The Dark Half

The Dark Half

by Stephen King

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Akeman More than 1 year ago
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.
ArmyRPh More than 1 year ago
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! ; )
jseger9000 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Little known literary author Thad Beaumont has a secret: he is also the author of four bestselling gut-bucket crime novels written under the pen-name George Stark. He¿s recently gone public and George has symbolically been laid to rest. But George (described by Thad as not a very nice guy) isn¿t so ready to lie down and die.The Dark Half feels like Stephen King¿s most personal novel. So many of the plot details follow events from King¿s life. It is obviously based at least in part on King's forced outing as Richard Bachman. It was in part dedicated to Bachman, though the character of Thad Beaumont/George Stark seems to be modeled on Donald E. Westlake and his own famous pen name Richard Stark rather than King and his alter ego. Still, writing the novel must have been cathartic for him.You'll notice that all my comments are about interesting connections to the book. What about the book itself? Well, I'm a little more ambivalent there. I loved reading the book for the quality of writing and characterization that King does so well. I remember one scene where George is laying in wait in a soon-to-be-victim's apartment. While waiting he observes that she has all of Beaumont and Stark's books, but is insulted that Thad's books are on a higher shelf than his. Nice little throwaway bits of characterization like this are why King is popular even outside the horror ghetto and the book is full of them.The story itself is interesting, but something about it felt a little distant to me. Maybe it's because we have a strong hero and a strong villain, but for the most part our hero is not under direct threat from our villain. The first half or so of the novel details George's rampage in New York while Thad is safely tucked away in Maine. The book doesn't feel slow and is not boring by any means. But I do think that maybe there was a certain tension missing.Things do pick up though and the final section of the novel is incredible. As a whole though, The Dark Half would rank somewhere in the high middle of king's work. Still better than most other horror novels for sure. Just not as good as his best.
phaga on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book up until the end. The idea was an interesting one, esp because some of the themes mirrored what was going on with King at the time. Like a lot of King's stories though, this one ended with a wimper.
booklover3258 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book a lot more than the movie.
readingrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The premise is a little too far out there to support believability, as are some of the ways King moves the plot along. But he has created a great villain here, who provides more than a few chilling moments for the reader.
andyray on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I consider this one of, if not THE, the best books King has written up to 2007. Why this is isn't just the characterization, which is unusally clear and deep for King, but because I believe he is played a Step Four and Five with this piece, e.g., he has exposed his own mind as relates to Bachman. Now we know there is a reason that the Bachman books are linear in composition and rawer in syntax.It also outlines the shape of my fiction, where Ilya Beaute and Doy Ott Briscomb do and feel things Andy Ray couldn't possibly do or feel.
jonwwil on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Do you ever read a book and, when it's over, you want the story to keep going so you can read more about the characters? This is one of those books. Now, normally that happens (at least for me) because you like the characters and just want to spend some more time with them. In this case, though, I just thought the conclusion just begged for more story. I'd love for King to explore a continuation at some point.All that said, we do know some of the basics of where the story goes. Sheriff Alan Pangborn is one of the main characters in Needful Things, and mentions of Thad Beaumont are made in that book as well as in Bag of Bones. Still, I would be fascinated to know how Thad and Liz carried on (obviously not well, from the blurbs that come later) and how Wendy and William related to their father and exactly how much they learned of exactly what happened in this book.I think this book was a big risk for King in that none of the main characters was especially likable. The exception to that, of course, is Sheriff Pangborn, but even he starts off as an adversarial character. It also felt like King was struggling to get into the flow of this one--some of the early parts clunked along a little bit in terms of character interaction, but then again, that could be because the characters actually were having troubles interacting. Eventually, though, he hits his stride (with the introduction of George Stark as a corporeal being), and it turns into a pretty decent yarn, albeit a dark one.
JBreedlove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An ok King novel. Predictable and more gory than most King stories that I've read. But King still writes well and tells a good story. Being from Bangor some of his locales were very familiar (Gold's instead of Silver's junkyard) and Ludlow instead of Hampden south of Bangor.
fodroy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think this is probably King's most underrated horror novel.
smurfwreck on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This, along with the Stand, The first Dark Tower book, Misery, and The Dead Zone is one of King's best works. I think the thing that I love about this book is the concept, that a writer could create evil through his writing, and it speaks to the writer¿s own struggle with success.Chuck Palahnuik has a great story about how at one of King's signings his hand split open from so much signing that it began to bleed and as he stopped to get a bandage, people started literally calling for his blood. They wanted it on their books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoying the Castle Rock show on Hulu and decided to read one of King's books set in the fictional town. It is what you would expect from SK and his style fro the late '80's.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting story. My least fav king book but that's doesn't mean its bad by anymeans. Worth the read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story itself is absolutely enthralling, but there are constant spelling errors throughout this version of the ebook that are continually ruining the experience for me. Half of the time every h is replaced with b. Every cl is replaced with a d. This desperately needs proof reading and corrections.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Horrendous typos. The publisher should be ashamed. It reads like someone used auto correct without reading the sentence first. It detracts from the story when the word From is now Prom, almost ever instance of the word closed is dosed. Cleared was deared and he was now be.
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I am a hugh King fan but reading this Nook Version of The Dark Half was frustrating. Is this a black market item or was it skipped over from editing?
Malcolm53 More than 1 year ago
Stephen King at his best, had me hooked from the firt word, not the ending I expected but even better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Wonderful read.