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by Stephen King

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Title:Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Pocket Books (2003), Mass Market Paperback, 608 pages
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Everything's Eventual by Stephen King (2002)

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I read this book because my own short story collection was listed as comparable to Everything’s Eventual on Kirkus Reviews. I sincerely hope that’s the case as I found King as good as ever here, delivering short narratives as comfortable as an old pair of jeans. The standouts for me were, “1408”, “Riding the Bullet”, “The Road Virus Heads North” and the title story, “Everything’s Eventual”. Truth is, I will go just about anywhere with King and did here, with the exceptions being The Dark Tower piece, “The Little Sisters of Eluria”—I’ve got a problem with cowboy fiction I guess, especially cowboy fantasy fiction. Pass! No matter what he’s writing about, he knows how to be a good host. It’s hard to deny King throws some of the best word parties around. Long live short fiction! ( )
  sixslug | Jan 18, 2015 |
Stephen King quotes Amy Tan in his introduction to 'On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft' that as far as popular novelists are concerned 'No one ever asks about the language' - well, the stories in this collection are all about the language - just as much as the stories themselves. ( )
  JamesHarper | Nov 19, 2014 |
I don't know what to say of this book. It was okay, I guess. Still, I feel that some of the tales could have easily had a whole book just for them. The fact that they were "reduced" to be short stories somewhat took the magic away from them. 1408 and The Road Virus Heads North, for an instance, were excellent stories with an excellent, well-structured background and potential to make a whole epic saga. Unfortunately, they had very bland endings. Not unfitting or stupid, just... not what they could be.
Other than this, Everything's Eventual has great short-stories, most of them very fun to read, the best of them, in my opinion, being The Little Sisters of Eluria. This is not Stephen King's best work, but it still definitely worth reading. ( )
  aryadeschain | Aug 26, 2014 |
Never read King before, so I thought collection of short stories is just the thing for me. I wasn't wrong. I was pleasantly surprised to find not only scary stories but also creepy, funny, and quirky ones as well. It was quite multidimensional King I was reading and I liked it. Looking forward to reading more from him. ( )
  Me-chan | Jun 19, 2014 |
I wanted a book I could easily pick up read for awhile and put down again, only to repeat the process during a recent quick trip. Putting down this book was not a problem...picking it back up was.
In the preface to this book the author laments the changes taking place in publishing specifically the publishing of short stories. The book came out in 2002 and the author was concerned that short stories were dying due to the lack of places to publish and read those stories. Back then there was also the prediction that due to Ereaders paper books would soon disappear as well.
It is now 2014 and thank god paper books are still around. But what about short stories? Well I have read a number of good short stories from many fine writers. I have read a number of short stories from Stephen King. The short stories contained in this book are garbage. They are boring, they are not, in any way, horror related, they usually either end abruptly or leave the reader wanting some resolve.
Mr King doesn't need the money he says so in the beginning of the book so I ask,why as the reader, am I subjected to reading stories that should have just been deleted from his computer? ( )
  zmagic69 | Apr 20, 2014 |
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It's so dark that for awhile-just how long I don't know-I think I'm still unconscious.
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Everything's Eventual is a collection of 14 short stories written by Stephen King.
- Autopsy Room Four
- The Man in the Black Suit
- All That You Love Will Be Carried Away
- The Death of Jack Hamilton
- In the Deathroom
- The Little Sisters of Eluria
- Everything's Eventual
- L.T.'s Theory of Pets
- The Road Virus Heads North
- Lunch at the Gotham Cafe
- That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French
- 1408
- Riding the Bullet
- Luckey Quarter
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0743457358, Mass Market Paperback)

In his introduction to Everything's Eventual, horror author extraordinaire Stephen King describes how he used a deck of playing cards to select the order in which these 14 tales of the macabre would appear. Judging by the impact of these stories, from the first words of the darkly fascinating "Autopsy Room Four" to the haunting final pages of "Luckey Quarter," one can almost believe King truly is guided by forces from beyond.

His first collection of short stories since the release of Nightmares & Dreamscapes in 1993, Everything's Eventual represents King at his most undiluted. The short story format showcases King's ability to spook readers using the most mundane settings (a yard sale) and comfortable memories (a boyhood fishing excursion). The dark tales collected here are some of King's finest, including an O. Henry Prize winner and "Riding the Bullet," published originally as an e-book and at one time expected by some to be the death knell of the physical publishing world. True to form, each of these stories draws the reader into King's slightly off-center world from the first page, developing characters and atmosphere more fully in the span of 50 pages than many authors can in a full novel.

For most rabid King fans, chief among the tales in this volume will be "The Little Sisters of Eluria," a novella that first appeared in the fantasy collection Legends, set in King's ever-expanding Dark Tower universe. In this story, set prior to the first Dark Tower volume, the reader finds Gunslinger Roland of Gilead wounded and under the care of nurses with very dubious intentions. Also included in this collection are "That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French," the story of a woman's personal hell; "1408," in which a writer of haunted tour guides finally encounters the real thing; "Everything's Eventual," the title story, about a boy with a dream job that turns out to be more of a nightmare; and "L.T.'s Theory of Pets," a story of divorce with a bloody surprise ending.

King also includes an introductory essay on the lost art of short fiction and brief explanatory notes that give the reader background on his intentions and inspirations for each story. As with any occasion when King directly addresses his dear Constant Readers, his tone is that of a camp counselor who's almost apologetic for the scare his fireside tales are about to throw into his charges, yet unwilling to soften the blow. And any campers gathered around this author's fire would be wise to heed his warnings, for when King goes bump in the night, it's never just a branch on the window. --Benjamin Reese

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Whether writing about encounters with the dead, the near dead, or about the mundane dreads of life, from quitting smoking to yard sales, Stephen King is at the top of his form in the fourteen dark tales assembled in Everything's Eventual. Intense, eerie, and instantly compelling, they announce the stunningly fertile imagination of perhaps the greatest storyteller of our time.… (more)

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