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Pet Sematary [Mass Market Paperback]

Stephen King
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Nov. 1 1984 A Signet book
The house looked right, felt right to Dr Louis Creed. A place where his family could settle, and the children could grow up and explore the rolling hills and meadows. Surely a safe place. Not a place to seep into your dreams, to wake you, sweating with fear and foreboding.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Renowned for its superior productions, BBC radio may have outdone itself by adapting Stephen King's Pet Sematary to audio. A clamorous cacophony of talking, whining, whistling, and howling, Pet Sematary is a quick, entertaining earful for those who don't have other auditory distractions to contend with, such as a car full of talking whining, whistling, howling children. However, the melodramatic prose marries well with the acting; such is the case when one reader--whose voice bears an uncanny resemblance to Kramer's from Seinfeld--tells another about the effects of the Pet Sematary: "Heroin makes junkies feel good when they put it in their arms, but all the time it's poisoning their mind and body--this place can be like that and don't you ever forget it!" (Running time: three hours, two cassettes) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In this BBC dramatization of King's (Wizard and Glass, Audio Reviews, LJ 2/15/98) 1983 best seller, Dr. Louis Creed moves his ideal family from congested, urban Chicago to the rural simplicity of Ludlow, ME. His property sits near a long-established pet burial ground and a mysterious Indian burial ground from which the dead can be raised. The program effectively draws us into the characters' world: marriage and family, then shock, grief and madness as we explore the nature and mystery of death. Presenting a multivoiced dramatization rather than a reading of the novel, the actors work together, with added music and sound effects, to create King's macabre world. Recommended.?Kristen L. Smith, Loras Coll. Lib., Dubuque, IA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Spine-tingling pleasure! April 16 2014
By Goo Goo
Format:School & Library Binding
Having seen the movie more than a few times, I thought it was time to finally read the book. I had heard that the novel was scarier than the film, and I was NOT disappointed. The author has said that this is the only book he's written that has ever truly scared him, and within a few chapters, it was obvious why.

While I don't want to give too much away for those who have not seen the film or are unfamiliar with the direction that this chilling tale takes, I will say this: "Pet Sematary" isn't intensely affecting and disturbing only because of its premise (a burial ground that has the power to resurrect the dead), nor the questions posed by the premise (is the person you put in the ground the same person that comes out?). What really makes the novel so simultaneously human and ethereal is the portrayal of the lengths to which characters are willing to go to get back their loved ones - even if the only thing they are really resurrecting is some ancient evil. This novel is at once heartbreaking, suspenseful, terrifying, and at times, even witty. King manages to be both eloquent and crude, a unique mixture that produces a book that, in spite of its fantastical happenings, seems just a touch too believable (making it even eerier).

