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Just After Sunset: Stories - Stephen King
Just After Sunset: Stories
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Stephen King -- who has written more than fifty books, dozens of number one New York Times bestsellers, and many unforgettable movies -- delivers an astonishing collection of short stories, his first since Everything's Eventual six years ago. As guest editor of the bestselling Best American Short... show more
Stephen King -- who has written more than fifty books, dozens of number one New York Times bestsellers, and many unforgettable movies -- delivers an astonishing collection of short stories, his first since Everything's Eventual six years ago. As guest editor of the bestselling Best American Short Stories 2007, King spent over a year reading hundreds of stories. His renewed passion for the form is evident on every page of Just After Sunset. The stories in this collection have appeared in The New Yorker, Playboy, McSweeney's, The Paris Review, Esquire, and other publications. Who but Stephen King would turn a Port-O-San into a slimy birth canal, or a roadside honky-tonk into a place for endless love? A book salesman with a grievance might pick up a mute hitchhiker, not knowing the silent man in the passenger seat listens altogether too well. Or an exercise routine on a stationary bicycle, begun to reduce bad cholesterol, might take its rider on a captivating -- and then terrifying -- journey. Set on a remote key in Florida, "The Gingerbread Girl" is a riveting tale featuring a young woman as vulnerable -- and resourceful -- as Audrey Hepburn's character in Wait Until Dark. In "Ayana," a blind girl works a miracle with a kiss and the touch of her hand. For King, the line between the living and the dead is often blurry, and the seams that hold our reality intact might tear apart at any moment. In one of the longer stories here, "N.," which recently broke new ground when it was adapted as a graphic digital entertainment, a psychiatric patient's irrational thinking might create an apocalyptic threat in the Maine countryside...or keep the world from falling victim to it. Just After Sunset -- call it dusk, call it twilight, it's a time when human intercourse takes on an unnatural cast, when nothing is quite as it appears, when the imagination begins to reach for shadows as they dissipate to darkness and living daylight can be scared right out of you. It's the perfect time for Stephen King.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781416586654 (1416586652)
ASIN: 1416586652
Publisher: Pocket Books
Pages no: 576
Edition language: English
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The better to see you, my dear
The better to see you, my dear rated it
3.5 Weaker than predecessors
A weaker read for me than his other short-story collections on the whole. N. is spectacular, though. Willa: OK, sentimental ghost storyThe Gingerbread Girl: Good thrillerHarvey's Dream: Now we are talking. For extra kick, which one?Rest Stop: Awesomesauce!Stationary Bike: If not writing, then imag...
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3.0 Review of Just After Sunset by Stephen King
This book is a collection of short stories by Stephen King. I am not a huge fan of short stories as I enjoy the gradual build up of plot and the character development of a novel. Many of these stories were quite good, while others were simply average. I really enjoy the way King writes so I would...
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
5.0 Just After Sunset: Stories
Once upon a time I would've said I preferred King's stories to his novels. Now I just like them differently. There is a tremendous range of horror here: a Poe sort of tale that is the most disgusting thing I've ever read, a realistic story about a woman fighting back that could have been Nicci Frenc...
amartianmonkey
amartianmonkey rated it
Enjoyable collection of 13 short stories from Stephen King, my two favourites in this collection were Stationary Bike and NOh and i'm never EVER getting a cat!
christianeefird
christianeefird rated it
4.0 Just After Sunset: Stories
loved it as i love his other story collections!!
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