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The Storyteller: A Novel Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 5, 2003
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No summary needed--Amazon did that above very adequately.
Arthur Reid, whoever s/he might be, sure gave us an insider's look at the business of making books. When you see how random it is that a book is chosen to become a *star*, it makes you wonder how many great books are ignored.
I loved the clever way this book was written, starting off as a tale of a small-town, would-be writer and then escalating into a full-blown literary thriller. The twists and turns always seemed plausible, not forced, and I found myself rooting for Steven even though he had initially done something that was morally wrong. I think it takes a good writer to get the reader on the side of the "bad" guy!
I would highly recommend this book!
This is a wonderful, suspenseful and insightful book about the publishing industry and how the best of people can make the wrong decisions. You won't be able to stop reading until you find out how Steven resolves (or not) his situation.
There's also a completely surprise twist at the ending.
You can't go wrong with this one.
It was also kind of funny at times as it poked fun at the tribulations of a writer's life. For instance, everyone who does business with the main character (MC) or who is a friend of a friend wants the MC to autograph their collection of his books. Or the police officer who does the MC a huge favor and then asks the MC to read his manuscript he's working on.
It's a kind of funny take on the publishing industry. I didn't quite like the ending, but that's neither here nor there.
The book builds momentum and goes from strength to strength. "The Storyteller" is wry and funny with a wonderful contemporary feel to it. Tremendous velocity, too; I mean it seems to speed right along and never gets bogged down in miscellany. I felt the author was right in the living room telling us the story. The spiral of self-deception is so vivid and real, I think each of us could find some example of it, however small, in our own experience which makes the book even more immediate.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well it was deleted from my library's collection. Good decision. Buying it for a buck was my bad decision Absolutely Awful.Published on August 23, 2012 by robwi
Hated the protaganist, the plot, the cardboard characters, the droning on and on about being found out and his annoyingly cloying wife, Tina, and cutesy, stupid son, Ben. Read morePublished on July 10, 2007 by Vance
The other reviewers cover the plot summary quite well, so I'll not repeat them. I read this book in 4 hours. Couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on October 4, 2003
you'll know exactly what the headline on this review means when you read 'the storyteller'...this is a non-stop thriller that's so much fun to read that i didn't have time to be... Read morePublished on September 3, 2003 by alexandra penney
Steven King (note the spelling) longs to live the life of a famous writer. He dreams of attending parties in his honor, waving from the backseat of a limo in midtown Manhattan,... Read morePublished on August 25, 2003 by Bookreporter