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You Like It Darker: Stories de Stephen King
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You Like It Darker: Stories (edició 2024)

de Stephen King (Autore)

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"You like it darker? Fine, so do I," writes Stephen King in the afterword to this magnificent new collection of twelve stories that delve into the darker part of life--both metaphorical and literal. King has, for half a century, been a master of the form, and these stories, about fate, mortality, luck, and the folds in reality where anything can happen, are as rich and riveting as his novels, both weighty in theme and a huge pleasure to read. King writes to feel "the exhilaration of leaving ordinary day-to-day life behind," and in You Like It Darker, readers will feel that exhilaration too, again and again. "Two Talented Bastids" explores the long-hidden secret of how the eponymous gentlemen got their skills. In "Danny Coughlin's Bad Dream," a brief and unprecedented psychic flash upends dozens of lives, Danny's most catastrophically. In "Rattlesnakes," a sequel to Cujo, a grieving widower travels to Florida for respite and instead receives an unexpected inheritance--with major strings attached. In "The Dreamers," a taciturn Vietnam vet answers a job ad and learns that there are some corners of the universe best left unexplored. "The Answer Man" asks if prescience is good luck or bad and reminds us that a life marked by unbearable tragedy can still be meaningful. King's ability to surprise, amaze, and bring us both terror and solace remains unsurpassed. Each of these stories holds its own thrills, joys, and mysteries; each feels iconic. You like it darker? You got it. --… (més)
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Títol:You Like It Darker: Stories
Autors:Stephen King (Autore)
Informació:Scribner (2024), 502 pages
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The Short of It:

A mix of tried and true King stories and some not so typical ones.

The Rest of It:

Readers always ask me what King book I recommend. Well, that is not an easy question to answer. When I was a pre-teen I started with his classics like Cujo, Salem’s Lot, Carrie and the like. Then I dabbled in his short story collections, and then hit the big guns like The Stand and IT. I hear over and over again that King’s work is too dark, too morbid, too graphic. Sometimes, yes. Most of the time though it’s solid storytelling, excellent character development and just enough plot and suspense to keep those pages turning.

That brings me to King’s latest, You Like It Darker. I had a hard time obtaining a library copy so with my premium Spotify account I get free audiobooks so I gave it a listen.

What an experience! The audiobook is read by Will Patton. He was the perfect reader for this collection. I could not wait to jump into the car for a listen. Some of the stories I absolutely loved and wouldn’t mind if they somehow expanded into a novel. King, are you listening?

My faves:

-Two Talented Bastids (think other worldly)
-Danny Coughlin’s Bad Dream (prophecy in the form of a dream)
-Rattlesnakes (dead twins, snakes, ghosts)

There are a few stories that didn’t really fit the King mold but they were pretty short and since the three above were so strong I consider the collection a success overall. There is nothing like spending the summer with King.

If you are new to King, these stories will give you a good sense of his storytelling and all that King quirkiness that his readers have come to expect. PLUS, there are lots and lots of Easter eggs for his other novels in here. When I heard some of them I literally gasped out loud in the car! So fun.

Definitely recommend the audio.

For more reviews, visit my blog: Book Chatter. ( )
  tibobi | Jul 12, 2024 |
I've read nearly everything by Mr King , but still would argue that 'Nightshift' and possibly "Skeleton Crew' (his first two short story collections) were the best things he's ever written. Certainly 'proper short stories' - no excessive waffle - yes he can do it - and a proper ending / payoff. Since then his collections have been good/ok/hmmm but rarely packing the punch of those two books, and here is certainly no exception. His recurring theme of small town values is present in the first tale with a hint of Dreamcatcher but the main theme I took away is of aging and loss. His love of questionable country roads appear as well in a dark little number with a brilliantly written Grandad character... I'll say no more .
Without trying to inadvertently create Spoilers - The Dreamers was good with some hints of Revival I thought, although the horror element could have been expanded on. The novella length 'Bad Dream' was def. the strongest (last section a bit unnecessary though) - let the tale end as it should. 'Turbulence' I've read before but whilst a decent idea, could have been dealt with in a better manner. "Finn" - utter rubbish I thought, and "Red Screen" similarly was a waste of space. "The Answer man" ties into some of the themes above - reminded me of another one his SS's from a recent-ish collection. Favourite was the nasty "On Slide Inn Road" -now this was more like the King of old.
A 3.75 job, rounded down to 3.5 as he certainly has the talent to do this better. ( )
  Ignatius777 | Jul 9, 2024 |
Stephen King had a new book coming out. You Like it Darker is a collection of fabulous stories from King.
"You like it darker? Fine, so do I,” writes Stephen King in the afterword to this magnificent new collection of twelve stories that delve into the darker part of life—both metaphorical and literal".

