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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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  • Posted August 8, 2012

    The first short story collection from King in the 21 century is

    The first short story collection from King in the 21 century is fairly enjoyable, though there are a few duds.

    Most of the stories here are passable, but only a few are really engaging, like "LUNCH AT THE GOTHAM CAFE", "THE LITTLE SISTERS OF ELURIA", "THE MAN IN THE BLACK SUIT".

    I would not recommend this collection if you've never read King before, try his earlier works.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2009

    If you're a fan of Mr. King and his stories, then you'll raelly get a wallop of why with this book.

    The thing with Mr. King's short storeis, is really good; because they're the softer version of his novels. Not only that, but also in the short stories whenever about to read one, it enhances the mystery: you know, like what's goanna happen in this story which would only take so much time to read--what's going to be the main plot in this book. Having said all this, I recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2003

    On par with King's other short story collections

    Some of the deepest willies SK has ever given me--and I've been a Constant Reader since the age of ten, when my mom got me hooked on him with Cujo--originated within the pages of Skeleton Crew, the collection of shorts he released in the early-to-mid '80s; a few of the chillers from that fat tome, such as 'The Monkey,' 'Grandma,' 'The Jaunt,' and 'Beachworld,' helped shape my perception of the author as THE 800-pound gorilla in the room of popular fiction. I think most fans would agree that the novel, and its slimmed-down cousin, the novella, are where SK really shines (and as the author himself admits in the introduction to this collection: Hey, short fiction's hard); nevertheless, I enjoyed Everything's Eventual. If you're a fan of the Dark Tower series of novels, 'The Little Sisters of Eluria' alone is worth the price of admission, and even if you aren't familiar with Roland and his quest through a world that has moved on, 'The Man in the Black Suit' is a masterful must-read. My other favorites from this collection were '1408,' a great, spooky read concerning a severely haunted hotel room, 'Riding the Bullet,' the story that SK originally released as an e-book, and 'Everything's Eventual,' the title-story, which had a very disquieting feel to it. The rest of the collection was a bumpy road for me, as I wasn't really engaged by many of the other small tales in it, but hey: that's the nature of a group of short stories. What works for me may not work for you, and vice-versa. If you're a fan of short fiction, though, especially SK's, I'd say you could do worse than to pick up a copy of the mass-market edition and give it a thumb-through. Otherwise, dig out your old, water-damaged hardcover first edition of Skeleton Crew and pay it an overdue visit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2003

    King's final Collection

    Stephen King's last collection is interesting to me. Surely the best thing about collections, as i'm sure all readers alike can relate to, is that you can read one story in just a few short hours and enjoy it without being lulled to sleep by what some would call "boring" prose. I know this from experience, as I, too have written a collection of stories. People i know who have bought my book have also enjoyed King's collections. King is a wonderful author, one i can't not credit some of my inspiration to. This is sure to be a good read, as most King books are.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2002

    Well.....

    I love Steven King and consider myself a fan but I had to say that I was a bit disapointed with this latest collection of short stories. I realize that not every one in the book can be a hit but usually the majority of his short stories are. I do have to say that I throughly enjoyed 'Autopsy Room,' 'Little Sisters of Eluria,' 'The Road Virus Heads North,' and a few others. The title story 'Everything's Eventual' was very very interesting. I loved the twistedness of the ending but, then again, that's why I enjoy King!

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