Friday, July 15, 2011

Full Dark, No Stars

Full Dark, No Stars
Full Dark, No Stars

I was thinking of reading another Stephen King lately. His books are good summer reading: engrossing pulp. It moves you into a dark place and keeps you there until you're done reading. The Stand would have been my next choice (I've read Misery and The Shining), but I got this one as a gift this winter, so it was on my shelf of books to be read this year.

Full Dark, No Stars is four stories that might have been more appropriately titled Monsters: They'll Get What's Coming to Them. First (and I don't think any of the following counts as spoiler because it's all premise) there's a farmer who decides the only way to solve a disagreement with his wife is to kill her. Next there's a writer who takes a back road shortcut and falls into a rapist's trap. Third is a man who makes a deal with the devil, and fourth is a woman who discovers her husband has been hiding something terrible. Each story has the gruesome horrors you might expect from Stephen King, but each also has a taste of sweet revenge.

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