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  • Sometimes smaller is better

    Herein lie four novellas (an underappreciated story length if there ever was one) that will entertain you. My favourite of the lot was the Chuck Krantz triptych because the concept of it was unusually thought-provoking. To say more about this story may cause me to venture into spoiler territory so suffice it to say, in my humble opinion, it was the best of the bunch. Rat is a "deal with the devil" kind of story that was well crafted but left me somewhat unsatisfied by its end. While the story was well written it was like a good meal that could have been made better with a dash of salt. Mr Harrigan's Phone was downright creepy but in a good way. We are reading Stephen King, after all, lol. If it Bleeds, the signature story, the main event, as it were, is a return to a species of shape-shifting being featured in SK's novel, The Outsider. The story features Holly Gibney, who appeared in the Mr. Mercedes trilogy. My, how she has blossomed into a more assertive, independent woman. Seeing her transformation is worth the story alone. I hope you enjoy the stories as much as I did or more.

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  • Classic King!

    If it Bleeds by Stephen King is a collection of 4 novellas. My Synopsis and Opinions: I think it's only fair to give a brief synopsis of each of the novellas.  They are all classic Stephen King short (or rather long) stories. Mr. Harrigan's Phone:  A young boy introduces the i-Phone to an old man.  When he dies,  the boy buries the phone with him, and continues to touch base occasionally. True Stephen King.  Absolutely loved it.  5 stars. The Life of Chuck: Told in three segments, Chuck's relatively short life is told backwards.  From his deathbed (and that of the world), to his encounter with a drummer, and back to his childhood, being raised in an old Victorian house with a creepy cupola.  Didn't really like the way this was written.  It wasn't so much the time slots, but the fact that it looked like the apocalypse was occurring in the first segment, and somehow I thought Chuck might be responsible for this, but nothing was cohesive.  The story was good, just didn't make sense to me.  2 stars...and this one story is why the whole book only gets 4 stars. If It Bleeds: Featuring Holly Gibney originally from the Mr. Mercedes series, and then brought back for The Outsiders.  Note that you should probably read those prior to this one, as there are spoilers for those in this book.  Holly watches the news footage from a bombing at a school in Pennsylvania, barely keeping her tears at bay, but she is obsessed.  Something about the reporter is wrong.  OMG...I just love Holly.  This was definitely my favorite.  5 stars. Rat:   Drew Larson has struggled to write a full-length novel.  He has succeeded with short stories, but he knows he must complete one novel before he dies. His first attempt ended in a nervous breakdown.  But this time he has it all laid out in his mind.  He leaves his wife and kids to spend a week or so at a cabin in Northern Maine, where he is sure that he can get a good start on his book.  Just as a wicked storm is headed his way,  Drew develops a cold and a raging fever, during which he meets a Rat.   Okay, I would recognize this as a King novel any day.  It was great.  5 stars. Stephen King's imagination knows no bounds.  He takes us from a normal every day event to a nightmare in 30 seconds.

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  • Great Read

    Great, Stephen King at his best...loved every story. Have been a fan for 45 years. My favorite author by far. Every tale leaves you thinking long after it’s read.

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  • Another terrific from Steph King

    I always enjoy Stephen King’s works and this is no exception - even though I prefer long books to short stories. I particularly enjoyed the title story. It is nice to revisit Holly Gibney and Jerome. They feel like old friends! Nice to see Holly’s progress!

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  • Interesting

    Three good stories. Very different themes. Left me wanting to know more.

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