The Dark Half (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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Bestselling author Thad Beaumont would like to say he has nothing to do with the evil that has committed a series of monstrous murders. But he can't?because he created it.
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Overview

Bestselling author Thad Beaumont would like to say he has nothing to do with the evil that has committed a series of monstrous murders. But he can't—because he created it.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The protagonist of King's top-notch new novel is literary novelist Thad Beaumont, whose greatest success has come with three gory thrillers written under the pseudonym George Stark. (King himself wrote five novels under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.) When a blackmailer threatens to reveal Stark's identity (planning his scheme, he finds a new use for PW 's ``People'' page), Beaumont and his literary agent decide to foil the plan and capitalize on Stark's ``demise.'' But Stark, who of course was never alive, will not stay dead either. Beaumont's alter ego (for Stark is obviously more than just a pen name) seeks revenge against all those involved in killing him off, and his murderous rampage, gory and gripping, systematically reduces the ranks of his enemies to Thad, his wife and two children. Stark's aim--to force Beaumont to write another Stark novel--is basically a variation on King's Misery , in which a deranged fan held a writer captive until he wrote another novel featuring the heroine whose life he had terminated in his previous book. But this new King thriller is so wondrously frightening that mesmerized readers won't be able fault the master for reusing a premise that puts both Misery and The Dark Half among the best of his voluminous work. 1,500,000 first printing; $500,000 ad/promo; BOMC main selection. (Nov)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780833558923
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1990
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY.
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 1,411,845
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.25 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2012

    Amazing!!! But nooks version disappoints

    This is my favorte book. It has a great story line and is typical king gruesome. Couldnt put the book down when i read it first. Nooks version, however, is laced with errors that are distracting from how wonderfully great the book is. A must read whether on nook or old fashioned with a paper book.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

    Classic King! FANTASTIC...but the publisher should be ashamed.

    This is truly one of King's finest works. It is also however the worst quality ebook I have paid for yet. The number of typographical errors is staggering. Nothing that actually affects the readability...but enough to make you question how Penguin could have the nerve to charge $7 for such a shoddy product. I've downloaded Internet Project free books with fewer typos! They should be ashamed. Despite their attempts(Penguin's) to make this an unpleasant experience...the book is a must read/must own for any true Stephen King fan! Thanks Stephen...I'm your biggest fan! ; )

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    Tecno

    This book is amazing

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2012

    Extrapolation on a Pseudonym

    This review may not be the most objective, seeing as how it's a re-read for me, but I still enjoyed it. Here we have another Stephen King book about a writer, most of which include some of my favorites characters (write what you know). There is another parallel; the "death "of a pseudonym, similar to the revelation that Richard Bachmann and Stephen King are the same person.

    Stephen King gives us his amazing voice here. I think one should always read his books aloud. He always uses great vernacular, funny stuff, and I prefer to call him a storyteller, instead of an author. He also taps into the edging out of that rational voice in our heads whenever we face something inexplicable. I think that's why people can get sucked into his stories; they start off so "normal" . Characters don't become immediately converted to belief in whatever monster or horror is in front of them. They take as long to come around as any of us would. There's also some good meta-references here--like when the s*** hits the fan, Thad Beaumont talks about how he's not reacting how the people do in the kind of books he reads and writes. Kind of a dig from Stephen King to writers who don't care about realism in their books, especially in regards to the unbelievable stuff.

    Just when I thought I was desensitized to violence, out comes a scene, like the one with Donaldson, and delivers all the visceral thrills you'd expect from King. In additional to the traditional thrills and expected gore, this is also a book about keeping secrets from the ones you love to spare them, a writer's struggle with books he wants to write and the books his public wants him to write. Also, [SPOILER] it made me want to rent Cheech and Chong's THE CORSICAN BROTHERS

    I felt the spell was broken, for some reason, when the story switched to Stark's voice. There were some mistakes in the digital transfer. "h" becoming "b", "t" becoming "f", "e" becoming "c", "l" becoming "t" and "cl" becoming "d". Also, some words or phrases in either bold or italics, and where they began were not transferred correctly. Other than that, a good Stephen King read with a clever concept and conclusion.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2011

    The nook copy is bad!

    I love this book, it is another great by Stephen King. However, the NOOK Book or eBook is not worth the money. The nook copy has a lot of problems that do not exist in the real copy, the worst of which is the spelling errors on every page that uses the wrong words.

    To me this book looks like someone used a bad OCR to scan the book and no one checked what had been scanned. For exammple, in the book the word "closed" is used many times, but in the NOOK book it reads "dosed" every time. Unfortunately, this happens with a number of letter combinations leading to wrong words on every page.

    So, my recomendation for anyone wanting to read this great book is to go buy a hard copy rather than wasting your money on an eBook with so many errors.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    KRONOS CABIN

    Here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    The Nook Version is FULL of TYPOS

    I'm a Stephen King fan and this story is great but impossible to get a good flow going with all the typos in the book I purchased from Barnes&Noble for my Nook.

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  • Posted June 18, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    Excellent, a MUST read

    Stephen King at his best, had me hooked from the firt word, not the ending I expected but even better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2014

    Review

    Great story as usual. However you should buy a regular copy because the typos are just too much in the nook version. No excuse for such sloppy editing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Pierce

    Nect result

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    BATTLE STRATGY SCHEDULE

    3:00-3:30- Group 1. 3:30-4:00- Group 2. 4:00-4:30- Group 3. 4:30-5:00- Group 4. 5:00-5:30- Group 5

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    Pee

    Gffcgg

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    kars A Gghny

    Nice

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    Fantastic.

    Wonderful read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    And again...

    Every time the word "close" appears in this book, it is typoed as "dose". It annoys the crap out of me, because this is one of my favorite King books, but the amount of typos is almost unbearable. I would recommend NOT purchasing the nook version, and instead buying the paperback, so you can read the story instead of counting the typos.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Great book . . . another one of King's classic reads.

    Great book . . . another one of King's classic reads.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    One of the masters bests

    The dark half is trulcreepy novel and and one of kings best. My only gripe is that the nook version is full of typos.

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  • Posted January 20, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    This book stopped my reading of Stephen King books!

    I used to read everything that came out by Stephen King or any of his pen names but this is the novel that made me quit reading Stephen King! Thought it was a desparate attempt on his part to just crank out another and much stranger 'King' novel so that there would be something new out at that time. Wouldn't recommend it, ever!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2012

    I liked it

    I liked it, but if you're not a Stephen King fan or your just getting into his books I don't recommend you start with this one. The plot itself was a bit boring. Start with the classics like The Shining, Carrie, or It. They're well-known for a great reason!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Loved it!

    This book was amazing! I didn't want to put it down. I could read it again and again, even as viciously gruesome as it is, which in my opinion gave it more of a sinister memory scar.

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