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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Terrific thriller with one big flaw

With Cujo Stephen King finally mastered the thriller.

I've been reading Stephen King's books in order of publication and the last few (The Dead Zone and Firestarter) just didn't stack up to what he'd written before. It was clear he was trying to craft thrillers rathe...
With Cujo Stephen King finally mastered the thriller.

I've been reading Stephen King's books in order of publication and the last few (The Dead Zone and Firestarter) just didn't stack up to what he'd written before. It was clear he was trying to craft thrillers rather than the out-and-out horror of his earlier novels, but was coming up short.

With the simple premise of Cujo (a rabid Saint Bernard keeps a mother and child trapped in a sweltering Pinto) he knocked it out of the park.

King's trademark strong characters and multiple sub-plots dealing with the lives of small town people (in this case - a badly ended affair, a mother trying to show her bright son that there is more to life than small-town Maine and an ad agency dealing with a disaster) are all here as well, but he was able to tie every one of them in to the main struggle. Each 'story' supports and adds to another until they all dove-tail together in a way that never felt forced.

The book starts slowly, showing us slices of the various characters lives before dropping them each on their own personal chute to hell. Cujo is the darkest King book I can think of. The recurring theme of the book is the cruelty of fate. All of the threads that the book follows hinge on good people whose lives are thrown into chaos through sheerest coincidence or events beyond their control.

One problem I do have with the book is the supernatural undercurrent. Overall, it didn't detract from the story and could have been an interesting element. But at various times King goes out of his way to show that there are some ghostly things happening in Castle Rock. The thing is, this aspect of the book never seems to go anywhere. Tad being afraid of the closet monster and marrying that fear to the beast holding him hostage in the car was effective. Pointing out that the contents of the closet had indeed been rearranged by something other than the family in the house seemed pointless. Tad's fear of the monster would have been just as effective if we believed that the thing in the closet was inspired more by gravy than the grave.

The monster in the closet aside, I really enjoyed Cujo. It streamed along and held my interest. The cuts to the various side stories were effective and interesting and worked to build the tension. Cujo is not the thriller that Misery is, but it is respectable on its own.

posted by jseger9000 on October 12, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

6 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Disappointed with the typos in the ebook.

I had read this book before the old fashioned way but it had been a while so I bought the ebook. I was VERY disappointed with all the typos! They were all over the place. Not just one or two, but all over the book.

posted by GinaYoung on June 4, 2010

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  • Posted January 11, 2011

    I know how the mother in the book feels( pet gone bad also)

    The book is a classic and hits home for me. back in 92 i had a pet ferret that we called Mr. Wiggles. I was a single mother w a young son when i came home one day to my trailor to find Mr. Wiggles had gone crazy w a case of rabies. He had already attacked my 8 year old sons finger which would require nearly 3 whole bandads! When i came home and saw the crazyness in Mr Wiggles eyes i knew he had to b destroyed just like Cujo! It broke my heart to pump round after round of hollow point 9mm bearetta rounds in to Mr Wiggles. So yes this book touches me on a personal note. RIP Mr Wiggles by j m

    4 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2009

    THRILLING!

    There is so much suspense...you won'be able to stop.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2006

    All I can say is wow!

    This was such a wonderful book. I was always on the edge of my seat while reading Cujo. I would suggest first time readers of SK would start with this one, it is so good!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    One word

    Suspensfulgreatperfectintriguingscaryhappysadadeventurecreativedarkweirdbook

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Bark bark

    Dog

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    Truth

    To be honest i have only seen the movie and that scared the living death out of me but i love stephen kings books so this is defenitly (dont think i spelled that right) worth my time whats funny was that i went out to get the mail a week after watching it and i heard a big deep bark and i knew it didnt belong to my neighbors chiwawa when i turned slowly to face the inevitable i saw a HUGE saint bernard running full speed at me ........ my mind exploded i stood their scared out of my wits and didnt move when it got close enough it circled me i looked around for some sort of help only to see my mother laughing at me through the open window pet him she yelled i sat their and glared at her untill the dog brushed against me and i stood rigid again then it turned and walked away......... scariest day of my life a freaking real life kujo and i survived

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Dog

    Its about a cool dog that goes aeound killing peoplw

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2014

    Cujo

    Awesome classic

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    Very scary, coukd not sleep at night

    When i started reading cujo it was boring but i forced myself to read more. Then i was suprised about how good of a book it was.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    TO #7

    FUDGE YOU THESE BOOKS ARE GREAT!!!!!!!! ):(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Awesme

    Cujo is a great book and an ok movie, i think doing a remake woul do the book more justice

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2013

    SCARY

    This book is amazing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    To Below

    The Stand is a great book. You just have to be smart enough to understand it, and you sir, have just proven that not only that you are dumb, but also unwilling to open up to a great classic.
    P.s, You would be one of those people that would die when the world ends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    Cujo is of my favorite King novels. The tension created is unsus

    Cujo is of my favorite King novels. The tension created is unsuspected, real, and gritty. It’s a classic horror read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2013

    How do you spell love? CUJO! WWoooofff!

    LOVE# BEST BY STEPHEN KING%

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    Sooo worth reading! It starts slow, and low-key, but for all the

    Sooo worth reading! It starts slow, and low-key, but for all the right reasons: exposition, to build a background.... Soon, you're caught in the web of Stephen King, knowing what'll happen, but not HOW... 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    awesome

    This book sounds amazing!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    Riviting

    One of Kings great books. Riviting and gory.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2012

    Should i buy it

    Is this book good and should i buy Cujo or It with is better and is the Shining good or not

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2012

    Very good read

    I love how Steven King puts you in the mind of the rabit beast! Ending in my opinion is way better then the movie! A good buy and great read for all horror fans!

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