.
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As usual, I couldn't put it down. Classic Stephen King.
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A great King book in the time of "Bachman". The end leaves the main character with a terrible choice to make. Amazing story, great horror.
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I read this book when it came out in 1984 and still remember it well. It is well written with catchy dialogue and an unusual story. I do think this should be listed as a Stephen King book because later it became known that Richard Bachman was indeed Stephen King. I guess he wanted to see if he could sell a book without the famous name on the cover. (It sold) If you like Stephen King--you'll enjoy it.
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I read it in two days...loved it!
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Excellent book! Written by Stephen King under the name Richard Bachman. One of my favorites.
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I have always read Stephen King's books. This is the first that I have ever listened to and I enjoyed it. It certainly keeps your interest and has an interesting plot.
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Forces of evil melting flesh away.
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This is the original printing in September of 1985. It is in good condition, but there are dings and such after 20 years.
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very creepy
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In a moment of carelessness, lawyer Billy Halleck runs over a gypsy. Her father whispers "Thinner" and caresses him, delivering a curse that causes Billy to keep losing weight. #1 bestseller, written by Stephen King as Richard Bachman, it is suspenseful, enjoyable and not predictable. King proved that people were not buying his books simply because of the name with this book.
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Would you like to know of an easy way to lose those few extra pounds? Well, don't try this way!!!! Terrifying to the max throughout the book. The movie does no justice to the actual book.
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Kinda drags, but worth the read
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Wonderfully disturbing novel. I could not put it down!
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Just great. If you like the movie this is BETTER.
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Be careful about your greed, especially around gypsies. You may end up less than half the person you are now!
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Classic King
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cover art is different
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King is always a chilling read.
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Different Cover.