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  • Mass Market Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Canadian Edition edition (Oct. 21 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416599312
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416599319
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 10.6 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #119,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carol on Feb. 4 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was disappointed in King's book "Lisey's Story" but our library had just gotten "Duma Key" in so I thought I would give it a chance, having read almost all of King's work over the years. I was captured by the first page and could hardly put it down. Great characters and dialogue and without giving away the ending my only disappointment was one person's fate at the end in Mexico. Steven King can still write a great novel where many other modern day writers fail to keep up to their fans expectations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark D. C. Brownlie on Feb. 28 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was really pleased with this latest effort. It was King's best in years. A truly creepy novel filled with the rich characters his fans have come to expect. If you are a King fan you will want to have this in your library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Lavallee on May 17 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I fell away from Stephen King books for a little while until I read a review that stated this book was a perfect introduction to Stephen King. That reviewer was absolutely correct. Duma Key is a perfect blend of thrills, angst, other worldliness, and subtle humour. Very enjoyable, and highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clayton Bye on April 25 2009
Format: Hardcover
Duma Key

By Stephen King, Scribner, 611 pp., $32

Stephen King has built his career by putting ordinary people into the most unusual of situations, slipping horror into many of his stories as naturally as you and I go through our days. "Duma Key," although set in the Florida Keys with a less than ordinary King protagonist, does not disappoint.

Edgar Freemantle, the millionaire contractor who's lost an arm, suffered some serious brain trauma, wrecked one leg and lost his wife, has found himself recuperating on a sparsely inhabited Florida Key with a handfull of interesting characters. Turning to an old skill, Edgar begins sketching and painting as a kind of therapy. But instead a peaceful return to some semblance of normality, he finds himself painting a series of disturbing works, some of which he barely remembers painting.

This being a King story, we automatically look for the fright factor. Is it Edgar's strange paintings, his new friend with the bullet in his head or the strange old woman that lives in a mansion up the road? Bringing us slowly, almost leisurely, into the lives of these people, we begin to sense something is very wrong on Duma Key. Centering on the theme of creativity unleashed by injury to mind and body (something King has worked into several novels since his near death experience in 1999), the maturing author gives us a frightening look at the cost of second chances.

A welcome read after his disappointing novel, "Cell," King returns to the unusual character creation he gave us in "Lisey's Story," and once more takes us masterfully to the edge of our imaginations.

"Duma Key" brings us sea shells that talk, paintings that kill, giant frogs with "teef" and birds that fly upside down. Only King could write a book like this. I'm glad he decided not to retire.

Copyright © 2008 by Clayton Bye
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Misslou on Sept. 16 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have been a King fan since I first read "Carrie" way back in 1974. Until I read "Duma Key", "The Stand" had been my favourite. Now I'm happy to have 2 favs! This book kept me wanting to keep reading. For anyone who has done any sketching and/or painting, you can truly relate to Ed. This is a awesome book and I've already read it again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Watson on Aug. 23 2008
Format: Hardcover
I'm still not yet finished Duma Key, but I have to say that it's given me nightmares two night in a row now (mostly ghostly ships on the ocean, coming to get me). It's truly one of the scariest King books I've read in recent years, and the protagonist and his friends are fantastic characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mo Mo on July 18 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have read every single SK book and this one was not in my Top 5 but it's definitely a good King book. It was a little slow to start but after the halfway mark, it really picked up speed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER on Oct. 28 2008
Format: Paperback
Edgar Freemantle a building contractor who had a job site accident; his skull was fractured, his hip shattered, he lost an arm and almost his sanity. He is in constant pain and prone to fits of rage, to make matters worse his wife decides to leave him and demands a divorce and all the fringe benefits.

After pondering suicide, he relocates to Duma Key, Florida where he rents Big Pink, a house built partially over the water. A place where the waves at high tides stir the seashells under the house creating an eerie sound, tennis balls appear unexpectedly and a heron flies by upside-down. Inspired by these activities, he decides to create his ideas on canvas, which leads to all sorts of supernatural developments. His pictures reflect not only his past but future horrors, will his art save him or kill him and those he loves...can ghosts come alive on canvas?

Duma Key is a terrifying delight, a slow and intense story about friendship, family and events of a mind under extraordinary stressful times. The protagonists are intensely well characterized as they make their way through the nitty-gritty of the day-to-day adventures; they add depth and are the focus of the story.

Not only is Mr King a master in describing chilling horrors and creating vivid images; you can imagine and hear the crashing waves, smell the musty air and feel the creepy crawlies, a touch of supernatural creating a wonderful novel.

The strong devotional care given to Elizabeth and the tenacity of Edgar to regain his mobility is possibly derived from Mr King's own life experience.
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