Review: Everything's Eventual (2002) by Stephen King

Saturday, December 25, 2010

I definitely have another favourite author now besides Shirley Jump, Enid Blyton and Lisa Jewell. It's Stephen King! I know he's a big hit in the US and I most definitely have experienced the Stephen King experience! I read his 2002 book, Everything's Eventual. I borrowed it from KK Library. =)

review everything's eventual 2002 by stephen king

I chose to read it because I've heard his name several times as a reputable, famous author. His writing, his stories, are all either horror, thriller, based on a true story/ legend, whichever suits you. This book is a compilation of short stories and was brilliantly expressed using his own words.

Introduction

The first collection of stories Stephen King has published since Nightmares & Dreamscapes nine years ago, Everything's Eventual includes one O. Henry Prize winner, two other award winners, four stories published by The New Yorker, and "Riding the Bullet," King's original e-book, which attracted over half a million online readers and became the most famous short story of the decade. "Riding the Bullet," published here on paper for the first time, is the story of Alan Parker, who's hitchhiking to see his dying mother but takes the wrong ride, farther than he ever intended.

In "Lunch at the Gotham Cafe," a sparring couple's contentious lunch turns very, very bloody when the maitre d' gets out of sorts. "1408," the audio story in print for the first time, is about a successful writer whose specialty is "Ten Nights in Ten Haunted Graveyards" or "Ten Nights in Ten Haunted Houses," and though Room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel doesn't kill him, he won't be writing about ghosts anymore.

And in "That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French," terror is deja vu at 16,000 feet. Whether writing about encounters with the dead, the near dead, or about the mundane dreads of life, from quitting smoking to yard sales, Stephen King is at the top of his form in the fourteen dark tales assembled in Everything's Eventual. Intense, eerie, and instantly compelling, they announce the stunningly fertile imagination of perhaps the greatest storyteller of our time.

Del Says...

This story, as I progressed towards the end of it realized that each short story that was written in it all linked to the title, "Everything's Eventual". It's amazing how he could think such amazing story and gets it within that hard-to-figure scope of idea.

I still remember one phrase he quoted in one of his story;

I want your heart. If you want to learn something, go to school.

Or something like that, but I definitely remember the first part- I want your heart. And yes, he definitely had my heart in his hands, still beating fast from all his work terrorizing me. xD

He has such an incredible set of mind to think of the unthinkable and believe me, I didn't see that coming! I never thought of such insanity, such terror, such imagination existed.

Who'd Love This

This book's definitely not for those who still play barbie or batman figurines. There are 18 and above type of phrases in some stories, but not loaded with sex-all-the-way laaa..xD If you're into for serious horror-thriller kind of thing, this book is for you.

Other Comments...

Jap: I've read this. I'm from Philippines. I think Riding the Bullet and Man in the Black Suit are the best. The Lunch at the Gotham Cafe and That Feeling - You Can Only Say it in French is also scary.

Elmo: The first read this wonderful short stories. ever! Among them, The Death of Jack Hamilton, and All That You Love Will Be Carried Away.. I really thought that was the best.

Heiz MacAiran: oH my! LUNCH AT GOTHAM CAFE is just the thing im lookin for! a nutty Maiter D' from Hell with his huge and sharp butcher knife out to slice and dice the restaurant's guests! bwaaanhahahha! Awesome! i love this book from the catchy yet discreetly goric cover- to the smart title- to the juicy contents. 1408 gave me the chills more than it did to me with the movie version with John Cussack. RIDING THE BULLET scared me yet pinched my heart more than it did to me with the movie version with Jonathan Jackson. i just finished THAT FEELING YOU CAN ONLY SAY WHAT IT IS IN FRENCH...still reading on the next shorties and i just cant put the book down.









Shine on,
Del

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