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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: BCA; First Edition First Printing edition (1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340665750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340665756
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 32 x 8.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (503 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,936,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Brianna on March 19 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is one of King's more graphic, horror books (like Pet Semetary). It surrounds a bunch of characters that were driving down Interstate 50 in Nevada and were unfortunate enough to be pulled over by a menacing cop. They are then taken to the town Desperation and all hell breaks loose. I thought this book was really good and pretty scary, some of the images are truly frightening. The reason it doesn't get more stars is that in the middle (for me) it was a little slower compared to the begining and end. But I still did really enjoy it. There's some religious overtones as well but not so much that it becomes cumbersome. Overall I think this is really interesting and scary book and I think it's a must read for horror/King fans!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Craig S. Roberts on July 13 2004
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Desperation is very good Stephen King that builds a sense of peril and has the readers turning page after page well after they were supposed to turn the lights out.
However, the biggest surprise and pleasure is reading it with the Bachman (King) book The Regulators. It is such a weird deja vu experience having character you think you know in both books. Heros relegated to more minor roles and events playing out differently then you think they will because of your preconceptions. Overall a very enjoyable experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Tweeder on June 20 2004
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Although not one of his more critically commended horror-thrillers of the last decade or so (mainly due to its lack of a television or motion picture adaptation), "Desperation" is perhaps one of Stephen King's most exhilarating, yet tender achievements that he has ever written. It begins with a style that is not unique to King, jumping at the audience within the initial few pages, gripping the readers with a relentless strangle-hold that does not subside until the concluding punctuation. "Desperation" not only describes a shockingly serene small town that is ripped apart by an unknown evil, but also dwells on the inner apprehension that comes when faith is not governed from a higher power.
A group of people all find themselves in Desperation, Nevada for one reason or another. Peter and Mary Jackson are returning to New York in their sister's vehicle, but are arrested for having a large amount of marijuana hidden in the trunk. The Carvers, an average Ohio family, are pulled over and taken into police custody because they have numerous flat tires blown out on their RV. Aging motorcycling literary genius John Marinville, who is researching for his last great novel and traveling the country to find answers, is detained for taking a urine-stop on the side of the highway. What these people and all the citizens of Desperation have in common; however, is that they are being tormented by a maniacal police officer named Collie Entragian, who is shooting people at will and is becoming increasingly strange as time goes on. With the help from townie Tom Billingsley, this unforgettable group of magical characters surge into battle against a mysterious vice that has a death grasp on the ill-fated desert village.
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this is probably my favorite Stephen King book. I have read it 3 times, each time during lengthy trips across the world, and ech time I've read it it was as if it was my first. It is a very great book for me. For some reason I can imagine things in the book PERFECTLY, or at least in a way that makes the book truly come alive for me anyway. Each place they went to hide from Entragian was a place that I had been in in my life before or at the time I first read it. For instance the seedy, abandoned theater that they took to for shelter was the pornon theater that my father had purchased when I first read the book. And the way taht the theater was described didn't prove me wrong at all but actually made it seem like, in a wierd way, he was talking about the same building. But, either way that you imagine it, you are bound to enjoy it, because it is truly an excellent book. very creepy and...I guess that atmospheric would be an ok word to describe it. It picks up really fast..like right when it starts..Anyway. I Strongly reccomend this book as well as the sequel written under King's pseudonym, The regulators. You are sure to enjoy them.
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By brewster22 on April 5 2004
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When I was in high school, I went through a major Stephen King phase. He was the only author I would read, and I didn't stop until I'd read every thing he wrote (up to "The Green Mile"). That was a few years ago, and recently I was in the mood to come back to him and do some catch up with the things he's written since. I read "Desperation" and I'm currently in the middle of its sister book "The Regulators," and while I enjoyed "Desperation," I do have to admit that I've outgrown King somewhat. I don't know if he's gotten worse as a writer, or whether he's always written like this and I'm just remembering him from a different perspective, but his writing is just so SLOPPY. I feel like there's no tightness to it at all; it's like a really fatty piece of meat---there are good parts, but you have to cut around all of the inedible portions to get to them.
He builds some nice effective creepy dread in the novel's first half, but by the time it's over, it's not really scary anymore. I admit that I was pretty hooked for the whole thing and did my share of page turning, but the whole time I was reading I was aware that I was reading schlock well below my reading level, and King's writing never affected me like that before. I know that sounds pompous, and I really don't mean it to, but it's just the honest truth. He really belongs in the same class as John Grisham, except he's got more imagination in his thumbnail than Grisham has in his entire body. After I finish "The Regulators" I think my Stephen King craving will be satisfied for some time to come.
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