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Desperation

Desperation

Scris de Stephen King

Povestit de Stephen King


Desperation

Scris de Stephen King

Povestit de Stephen King

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"The terror is relentless" (Publishers Weekly) in Stephen King's #1 national bestseller about a little mining town, Desperation, that many will enter on their way to somewhere else. But getting out is not easy as it would seem…

Located off a desolate stretch of Interstate 50, Desperation, Nevada, has few connections with the rest of the world. It is a place, though, where the seams between worlds are thin. And it is a place where several travelers are abducted by Collie Entragian, the maniacal police officer of Desperation. Entragian uses various ploys for the abductions, from an arrest for drug possession to "rescuing" a family from a nonexistent gunman. There's something very wrong here, all right, and Entragian is only the surface of it.

The secrets embedded in Desperation's landscape, and the evil that infects the town like some viral hot zone, are both awesome and terrifying. But as one of the travelers, young David Carver, seems to know-though it scares him nearly to death to realize it-so are the forces summoned to combat them. "Stephen King's knack for turning the stray junk of pop culture into sick, darkly engrossing thrills has rarely been this much in evidence as in Desperation" (Salon).
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Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes If It Bleeds, The Institute, Elevation, The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), and the Bill Hodges trilogy: End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and a television series streaming on Peacock). His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower, It, Pet Sematary, and Doctor Sleep are the basis for major motion pictures, with It now the highest-grossing horror film of all time. He is the recipient of the 2020 Audio Publishers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.


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  • (5/5)
    This book is truly amazing. It shows how multiple people can band together to not only save themselves, but to save others in the process. Of course, every good book has to have a criminal, an antagonist, a 'dirty cop'. Well, we found that dirty cop in the form of Entragian. Sure, he is a 'dirty cop', and is pretty mean in his self too. And he does have a knack for shooting people about their religion...Alright, I admit it. This was one of the very violent novels that King wrote, and I'm pretty darn sure that it was enjoyable. I like to read horror book, some by King, and others by respectable authors, such as Lovecraft and Horowitz. But this was better then most of his books, only losing to Carrie, The Stand, and salem's Lot. I hope he can continue writing, and I hope that Tabitha can as well.
  • (4/5)
    I'm not sure what year I read this but I remember being very impressed by the eeriness and supernatural elements and wondering why it wasn't considered one of King's better novels. Then again, I'm not a King expert as I've only read 4 of his works.
  • (4/5)
    Very enjoyable, but somehow predictable. I enjoy Stephen Kings writing very much but struggled to complete this book for some reason. Nonetheless, it's a good read and quite the page turner. I wonder if it's just me beginning to predict endings too easily, that made me get a little jaded with this one!
  • (4/5)
    Desperation was a book full of blood, gore, and God. This book is a great read but not recommended to children and those with a weak stomach. Overall the book is full of action and suspense that also gives you a fright. This book is an utter gore-fest or even sea of blood but a great book anyway.
  • (4/5)
    I preferred this book to it's companion, The Regulators. It didn't rely as much on action though it still had a good amount when necessary.
  • (5/5)
    The first Stephen King book I read. During the summer between my junior and senior years of high school, we were required to read a couple books. I found this one and thought it would be interesting because it takes place in Nevada, my home state. I was instantly hooked by the story and finished the book in two days; I couldn't put it down. This is a great read.
  • (2/5)
    Not going to be one of all time favourites, but not a terrible book. There's something about the setting of a desert and long roads that forces a horror writer into a certain type of story. The problem with that is it gets a little dull for the readers. This tale of an acient evil lucking in an old mine should have been creepy, but it fell short for me.
  • (4/5)
    Very good book. similar to regulators with different plot
  • (5/5)
    amazing book, great detail, gruesome.. i loved it!!!
  • (5/5)
    1996 - The Regulators by Richard Bachman
    1996 - Desperation by Stephen King

    These 2 were meant to be companion books by King using as they did the same character names, in a similar sort of peril from the same monster. A lot of reviewers said it was lazy writing at the time but I personally loved it. It added rather to my enjoyment of both rather than detracting.