I chose to listen to You Like it Darker when I saw that Will Patton was the narrator. He's hand downs one of my favorite readers.

The first story is Two Talented Bastids. It's much long than I had expected the stories to be - that's a really good thing! Stephen King can write anything - long, short and in between and I am captivated by them all. This first tale has two friends from the same small town recounting how they found fame and fortune. You'll never guess... Patton uses a spot-on Maine accent with a side of gravelly for the characters. King's detailed prose had me imagining the setting, the men, and the.....

The Fifth Step is one of the shorter stories - but it packs a punch that you won't see coming....

Wondering what happened to Danny Coughlin from Cujo? He can be found in a tale titled Rattlesnakes. This one was downright terrifying!

Danny Coughlin’s Bad Dream caught me right away and I couldn't stop listening! Danny finds something and does his best to anonymously have it taken care of. But things go sideways and Danny is in a bad place...with a antagonist you're going to love to hate. The voice meets the character perfectly. Flat, dangerous, sure of the themself and more than a little off. The voice for Danny is just right - it sounds like an every guy that just can't believe what's going on. And as listeners we can't believe it as well. This one had me shouting out loud in frustration!

I do not like flying at all. I debated if I wanted to listen to The Turbulence Expert, but in the end did. And found it to be a little bit reassuring - even as I wondered if my coming flight would need this..... I love how Stephen King takes everyday events, situations, people and with a few sentences turn things upside down and inside out.

There are many more, but they are the ones that stood out for me - but each and every one is brilliant. I raced through the first time and went back to savour them again.

Will Patton's performances were excellent. His interpretation of the stories were spot on, upping the creepy factor with every tale. ( )
  Twink | Jul 2, 2024 |
I am a fan, but have to say this was disappointing. ( )
  larocco | Jun 19, 2024 |
Another short story from Stephen King and for me it's not his best. I struggle with short stories the best of times but it's Stephen King so I read it.

The majority of the stories I really could take them or leave them. The one that did stand out was Danny Coughlin's Bad Dream. This story was more than a few pages and did have some meat about it. It did hold my interest and my three star rating is purely on this particular story.

I did have to by pass Rattlesnakes which is a follow up to Cujo as I have a massive phobia of snakes so no way could I read it.

I will always read Stephen King, the good and the bad but this collection did nothing much for me. ( )
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"You like it darker? Fine, so do I," writes Stephen King in the afterword to this magnificent new collection of twelve stories that delve into the darker part of life--both metaphorical and literal. King has, for half a century, been a master of the form, and these stories, about fate, mortality, luck, and the folds in reality where anything can happen, are as rich and riveting as his novels, both weighty in theme and a huge pleasure to read. King writes to feel "the exhilaration of leaving ordinary day-to-day life behind," and in You Like It Darker, readers will feel that exhilaration too, again and again. "Two Talented Bastids" explores the long-hidden secret of how the eponymous gentlemen got their skills. In "Danny Coughlin's Bad Dream," a brief and unprecedented psychic flash upends dozens of lives, Danny's most catastrophically. In "Rattlesnakes," a sequel to Cujo, a grieving widower travels to Florida for respite and instead receives an unexpected inheritance--with major strings attached. In "The Dreamers," a taciturn Vietnam vet answers a job ad and learns that there are some corners of the universe best left unexplored. "The Answer Man" asks if prescience is good luck or bad and reminds us that a life marked by unbearable tragedy can still be meaningful. King's ability to surprise, amaze, and bring us both terror and solace remains unsurpassed. Each of these stories holds its own thrills, joys, and mysteries; each feels iconic. You like it darker? You got it. --

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