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Skeleton Crew (Signet) by Stephen King

Skeleton Crew (Signet) (original 1985; edition 1986)

by Stephen King

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Title:Skeleton Crew (Signet)
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Signet (1986), Edition: 1, Paperback, 295 pages
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Skeleton Crew by Stephen King (1985)

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A mixed bag, both in genre and quality.

There are two shockingly bad, but mercifully brief, poems. Tellingly, they hadn't been published previously.

Two embarrassingly bad science fiction stories. The central idea of The Jaunt is good but the execution is poor. Beachworld is amateurish in conception and execution.

Some, like the Milkman stories are just BORING.

But there are some good ones. The Reach is very nicely written. The sort of thing you'd half wish weren't technically horror, if the ghost story genre weren't so respectable. Word Processor of the Gods is fun, as is The Raft. The best is The Mist I think. More of a short novel than a short story (I love both but King generally excels at the former than the latter), and very dark. Here even religion leads to madness and death ( )
  Lukerik | Nov 17, 2015 |
Four novellas in one, each a little different and creepy. Ably narrated, each...stories range from visceral and gruesome to slow and ponderous. The short stories are a bit difficult to follow if you only listen occasionally--probably better if you do each one all at once. The author crams a lot of detail into each story. ( )
  buffalogr | May 29, 2015 |
Just reading The Mist for now. ( )
  Aelianna | Jun 5, 2013 |
The more Stephen King, the more I like his writing. I get the idea some people think he's a crappy bestseller along with all the rest, but hey -- sometimes you shouldn't be snobby. His stuff is easy to read and it deals with real emotions, people who could almost be real, in incredible situations. I get the feeling I've said this all before, so, um. Anyway, it's good to read his short stories. Short stories are quite condensed little things, and in King's case, that's a good thing. None of the lengthy set up he allows himself in his novels, like It and The Stand. "The Mist" is quite long and has quite a bit of set up, but a lot of the others are quite short. It was interesting seeing him do more sci-fi ish stuff, i.e. "The Jaunt". ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
The Spanish Edition by Sudamericana of "Skeleton Crew" was actually split in (at least) three books... so I will review them individually, even tho I switched to the 'full' edition.

One was "[b:Historias Fantasticas|155532|Historias Fantasticas|Stephen King|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1253118806s/155532.jpg|1814]", of about 200ish pages, which I hated (originally rated it just one star); I can't say I liked ANY of the stories there.

The second one, "[b:La Expedicion|155570|La Expedicion|Stephen King|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1172260263s/155570.jpg|1814]", which also has about 200 pages. The first story and another one inside were ok. The first one could have been far more interesting if it'd been longer, but it wasn't. It's the story that gave the name to the book.

The third book, "[b:LA Niebla/Skeleton Crew|102691|LA Niebla/Skeleton Crew|Stephen King|http://www.goodreads.com/images/nocover-60x80.jpg|1814]", was ok. The first story (The Myst) was good, the other two I didn't really care for at all.

I was going to give it three stars, but then I decided that although I liked some stories, -most- the stories in the book weren't good in my opinion, so, two stars it is. ( )
  AshuritaLove | Apr 7, 2013 |
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I'm your boogie man, that's what I am, and I'm here to do whatever I can... -- K.C. and the Sunshine Band
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Some versions may be titled The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet but it may also be a separate short story or short story collection.

Please don't combine witch "Im Morgengrauen" or "Der Gesang der Toten" or "der Fornit"! These are only a part of Skeleton Crew
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Short story collection containing the following stories:

| The Mist
| Here There Be Tygers
| The Monkey
| Cain Rose Up
| Mrs Todd's Shortcut
| The Jaunt
| The Wedding Gig
| Paranoid: A Chant
| The Raft
| Word Processor of the Gods
| The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands
| Beachworld
| The Reaper's Image
| Nona
| For Owen
| Survivor Type
| Uncle Otto's Truck
| Morning Deliveries (Milkman #1)
| Big Wheels: A Tale of the Laundry Game (Milkman #2)
| Gramma
| The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet
| The Reach
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0451168615, Mass Market Paperback)

In the introduction to Skeleton Crew (1985), his second collection of stories, King pokes fun at his penchant for "literary elephantiasis," makes scatological jokes about his muse, confesses how much money he makes (gross and net), and tells a story about getting arrested one time when he was "suffused with the sort of towering, righteous rage that only drunk undergraduates can feel." He winds up with an invitation to a scary voyage: "Grab onto my arm now. Hold tight. We are going into a number of dark places, but I think I know the way."

And he sure does. Skeleton Crew contains a superb short novel ("The Mist") that alone is worth the price of admission, plus two forgettable poems and 20 short stories on such themes as an evil toy monkey, a human-eating water slick, a machine that avenges murder, and unnatural creatures that inhabit the thick woods near Castle Rock, Maine. The short tales range from simply enjoyable to surprisingly good.

In addition to "The Mist," the real standout is "The Reach," a beautifully subtle story about a great-grandmother who was born on a small island off the coast of Maine and has lived there her whole life. She has never been across "the Reach," the body of water between island and mainland. This is the story that King fans give to their friends who don't read horror in order to show them how literate, how charming a storyteller he can be. Don't miss it. --Fiona Webster

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