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Insomnia

by Stephen King

Penguin Usa | September 20, 1994 | Hardcover

Insomnia is rated 3.125 out of 5 by 8.
Prepare for late nights selling unprecedented numbers of Insomnia in the wake of Viking''s provocative new marketing campaign for Stephen King''s latest smash hit. King takes his otherworldly talent for horror to a frightening new level, and Viking champions his achievement with an innovative, $1,000,000 marketing campaign--infiltrating every type of media--that is sure to get people talking.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 787 pages

Published: September 20, 1994

Publisher: Penguin Usa

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670855030

ISBN - 13: 9780670855032

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read I just finished reading Stephen King's Insomnia about ten minutes ago. My conclusion is that it was, over all, pretty good. It is true that it becomes a little tough to read in some parts round the middle, it was ultimately a very rich book. He constantly refers to previous events, and in the end, things that occurred even in the prologue tie up nicely in the end. A little too long, and not really engrossing in terms of plot, though the characters were more so. A satisfying read.
Date published: 2010-11-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed Without revealing too many spoilers, this book is about an elderly man named Ralph who is experiencing insomnia. There is nothing weird or scary about this of course. But it is from sleep deprivation that he sees his neighborhood in a different way, such as : strange auras surrounding everything; balloon strings rising out of people (what!); and of course three peculiar little bald men running around town(Ha Ha). Apart from trying to imagine little bald men without laughing, I also found the book unsettling every time King went in to the political subject of abortion. At the time of buying this book, I was not looking for any literature on the subject of abortion, nor was I wanting to read about a three ring circus of little bald men. Disappointed is what best describes my feeling towards this novel. I hope this review was helpful to you.
Date published: 2008-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! I've noticed a few negative reviews for this one, and thought I'd post my thoughts. This was one of my first King books I read, when I was merely 13. (Almost 17 now) Personally, I thought it to be my favorite for a long time. Although my problem with King is that in most cases, 'every' book I read turns out to be my new favorite. But anyway, The only thing I noticed about Insomnia was that it was a little slow getting going..and in a few parts in the middle. But in doing so, it does help you get to know the characters and relate to them way better. In the end, I thought it was an awesome book with some really great suspence. I like the little twists King adds..the things that make you 'think'. And, as someone mentioned previously..it does tie in to the dark towers, even though I hadn't read them until after reading that..it's really cool when the books blend, because it gives you a sense of realism. So, in my opinion..give this book a chance. It's worth it!
Date published: 2005-02-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible, not horrifying! If you're thinking about buying this book...DON'T!! It's absolutely horrible. I can't believe Stephen King wrote this. I've never read a book where I didn't know if I was going to finish it because it was so bad. I did finish it, but it took me forever. Read something else, not this one!
Date published: 2002-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazingly crafted!! I found this book absolutely enthrawling, so many references to The Dark Tower series (also by stephen king)that i thought i might have been reading a Dark Tower book...a must read for anyone who enjoys books that intertwine with other books...very recommended by someone who has read most stephen king books...the bad reviews for this book must have come from someone who hasn't read the dark tower..pic up this and all four dark tower novels..you won't be disapointed!
Date published: 2001-02-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from YUCK! The most boring book i've ever read. I couldn't get through it, and still haven't finished it. Don't waste your time. One of Stephen worst works. Try Bag of Bones instead.
Date published: 2000-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Where does he get these ideas! Stephen King has the most fertile imagination I`ve ever read. Once again, he manages to invent a whole story with something for every taste: suspense, romance, action, science-fiction, etc. A must-read!
Date published: 2000-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! When I read this book I was absolutely taken for a ride! This is one of Stephen Kings most powerful writings. It will not let you put it down. I recommend that anyone familiar with his books, or fans should read this book. It was incredible! It will hold you til' the end.
Date published: 2000-01-25

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Insomnia

by Stephen King

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 787 pages

Published: September 20, 1994

Publisher: Penguin Usa

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670855030

ISBN - 13: 9780670855032

From the Publisher

Prepare for late nights selling unprecedented numbers of Insomnia in the wake of Viking''s provocative new marketing campaign for Stephen King''s latest smash hit. King takes his otherworldly talent for horror to a frightening new level, and Viking champions his achievement with an innovative, $1,000,000 marketing campaign--infiltrating every type of media--that is sure to get people talking.

From the Jacket

Ralph Roberts has a problem: he isn''t sleeping so well these days. In fact, he''s hardly sleeping at all. Each morning, the news conveyed by the bedside clock is a little worse: 3:15...3:02...2:45...2:15. The books call it "premature waking"; Ralph, who is still learning to be a widower, calls it a season in hell. He''s begun to notice a strangeness in his familiar surroundings, to experience visual phenomena that he can''t quite believe are hallucinations. Soon, Ralph thinks, he won''t be sleeping at all, and what then? A problem, yes - though perhaps not so uncommon, you might say. But Ralph has lived his entire life in Derry, Maine, and Derry isn''t like other places, as millions of Stephen King readers will gladly testify. They remember It, also set in Derry, and know there''s a mean streak running through this small New England city; underneath its ordinary surface awesome and terrifying forces are at work. The dying, natural and otherwise, has been going on in Derry for a long, long time. Now Ralph is part of it. So are his friends. And so are the strangers they encounter.

About the Author

Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine, on September 21, 1947, to Donald and Nellie Ruth King. King wrote his first short story before he was seven years old. As a teenager, he played on the football team and joined a rock band, but also had two of his short stories published. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970, he married Tabitha Spruce, also a writer, in 1971, and began a career as a teacher. His spare time was spent in writing novels that were consistently rejected by publishers. King's first novel would never have been published if not for his wife. She removed the first few chapters from the garbage after King had thrown them away in frustration. Three months later, he received a $2,500 advance from Doubleday Publishing for the book that went on to sell a modest 13,000 hardcover copies. That book, Carrie, was about a girl with telekinetic powers who is tormented by bullies at school. She uses her power, in turn, to torment and eventually destroy her mean-spirited classmates. When United Artists released the film version in 1976, it was a critical and commercial success. The paperback version of the book, released after the movie, went on to sell more than two-and-a-half million copies. Many of King's other horror novels have been adapted into movies, including The Shining, Firestarter, Pet Semetary, Cujo, Misery, The Stand, and The Tommyknockers. Under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, King has written the bo
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