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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Riding the bullet....

A great collection of short stories!

Unlike alot of reviewers, I haven't read alot of Stephen King, I've never read one of his novels and other then a few of his short stories in magazines over the years, this was my 1st King book.

I'm a big fan of the movies, "...
A great collection of short stories!

Unlike alot of reviewers, I haven't read alot of Stephen King, I've never read one of his novels and other then a few of his short stories in magazines over the years, this was my 1st King book.

I'm a big fan of the movies, "Stand By Me", "The Shawshank Redemption", "Hearts in Atlantis" and "1408". I figured if King wrote all these great movies as (short stories) first, maybe I should be reading his other work.

"Everything's Eventual" has 14 (dark) tales as you can cleary see from the cover of the book. My favorites where:

The Man in the Black Suit - a little boy out fishing has a run in with the devil himself

In the Deathroom - an American in a foreign country is about to be tortured and killed

Everything's Eventual - Dinky Earnshaw has a special power, now he's using it for good, or not?

The Road Virus Heads North - a man buys a painting at a garage sale that seems to change everytime he looks at it

Riding the Bullet - everyone has to ride the bullet, but its a question of now or later

1408 - not one of my favorites in this book, just really basic when compared to the movie, probably much better if you haven't seen the movie already

Before every story in the book Stephen King talks about how he found / came up with the idea for the each one. It's simple, but I reallly enjoyed reading those.

Looking forward to reading more of King's short stories~

posted by SavageBS on August 7, 2009

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Huge Stephen King fan, but I found this collection dull and uninspired.

My expectations may have been too high. I was excited when I got this book.

When I mentally go through all of Stephen Kings best work, I believe he is truly brilliant. Incredible and moving storytelling, creative ideas, interesting and well fleshed out, dynamic char...
My expectations may have been too high. I was excited when I got this book.

When I mentally go through all of Stephen Kings best work, I believe he is truly brilliant. Incredible and moving storytelling, creative ideas, interesting and well fleshed out, dynamic characters. He has a way of getting the reader to connect to even a character like Jack Torrance. But as he has admitted, he has the liberty and may often throw out works that are totally lazy, hurriedly written manuscripts, that are of course bestsellers because of his reputation and devoted fanbase.

I truly feel cheated when he does that. I know what he is capable of and I think he willingly puts out material that his heart did not fully go into. I am surprised that the ratings on this collection of stories are so high. My experience was difference. Besides "The Man in the Black Suit", none of the stories or characters stuck with me and after reading each one I felt a sense of disappointment. Honestly, I don't think he can put out anything that is dreck; but I found myself really bored here. I just think he was sleeping on this one.

Clearly, your mileage may vary.

posted by 2693409 on December 13, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2011

    Huge Stephen King fan, but I found this collection dull and uninspired.

    My expectations may have been too high. I was excited when I got this book.

    When I mentally go through all of Stephen Kings best work, I believe he is truly brilliant. Incredible and moving storytelling, creative ideas, interesting and well fleshed out, dynamic characters. He has a way of getting the reader to connect to even a character like Jack Torrance. But as he has admitted, he has the liberty and may often throw out works that are totally lazy, hurriedly written manuscripts, that are of course bestsellers because of his reputation and devoted fanbase.

    I truly feel cheated when he does that. I know what he is capable of and I think he willingly puts out material that his heart did not fully go into. I am surprised that the ratings on this collection of stories are so high. My experience was difference. Besides "The Man in the Black Suit", none of the stories or characters stuck with me and after reading each one I felt a sense of disappointment. Honestly, I don't think he can put out anything that is dreck; but I found myself really bored here. I just think he was sleeping on this one.

    Clearly, your mileage may vary.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 30, 2008

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    Dissapointed!

    The only short story here worth reading is Riding the Bullet which i eagerly finished in one sitting. One of my friends form school was selling some Stephen King novels{The Stand,Everything's Eventual,Night Shift,Carrie, and also some Dean koontz novels)really cheap, and they were in good condition.For three dollars he gave me Everything's Eventual and well i wasn't so impressed.I hated "All that you love will be carried Away" because it droned on and on for like twenty pages without getting anywhere. I didn't care for much of the characters and was kind of happy when some stories ended. The only reason i finished it was because it was written by Stephen King.Do not waste your time or money, instead read Dean Koontz new novel "Your heart belongs to me" whixh so far i am really enjoying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2007

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    Usually I like to sit in my warm chair reading a good stephen king book. But this time... Absoulute Bore. I read a few storys before giving up. Very boring. I could write the whole story in a page or two. I almost killed myself in the story 'Everything you love will be taking away from you' It dragged on and on. I coulda wrote the whole story in 1 page. The one story i enjoyed was 'Autopsy Room 4'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2004

    Half of Everthing's Eventual is Eventual, not Everthing

    This book was OK. But there were about 14 stories in it and only about four will ever come back to me in future days, months..etc. I read books not to just read but to get something out of them. I have been reading Stephen King for two years, because that's how I read. I'll read 1 author, all of his or her books, before starting others. I am now reading my last Stephen King book (Hearts in Atlantis which more Eventual than this book to be honest). I have read about ten of his books in a year (not to include a couple other titles here and there). Mr. King is a fantastic author, but I willl never read one of his books again. If you are looking for one to read, than I would sugest Hearts in ATlantis, or perhaps From a Buick. By the way, the entire Dark Tower Series is simply nothing more than a waste of time. They've been going down hill for ten years. Have a good reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2002

    Eh

    I consider myself an avid Stephen King fan and own all of his books in hard back and have re-read many of them several times. Typically, I thoroughly enjoy his short stories; however, 'Everything's Eventual' left me wanting. Don't get me wrong, there are several very good reads in this collection, but on the whole it is more reminiscent of 'Four Past Midnight' (my least favorite short-story collection)and less like 'Night Shift' and 'Nightmares and Dreamscapes'. Not his best work, but keep 'em coming Mr. King!

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