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review 2018-09-17 14:41
Honestly, it's a 3.5 Star Read
Thinner - Stephen King

It's weird. I think I may have read this book before, but now after finishing it this weekend, I have doubts. I maybe just watched the movie and that's where I was recalling most of my information from. I honestly don't like the Bachman books that much that Stephen King wrote. I recall "The Long Walk" and thought how it made no sense to me and how impossible it would be for teenagers to walk 4 miles an hour. I tried that one day at the gym and had to lightly jog. I also remember reading "The Running Man" and went, eh liked the movie better. So now with "Thinner" I have to say that neither the movie or book impressed me much. You have one man dealing with a curse that is slowly killing him. He blames his wife. A lot. Most of the book slows down in the last 1/3 and I was just bored until the ending.

 

"Thinner" deals with the after effects of Billy Halleck (Bill or William depending on who is speaking to him) running over and killing a Romani woman. FYI, be prepared for King to refer to them as Gypsies. I have learned since I got older that's a derogatory term for Romani people, so I am not using it here in my review besides the first occurrence. Due to the people he knows and a lot of the towns people hating the Romani people, Billy isn't tried for hit and run, instead the case is dismissed. An older man who is the head of the group of Romani people comes up to Bill and touches his cheek and says "thinner." From there Bill starts to lose weight and struggles to push out of his mind hitting and killing the older woman and the man who touched him.

 

Most of the book is Billy justifying what happened and saying how it's not really his fault. Instead it's mostly his wife and the older woman's fault. His wife's fault since she started trying to (makes hand motion) while he was driving and the older woman for not looking both ways. What made me laugh and sigh about though was Billy doesn't take any ownership of the fact that the judge and police officer who helped with things would not have done so if not for him. So you have all three of these men being punished, but it seems as if Billy is the one that got off the lightest. 

 

King does take some time developing the characters. You understand Billy's relationship with his wife and daughter a lot. You also get a look at the secrets a town holds that get revealed when Billy starts going after answers with his doctor, the judge's wife, and the police man. Eventually the book goes sideways when King introduces a friend of Billy's who is going to take care of getting the curse off of him, Ginelli. 


Ginelli is shown to be a bit off. He goes after the Romani people with a laser eyed focus. However, it made no sense to me. He's supposed to be a pretty big crime boss. So why in the world didn't he send forth some underlings? And if they popped up dead then go after them? I don't know. The motivations of him to go toe to toe with the Romani didn't work for me at all. Most of the book slowed down after he showed up and when he was retelling his story to Billy I just didn't care. 

 

The writing is more crude than King's works. There are a lot of racial slurs used in this one that put me off a bit. The flow as I said earlier got really bad when Ginelli gets introduced. The book just drags it seems until we get to the ending.

 

The ending leaves us with Billy as a pale shadow of his former self. He manages to justify to himself what he is about to do and I really ended up loathing him. Of course this being a King book the joke's on him and he has a horrified realization about what his actions have wrought. 

 

 

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text 2018-09-16 17:46
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Cujo - Stephen King

 

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text 2018-09-16 00:36
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Thinner - Stephen King

 

I think the book was cracking along better before Bill’s friend Grinelli was involved. After that the book slowed down. Also Bill sucks. His justifications for what he does when his curse is slowed down leads to a tragic ending. I wonder what happened after the book closes? Do the Romani continue moving around or die out after the old man’s death? 

 

I do love the idea of curses and reading what happens to Bill, the judge, and the sheriff responsible for different parts of the case against Bill was interesting. Part of me initially felt for Bill until you saw that he was focused on getting back at his wife since he blamed everything on her. And his rage at her was definitely misplaced.

 

 

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text 2018-09-15 21:24
Reading progress update: I've read 54%.
Thinner - Stephen King

Well Billy has a curse laid on him after he accidentally kills a woman that is a Gypsy. The correct term now would be Romani I think. Billy’s curse is “Thinner” and he starts to lose weight. At first he’s happy but then afraid when he’s losing ten and then twenty pounds.

 

King does a great job giving full weight to Billy’s anger that his wife who he blames has gotten off free and it’s not fair. Other men involved with the case going to trial have also been affected.

 

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text 2018-09-15 19:20
Reading progress update: I've read 5%.
Thinner - Stephen King

 

Reading for a wild card: “Slasher Stories”.

 

Hope everyone is staying dry. The sun keeps breaking through so I thought I start this book and a load of laundry.  If I get through this today, getting started on “Cujo” as my next wild card and we will see what Sunday holds.

 

 

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