Stephen King - Desperation

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  • Tak! Stephen King's Dusty and Wild Thriller, DESPERATION

    Jul 1, 2013 by JiggyJay is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Books
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great moments, astonishing build up, very scary to me
    Cons: Last quarter of the book, supernatural elements were a big let down

    Summary: One by one a group of strangers are pulled off the side of the Highway 50 in Nevada by a large sheriff for no apparent reason. One by one they realize this is no ordinary situation and the town of Desperation is not just an ironic name, but a trap they ... read more

  • Desperation: Probably the most thought provoking King we've seen

    Jul 13, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent plot, believable characters, intense action and horror, thought-provocative.
    Cons: A little gory for the faint of heart, Some characters didn't drive the plot

    Summary: (Caution: May contain spoilers)Imagine you are driving down a deserted highway in the middle of nowhere. And all of a sudden, a friendly cop pulls you over for something minor, oh say a missing licence plate. After a bit of conversation, you find ... read more

  • Stephen King's Desperation

    Feb 10, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: One of the greatest horror stories ever!
    Cons: The first 100 pages are very unnerving.

    Summary: I had this book in my collection for a number of years as I am a subscriber to the Stephen King Book Club. I have been reading the remaining Dark Tower books and now that Stephen King is listing in bold at the beginning of his books all of the related ... read more

  • In the Beginning, . . .

    Jun 11, 2006 by dolphinboy is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Books
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Creepy scenes, Good versus Evil, unfolding layers, complex characters
    Cons: It does take a while to unfold, at times.

    Summary: . . . there was the Highway, and the Highway was Dry and Dusty. Along the Highway, evil had found an abode. An eclectic group of travelers along a desert highway in Nevada get stopped by a very large local police officer, who initially seems friendly, ... read more

  • Hanging...on in...not-so-quiet...Desperation is the Kingish way

    May 22, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great pace, Vivid narration, Good story
    Cons: Muddled philosophy, Hit or miss characterization, A few unanswered questions

    Summary: When I closed the Desperation, after finishing, I didn't feel the awe that I had felt when I finished some of King's other novels. I didn't feel a wave of disappointment, either. To to you the truth, for a while, I had to think how I felt. ... read more

  • Stephen King's Desperation: Avoid the Desert! (TDOH Write-Off)

    Oct 30, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Chilling, Great Characterization
    Cons: Relies Too Much on the Supernatural later on.

    Summary: Stephen King is one of my favorite authors; well actually he's really one of the only authors that I read from in my spare time, but that's beside the point. Every once in a while I tend to go into a shopping spree mode whenever I fill up my bank account ... read more

  • The epitome of fun after Dark

    Jul 19, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Again, that it ends when it does
    Cons: the 'God' thing is a bit much

    Summary: You have the right to remain have the right to remain dead It's been a long time coming, but this is it. The Tak saga will go down in the books(for me at least)as Kings most accomplished endevor. ... read more

  • An Unpredictable Thriller

    Sep 29, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Desperation grabs your attention from the beginning. Truly disturbing all the way through.
    Cons: A genuinely confusing ending that will require full attention for comprehension.

    Summary: If you like King's style, you will not be disappointed. He develops each character perfectly and will have you routing for their escape from a truly horrifying environment. The action sustains throughout the entire book never giving you or the characters ... read more

  • Desperation makes me sleep

    Aug 22, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Not made into a movie
    Cons: Stupid ending

    Summary: Ok, we all like Steven King, right? Yeah, the dork with the glasses. His thrillers, like the Stand, probably the best book ever written, although it gets stupid and boring following that Fran girl, and Pet Sematary, about dead ... read more

  • Desperation - Title Says It All

    Aug 17, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Desperation terrifies with anything from real risks to supernatural peril
    Cons: Desperation will scare your socks off, not for the timid!

    Summary: Desperation. It's a little town in the deep desert. It's a state of mind. It's the state of mind some darn interesting people are in throughout every page of this gripping fear-fest by Stephen King that begins in plausible psychological ... read more

  • Are you there God? We are Desperate!

    Apr 22, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It is Stephen King.
    Cons: It scared me!

    Summary: I am on a personal mission to read every book that Stephen King has written. It started when I was seventeen and received a copy of The Tommyknockers for Christmas. After reading just that one book I was hooked and knew that I had to get a hold ... read more

  • Another must read

    Mar 13, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Stephen King's talent as a writer
    Cons: None

    Summary: Stephen King has done it again. This is a story that really gets to you. It lets you get to know the characters. You feel the need to root for them to survive and hope for the evil element in the story to be conquered. The feelings of the characters ... read more

  • Who Said Stephen King Lost His Touch?

    Jan 6, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: great characters, different plot
    Cons: somewhat predictable

    Summary: That's right, I enjoyed this novel greatly. It has everything, and I would read it again if time permitted. I guess it may not be as scary as some of King's other books, but it certainly is as good. However, I did notice that King used many of the same ... read more

  • Yes, you gotta love it

    Dec 21, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Original ideas
    Cons: some parts are a tiny bit hard to follow

    Summary: Stephen King is genuois! I knew he was good but this book proved it. It was an original idea with original evils. It was just as descriptive as any Stephen king novel,too .The story kept me reading and reading like some addiction. I was ... read more

  • Desperation Is Not The Place For Your Next Vacation

    Dec 13, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A King Classic
    Cons: None

    Summary: Just finished reading the book Desperation by my favorite author Stephen King and I have to say that it was another typical King thriller. This man is literally the "king" of the thriller/mystery genre ( sorry about that pun ) and he ... read more

  • Totally terrifying!

    Nov 30, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Great visuals and storytelling
    Cons: None

    Summary: Even though I'm an adult, this book scared me. A lot. I realized more than once that the hair on my arms was standing up as I read. I've read nearly all of King's books, and this one is definitely in my top three as far as sheer terror is ... read more

  • The Town You Can Never Leave

    Nov 24, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Plenty of heart stopping scenes and discoveries to make you reel and want to keep reading at the same time.
    Cons: Many characters, reguires active reading to fully understand.

    Summary: When I saw this book in the store I hadn't heard of it, and I had been disappointed by some of my previous "horror" endeavors. But this book made me scared to sleep without a light on. Stephen King struck a cord of one of my many ... read more

  • King cocaine

    Nov 9, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: The detailed descriptions of the characters
    Cons: Not finishing the book

    Summary: I read this book a while ago and I don't remember if I finished it or not, but what sticks in my mind about this book is King's descriptions of the Cop character, alluring. This is a story about different groups of people, a ... read more

  • You Are Now Entering Desperation

    Sep 30, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Thoughtful Questions on the Nature of Fate and God
    Cons: Spiders, Scorpions, and Slaughter

    Summary: "I don't want to! Haven't I done enough? Everything you asked? This isn't fair! THIS ISN'T FAIR AND I DON'T WANT TO!"--David Carver, Desperation Contains Plot Spoilers! Imagine asking God for ... read more

  • A page-turner

    Sep 20, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: can't stop reading
    Cons: can't stop reading

    Summary: "Desperation" is a companion book of sorts to King's "The Regulators". There's the same villain, and some character names are the same, even though the characters themselves are not. For instance, a couple in "Regulators" ... read more

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