While the cinematic adaptation of the novel is surely enjoyable, it's a bit campy, and the acting (at times) leaves something to be desired. Some liberties were taken with the ending in the film - the novel leaves more to the imagination and yet manages to be immeasurably scarier. Obviously, the book offers greater insight and background in regards to the characters and their histories. Although the movie was at times creepy, I found the novel to be exponentially more effective at frightening me.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A little worn Nov. 20 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Item a little worn, but was as described in the advertisement. Because of the rarity of this particular Stephen King book, I will keep it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Buy, Must Read! Feb. 23 2012
By Alissa
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was my second King book ever, and has been tied for my favourite (along with Cujo) ever since. I do suggest reading Cujo before Pet Sematary as there is a small reference in Pet Sematary to Cujo.. Must, must, must read this book!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bloated, Not So Novel Novel July 13 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
(...)P>Others have commented on the fact that this novel borrows much from The Monkey's Paw. The idea of the Mic Mac burial ground is interesting, particularly the shadowy presence of the Wendigo, but growing up in New England as he did, it's difficult to determine just how much of the concept of Pet Cemetary was inspired, and how much was simply King putting a new coat of paint on an old short story with the obligatory childhood horrors, family mundanities, and heavy-handed foreshadowing thrown in for good measure.
There were some interesting moments and ideas in this book, but few of them were realized, and what little was of interest was buried in 100 to 200 unnecessary pages of foreshadowing (someone's gonna get run over, we GET it!) and the obligatory King tales of childhood suffering. Top it off with a disappointing and (IMO) downright irritating ending (hmmmm, dead cat and kid are evil, let's repeat this mistake shall we?) and this is an annoying snoozer.
Far too much build-up for no payoff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BURIED SECRETS April 5 2001
By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dr. Louis Creed moves from Chicago to rural Maine with his wife, Rachel and children, Ellie (5) and Gage (1). The fresh start in Maine appears to be the change Creed yearns for. A bad relationship with his father-in-law, the redoubtable Irwin Goldman and soured on city living, Maine appears to be the answer to his questions.
Set in 1983-1984, Creed appears to be the picture of the 1980s YUPPIE (Young Urban Professional). Established in his career with the ability to relocate also point up to this very positive, professional image.
Each character is drawn with realistic words; each character becomes vivid and believable, again evidence of a master storyteller. My favorite part in this book was Creed's "last happy day, 3/24/84," the day he spent flying kites with Gage, then just 2.
Once settled in Maine, life and death appear to shift and the line dividing the two becomes blurry and indistinct, thanks to King's superb storytelling. A graveyard for pets dating back to the early 20th Century is near the Creed home and a very chilling secret lurks there.
Death appears to lurk in every corner of the small town. First, the Creed cat is killed by a truck on the truck infested roadway near their home. Gage is killed in May of 1984 after he darts away from Creed and into the path of an oncoming truck. Rachel describes the agonizing death of her older sister Zelda in 1965 when Zelda was 10 and Rachel 8. Rachel's fear of death causes her to lash out at Creed when he gently explains the death of the cat to Ellie; she refuses to attend a neighbor's funeral and barely gets through Gage's.
Creed uncovers the mystery of the Pet Sematary (so spelled by local children who have buried their pets there) and uses what he has learned to make the dividing line between life and death questionable and indistinct.
This is one of King's best stories!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful March 27 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you let your imagination run rampant while reading this book, you will scare yourself! It's a great book to read, especially if you have pets...lol
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Stephen King novel
Stephen King at his best!
Pet Sematary was recommended to me by my daugther and I agree entirely with her recommendation. Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2009 by Anne-michele Levesque
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Pet Sematary is probably my second favorite book from Stephen King. The story is good from the beginning until the end of the book. Read more
Published on June 26 2006 by Sophie
5.0 out of 5 stars For me - this is the scariest book ever written
Different people have different ideas about what is "funny" - same with "scary". Read more
Published on July 14 2004 by Mark J. Fowler
1.0 out of 5 stars King bored me to sleep with this one
God this was not scary. i was expecting to be up for nights. But I wasn't. It wasn't scary at all. It was pathetic. Read IT or Phantoms by Dean Koontz.
Published on July 12 2004 by Bryan
5.0 out of 5 stars King At His Best
If you look at the critical acclaim pages of nearly any Stephen King book, you will find that a vast number of sources probably proclaimed the work "Sheer Genius! Read more
Published on July 1 2004 by Aguagon
5.0 out of 5 stars One of horror's definitive novels!
The Creed family is moving into a new house, near the highway. It's a nice place, a nice area--in the country, outside of town, with only the highway to disturb the peaceful... Read more
Published on July 1 2004 by DanD
4.0 out of 5 stars Thou shall not intervene with fate
Stephen King, bestselling author of all time (just ask the Guiness Book of World Records), has brought forth another creepy novel. Read more
Published on June 24 2004 by QUEEN_OF_EVERYTHING
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey, Ho! Lets Go!
I'm not a rabid King fan, although I do enjoy the occasional dabble into his worlds. So far I'd have to say that this book leaves everything behind in it's dust. Read more
Published on May 18 2004 by Gord
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