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Thinner de Stephen King
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Thinner (1984 original; edició 2016)

de Stephen King (Autor)

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For use in schools and libraries only. After an old gypsy woman is killed by his car, lawyer Billy Halleck is stricken with a flesh-wasting malady and must undertake a nightmarish journey to confront the forces of death.
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Títol:Thinner
Autors:Stephen King (Autor)
Informació:Gallery Books (2016), Edition: Reprint, 432 pages
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When I finished skimming through this book, frustrated at its utter knack for being incredibly boring and two hundred pages too long, I seethed. Homophobic and racist jokes are sprinkled in for no reason from a doctor who has no bedside manner or ethics to speak of. Said healthcare provider has a seemingly expensive cocaine habit, and the comfort of snorting it right in front of his patients, who he then offers some to. Racial slurs aimed at people of Romani descent and every single harmful stereotype of Romani Travelers, are jammed in this book at dozens per page. How did I ignore this all the first time I read it? I wondered tonight. I puzzled, and realized I'd pardoned it originally because this book was written in 1984. Bad move, Past Me. How and why did I originally find this scary, and well-written enough for its original five-star rating on here? I also wondered. I was on a Stephen King reading streak and this one was wildly different from all the others, in my mind. And it--was. When I first read it, I thought it examined race relations in a way that hadn't been done frequently. Uhm, Past Me, I gotta say no. I did feel so weird after reading this the first time that I set out to learn more about people of Romani descent and Travelers as well. That helped me correct a lot of harmful misconceptions I had, and I learned a lot. Part of me wishes King had done that, but I feel so tired and done with him by reading this book that I just can't bring myself to care. My apologies to the Romani and Traveler communities for how insensitive that is.

This book is about a white, non-Romani guy who thinks a lot and loses weight really fast due to at least half a dozen anti-Romani Traveler stereotypes. Also a strawberry pie breathes and squelches for the last thirty pages or so of the book. Not frightening at all. Maybe the tiniest bit unsettling, but mostly odd. Part of my irritation stems from the fact that all of this also means the only Stephen King book I like now is "Carrie." Somehow I feel less-than for being a devout horror/mystery/suspense/thriller reader who doesn't like one of the greats. King's writing doesn't do it for me. This book has a lot of flaws typical to King's writing: problematic on various levels; too wordy; he's freakin' married to every single character in the book, all of whom have extensive backstories, especially minor ones; strangely paced, and--thank you for everything you've done and given the horror genre, but dude, I just don't like your writing a lot of the time. Sometimes I wish I felt differently. The -movie- adaptations, however? -That- is where it's at. I plan to re-read the book "about the sparrows. You know, about the guy with the weird tumor that makes him develop an evil twin" as I describe it. I remember the sparrows most of all, and -that- book was creepy when I read it. If that's not a book I like upon re-reading it, then I'll grimly inform others that yeah, I'm a horror fan but King doesn't do it for me except "Carrie." But I'll read the sparrow book first. ( )
  iszevthere | Jun 23, 2022 |
Thinner was more of a word-of-mouth book for most of my life. It existed but there was no need to read it. It lacked the monster King normally shapes up(because it's not King) and focuses more on a... what? A curse, I guess. But The Cat From Hell had more of a curse vibe to it than this. Thinner fixates itself on the horror of rapid weight loss and not much else.

Our main character's wife is very dramatic, but I rarely see her as evil, she's overbearing and worrying. The movie fixes this to a better angle of evil. We focus entirely on Billy's perspective and he is bitter and delusional. His blame upon his wife feels repetitive, yes she messed up, but nobody blames her. Which breeds bitterness towards Billy's wife. She causes everything and then estranges the family. Sounds like enough reason to hate her? No, she's really just whiny and pushy and annoying. Annoying isn't worth killing.

The best characters are honestly the side ones. Not the wife, but Linda, the daughter. Carry the friend. The lawyer. They're all better and more fleshed out people. Even the Gypsies aka the Romanies and such(they don't mind that term, and some want to be called it. Though I know right now white people say not to use it, it's not a slur to most Romanies so I will use it with their permission). The Gypsies are varied, beautiful people. There's a touch of them being magical or utilizing Pagan magic. This is kept vague enough to keep it decent and interesting rather than delve into it and become boring.

Several chapters before the end, the twist is basically said by word of mouth, which is disappointing and really spoils it, but the ending hits like a diluted Pet Semetary. It feels rewarding to know what Billy Hallick's final choice is.

Again, read or listen to it for characters like Carry or Richie Ginelli, they're a lot better than the main is.

Richard Bachman books are best served up as audiobooks or simply put, not. I'm a sucker for Stephen King, he is a champion of horror, but his alter ego, Bachman tries to write what feels like watered-down zero sugar King books. I am aware he is a separate being to King, but I still enjoy saying Bachman's death was a good thing.

Thinner is the only book I've touched of Bachman's that slapped quite like a King book. While it waxes on and on about a man cursed to go from mildly overweight -two-hundred-and sixty in the modern day is hardly a weird weight in today's society- to a hundred pounds. Thinner really does well in its movie adaptation or just as an audiobook.

Even saying that, I'd have skipped this if Joe Mantegna was not behind the wheel reading it and making it feel good.

"Bachman" just does what feels like circling over a corpse endlessly and then near the end saying "it's a corpse" like we cannot tell. ( )
  Yolken | May 25, 2022 |
Achei bem meh. Porém admito que em partes considerei uma nota 3.5. ( )
  protoplasm | Apr 25, 2022 |
I can’t believe I’ve never read this book. I really enjoyed it. It had my attention from page one. Loved the narrator as well. ( )
  LenaR0307 | Nov 9, 2021 |
Read entirely on a cross-country flight. I gave the book to the lady next to me when I was finished. ( )
  KrakenTamer | Oct 23, 2021 |
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"Thinner," the old gypsy man with the rotting nose whispers to William Halleck as Halleck and his wife, Heidi, come out of the courthouse.
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