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Mile 81 - Stephen King
Mile 81
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With the heart of Stand By Me and the genius horror of Christine, Mile 81 is Stephen King unleashing his imagination as he drives past one of those road signs... At Mile 81 on the Maine Turnpike is a boarded up rest stop on a highway in Maine. It's a place where high school kids drink and get... show more
With the heart of Stand By Me and the genius horror of Christine, Mile 81 is Stephen King unleashing his imagination as he drives past one of those road signs... At Mile 81 on the Maine Turnpike is a boarded up rest stop on a highway in Maine. It's a place where high school kids drink and get into the kind of trouble high school kids have always gotten into. It's the place where Pete Simmons goes when his older brother, who's supposed to be looking out for him, heads off to the gravel pit to play "paratroopers over the side." Pete, armed only with the magnifying glass he got for his tenth birthday, finds a discarded bottle of vodka in the boarded up burger shack and drinks enough to pass out. Not much later, a mud-covered station wagon (which is strange because there hadn't been any rain in New England for over a week) veers into the Mile 81 rest area, ignoring the sign that says "closed, no services." The driver's door opens but nobody gets out. Doug Clayton, an insurance man from Bangor, is driving his Prius to a conference in Portland. On the backseat are his briefcase and suitcase and in the passenger bucket is a King James Bible, what Doug calls "the ultimate insurance manual," but it isn't going to save Doug when he decides to be the Good Samaritan and help the guy in the broken down wagon. He pulls up behind it, puts on his four-ways, and then notices that the wagon has no plates. Ten minutes later, Julianne Vernon, pulling a horse trailer, spots the Prius and the wagon, and pulls over. Julianne finds Doug Clayton's cracked cell phone near the wagon door — and gets too close herself. By the time Pete Simmons wakes up from his vodka nap, there are a half a dozen cars at the Mile 81 rest stop. Two kids — Rachel and Blake Lussier — and one horse named Deedee are the only living left. Unless you maybe count the wagon.
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Format: ebook
ISBN: 9781451665604 (1451665601)
ASIN: B005COO1X6
Publisher: Scribner
Pages no: 80
Edition language: English
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Portable Magic
Portable Magic rated it
4.0 Mile 81 ★★★★☆
This is the short story/novella version of every 1950’s Creature Feature B movie, where the teenagers witness everything and frantically try to get help, only to have all the adults dismiss them as crazy kids pulling a prank. Except in this case, it’s little kids instead of teenagers. Good entertain...
Shelf Indulgence
Shelf Indulgence rated it
1.0 Mile 81
I remember when The Simpsons first aired on Fox. (Yes, I am old.) I remember that the show was entertaining and fun, and I remember some of the shows being tightly written and more profound than I had expected. Then, at some point far into the show's life, it all changed. The shows still had fun...
Inklings
Inklings rated it
It was ok. Not my favorite King but it reminded me of an episode of the Twilight Zone or something.
sj
sj rated it
4.0 Mile 81: Includes bonus story 'The Dune'
More reminiscent of From a Buick 8 than anything else, I think.Delightfully meta not IN YOUR FACE meta like the end of The Dark Tower with its references to American Vampire and Christine, as well as a Whovian nod (pretty sure he was talking about The Impossible Planet, yeah?) this little story show...
Anotações Literárias
Anotações Literárias rated it
4.0
É o primeiro que leio do Stephen King. E gostei. Gostei da escrita, mas a história não me pegou tanto. As 4 estrelas vão mais pelas partes das crianças, que foram o que mais gostei no livro.
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