    Good Times.
  • (4/5)
    Kick ass, creepy as hell first chapter! I was freaked, even more so when I wondered what I would do in the same situation! The bad guy in this tale is Entragian/Tak, "the Bram Stoker version of Doctor Dolittle"! The place, Desperation, Nevada, a copper mining town. The situation - evil. And a boy shall lead them! God is cruel, God is love! Tak!
  • (3/5)
    I had a hard time giving a voice to the bad guy cop. If the dialog was more menacing, it would have worked for me. The "YEE HAW" "GOSH DARN" phrases disrupted the story. He reminded me of Andy the Robot in Wolves of the Calla. That is favorable, as Andy's cool. Once the cop's story line finished, and the new bad people took over, I thought the story worked better. Reading reviews has made me want to read the Regulators.
  • (5/5)
    Desperation - Stephen King ****Another offering from King that follows brilliantly in the Stands shadow of showcasing Good vs Evil. However, Desperation does not have the arduous journey across desolate and ruined lands. Instead it all takes place in a small town just off the loneliest highway in America. The theme of Good vs Evil runs throughout the novel but as usual, nothing is entirely clean cut, as a number of the characters agree 'God is Cruel'. King treats us to what he does best, assembling a rag tag bunch of characters and throwing them into a life or death situation. I won't go into the storyline any more than that as I wouldn't want to spoil any of the twists and turns of the plot.In my opinion this ranks up there with his best works such as the Shining and Salem's Lot. The way the story starts makes the reader feel that this could easily happen to them, and when the supernatural side kicks in you just get sucked into turning every page until you reach the end. A large book, but the pages just disappear. TAK!
  • (4/5)
    The flipside of The Regulators with King displaying his knack for character creation. This is what keeps the bstory going through its lulls. I enjoyed it more by reading it in conjuction with The Regulators.
  • (3/5)
    Like Insomnia, this one started out amazing and then began to peter out. When it at first looked like everyone was being held captive by a psychotic cop, that was creepy because it is in the realm of possibility. (This is what makes Cujo a favorite of mine.) Not to say that I don't like the paranormal or supernatural--because I do. But it has to be done in a certain way for me to really like it. Stephen King can do it at times, but Desperation fell a little flat for me.

    The most annoying part to me is the strong current of prayer and God and whatnot. And even worse is that when a character prays for something, voila--it happens. *sigh*

