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Desperation (1996)

by Stephen King

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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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I'm not really sure how I feel about this one. I feel as if theres a loose connection to the dark tower world, it's obviously connected to Rose Madder and takes place in the same world. There is probably a deeper connection I'm missing somewhere... The notes I have are "introduces topics for the last 3 books" which could make sense.

David is the main protagonist - kid with the touch. Johnny the writer, Davids Dad Ralph, Mary is the woman whose husband was shot by the cop because they had pot, Pie is Davids sister, then theres a couple other small characters.

Basically David is in touch with god and can sense things, the big thing in the beginning of the book is that he brought his friend Brian back from the dead. Johnny shows up later in his vision and tells him about the monster even though Johnny knows nothing about it. In the end Johnny sacrifices himself to save everyone even though at one point he tries to run away until David catches him. They debate if god is cruel or if he is love.

The monster was unearthed by the chinese miners decades ago and killed them all, the tunnel was collapsed by miners who knew what they had found. Now decades later the mining company has unearthed the original shift (or drift) and has let the monster out. The monster comes and captures each set of main characters in the cops body and throws them each in jail. David is able to get out of the cell and free the others, they hid in the theater for most of the night, some characters die, I didn't think it was particularly interesting.

There is a lot of good vs evil, god vs TAC god stuff which I didn't particularly appreciate. The book was okay, story wasn't that interesting but it wasn't difficult to get through. Probably would not read again. ( )
  jhavens12 | Sep 1, 2021 |
Great book. Scary and crazy and still leaves you a bit confused by the end. I've read it twice now and still plan on rereads. Also check out Regulators which it basically Desperation in an alternate universe. Worth the read on both books. ( )
  starslight86 | Jul 20, 2021 |
Generally, I thoroughly enjoy Stephen King's novels. I think some have been fantastic. Not this one. The beginning gets right off to a suspenseful, chilling start. Then it just dragged on and on, with gratuitous violence, and no movement of the plot. Even the very interesting character of the young boy in a new and fascinating relationship with God stagnated and fell by the wayside. The pace was just way too slow, in a manner which didn't seem to aid the plot in any way. Too bad. ( )
  hemlokgang | May 26, 2021 |
King at his creepiest. A great unfolding of horror. ( )
  Chrissylou62 | Aug 1, 2020 |
While so much of modern (and not so modern) horror is filled with religious terror, that unholy flipside to the noumen, there will always be a subset of horror devoted to scratching out particular aspects of it and developing it.

So, rather than going all tentacle monsters, we get down to the heart of the matter and terrify ourselves by saying that ALL is horror. :) Maybe it doesn't make for the most spectacular action tale, but it certainly bites you in the ass after a good long read.

Wait... did I just say this book doesn't have tentacular horrors from the vicinity of the Red King? Oh, sorry, no, this absolutely does. The beastie is beautiful. And the plot? It's everything you might want in a spaghetti western so long as you don't mind massive (and good) flashback-like sequences that give us the full story of this little town of Desperation.

Honesty time.

It was good but not quite as good as MOST of King. I always prefer his big supernatural bits in general, but not all of them are even in their quality. I grew bored with bits of this even tho, ostensibly, there wasn't really a REAL slow moment in it.

Maybe I just didn't care for the whole surface religious aspect (as opposed to crazy nutjob religious characters or a big twist on the source of the holy) even though, in the end, I am forced to think. The rest of it got a bit annoying.

But Good News, ye Faithful! I think you will find that this particular horror will suit your needs quite well! ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
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