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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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"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 |
Billy Halleck is living a good life. He's an up-and-coming lawyer, has a wife and a teenage daughter, and a nice home. He is also overweight, a fact which his doctor is always reminding him of. One day while driving, Billy accidently sideswipes an old gypsy woman who is crossing the street and kills her. Billy is cleared of any charges for this incident, as he is good friends with the police and the judge. There's also no love lost between law enforcement and the gypsies, since the police just want the gypsies out of their town. When Billy is leaving the courthouse, he is stopped by a very old ancient looking gypsy man who gently caresses Billy's cheek with his finger, and whispers one word to Billy..."Thinner". Soon after this, Billy finds that he is losing weight without even trying. As each day goes by, Billy loses more and more weight and he realizes at the rate he's going, he will soon be a human skeleton if it doesn't stop. He believes that the old gypsy man placed a curse on him. Other people are believing that Billy is losing his mind. Billy then decides he must seek out the old gypsy man and get him to undo the curse.

I was looking for something a bit different to read and this book definitely delivered. The story had great atmosphere with very vivid descriptions. I really liked and felt for Billy and could feel his horror right along with him. The gypsies in the story were really brought to life. There was such a sense of foreboding in the air whenever they were around, especially Taduz Lemke, the gypsy that cursed Billy. I also enjoyed Billy's gangster friend Ginelli who was there for Billy when Billy was at his most desperate. The book was creepy, strange, bizarre, and outlandishly funny at times, too. It was extremely entertaining, a lot of fun, and never boring. ( )
  PaulaLT | Jan 22, 2016 |
It's hard to not like a Stephen King (this time writing under the pseudonym Richard Bachman) book. Full of intrigue, mystery, violence, death and a huge dose of weirdness, this one does not disappoint.
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  CarmenMilligan | Jan 18, 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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