Book Reviews of Thinner

Author: Stephen King
ISBN-13: 9780451137968
ISBN-10: 0451137965
Publication Date: 9/1/1985
Pages: 320
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 259 ratings
Publisher: New Amer Library Trade
Book Type: Paperback
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A very original story about a gypsy curse. I enjoyed it very much.
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Not just scary, suspenseful and terrifying! Great book!
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thinner, May 9, 2005
Reviewer: Josh McQueen (Hamilton, Ohio)

As a high school senior, I am always looking for a book that gets my attention and holds it. I have found that book. It is THINNER By Stephen king. At the start of the book I thought that it would just be an ok book, but as I read farther and farther into it, I found out that I was wrong. I found that it is a great book to read with many twists and turns.

AT the beginning of the book it starts out with a memory coming back to Billy.
It was of the old gypsy man with the rotting nose whispers to Billy and his wife after they leave the court house. Farther in the book Billy skin starts to decay and turn all scaly and that's when all the problems start.

The book is an interesting look at what happens when you mess with a gypsy and what it does to you and every one you love. As you read you will see what happens to Billy and the ones he loves.

Overall, I believe this is a good book for seniors or any high school student to read. I recommend this book for older students because of the language and the graphic details that are given in the book. I also recommend it to people from age 15 and up who like sci-fi.
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This is one of King's shorter books--the story was so straightforward that I felt like it could have been even shorter. The action takes a while to develop, but that's okay; it's the slow, creeping horror as the main character realizes what's happening to him, that makes it worth the read. Over all, pretty good!
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It has been a while since I've read anything by Stephen King. Reading "Thinner" made me wonder why it's been so long!! Fantastic book.

Stephen King is a master storyteller (writing here as Richard Bachman). This book is no exception: a real page turner, with the amazing voice that only he can lend to a twisted tale.

Highly recommended!
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Fast reading and a good Stephen King book. If your a fan of Stephen King you'll like this book. A real page turner.
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Very enjoyable, this book will haunt you and make you question your desires.
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I read this years ago and I still remember it. Very creepy. This is one of my favorites by Stephen King. A shorter story but still good.
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I liked Thinner. I read it years ago and still remember it like it was yesterday. The best of the Bachman books.
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Billy Halleck is both the beneficiary and the victim of the American good life--he has an expensive home, a nice family, and a rewarding career, but he is also 50 pounds overweight and afraid of a heart attack. In a moment of carelessness, he sideswipes an old gypsy woman in the street, and her ancient father curses him with one word: Thinner. Six weeks later he is 93 pounds lighter and terrified. He's desperate enough for one last gamble that will lead him to a nightmare showdown with the forces of evil melting his flesh away, and away, and away. . .
-from the back cover
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Truly a KING novel. A real page turner
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I found this book a very good read as most Stephen King books are. He is the best when it comes to terror and easy to identify with as he is from my era.
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Excellent early King writing. One of my favorites!
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Stephen King one of my favorite authors. Thinner is one of the few which translated well to the big screen.
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A gypsy curse is put on a lawyer who accidently sideswipes an old woman as she is crossing the street. This is soooooooo good! Forget all the diets, find the gypsy!!!
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One of the creepiest and best of Stephen King!
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The fantasy of becoming trimmer--and happier--turns into a nightmare of unrelenting terror for Billy Halleck who is 50 pounds overweight, sideswipes an old gypsy woman, and receives the maledictive sentence to get "thinner." What will he do when he can't stop losing weight?
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Although this book about an overweight lawyer cursed by a gypsy to continually lose weight could easily slide into racist territory, it does not. In fact, it is the lawyer, Billy Halleck, who is most criticized throughout the story. He is the one depicted in a negative light. His self-centeredness at the expense of all others is truly is downfall. More of a thriller than a horror, there are still grotesque moments we've all come to expect and love from Stephen King. The thrills build at the perfect pace to an unexpected conclusion. Recommended to fans of horror and trhillers alike, but more so to fans of thrillers.

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