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Desperation by Stephen King

Desperation (original 1996; edition 1997)

by Stephen King

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Authors:Stephen King
Info:Signet (1997), Paperback, 560 pages
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Desperation by Stephen King (1996)

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    The Regulators by Richard Bachman (ElBarto, kxlly)
    ElBarto: Der Schwesterroman, erzählt eine ähnliche aber doch ganz andere Geschichte.

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I think my favorite part of this book was that it took place in Desperation, Nevada? ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
I think my favorite part of this book was that it took place in Desperation, Nevada? ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
I really enjoyed the first half of a King/Bachman double header [Desperation/The Regulators]. The first 25% of the book was gripping - something that readers are able to relate to. Overall, a solid King spun tale ... ( )
  beebowallace | Mar 23, 2014 |
Desperation - Stephen King ****

Another offering from King that follows brilliantly in the Stands shadow of showcasing Good vs Evil. However, Desperation does not have the arduous journey across desolate and ruined lands. Instead it all takes place in a small town just off the loneliest highway in America.

The theme of Good vs Evil runs throughout the novel but as usual, nothing is entirely clean cut, as a number of the characters agree 'God is Cruel'. King treats us to what he does best, assembling a rag tag bunch of characters and throwing them into a life or death situation. I won't go into the storyline any more than that as I wouldn't want to spoil any of the twists and turns of the plot.

In my opinion this ranks up there with his best works such as the Shining and Salem's Lot. The way the story starts makes the reader feel that this could easily happen to them, and when the supernatural side kicks in you just get sucked into turning every page until you reach the end. A large book, but the pages just disappear.

TAK! ( )
  Bridgey | Feb 10, 2014 |
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There's a place along Interstate 50 that some call the loneliest place on Earth. It's known as Desperation, Nevada. It's not a very nice place to live. It's an even worse place to die. Let the battle against evil begin. Welcome to...DESPERATION
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A notice to those who feel that Stephen King has lost his magic touch: Desperation is the genuine goods. The ensemble cast of ordinary Americans thrown together by chance, including a disgruntled alcoholic writer and a child who is wise beyond his years, may be a bit too familiar. But the nearly deserted Nevada mining town with an enormous haunted mine pit and an abandoned movie theatre where the survivors hang out makes for a striking battleground, and the grisly action rarely flags. Best of all, though, are the characters of Tak, the ancient body-hopping evil who emerges from the mine, and of "God"--whom the New York Times describes as "the edgiest creation in Desperation. Remote, isolated, ironic, shrouded behind disguises, perhaps 'another legendary shadow,' this deity forms a sly foil, and an icy mirror, to Tak."

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:59:56 -0400)

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Several cross-country travelers--including a writer, a family on vacation, and a professor and his wife--end up in the little mining town of Desperation, where a crazy policeman and evil forces compel them to fight for their lives.

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