Christine by Stephen KingChristine by Stephen King

Christine

byStephen King

Mass Market Paperback | November 7, 1983

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Just Another Lovers’ Triangle, Right?

It was love at first sight. From the moment seventeen-year-old Arnie Cunningham saw Christine, he knew he would do anything to possess her.

Arnie’s best friend, Dennis, distrusts her—immediately.

Arnie’s teen-queen girlfriend, Leigh, fears her the moment she senses her power.

Arnie’s parents, teachers, and enemies soon learn what happens when you cross her.

Because Christine is no lady. She is Stephen King’s ultimate, blackly evil vehicle of terror…
Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit,” and is the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation Med...
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Title:ChristineFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 6.87 × 4.16 × 1.12 inPublished:November 7, 1983Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0451160444

ISBN - 13:9780451160447

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from First Re-Read, 30 Years ater I've been re-reading King's works for the last several years now. The last few books were not horror stories so I was looking forward to getting back to the genre with this one. However "Christine" is about on opar with "Firestarter" with me. The book drags on as the entire first half is set-up. It is not until about page 250 that anyone gets killed. There is a limited number of characters here for such a hefty book; I much prefer when King carries a large cast as in Salem's Loty or The shing as he is a master at weaving their stories together. Christine spends so much time droning on about the few characters involved that I actually didn't care for any of them deeply. I had no real liking for anyone; they could have all died and I wouldn't have been surprised and Christine/Roland D. LeBay didn't instill any terror in me as the villain. Nothing of particular note stands out in this one for me. It was readable but too slow and drawn out for my tastes. The ending to this book though is different from previous ones to this point as while there is a finite ending, much more so than ever before there is a real impression that the evil still exists and more of the story is out there to be told. I always look for connections while reading with King's multiverse, but didn't find anything related to previous books here.
Date published: 2015-01-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from First Re-Read, 30 Years Later he is a master at weaving their stories together. Christine spends so much time droning on about the few characters involved that I actually didn't care for any of them deeply. I had no real liking for anyone; they could have all died and I wouldn't have been surprised and Christine/Roland D. LeBay didn't instill any terror in me as the villain. Nothing of particular note stands out in this one for me. It was readable but too slow and drawn out for my tastes. The ending to this book though is different from previous ones to this point as while there is a finite ending, much more so than ever before there is a real impression that the evil still exists and more of the story is out there to be told. I always look for connections while reading with King's multiverse, but didn't find anything related to previous books here.
Date published: 2015-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jealousy kills, literally. In typical Stephen King fashion, in order to get to the high paced exciting bits of the story, you must first endure pages upon pages of "drivel." Personally I like a book I connect with right away, though this didn't happen with Christine until halfway through the book when the heat is turned up and the action starts. Never the less even Stephen King's drivel is a work of literary art in itself. He captures detail unbelievably in everything he does. The book now sits on my shelf, ready to be read again, but I'm not sure I'm ready. It makes you think of who really has control on the road.
Date published: 2014-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intensely Scary Good! I could not believe that I missed reading this book in my younger days after all the Stephen King works I've enjoyed. Well, it was worth the wait and superior to the movie which was decent for the time. This tale of motor obsession, alienation and teen fury still resonates today as it did in 1983. One of Stephen King's best books.
Date published: 2014-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Creeeeeeeepy Delight! This is my fourth Stephen King novel - what an incredible writer. Everything he writes is compelling - what a gift. I enjoyed the unique story and incredible descriptions of the cars and the horror sequences - what a creepy treat for this Halloween season!
Date published: 2008-10-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Read I found Christine a great book. It was a little slow to get going,but once all the action, horror,etc. kicked in, boy is it hard to put down. I would recomend this to most Stephen King fans, but i wouldn't leave out that its slow to get started.
Date published: 2006-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Christine is really wonderful; King's fans will love it. The book is a true horror story full of adventure, murder, blood, and romance. Read it immediatly!
Date published: 2005-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't Cross The Streets What ever you do, read the book. This was the first horror book I've ever read and i loved it. Its Truly Amazing and you should read the book. The action, horror, gore, and romance scenes are all worth it. So Read the book. BUT BEWARE and do not cross the streets.
Date published: 2001-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Christine one of Stephen King's best books. at first i saw the movie and liked it. then i read the book. now i hate the movie and love the book. it's suspensful and scary and i couldn't put it down for a minute.
Date published: 2000-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly frightening I couldn't agree with Dee more. Christine is a classic. I only read it a few years ago for the first time, even though it has been around forever. It is not just suspenseful, it is truly a frightening story. It really will scare you. Don't hesitate to read the book because the movie wasn't good. We all know that Stephen King's books always kick the butt of the movie that follows them.
Date published: 2000-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This book was awesome! As usual, they made a movie, but the movie completely sucks compared the book. If you like Stephen King's other stuff, I recommend you read this one although it's sort of old and it's been around for a while.
Date published: 1999-08-15

From Our Editors

When 17-year-old Arnie Cunningham scrapes together enough cash to buy his first car, an old Plymouth Fury that he affectionately calls Christine, he thinks it's going to change his life. Something, however, is terribly wrong with the car, it's in complete control - and it also happens to be demonically possessed. Christine is another terrifying, creepy novel from the master of macabre, Stephen King.

Editorial Reviews

"Vintage King...breathtaking...awesome.  Carries such momentum the reader must force himself to slow down."—New York Times Book Review“Vintage King…breathtaking…awesome. Carries such momentum the reader must force himself to slow down.”—The New York Times Book Review“Dazzlingly well-written.”—The Indianapolis Star“Terrifying…King is a terrific storyteller.”—San Francisco Chronicle“Truly gripping…some of the best writing King has ever done…the master has returned with a vengeance.”—Publishers Weekly