    A friend told me that The Regulators is this story's twin, and I remember hearing Stephen King talking about it. He wrote Desperation as Stephen King, then wrote the same story as Richard Bachman. I'm rather looking forward to reading The Regulators. The story is good, it's just overwhelmed by the annoying religious bits. Perhaps writing as Bachman, King can bring the true grit out in this story.
  • (3/5)
    I think my favorite part of this book was that it took place in Desperation, Nevada?
  • (4/5)
    Mr. King prides himself on not being a writer who plots his books. He counts some of the books he has approached with an outline or predetermined structure as among his least favorite projects (Insomnia is an example - which I take exception with, because I really like Insomnia).Desperation is ultimately what I think is a good example of how that free-flowing, go-where-it-takes-you style can flop. A good opening - cartoonish, but intentionally so - fast pace, some promise of brutality, very foreign to his typical New England digs. In opening chapters, the hills literally and figuratively have eyes (throughout, as well - but the direct references dwindled as the book moved on) - something I think set the stage for a drama comparable to The Hills Have Eyes. Senseless, ugly, "What are you going to do about it?" brutality that strikes at fragile family members and lovers alike.It moved on to become a story about whether God is love, or cruelty. The Christian God, of course - this is mainstream pop-culture American writing, don't you know? When you say God in the US, you best not mean any of the hundreds of gods it is okay to be atheistic towards, and instead be referring to John 3:16 fanatical sign-waving-in-a-stadium God. An SK book is no place to pay lip service to diversity, at the end of the day. Mostly white, nearly always straight folks - the ones who don't shy away from shopping their local Rite Aid for books to read on the beach.I didn't hate it. I've come out the other end of some of SK's books hating them for their poor endings and untied loose ends - this ties up fairly neatly. I don't think SK liked it all that much, about 4/5ths of the way through he gives this description of a writer who feels too old to care about what he's offering his publishers:"He was getting on, and if he wanted to take himself a little less seriously, surely he had that right. There was no need to shoulder each book like a backpack filled with rocks and then sprint uphill with it. That might be okay for the kids, the bootcamp recruits, but those days were behind him now. And it was sort of a relief that they were."I can't read that and not think of it as other than self-referential. I'm grateful that he changed his tune after his brush with death in '99, though - some really mature writing has come since this book - seemingly from the mind of a man who realized that he couldn't really retire if he wanted too. He needs to do this - and if you are going to do it, you should give a better effort than what Desperation is made of.Little cursed statues, demons in rotting dead flesh, supernatural communication, faux religious significance, stormy backdrop (the crux of other books he's written before and after - Duma Key, Pet Semetary, The Shining, The Stand, on and on). Most of his staples are here. Gunslingers are here (with more than one DT reference). It is a decent read for people who already like SK a lot. Not a great example of his work, though, at the end of the day.A saving grace could be its relationship to The Regulators, a 'mirror-book' released by his long-known/embraced pseudonym and released simultaneously. I haven't read it yet, though - so I can't comment on whether it gives more pleasure to the reader to have both books under their belt.
  • (5/5)
    Leave on a holiday and find yourself fighting for your life and soul. This is the basis of Stephen King's Desperation. I love Stephen King. In my opinion no other horror writer can match him, and this is definitely one of his better novels. Scary, thought-provoking and uplifting, this book is difficult to put down. I recommend it to fans and non-fans alike.
  • (5/5)
    From cover to cover, I couldn't stop. This was just...incredible! King really blows my mind, and really can throw you right into the characters and their surroundings.
  • (4/5)
    It's been awhile since I've read an actual horror story, which is what Desperation is. It begins with an unsuspecting couple driving down a highway in Nevada through "the loneliest place on earth" and getting pulled over by a crazy police officer who seems to have the power to summon and communicate with coyotes, vultures, and any other animal that crosses his path. WTF?! The police officer continues making up reasons to arrest people, beating them up, randomly killing but mostly collecting them up and taking them to jail in the mining town of Desperation.It is up to the prisoners to band together and fight the police officer and the evil entity that has overwhelmed the town. Right away you feel as though Desperation is shrouded in some kind of dark force that has been uncovered in the mine. The only one who seems to be stronger than the dark force is a little boy who is able to pray to God and receive instant miracles throughout the story. Handy!For a Stephen King story it dragged a little for me, but if you're looking to be grossed out, creeped out, and freaked out this book is a good choice for you.
  • (5/5)
    Travelers are waylaid to the mining town of Desperation, Nevada, where they are imprisoned and slaughtered by a monstrous entity wearing the skin of a traffic cop.This is a parallel novel to The Regulators, published under King's pseudonym of Richard Bachman, in that it has the same characters and premise but the story unfolds very differently. I liked The Regulators more because it was different from King's usual fare, but this is a terrific read as well. In the venerable Stephen King tradition, a small group of ordinary people must work together to battle an extraordinary evil and make a stand for the white.Read upon release (1996) because King is one of my favorite authors.
  • (4/5)
    Desperation by Stephen KingThe Carver family, Ralph, Ellen, David and Kristen, are on a fun filled vacation trip. They are enjoying the trip until they have a blow-out of one of the tires on the R.V. Their lives are suddenly turned up-side down when they meet up with a police officer who takes them into the town of Desperation.Peter and Mary are on their way home to New York when they are stopped by a police officer. Things go from bad to worse when the police officer finds a bag of pot in the trunk of their car. They take a ride with the officer into the town of Desperation.Several others have the misfortune of meeting the cop from hell. They soon figure out that this is not a simply case of a cop gone bad. They have little time to figure out what is going on and get out of the town of Desperation.The book holds my attention through most of the book but falters some close to the end. I don't think this is one of Mr. Kings better novels but I still enjoyed it.
  • (5/5)
    I couldn't put it down. Lost lots of sleep reading this deep into the night. Another excellent story by Mr. King!
  • (2/5)
    I tried to like this book. I really did. But it wasn't to be. Originally, I said to a friend that this book was a short story that was tortured into a novel. Later I just said that this was a torturous novel. Yes, there is some interesting theology, but man, it comes at the expense of a good story being depicted. I've already got a source for interesting theology. I turn to King for a story. On this occasion, he left me hanging.
  • (4/5)
    This dry story is part of a Lovecraftian universe SK works with throiugh several pieces. Tak! Desperation is a town in Arizona or one of those sunny states where the cow bones bleach in the sun and we KNOW there's something wrong from the first time our normees are stopped by this big ole po-leesh-man.
  • (4/5)
    I really enjoyed this book for the typical King reasons. The whole premise behind the horror, which is often left untold, is hit on and I really enjoyed the details explanation and eerie details that closed the book.
  • (5/5)
    As always, I thoroughly enjoyed another good Stephen King story. When read in conjucntion with The Regulators, this is a very interesting experience.
  • (2/5)
    Probably my least favorite King book. Depressing, grim and confusing.
  • (4/5)
    This was the first of Stephen King's books I've read in a long time that didn't seem to fall into his normal pattern. It seem like his novels have been settled into a three part system: long character set up, something bad happening, and then he introduces a weird out of place monster to for the characters to overcome. This pattern tends to hinder my enjoyment in the books because the set up is so good that when the first bad things start to happen it's really breathtaking, but then, as almost always, he just throws in a monster that never lives up to the build-up and it's all down hill from there.Desperation sort of breaks this tradition by beginning in the middle, with the bad, and filling in all the character pieces as the book goes along. There's still a weird monster to overcome, but for once I think it works a whole heck of a lot better in this new format.
  • (4/5)
    Tack! Great Horror book. Don't get caught in the town of Desperation...you'll never get out again.