- Mass Market Paperback: 704 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (October 18, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 150112787X
- ISBN-13: 978-1501127878
- Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.6 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1,793 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories Mass Market Paperback – October 18, 2016
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About the Author
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, the Bill Hodges trilogy End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and now an AT&T Audience Network original television series), Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63—a Hulu original television series event—was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
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Some have a supernatural influence while most portray horrors associated with real life rather than ghosts, aliens, and monsters. This seems to bother some of the reviewers but in reality, King has broadened his genre considerably over the past two decades. The offerings are somewhat connected by King's comments on when or why he wrote each story and by related themes of death, afterlife, guilt, and remorse.
King never shrinks from utilizing the English language as attested by some of his monumental tomes and continuing series. Yet he is equally renowned for his ability to write shorter concise and gripping stories as seen in his various collections of short stories and novellas over the years, many of which became screenplays.
Caveat: if you read and absorb everything King as I do, you will encounter tales in this collection that you have encountered before in one form or another--such is the nature of collected short story volumes. But each has been revised and updated where appropriate. Having enjoyed King's tales of haunted cars, such as "Christine" and "From A Buick 8", I especially enjoyed "Mile 81" which should make any driver rethink stopping at a rest stop along any public roadway. "Afterlife" presents a thought provoking choice that newly departed spirits must make. And "Obits" is a fascinating tale of horror that while not new, is imminently re-readable.
If you have read King's works over the past decades and matured in life as his legacy continued to grow, you should enjoy and appreciate this new collection; indeed, the new material makes the volume worthwhile to me regardless of whether I have previously read some of the stories. I am only rating it with four stars as I selfishly would have liked to see a few more original offerings.
King’s ease of using colloquialisms and not sounding corny or disparaging is part of what makes his stories so believable. Even the most insane and diabolical becomes possible when written in King’s original styles. Yes, I said styles. Because he fits the style of his stories to the moods, the characters, and the settings, without blinking an eye. From college professors to a wealthy bedridden man to the average Joe, King rolls them all out for our inspection.
I have my favorites in this collection as well. "Ur" and "Under the Weather" top the list.
To sum it all up, this is a profoundly diverse collection of stories that once again showcases Stephen King’s skill at entertaining his readers. I can highly recommend it without reservation.
King’s reflections in the prefaces to each story make up a disquieting second part to the book. There is a sad theme running through the prefaces of a writer preparing to say goodbye. Several phrases such as [Now that I am on this end of life] hint at resignation to the universal ultimate fate. King might call it a realistic view. The impression is supported by more than one story which takes place in an assisted living center. These prefaces are what make the collection worth buying. Of course many of the stories were published in other formats; isn't that usually the case for collections?
When reading King’s horror stories I am impressed by the writing, become involved in the story, and usually pleased by the ending; even when the ending is not so good for several main characters. When I finished this book, I was overall depressed.
I still give it five stars with the hope that he will stick around and give us more great tales.