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Desperation

by Stephen King

April 2, 2013 | Mass Market Paperbound

Desperation is rated 4.3125 out of 5 by 16.
There''s a place alone Interstate 50 that some call the loneliest place on Earth. It''s not a very nice place to live. It''s an even worse place to die. It''s known as Desperation, Nevada...

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Published: April 2, 2013

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451188462

ISBN - 13: 9780451188465

Found in: Horror, Horror

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good A great book to read... Not really scary, more of a suspenseful thriller. Some parts should have been edited or made shorter (to the point) because they seem to drag on-and-on; but regardless it's a good book... Great ending... The last few sections become scary and very exciting. Recommend. 3 stars.
Date published: 2012-06-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Does Mr. King have an editor? The simple formula to evaluate S.K's books goes as follows: long books = bad, short books = good. Sure, there are exceptions but this is not one of them. Weighing in at about 700 pages, this simple plot about a possessed and homicidal police officer imprisoning and murdering random travellers becomes a bloated epic about good vs evil. Included in this story is a young boy that happens to have a direct link to God and who can perform the odd miracle when required. Yep, we are talking water to wine stuff here and slipping thru prison bars with the aid of soap (now I know how prisoners escape!). It is unfortunate since the novel would have been great if it had just kept the captivity theme going without all of the cosmic backdrop added later. It turns out that an ancient entity that calls itself Tak is awoken from a deep sleep by greedy ol' mining companies and it decides to stretch its legs by possessing a string of humans to do its nasty bidding. Problem is that while it possesses you, it also causes your body to experience a bio meltdown and soon enough it needs a new victim. There are some genuine thrills and chills in this story and they are worth hanging around for but they are watered down by about 200 or 300 extra pages of "stuff". I doubt I will ever reread this like I have with other King titles. I wonder... does Stephen have an editor?
Date published: 2012-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An edge-of-your-seat read! After giving up Stephen King for a while, decided to give it a go one more time and I read this book. It was great! It was hard for me to put down. I loved the characters... I felt like I knew them personally! Enjoy!
Date published: 2008-12-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It gave my friend nightmares! One of Stephen Kings best. I'd never give it to anyone!
Date published: 2006-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from can't put it down! I am a grade eight student. When I was eight years old, I bought this book for my dad as a Christmas present. He finished it so quickly and he enjoyed it very much. A while ago, I decided to pick up the book and read the description on the back. When my dad saw me reading it he said You won't be able to put it down. Stephen puts a curse on you to keep reading. It's impossible to stop! And it's true! I didn't stop reading the book! It's great!
Date published: 2003-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Desperation This is an amazing book! It is mostly about a battle between good and evil in a small town named Desperation. I hope this gets made into a movie because this is one of those books. Although it's long, it's worth reading! Just when you think the action has calmed down, there is another obstacle to over come on the next page. I definitely recommend this book to all Stephen King Readers!
Date published: 2002-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tied, with The Dead Zone!! This novel was so amazing! The Dead Zone has been my fave book for a long time but Desperation is just as good, if not better! I suggest that everyone should read this,it is quite a long book but it is worth the time to read it! I couldnt put it down!
Date published: 2001-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I can't even say how much I love this book I just love Stephen King. And Deseration is one of his best books yet! Like most people reading a long book, you'd probably be quite apprehensive about how good it would be, and if reading such a large book is worth it, but Desperation is. This is just such a great book, and wonderfully crafted. Just when you think it's over (except you kind of know that it isn't because you still have 200 or so pages to go). Desperation is just such a wonderful tale. A definite 5 out of 5 stars. Way to go Stephen!
Date published: 2001-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from King at his best This is one of King's best books. He is magnificent at scaring the reader to bits. Do not read 'The Regulators', though...very poor in comparison. Stick with 'Desperation'.
Date published: 2001-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excelent I'm reading this as a novel in High School and it is the best book I ever read. I don't read a lot but I'm glad I picked this book! I hope this gets made into a movie because this is one of those books. GET THIS BOOK!! It is EXCELENT!
Date published: 2000-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Desperation by Stephen King From the the very first page I just couldn't put it down! It captivated me! This book was King to a tee! I read it from cover to cover in two days, and didn't miss a word. The character detail was outstanding. The interplay between the characters was monumental! Who else could come up with an idea for a book this far off the beatin' path. This has got to be my favourite since Insomnia (mind you I have only just begun Bag of Bones which will be some stiff competition!) I have recommended this book to several people who are not regular King readers (FOOLS!) and they have all said that it has been the best read they've had in a long time. Good on ya' King. If there were more stars to give....
Date published: 2000-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME THIS BETTER BE A MOVIE. DEFINITLY ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS.
Date published: 2000-06-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Definately not my favourite Having read nearly every book by this author, I think I am qualified to say that it is by far the most grusome of his works. Although the second half of the novel provides a substantial plot twist, and a thrilling read, the first half of the novel adequately provided material for nightmares, and at times made me feel physically sick to my stomach. The writing is above average as is most of his work, but some of the content proves to be too much. The only King book I passed on to a friend and didn't expect back.
Date published: 2000-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tak! This book is vintage King. Tak!
Date published: 1999-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You don't know what you're talking about. Obviously this person above my entry does not know what she is talking about. This book is an absolutely great book. The Tommyknockers was a great, not too long book and Desperation is definately not to long! Now I must admit IT is a couple hundred pages to long but none the less it's still a great book. So.. definately read Desperation although I warn you that if you read The Regulators right after you may get confused because it has many of the main characters either way younger than they are in desperation or way older. Overall though These 2 books rule!
Date published: 1999-06-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Another way-too-long King book No matter how hard I try, I can't read King's books as fast as he writes them. I just finished 1996's Desperation. This one beats the way-too-long record formerly held by The Tommyknockers. But the gimmick (you have to read The Regulators, too, to get it) is neat. If you like gimmicks, that is. (I do.)
Date published: 1999-03-08

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Desperation

by Stephen King

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Published: April 2, 2013

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451188462

ISBN - 13: 9780451188465

From the Publisher

There''s a place alone Interstate 50 that some call the loneliest place on Earth. It''s not a very nice place to live. It''s an even worse place to die. It''s known as Desperation, Nevada...

About the Author

Stephen King, the world''s bestselling novelist, was educated at the University of Maine at Orono. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, and their children in Bangor, Maine.

From Our Editors

Here's Stephen King, the master of mayhem, back at his horrific best with Desperation. Desperation, Nevada, is a strange little mining town on the outskirts of dangerous and desolate Route 50. The China Pit, a manmade mountain, surrounds the town as well as an aura of evil - a danger that threatens all that visit it. Meet Collie Entragian, a deeply disturbed man who regulates traffic and thinks he's The Law. Believe me, you wouldn't want to cross him. That's what young David Carver figures out in this chilling, suspenseful novel which culminates in a ferocious battle between good and evil.

Editorial Reviews

"A big, serious, scary novel. . . . King is at the top of his game."
—Entertainment Weekly

"Surreal, tragic, scary . . . builds to an epic climax. Terror that resonates long after the book is finished."
—The Washington Post Book World
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