Pet Sematary Mass Market Paperback – Nov 1 1984
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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.
From Library Journal
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
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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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Stephen King is prolific beyond belief. He is sometimes redundant. In Pet Sematary he wrote a story so compelling that I literally could not put it down, yet at the same time so horrifying that I practically screamed at myself NOT TO TURN THE NEXT PAGE!!!!
King knows a thing or two about humans and human relationships, and in Pet Sematary he creates a realistic family that you care about.... then he does absolutely TERRIFYING things to them. Without giving anything away - I have to say that one of the reasons that this book affected me so deeply is that I had recently become a Dad back when this book first was released, and this book hones in on a new parent's worst nightmares, then just gets worse and worse and worse.
If you like being scared by a book, and you can't think of anything worse than seeing your child killed - this book might hit you like it hit me. I repeat: This is the scariest novel I have ever read.
As an aside: The "scariest book ever" was turned into a fairly cheesy movie. I give the book a solid 5 stars, but wouldn't rate the film any higher than 2 or 3. Another aside: My personal choice for "scariest movie" is "The Exorcist", while I found the novel of "The Exorcist" fairly bland and not paced well enough to scare me.
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.
I've read a good deal of Stephen King's novels (more than half of them), and this one is by far my favorite. It has parts that you wouldn't want to read home alone late at night, but it is far more interesting than just monsters jumping out of shadows...
What made this book so terrifying for me was that it was about human nature, and human reaction to death. The main character in the novel, Louis Creed, unleashes horrors into the world trying to ressurect his dead loved ones...and after the horrors are dealt with, he does it again. Pet Sematary is a deeply emotional book that explores just how far we would be willing to go to cheat death.
If you read just one Stephen King novel, make it this one.
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Great read, well paced and thought provoking. My first Stephen King book and it won't be the last.Published 1 month ago by Jessica Sage
A little depressing, as I am a cat lover, but thankfully the book moves past the obvious plot point of pet death rather quickly and develops into a engaging story.Published 5 months ago by Kevan
I loved all the painful moments in the book, never felt that way before.
The only problem with the book I could think of was how the beginning was a little slow.
Have never read a Stephen King novel before but I'm glad I read this. Saw the movie when I was young and it scared the hell out of me. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Travis D.
I don't know of anyone in my circle who hasn't read this classic. In the early days Stephen King ruled.Published 16 months ago by Janet Stewart
Total waste of time, boring thru most of book, waiting for something really exiting at end that never happens.Published 17 months ago by dean w