Desperation: A Novel

Desperation: A Novel

by Stephen King


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501192234
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 02/20/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 624
Sales rank: 249,078
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), the Bill Hodges trilogy End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and an AT&T Audience Network original television series). His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures, with It now the highest grossing horror film of all time. He is the recipient of the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.


Bangor, Maine

Date of Birth:

September 21, 1947

Place of Birth:

Portland, Maine


B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970

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Desperation 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 383 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everything seems normal for the various people travelling through Nevada on the U.S. 50, that is, until a cop with strange eyes pulls each of them over for no apparent reason. Mysteriously, each of the novelâ⿬⿢s characters are charged and arrested for crimes that they are almost certain they did not commit. One individual finds drugs in the back of his car and has no clue where they came from another is ushered into the back of the police car after all four of his tires were punctured by an inconveniently placed piece of police equipment. All of these individuals are taken to a small town in Desperation, Nevada, an area with a name that sets the mood for the novel. The plot takes an ugly twist almost immediately when the now erratic and seemingly insane cop kills off one individual and throws the rest into holding cells. From there, the main characters of the novel, which are surprisingly well developed, despite the large amount of them, try to break out of the copâ⿬⿢s prison (complete with a guard wolf), and escape from the twisted and plagued town which prays upon the fears and weaknesses of each individual, undermining their every move in an attempt to supply hosts for a greater, primal entity. While it may seem that Kingâ⿬⿢s novel is a bit out there and much too unbelievable to contain anything beside a fun read, this is not so. In fact, one of Desperationâ⿬⿢s most appealing factors is its in-depth analysis of the human psyche, which, as a real world application, presents a satisfying contrast to the novelâ⿬⿢s fantastical (Although I stress that it is darker and more twisted than the typical fantasy tales) plot. Combine such an intriguing, thought provoking story with Stephen Kingâ⿬⿢s writing, which describes every horrible moment of the novel in such a way that the reader can picture the scene perfectly. Desperation is the only book that I have ever read which was able, through such descriptive writing and a captivating, yet revolting (in a good way), tale, to make me paranoid for a while after putting it down at night. Thus, I give Desperation a full five star rating and label it as one of my favorite books.
xMissMelaniex More than 1 year ago
I started reading Stephen King as a teenager. Back then he could throw anything at me and I ate it up. As an adult, he actually goes places I'm not sure I like him going and I'm totally horrified! He's still a masterful writer and if you love having the tarnation scared out of you, no one will do it better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book is classic Stephen King, and it represents the best of Stephen King. I loved this book for the same reasons I love The Green Mile and The Stand. The novel contains a well proportioned mix of fear, humanity, and spirituality. What made Desperation different from The Stand and The Green Mile was that the scare factor was much larger in this novel. There was a lot more violence, suspense, and thrill to it. However, the undertones of the story, i.e. the spirituality of it, was what really made it impossible for me to put down. I read it in less than a week, which is unprecedented for a slow reader like me. Don't listen to the nay-sayers. This book is VERY worth reading and I suggest you give it a try if you are feeling on the fence about it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Desperation' is the best book I ever read...A real page turner. Keep up the good work, King!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is just the perfect amount of scary, suspensful, and gory. The way Stephen King uses adjectives in this book is absolutely phenomenon. Kept me up all night I never wanted the book to end. If you're into suspensful books and you love Stephen King then this is book for you I would recommend this book highly!!
frederickSS More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite Steven King novel. I dont have any descriptive words on why other than I simply could not ever put the book down. As if I was living the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
King once stated that short stories are difficult for him because he "writes like a fat woman diets". This book is a case in point! Too long winded! I like his effort until he goes on and on and on; telling the same story from a dozen different angles. Thr first half was good but he just tired me out in the repetition.....this novel was about 150 pages too long. He reminds me of my father in law....just doesn't know when to shut up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
By far this is one of Kings most petrifying books...I like to read this one around Halloween with every light on, of course!! Wont be going to Nevada anytime soon...
Bulldog7178 More than 1 year ago
I actually read this book years ago and bought it to read it again. This book is thrilling from page 1 and never loses momentum. One of my faves.
Kari11 More than 1 year ago
A very good book to read. Parts were so detailed that it was hard to sleep at night. As always when finishing his books I end up wanting more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the only books over 500 pages to keep me hooked from start to finish. Some chapters, I'd say, were completely useless and therefor confuse the plot up a little. Great read, though, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone who likes good old fashion horror novels.
klarsenmd on LibraryThing 10 hours ago
As always, I thoroughly enjoyed another good Stephen King story. When read in conjucntion with The Regulators, this is a very interesting experience.
rhohnholt on LibraryThing 10 hours ago
Probably my least favorite King book. Depressing, grim and confusing.
oxlena on LibraryThing 14 hours ago
I think this has to be my favorite SK book (right alongside Rose Madder). It wasn't all that hard to follow like some King novels can be, and it was weird in a way that's good but totally disgusting at the same time. I think everyone has a different impression of every SK book, so reviews don't usually mean much. However, I appreciated this book very much. 5/5 very impressive kills.
RDexter on LibraryThing 1 days ago
I couldn't put it down. Lost lots of sleep reading this deep into the night. Another excellent story by Mr. King!
ctmsludu on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Desperation was a book full of blood, gore, and God. This book is a great read but not recommended to children and those with a weak stomach. Overall the book is full of action and suspense that also gives you a fright. This book is an utter gore-fest or even sea of blood but a great book anyway.
ChromiumDomium on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Very enjoyable, but somehow predictable. I enjoy Stephen Kings writing very much but struggled to complete this book for some reason. Nonetheless, it's a good read and quite the page turner. I wonder if it's just me beginning to predict endings too easily, that made me get a little jaded with this one!
barpurple on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Not going to be one of all time favourites, but not a terrible book. There's something about the setting of a desert and long roads that forces a horror writer into a certain type of story. The problem with that is it gets a little dull for the readers. This tale of an acient evil lucking in an old mine should have been creepy, but it fell short for me.
truebrewfan11 on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Very good book. similar to regulators with different plot
thessaly on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Not bad, not great. I don't mind King's characters, but sometimes the way he phrases things can be a bit repetitive and by the end I was skimming.
hardyr4 on LibraryThing 1 days ago
The first Stephen King book I read. During the summer between my junior and senior years of high school, we were required to read a couple books. I found this one and thought it would be interesting because it takes place in Nevada, my home state. I was instantly hooked by the story and finished the book in two days; I couldn't put it down. This is a great read.
jefware on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Another evil man in charge of a small isolated town. Yawn...
kingfreak432 on LibraryThing 1 days ago
amazing book, great detail, gruesome.. i loved it!!!
KathyWoodall on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Desperation by Stephen KingThe Carver family, Ralph, Ellen, David and Kristen, are on a fun filled vacation trip. They are enjoying the trip until they have a blow-out of one of the tires on the R.V. Their lives are suddenly turned up-side down when they meet up with a police officer who takes them into the town of Desperation.Peter and Mary are on their way home to New York when they are stopped by a police officer. Things go from bad to worse when the police officer finds a bag of pot in the trunk of their car. They take a ride with the officer into the town of Desperation.Several others have the misfortune of meeting the cop from hell. They soon figure out that this is not a simply case of a cop gone bad. They have little time to figure out what is going on and get out of the town of Desperation.The book holds my attention through most of the book but falters some close to the end. I don't think this is one of Mr. Kings better novels but I still enjoyed it.
HvyMetalMG on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I really enjoyed this book for the typical King reasons. The whole premise behind the horror, which is often left untold, is hit on and I really enjoyed the details explanation and eerie details that closed the book.