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Mile 81 (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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With only a few exceptions, most of King's more recent work (everything since NEEDFUL THINGS really) has been more mysterious, paranormal, or suspenseful than horrific. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, and I've enjoyed most of what King's written from CARRIE all the way through FULL DARK, NO STARS, but MILE 81 is a welcome return to a purer kind of horror for those readers who fell in love with King back in the CUJO, CHRISTINE, and IT days. I'll save the plot rehashing for other reviewers, but I will say that I think this novelette is what King might have written if he'd gotten the idea for FROM A BUICK 8 25 years earlier.
It's a fantastic story. One of my favorite King stories of all time. And maybe that's all I really needed to say. If you're debating whether or not to buy this, stop. Go click that 1-Click button as fast as your fingers can move.
**Note: Although the novella earns a solid 5 stars from me (I'd give it ten if I could), the formatting could have used some more attention. There are missing section breaks, and the dedication--which should have been on a page of its own--comes immediately after the last line of the story. Somebody needs a slap on the wrist for that one. Or a kick in the teeth.
Also, MILE 81 ends at the 80% mark. What you get after that is a long excerpt from 11/22/63. That's just a heads-up for readers who like to know how close they are to the end of a story.
I'm not taking anything off my rating for those things, but I thought some of you might like to know.
MILE 81 is about a long-abandoned rest stop on Rt. 95 in Maine. Ten-year-old Pete Simmons, who has been left behind when his older brother runs off to play daredevil bike stunts, decides to explore the old rest stop to see if he can scare up an adventure of his own. What happens is something he never could have imagined. A succession of other travelers also pull into the rest stop, each investigating a strangely muddied station wagon inexplicably parked there. King's story is divided into sections, each one giving us a brief glimpse into the lives of these varied characters before they are sucked into the horror of what awaits at the Mile 81 rest stop.
The story is both colloquially fresh and intensely exciting. I liked Pete, and I understood him completely. I liked the others, too - insurance salesman Doug, horsewoman Julie, the Lussier family, and Jimmy the cop. These are real people who find themselves in Stephen King's "Twilight Zone" world on a perfectly ordinary afternoon. And you know it's true - horror seems more horrible when it happens in broad daylight, with the traffic whizzing by and the sun shining.
Great story - classic King. Highly recommended.
Not wanting to give anything away but as other reviewers -- who are obviously familiar with his body of work -- have stated, this is typical Stephen King. His stories make you smile, look over your shoulder, cringe, laugh, wrinkle your forehead, and say, "Are you serious?" -- all in the same story.
If you must have logic and tidy endings then perhaps this isn't the story for you. As for me, I appreciated the story; it suited me just fine.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This story is horrible like most of Mr. King's books. It may a precursor to the "Buick" book. Like all of his takes this one is a page burner that won't let the reader out from its... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
I have been reading this author for a long while... a short story, but classic Stephen King with a kid at the center of it all. Easy read and I enjoyed it.Published 10 days ago by J. Minier
You are instantly sucked into the story...no pun intended. I enjoyed the small background he gave of each character, so you had a small hint of who they were and why they acted as... Read morePublished 22 days ago by karla k
A classic King read! Stumbled on it while perusing for another book....this story (one I don't think I've read before) is good. King is wonderful to read, as usual. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kathy Erlewein
It was a good story but very short. The story ended with some unanswered questions but that is what makes it great. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ken
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