Full Dark, No Stars

Full Dark, No Stars

Book - 2010 | 1st Scribner hardcover ed
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Prolific author Stephen King presents a collection of four new novellas. In the story 1922, a man plunges into the depths of madness when his wife attempts to sell off the family home. A mystery writer, who was beaten and raped while driving home from her book club, plots her revenge in Big Driver. Diagnosed with a deadly cancer, a man makes a deal with the devil in Fair Extension. And in A Good Marriage, a woman discovers her husband's darker side while he is away on a business trip.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2010
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439192566
Branch Call Number: F KING-S
Characteristics: vii, 368 p. ; 25 cm


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Aug 01, 2019

Steven King still has was it takes, and here is a quartet of novellas and short stories that plumb the depths of depravity and unusual human experience. Much of his best work lies in the shorter formats, and these gripping tales guarantee shivers and shudders.

Jul 27, 2019

"The Good Marriage" recommended by the authors of "The Wife Between Us"

May 21, 2019

the following stories by one of the greatest writers of our age tells stories that are more real, and much more gritty than we are used to reading from him. They are bold, and at times hard to read due to the realness of the subject. almost everyone could go through what he has written. It is totally worth each page.

HCL_staff_reviews Aug 06, 2018

Returning to short stories (which I think are his best), King explores dark themes of betrayal, revenge, loss and love. These are menacing tales, not light happy reads. — Jackie T., Eden Prairie Library

Jan 11, 2018

Enjoyable collection of some ( relatively ) recent Stephen King short stories.

Nov 27, 2017

Great book, and amazing stories. Although "Big Driver" wasn't really my cup of tea I still enjoyed it. It fed both brutal revenge and it makes you want to read even more! Don't hesitate to read this book, it's awesome in details and of course it's Stephen King for crying out loud! Especially that first story, I watched the movie (WATCH IT) and I even read the story and it's so better in details than the movie. 1922 is a must read and so does the other mini-stories in this book! Happy reading

Oct 20, 2017

Very well written. Gripping stories.

Along with revenge, duality is a common theme of these stories.
Although i didn't find them quite as gruesome as others, i did find them interesting. My favorite was 1922, then, A Good Marriage, Big Driver, and Fair Extension.

Oct 05, 2015

"Full Dark, No Stars" is a dark collection of short stories and novellas from Stephen King. The theme that runs through these stories is revenge. When I read this book, I was reminded of DuMas' classic "The Count of Monte Cristo." As in Dumas' book, readers are taken on twisty rides through the ups and downs of an act off revenge. I don't want to give too much away on plot, so just will comment on the stories:

"1922" is a wonderfully atmospheric tale set on a Nebraska farm in the years just before the Great Depression. I was instantly transported back into time and found the narrator, Wilfred, to be fairly intriguing, especially given the task he takes on, and its disastrous results.

"Big Driver" was probably one of the grittiest, most uncomfortable King stories I've read in awhile. I almost felt the need to put it down and step away, but I pushed through and was rewarded with a tale of one women taking herself back after a horrific event threatens to rip her apart forever.

"Fair Extension" is the shortest story in the book, and for me was probably the most disturbing of all. What would you do if you could guarantee you could have a wonderful life, with the cost only being that the pains and sadness you would have faced are put onto someone else? Would you take that opportunity at the cost of someone else's happiness?

"A Good Marriage" explores the horrors that can arise when you accidentally stumble across someone's deepest, darkest secret. Like most of King's stories, it's full of the dark, introspection that his characters so often face. I found this story hard to step away from, and although it didn't exactly surprise me with its resolution, I thought it fit in well with the theme of revenge.

In an afterword, King writes that he really isn't into being considered "literary"--that he would rather his readers think about the stories after the fact, rather than while they're in the midst of them. I guess that I'm that type of a reader--I don't like to have to think too deeply when I'm reading. Just get to the story. But I do enjoy pondering it all in the end--turning over the ideas I've just read and asking questions. This book certainly did that for me.

Sep 30, 2015

I absolutely loved the stories in this book. It's a darker King. Maybe some influence of Straub in the first story. Big Driver was the best of them.

Aug 12, 2015

Good compendium of some Stephen King short stories.

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