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Thinner (Signet) (original 1984; edition 1985)

by Stephen King

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Title:Thinner (Signet)
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Signet (1985), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 320 pages
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Rating:*****
Tags:own, ebook, horror, gypsies, curses, supernatural

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Thinner by Stephen King (1984)

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The last book written under the pseudonym "Richard Bachman". I don't know the story of when King actually was outed but he gives it away in this book. Compared to the other Bachman books, this one is very much a King book, using his writing style, stream of consciousness and themes. This is a re-read for me and while I knew the plot I had forgotten the details and found it a fast, page-turning read. One thing I'd forgotten was that two other people had been cursed along with William. The ending is typical King and reminds me of the ending of "Pet Sematary". It's obvious King knew this would be his last book as Bachman as he gives himself away not too far into the book. There is a conversation between two characters and to paraphrase it one says, "This is not a Stephen King book. This is reality." While the other replies with something along the lines of, "If things continue to go the way they are this will soon be a Stephen King novel." Not the best of the Bachman books but a good entry for King and I enjoyed it infinitely more than his last book, "The Talisman." ( )
  ElizaJane | Oct 24, 2016 |
"Three drops of blood splattered the windshield." - boy that is one hell of an image! And I really liked this book, a lot! Taduz Lemke is one bad mother! And I loved the Stephen King mentions on page 100! Wink wink! I sure as hell will take a lesson from this - never run over a gypsy!

And the ending? Woo hoo! That's my kinda finale! Sweet as a piece of warm strawberry pie! ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Sep 20, 2016 |
"Thinner" deals with a overweight lawyer who is rapidly growing thinner, due to a curse inflicted upon him by gypsies. "Thinner" is unique in the sense that the main character is not a particularly heroic person, and in many ways is trying to escape responsibility for his own actions

Read this and see if you really want to lose weight. Only Stephen King could come up with something like this. Really good read. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
Ah, well... 3/5 for your generic Stephen King: Starts out OK, then becomes increasingly wordy and drawn-out. Deduction of extra point for silly Swedish goobledigook the author obviously mistook for Romani. Couldn't he afford professional assistance for the foreign language part? Couldn't be bothered, just to please a bunch of readers who won't be able to spot the difference anyway? Not cool. ( )
  Nooiniin | May 26, 2016 |
Ah, well... 3/5 for your generic Stephen King: Starts out OK, then becomes increasingly wordy and drawn-out. Deduction of extra point for silly Swedish goobledigook the author obviously mistook for Romani. Couldn't he afford professional assistance for the foreign language part? Couldn't be bothered, just to please a bunch of readers who won't be able to spot the difference anyway? Not cool. ( )
  Nooiniin | May 26, 2016 |
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"Thinner," the old gypsy man with the rotting nose whispers to William Halleck as Halleck and his wife, Heidi, come out of the courthouse.
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Billy Halleck, good husband, loving father, is both beneficiary and victim of the American Good Life: he has an expensive home, a nice family, and a rewarding career as a lawyer...but he is also fifty pounds overweight and, as his doctor keeps reminding him, edging into heart attack country.

Then, in a moment of criminal carelessness, Billy sideswipes an old gypsy woman as she is crossing the street - and her ancient father passes a bizarre and terrible judgment on him.

"Thinner," the old gypsy man whispers, and caresses his cheek, like a lover. Just one word...but six weeks later and ninety-three pounds lighter, Billy Halleck is more than worried. He's terrified. and desperate enough for one last gamble...that will lead him to a nightmare...
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When an old gypsy man curses Billy Halleck for sideswiping his daughter, six weeks later he's ninety-three pounds lighter. Now Billy is terrified. And desperate enough for one last gamble...that will lead him to a nightmare showdown with the forces of evil melting his flesh away.



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When an old gypsy man curses Billy Halleck for sideswiping his daughter, six weeks later he's ninety-three pounds lighter. Now Billy is terrified. And desperate enough for one last gamble, that will lead him to a nightmare showdown with the forces of evil melting his flesh away.… (more)

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